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China Adviser Drops Bombshell In call for Reforms

Posted by Author on November 22, 2007


REUTERS via Straits Times, Singapore, Nov 21, 2007-

BEIJING – A PROVINCIAL Chinese government adviser has urged Communist leaders to lift a ban on new political parties, halt suppression of a spiritual sect and let exiled dissidents return home in a rare and bold move by an establishment figure.

In an open letter to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, Wang Zhaojun argued that dramatic political reforms were needed to deal with a plethora of problems – a roller-coaster stock market, inflationary pressures, rising real estate prices, regional imbalances and dire poverty.

‘Release all political prisoners and welcome home overseas pro-democracy figures to jointly establish a democratic China,’ wrote Mr Wang, 59, a Standing Committee member of an advisory body to the Anhui provincial legislature in eastern China.

Breaking sensitive taboos, he called for political rehabilitation of both the Falun Gong spiritual movement, banned as a cult in 1999, and reappraisal of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests crushed by the army in 1989.

‘At present, most urgent is: stop persecution of the Falun Gong!’ wrote Wang, a soldier-turned-businessman.

He also recommended depoliticising the People’s Liberation Army and allowing multi-party politics with parties ‘taking turns governing’ – also taboo topics for the Communist Party which has ruled the world’s most populous nation unchallenged since 1949.

‘Through votes, (let the people) choose a legitimate, competent and accountable government that is supported by a majority of people and recognised by all in society,’ according to the open letter.

Mr Wang, reached by telephone, confirmed he wrote the 60-page open letter on Oct 22.

Asked why he risked political repercussions, he said that he was frustrated with ‘bureaucracy’ when he paid a courtesy call on the cabinet’s State Environmental Protection Administration, apparently to do business.

Social and economic strains

The bombshell dropped by Mr Wang has been the talk of liberal intellectuals, many of whom have also called for political reforms, albeit much milder in nature.

At a recent forum, academics said China needed bolder moves to address social and economic strains.

Sun Liping, a sociology professor at Tsinghua University, said the government should adjust its policy of ‘maintaining stability (as) a top priority’ because it has hindered political reforms for the last two decades.

Mr Wang’s open letter came on the heels of the Communist Party’s 17th Congress last month when Hu emerged stronger by promoting allies to key posts and retiring rivals.

The letter said despite speculation that Mr Hu’s and Mr Wen’s powers were still limited, the pair should not drag their feet on political change.

Rapid growth was not sustainable with a yawning wealth gap, environmental degradation and waste of resources, Mr Wang wrote.

Mr Wang complained about social inequality with state workers laid off after state assets fell into private hands. But he wrote that privatising land may curb clashes over land grabs.

He pressed the leadership to free all political prisoners and respect free speech.

Turning to Taiwan, which China claims as its own, Mr Wang wrote that democracy on the island may be chaotic with fistfights erupting in parliament, but it is ‘out in the open and better than the scheming and intrigues of palace politics and the sound of sharpening knives’. — REUTERS

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Wang Zhaojun’s Letter “sharp” and “true”, Says Former ‘Freezing Point’ Chinese Editor Li Datong

Posted by Author on November 16, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 11, 2007-Li Datong

A public letter (Part 1) from Wang Zhaojun, Politburo Standing Committee member of Anhui Province, has drawn attention from various circles both at home and overseas. In an interview on November 7, Li Datong, former editor-in-chief of ‘Freezing Point Weekly’— a “China Youth Daily” publication— said that all the issues mentioned in Mr. Wang’s letter are “sharp, true and very important,” adding that it articulated what the majority of Chinese people want to say but dare not to.

(photo: Mr. Li Datong/ from the Epochtimes)

Wang’s letter (Part 1) discussed the many problems China faces today: socioeconomic, political, environmental, freedom of belief, human rights and the media. “People should say whatever they want to say. Mr. Wang Zhaojun has just done what President Hu Jintao talked about at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 17th National Congress, in the right to express [oneself],” said Li.

“Wang knows the Chinese populace,” said Li in regard to Wang’s integrity. “He did this because of what needs to be said in Chinese society. He must in some way have heard the voice of the people.”

