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Court: 3 NYU Chinese researchers took bribes from China

Posted by Author on May 21, 2013


Three New York University researchers from China divulged results from a federally funded study to Chinese competitors in exchange for tuition, rent and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Yudong Zhu, a U.S.-educated NYU professor, and Xing Yang, a lab engineer, were released on bail after appearing in federal court in Manhattan to face commercial bribery and other charges. They left court without speaking to reporters.

The third defendant, postdoctoral fellow Ye Li, was at large. Authorities believe he flew to China before charges were brought. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Fund-raiser for New York City Comptroller John Liu Arrested

Posted by Author on November 19, 2011


A fund-raiser for the New York City comptroller, John C. Liu, whose campaign finances are under federal investigation, was arrested on Wednesday morning on charges that he helped illegally funnel thousands of dollars into Mr. Liu’s campaign account, according to court papers and people briefed on the case.

A criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday says an undercover agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation posed as a businessman seeking to donate $16,000 to an unidentified candidate for citywide office in New York. That candidate, the people briefed on the case said, was Mr. Liu.

The complaint details how the fund-raiser, Xing Wu Pan, in a series of meetings secretly recorded by the F.B.I., helped the purported businessman circumvent the city-imposed limit of $4,950 for individual donors by recruiting 20 fictitious, or straw, donors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Man Arrested After Attacking Chinese New Year Parade Banner in New York

Posted by Author on February 14, 2011


NEW YORK—A Chinese man was arrested after jumping the railing and destroying a banner carried by participants in the annual Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing on Saturday, Feb. 12.

“Around noon, at the intersection between Sanford Ave and Main Street, next to a Chinatown eyewear company, a Chinese male rushed out of the crowd and ran into the Falun Gong parade procession,” says Mr. Dong, who was on the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Shoot the Pianist? Lang Lang, the Vice President of the All China Youth Federation

Posted by Author on January 30, 2011


By Jay Nordlinger, The National Review, Jan 29, 2011-

On Monday, I did a post on Lang Lang, and his performance at the White House — a performance that was, at least in part, a political and propaganda performance. The pianist played an anti-American propaganda song known throughout China. Hu Jintao and the other Communist bigs were visibly moved and delighted. All the “patriotic Chinese” were moved and delighted. (“Patriotic Chinese” is the Chinese Communist Party’s phrase for those loyal to it.)

In addition, I mentioned Lang Lang in a post yesterday.

For the past week or so, he has been on a PR campaign, proclaiming his innocence in the White House affair. “Gee, I had no idea that the song had any political or propaganda associations whatsoever. I just like the pretty lil’ tune.” As a result, I keep getting mail that says, “Lay off the sweet kid, would you? He just loves China, loves America, and loves music.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Ex-Dow Scientist Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets for China, U.S. Says

Posted by Author on September 1, 2010


The Bloomberg, Sep. 1, 2010 –

A former Dow AgroSciences researcher was charged with stealing trade secrets from the company and relaying them to China, the U.S. government said.

The indictment against Kexue Huang, also known as John, was announced in an e-mailed statement yesterday by Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer and U.S. Attorney Timothy Morrison of Indianapolis. Huang made his initial court appearance yesterday in Indianapolis, the prosecutors said.

“Economic espionage robs our businesses and investors of hard-earned, protected research and is particularly harmful when the theft of those ideas is meant to benefit a foreign government,” Breuer said in the statement.

Huang, 45, worked for the Indianapolis-based unit of Dow Chemical Co. from 2003 to 2008, researching organically derived insecticides, work for which he had received Chinese government grant money, according to the U.S.

In December 2008, Huang published Dow AgroSciences trade secrets through China’s Hunan Normal University, disclosing information he had promised Dow he would keep confidential in a written agreement with the company, prosecutors said.

He also allegedly directed university scientists to do research on the Dow insecticides.

“We’re cooperating fully with federal authorities on this matter,” Dow spokesman Garry Hamlin said today in an e-mailed statement, declining to comment further…….(more details from The Bloomberg)

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Warren Buffett’s likely successor: Chinese Tiananmen protestor, hedge