In the letter— addressed to Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao— Wang stated that China’s most urgent issue was in stopping the persecution of Falun Gong and filing a lawsuit against those responsible for its nationwide suppression. “It is unconstitutional to use the power of the state to carry out a nationwide suppression of Falun Gong; there is no legal basis for it,” said Li in agreement with Wang’s point. “We also need to go through legal procedures to convict and criminally prosecute those responsible for suppressing Falun Gong.”

“How can the whole country follow the CCP in everything the CCP wants to do?! Shouldn’t it be ‘managing the country according to the law’ like they repeatedly claim to be doing?! How can they blindly label a group of people without a legal trial? Everything has to go through legal procedures; big problems will certainly result without legal procedures,” exclaimed Li.

Li agrees with Wang’s statement in the letter that, “This is clearly not an issue with just Falun Gong, but the suppression of all people across the country!” Li also stated, “By suppressing Falun Gong, it impacts the whole society. The illegal aggression upon any citizen’s rights is an illegal aggression towards everyone and this is a most basic truth. For any citizen, if you ignore the illegal abuse of others, you in fact ignore the abuse of your own rights.”

“Right now there are only a few people who dare to speak out. We can not expect that everyone will dare to speak out overnight—it needs to be led and cultivated slowly,” stated Li in regard to fixing China’s social problems. “It’s most important that the masses make changes by themselves and not simply wait for the problem to solve itself.”

‘Freezing Point’

Early last year, “Freezing Point” focused on reporting about people living at the bottom of society. It regularly criticized corruption and exposed the faults and deficiencies of the current Chinese society. It was ordered to suspend publication on January 24 because it published an article titled “Modernization and History Textbooks,” written by Zhongshan University professor Yuan Weishi. The CCP’s Ministry of Publicity was angered by this article and ordered suspension of the magazine. This action drew criticism both at home and abroad.

Editor-in-chief Li Datong and deputy editor Lu Yuegang appealed to reopen the publication. Li Rui, former assistant to Mao Zedong, and other former high ranking CCP officials, as well as several editors and lawyers, supported Li and Lu in their appeal to reinstate the publication. Under overwhelming demand for its return, “Freezing Point” was opened again, but only after careful reorganization of the editorial staff— Li and Lu have been removed from the office and were transferred to ‘China Youth Daily’s’ News Research Institute.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : A Poignant Letter to Chinese Leadership

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Dissent in China Reaches New Level

Posted by Author on November 9, 2007


By Wang Zhen and Li Jia, The Epoch Times Staff, Nov 05, 2007-Mr. Wang zhaojun

Wang Zhaojun, standing member of the Anhui Province Political Consultative Commission, has just published an extensive letter (in Chinese part 1, part 2) to Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. The letter calls for drastic changes to the repressive paradigm of China’s social, economic, and political environment.

(photo: Mr. Wang Zhaojun/ photo provided by Mr. Wang Zhaojun )

Wang pointed out in the letter that the most urgent issue facing the world’s largest nation is to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and provide state compensation for the victims.

This bold statement makes Wang the highest level Chinese official to publicly step forward in favor of Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice whose millions of adherents currently face imprisonment and torture in China, with many thousands reported as murdered.

In his 40,000-word treatise (in Chinese part 1, part 2), Wang talked about various “bombs” that exist in Chinese society. He lists religious persecutions, environmental exhaustion, an over-heating economy, and a real estate bubble ready to burst. His list continues with a lack of military oversight, judicial corruption, media suppression, the Taiwan issue, and the need for extensive political reform, among other items.

Since the publication of Wang’s letter in the Chinese editions of The Epoch Times and on numerous websites, he has found growing support inside and outside of China.

In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times he said, “All the ordinary citizens strongly support me, including many high-level officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP.) They actually understand very well in their hearts.”

“The support from all the people shows that we have common needs; it is only that I have spoken out,” said Wang.

Previous high profile critics such as Jia Jia, former General Secretary of the Shanxi Provincial Association of Scientists and Technology Experts, have had to flee China to avoid persecution themselves. Others, such as the attorney Gao Zhisheng, have stayed and were arrested for their writings.

“I absolutely don’t care. I am not in fear either. Because what I say represents the voice of ordinary citizens. If the CCP persecutes me, then it is the same as persecuting the citizens of the entire country,” stated a defiant 59-year-old Wang.

“At my age, if I still can’t speak the words in my heart, I would feel so weak. The more the CCP wants to strike at or suppress me, the more I will struggle to the end. If the situation is truly as I say it is, then the CCP will expose itself because it is nothing but a gangsterdom.”

Wang Zhaojun thinks political reform is inevitable for China. In his letter he calls on Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao to begin implementing real political reforms, allow freedom of speech, release all political prisoners, and open the door for overseas democracy activists living in exile to return.

In his open letter, published Oct. 26, 2007, Wang states, “Freedom of belief is a universal value and is regulated in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and China’s Constitution. However, after the Tiananmen Massacre, in order to continue the one-party dictatorship, Deng Xiaoping’s successors listed all non-communist organizations as ‘unstable elements’ that needed to be ‘eliminated before budding.'”

“They made an example of Falun Gong, a popular qigong practice at the time. Those [practitioners] who tried to explain themselves were regarded by the government as highly disrespectful of the authority and would be suppressed using all means. “The suppression of Falun Gong is in fact suppression of all people. It needs to be stopped immediately and victims should be given state compensation,” reads the letter. Wang suggests that the government “send out a representative to talk to Falun Gong and claim criminal liability against the decision makers in the persecution.”

The Chinese authorities are short of support and oversight from the people and lack a counterbalancing force from society. “The current system and regime do not represent the people. If the leaders who impose and exist under this system and regime cannot lead the country to reform, it will be the biggest misfortune,” said Wang.

“I hope there will be a Gorbachev or Yeltsin in China,” concluded Wang, asking for more reformers within the CCP to stand up.

Wang Zhaojun’s Background

Wang Zhaojun, now 59 years old, was born in Beijing. He was a factory worker, soldier in the People’s Liberation Army, and middle-school teacher.

In 1982, he graduated from the former Beijing Electric Power Institute, and went on to establish his own company, Zhaojun Light Industry Research Institute to produce yogurt and Zhaojun Cola. The company also made the first ever “all purpose blown plastic molding machine” in China, which was exported to over 30 countries.

In 1988, Zhaojun Cola won the gold medal at the first Chinese Food Expo. Later the Zhaojun Light Industrial Institute was developed into Anhui Guobao (meaning national treasure) Ltd. Wang, as the company board director, was elected as the member of Anhui Provincial Standing Committee of People’s Political Consultative Conference.

In 2002, Wang was selected as the most outstanding private technology entrepreneur in China by the National Industrial and Commercial Federation.

His long standing membership of the Communist Party and high standing in both business and political circles has made his case very complicated for higher officials to handle. At the time of printing, he has still not faced any danger as other outspoken lesser officials have.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Wang Zhaojun’s Open Letter Reveals the Current Political Situation in China

Posted by Author on November 7, 2007


By Zhang Tianliang, The Epoch Times, Nov 04, 2007-

As reported by The Epoch Times on October 31, Wang Zhaojun’s open letter (in Chinese part 1, part 2),  is a bright spot on China’s political landscape after the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The political background from which this incredible event emerged is filled with intrigue.

The political restructuring during the CCP’s 17th National Congress has led many people to feel that Jiang’s group is still very strong. Zhou Yongkang, the target of a recent, unprecedented lawsuit, became a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau. Jia Qingling and Li Changchun also retained their positions on the committee. These moves, of course, represent Jiang Zemin’s final fight to extend the policy of persecuting Falun Gong and to protect himself and his family’s safety. As a consequence Jiang Zemin has also now pushed Hu Jintao into a corner.

Hu Jintao is strongly opposed to expressing support for the persecution of Falun Gong and this makes Jiang Zemin very worried. In order to protect himself, Jiang Zemin had to position his own people onto the Standing Committee to prevent Hu Jintao from consolidating power and redressing Falun Gong. There are even rumors of a Jiang Zemin led conspiracy to assassinate Hu Jintao.

Hu Jintao of course can hide his strength and bide his time but he has already been controlled for 15 years. Since 1992, the younger Hu has been waiting until Jiang Zemin and his people to step down so that he can have free reign of the government. However Jiang Zemin held on to the position of the President of Central Military Commission after the CCP’s 16th National Congress in 2002. Since stepping down from this position in 2004, he keeps a finger on Chinese politics through former and current Standing Committee members: Zeng Qinghong, Huang Ju, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Luo Gang and Chen Liangyu. The prolonged wait for power is leading Hu Jintao to the end of his forbearance.

Hu Jintao has always been very careful and steady. He doesn’t make a move until he is certain. Arresting Chen Liangyun was the first step in cleaning up Jiang’s group. Jiang’s group countered Hu immediately, as the personnel arrangements at the 17th National Congress represent Jiang’s last fight. At this point in time, if Hu lets Jia Qingling, Li Changchun and Zhou Yongkang control the balance of power on the Standing Committee, he will again be on a leash for the next five years of his term. Given all this, Hu has to move.

I talked about this exact trend on the 2nd day of the 17th National Congress. If Jiang Zemin successfully pushed Zhou Yongkang into the Standing Committee, it would force Hu Jintao to make his decision: to completely purge Jiang Zemin and his group from the government.

Wang Zhaojun’s open letter emerges from just such a background. There might be people saying that the CCP hasn’t yet decided how to handle Wang Zhaojun, so he remains temporarily untouched. But according to usual practice, the CCP would have threatened Wang Zhaojun right away or put him under house arrest. This is the treatment Gao Zhisheng received. However, Wang Zhaojun issued a statement to express that he is very safe and hasn’t encountered any trouble. It is similar to the case of Lu Jiaping remaining safe after revealing embarrassing details of Jiang Zemin—changing his resume and having a special relationship with Song Zuying. It shows that there must be people high up in the CCP who are protecting him.

We have noticed that after the 17th National Congress, Zhou Zhengyi had another hearing and Jiang Mianheng, Jiang Zemin’s son, was brought up from his case. It is no doubt the extension of the fight to destroy the Shanghai group by Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. Another particularly notable incident is the Beijing Court accepting a lawsuit brought by a petitioner against Zhou Yongkang. In the history of the CCP, this is unprecedented. In the CCP’s internal legal system, the court belongs to the Politburo and Zhou Yongkang is the Head of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee in the Politburo. We can be sure that this decision would amount to suicide if there were no permission—or at least tacit permission—from an authority higher than Zhou Yongkang.

Because Zhou Yongkang is the spokesman supporting the persecution of Falun Gong in the Standing Committee, the lawsuit against Zhou Yongkang’s has become a key incident in the power struggle between Hu and Jiang.

This isn’t all to say that we can only hope for this power struggle to bring positive change to China. In China today, abandoning the CCP is already a general trend. The opportunity for disintegrating the CCP has matured.

It is no longer a question of whether the CCP will be disintegrated, however, Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao can decide how the CCP will end. If they use the opportunity of clearing out Jiang Zemin to redress Falun Gong and lead China to freedom and a constitutional government, they will have chosen a path that causes Chinese society to pay the least price; this will certainly cement their names in history. This is the result that all people who love China want to see.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China: Wang Zhaojun Receives Wide Support, Says More People Will Step Out Soon

Posted by Author on November 5, 2007


By Li Zhen, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 02, 2007-Mr. Wang Zhaojun

After publishing his open letter to the leader of the Chinese communist regime calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong, Wang Zhaojun, a provincial level cadre from Anhui province, received wide support both within China and abroad. In an Epoch Times interview, Wang said he is confident that he will be safe, “because I have said what every Chinese people wanted to say.” Wang also said the topic would get “hotter and hotter” in the near future, and more people will step out.

(photo: Mr. Wang Zhaojun/ photo provided by Wang Zhaojun/from the Epochtimes)

Wang Zhaojun is a standing member of the Anhui Province Political Consultative Commission. Since his open letter was published, to his surprise, he received an enormous amount of phone calls from within China and abroad in support of his letter. The strong support from mainland China was out of his expectations. “Some people even posted my open letter on websites and BBS. I am really gratified to see that. In the end, the change has to come from inside of China not overseas.”

Wang said that people showed support with no reservations, including high ranking officials from the central, provincial and municipal level. “Some even frankly told me their official position.”

Because he received enormous calls supporting his letter as well as inquiries of his safety, Wang had to publish another open letter and a declaration on the Chinese Epoch Times on October 29 and 30 respectively to inform the world that he was safe and to express his gratitude.

Wang believes that his open letter will reach every corner of China in a very short period of time, “Because people from many provinces and cities have called to show their support, or said they would help to spread the message.”

Over 90 Percent Party Members Support Him

Since the publishing of his open letter, Wang did not receive any threatening phone calls or heard opposing voices. Wang explains this unusual phenomena, “I believe what I said represented the majority inside the Communist Party, including some senior members, even some high ranking officials, basically, I have said what they wanted to say.”

Based on his experience working in the army, the people’s congress and political consultative commission, Wang is quite certain that over 90 percent of party members share the same thoughts as him.

More People will Step Out Soon

Wang believes his open letter is just a beginning, “One month, two months, three months, this topic will be hotter and hotter, when that comes I will retreat I suppose, to focus on my business.”

Although Wang admitted that his open letter was triggered by the bureaucratic style of the State Environmental Protection Administration, he has planned this letter in his mind for a long time. He spent nearly three months writing it and felt very relieved after finishing it.

Open Letter Is the Only Choice

Wang said open letters are the only way to let your voice to be heard in current China. If you try to deliver directly to the offices of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, you won’t even get close to their doors. Open letter is a kind of pressure to the authorities.

Wang said that his original letter has already reached the Anhui Provincial Political Consultative Commission, and he said, “According to my experience working in the Political Consultative Commission, they will definitely hand in the letter to upper authorities, at least hand it to Jia Qinglin (Standing Member of the Central Political Bureau, Party Chief and Chairman of 10th National Political Consultative Commission), and Jia will also take it seriously.”

Good Opportunity for Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao

Wang also explained why he chose to publish the letter after the 17th National Party Congress, he believes now is the best time for Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao to start the process to establish a democratic and constitutional government, ” For the 17th Party Congress, no matter how good your propaganda is, they all know that people are not happy. If you are willing to reform, even slowly one step by one step, people will support you, and the support is very strong.”

Wang said that he had an in depth understanding about the persecution of Falun Gong through human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s letter. He said, “This persecution should not continue anymore. Many Falun Gong practitioners want their voices to be heard, if they are suppressed, others will be too. It means everyone is suppressed. The suppression to this group of people is the same as suppression to everyone.”

Most Sensitive Topic

In his nearly 40,000 words open letter, Wang thinks the most sensitive topic is “People Create Yeltsin,” he calls upon the Chinese public to spread this message by mobile text messages.

He said, “A democratic environment is what all of us long for. If you persist and spread the message continuously everyone will support you. It does not contradict with the law in China.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Wang Zhaojun: I Have Said What People Wanted to Say

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Editorial: Commending Mr. Wang Zhaojun for His Open Letter to China Leaders

Posted by Author on November 3, 2007


The Epoch Times, Oct 31, 2007-Mr. Wang Zhaojun

On Oct. 22, 2007, Mr. Wang Zhaojun, a standing member of the Anhui Province Political Consultative Commission, published an open letter to Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. In the open letter (Chinese part 1, part 2), Wang described many crises and instances of corruption faced by Chinese society and suggested having constitutional and political reforms, allowing the freedoms of religion and speech, permitting overseas democratic activists to return to China safely, and nationalizing the Chinese army, among other proposals.

Particularly commendable was Mr. Wang’s direct suggestion that the CCP must end the persecution of Falun Gong immediately, bring to justice those officials who decided to suppress Falun Gong, and compensate all the victimized Falun Gong practitioners financially. Mr. Wang Zhaojun’s valor, conscience, and insight are worthy of applause.

Scared and Silent for Too Long

The persecution of Falun Gong poses the biggest problem for human rights in China. Since Jiang Zemin began to suppress Falun Gong in July 1999, the CCP has been pouring a lot of state resources into the suppression of Falun Gong. Millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been unlawfully arrested, incarcerated, and put into forced labor camps or prisons. They face long-term psychological torments, sexual abuse, and torture. They are even killed for their internal organs, which are traded for high profits, before their bodies are cremated to eliminate the evidence.

Large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners are forced by the Chinese authorities to divorce their spouses and forced to flee from their homes to avoid further persecution. Sustaining the suppression of Falun Gong costs an astronomical level of funding, promotes the degeneration of the Chinese government, damages normal life in Chinese society, and destroys the most basic morals of the Chinese people. The persecution of Falun Gong, judging from every possible perspective, has become an unprecedented disaster for Chinese society. As Mr. Wang Zhaojun has pointed out, the persecution does not only target Falun Gong practitioners, but all Chinese.

Jiang Zemin and his political gang are not only sustaining the persecution of Falun Gong stubbornly, but will stop at nothing to goad or entice government officials and civilians to participate in the persecution. Although a lot of Chinese people know Falun Gong is good and all the charges are false, although a lot of Chinese people know the disaster brought upon China by the persecution, and although a lot of Chinese people are secretly opposed to the persecution, they choose to remain silent because of the CCP’s high pressure tactics and terror.

But silence has fueled the persecution and, as a result, the Chinese society has paid an even greater price for it. The persecution of Falun Gong has lasted eight years since July 1999. It’s time to face the large catalog of negative outcomes brought by this persecution.

Mr. Wang Zhaojun is the first Chinese regime official inside China, and one at a provincial level too, who has openly called upon the CCP to end the persecution of Falun Gong, to bring the head culprits of the persecution to justice, and to compensate the victims for their losses. This is a very encouraging development. Some businessmen turn a blind eye to the persecution. In contrast to them, Mr. Wang Zhaojun has shown his valor by calling for an end to the persecution and has given his fellow businessmen an excellent example.

He should be revered, encouraged, supported, and seconded for his courageous act. When the truth is spread and the voice of justice echoes among the people, the atmosphere of wickedness will melt. Because of the many decades of repeated persecution launched by the CCP, the Chinese people have been afraid and silent for too long. It’s high time for the Chinese people to stand up and say “no” to the persecutor. It’s high time to end all the tragedies brought upon China by the CCP.

Speaking for the Conscience of the Chinese People

For several thousand years China’s spiritual heritage required standing up against tyranny, speaking the truth, persevering in one’s righteous faith, safeguarding one’s morality, and being selfless towards the nation and one’s fellow countrymen. However, the CCP’s propaganda and many political movements have inflicted severe damage on and suppressed this heritage. Nevertheless, many people still retain it, and are becoming the backbone and conscience of the Chinese people. Mr. Wang’s open appeal has proven that the Chinese spiritual heritage has survived.

Mr. Wang Zhaojun is not alone. Attorneys, including Guo Guoding, Zhang Jiankang and Li Hepping, have openly represented Falun Gong practitioners. CCP officials, including Chen Yonglin, Han Guangsheng, and Hao Fengjun, and the high-ranking Chinese regime official Jia Jia have severed ties with the CCP. The human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng and the college professor Sun Wenguang have published open letters to call for the end of the persecution of Falun Gong. These open actions have shown that the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong is not welcome and that more and more people are openly opposed to it.

There is an ancient Chinese saying, “A man with morality will be supported while a man without morality will not.” There is a lot of truth in this saying. Those who uphold justice with valor will be widely supported and revered.

Everyone Is a Victim

That Mr. Wang Zhaojun published his open letter to Hu and Wen implies that the CCP officials opposing the persecution of Falun Gong are reaching the CCP’s top level. This is an inevitable trend. In fact, this is an opportune time for the rulers of China and a vast number of the CCP officials to wash their hands of the persecution of Falun Gong by openly calling for its end.

Whether they like it or not, the rulers of China and the CCP officials have become part of the mechanism for sustaining the persecution. Because of their silence and their compromise of morality, they have made the persecution happen. For a man with foresight and ambition, tribulations will temper his mind and create opportunities for great accomplishments.

While we are praising Mr. Wang Zhaojun, we must not forget we also have a responsibility to help end the persecution. Each minute or second can feel like an eternity for those victims of this cruel persecution. The persecution of Falun Gong does not only happen to Falun Gong practitioners, but also their friends and families who have been enduring anxiety, powerlessness, separation, and heartache. For those who choose to be silent and even for the lackeys who assist the persecution, isn’t the twisting of their minds and the tormenting of their consciences also a form of persecution?

For those who are actually running the persecution, their sins and crimes continue to accumulate each day before the persecution ends. When justice is served, the continuation of the persecution will only increase the punishment and pain they will face. With that in mind, aren’t they persecuting themselves when they execute the order to torture Falun Gong practitioners? Apparently no one wins from this persecution. In that case, why not end the persecution of Falun Gong right away?

The many years of the persecution of Falun Gong have caused severe damage to the morality and dignity of all mankind and brought great humiliation to every man and woman from China. Let’s all speak against the persecution of Falun Gong, end the persecution, and restore hope to the Chinese people.

– Original article from the Epochtimes: Epoch Times Editorial: Commending Mr. Wang Zhaojun for His Open Letter to China’s Paramount Leader and Premier

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Outspoken Official: Persecution of Falun Gong Designed to Silence Entire China

Posted by Author on November 2, 2007


By Li Jia, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 01, 2007-Wang Zhaojun

Wang Zhaojun (photo at right), standing committee member of the Auhui Provincial People’s Political Consultative Conference accepted an interview with The Epoch Times after his open letter to Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao was published on Oct. 26. In this letter, which was widely published by media outside China, Wang, a current prefecture-level official, as well as a businessman, openly criticized the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), urging the two leaders to implement political reform and demanding an immediate end to the persecution of Falun Gong.

“Are All Chinese People Wimpy?”

While living in mainland China, Wang dared to openly express his dissatisfaction and his criticism of the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong. Meanwhile, he urged political reform and nationalizing of the military, which would remove the military from CCP control. He also spoke out on other issues deemed sensitive by the communist regime. His action has attracted attention both inside and outside of China.

“Are all Chinese people wimpy? Is the root of the Chinese nation so inferior?” said Wang, who later said emphatically to a reporter from The Epoch Times, “At my age, if I still can’t speak the words within my heart, then I too would be wimpy. The more the CCP wants to strike at me or suppress me, the more I will struggle to the end. If the situation is truly so, then the CCP exposes itself as nothing more than a dictatorship.”

In the face of the regime’s tyranny, Wang didn’t feel terrified about writing the open letter. He said, “I absolutely don’t care. I am not in fear either, because what I have to say represents the voice of ordinary citizens. If the CCP persecutes me, then it is the same as persecuting the citizens of the entire country.”

Silencing the Nation

Wang said that, “When the regime doesn’t think one group should exist under its system, it will start to strike at and try to dissolve it. Then the group will certainly explain the facts about itself, and, in turn, the CCP will suppress it more. The more you appeal, the more the CCP suppresses. This method is designed to create terror.”

He continued, “It is very simple: If Falun Gong were not good, then their own people would stand up to disclose that. Not only has this not been the case, but instead Falun Gong practitioners try to explain the true facts about Falun Gong everywhere. The CCP then suppresses this group more.

“In fact, the persecution of Falun Gong is the same as trying to cover the mouths of the citizens of the entire nation. If this group of people is not being recognized as part of society, then can other people speak out?” Wang thought, “This is not a simple issue of opposing Falun Gong. According to the Constitution, everyone in the whole country should have freedom of speech, freedom of belief, and freedom of association. When the CCP deprives some people of freedom, then it deprives the entire nation of freedom.”

“Allow Only One Color?”

“Isn’t Falun Gong a cultivation group, believing in ‘truthfulness, compassion and tolerance’ and meaning no harm at all? China survived the Cultural Revolution, but people lost a lot of their spiritual beliefs.”

He continued, “Therefore, isn’t believing in ‘truthfulness, compassion and tolerance’ beneficial to Chinese society?”

Wang said, “Although I am an atheist, we can all live together. Why would a society allow for only one color, for people to speak in only one tone? This is not right. If you deprive people of their rights, then freedom of speech as guaranteed by the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as by China’s Constitution, is not there at all. This is fundamental common sense.”

Through Gao Zhisheng’s open letters to Hu and Wen, Wang started to know more about the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong. He said, “This persecution should not continue.”

Widespread Support— Including CCP Officials

Since Wang’s open letter has been published overseas, he has received many letters of support from friends in the U.S., Hong Kong, and many provinces in mainland China. He said, “All ordinary citizens strongly support me, including many high-ranking officials of the CCP. They actually understand very well in their hearts.”

Wang said, “The support from all the people shows that we have a common need. It is only that I have spoken out.”

Background of Wang Zhaojun

Wang Zhaojun, now 59 years old, was born in Beijing. He has been a factory worker, a soldier of the People’s Liberation Army and a middle-school teacher. In 1982, he graduated from Beijing Electric Power College (currently the North China Electric Power University). He invented the first all purpose blown plastic molding machine, which was widely sold to over 30 counties and regions.

In 1988, the Zhaojun Cola he produced won the gold medal from the first Chinese Food Expo. Later, Zhaojun Light Industry Research Institute was developed into Auhui Guobao Ltd. Wang, the director of the board, was elected as a standing committee member of the Auhui Provincial People’s Political Consultative Conference. The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce also rated him in 2002 as the outstanding Private Scientific and Technological Entrepreneur.

In his over-40,000 word open letter, Wang Zhaojun elaborated on the social crises in various aspects of Chinese society, including real estate, the stock market, rising prices, and widespread corruption. He proposed an end to the persecution of Falun Gong and called for freedom of belief and allowing democracy activists living in exile to return to China to build democracy through their joint efforts.

– Original article from the Epochtimes: Persecution of Falun Gong Designed to Silence Entire Nation

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China High Level Official Openly Advocates Cessation of Falun Gong Persecution

Posted by Author on October 31, 2007


By Wang Zhen, The Epoch Times, Oct 30, 2007-Wang zhaojun

Wang Zhaojun, standing member of the Anhui Province Political Consultative Commission, recently wrote an open letter to Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao stating that (persecution of) Falun Gong is the most urgent issue for China.

(photo: Wang Zhaojun)

Wang pointed out in the letter that the most urgent issue is to stop the persecution against Falun Gong and provide state compensation for the victims. After Jia Jia, a Shanxi provincial technology official, Wang is the second high level CCP official to call for the stop of the persecution against Falun Gong.

In his 400,000 word open letter, Wang talked about various “bombs” that exist in Chinese society— the damage to the environment and natural resources behind the over-heating economy; the bubble in the real estate market, reform of state enterprises and social injustice; governmental media suppression and the media’s breach of duty; the Taiwan issue and China’s political reform; policies of political reforms, etc.

Wang thinks political reform is inevitable. He calls on Hu and Wen to implement political reform, allow freedom of speech, free all political prisoners, open the gate to the return of overseas democratic activists to build a democratic China together, “I hope there will be a Gorbachev or Yeltsin in China!”

Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong Immediately

In his open letter, Wang says, “Freedom of belief is a universal value and is regulated in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and China’s Constitution. However, after the Tiananmen Massacre, in order to continue the one party dictatorship, Deng Xiaoping’s successors listed all non-communist organizations as ‘unstable elements’ that needed to be ‘eliminated before budding.’

“They made an example of Falun Gong, a popular qigong practice at the time. Those [practitioners] who tried to explain themselves were regarded by the government as highly disrespectful of the authority and would be suppressed using all means.” “The suppression against Falun Gong is in fact suppression against all people. It needs to be stopped immediately and victims should be given state compensation,” said Wang. Wang suggested that the authority “send out a representative to talk to Falun Gong and claim criminal liability against the decision maker of the suppression.

“I am only suggesting, and the purpose of my suggestion is to end the persecution against Falun Gong as quickly as possible, so China’s progression in democracy can move forward quickly.”

Emergence of a Chinese Gorbachev or Yeltsin

Wang points out in his letter that China’s society blocks human rights and the ideas of human rights. This is why things like child slave workers in brick factories can happen.

The Chinese government is short of support and supervision from the people and a counteracting force from society. “The current system and regime do not represent the people. If the leader who imposes and exists under this system and regime cannot lead his people to reform, it will be the biggest misfortune of the country,” said Wang.

In the end, Wang said that this is a historical time to create great people, “I hope there will be a Gorbachev or Yeltsin in China!”

Wang Zhaojun’s Background

According to Xinhua News, Wang graduated from the Beijing Electric Power College (currently the North China Electric Power University) in 1982. In 1983, he founded the Zhaojun Food Company that made bread in Anhui Province.

Later he founded Zhaojun Light Industry Research Institute to produce yogurt and Zhaojun Cola. The company also made the first ever “all purpose blown plastic molding machine” in China, which was exported to over thirty countries in the world.

In 1988, Zhaojun Cola won the gold medal at the first China Food Expo. The Zhaojun Light Industry Research Institute later became the Anhui Guobao Group Co. Wang, chairman of the company, was elected the standing member of the Anhui Province Political Consultative Commission.

In 2002, Wang was chosen the outstanding private technology entrepreneur in China by the National Industrial and Commercial Federation.

– Original report from The Epoch Times: Communist Official Advocates Cessation of Falun Gong Persecution

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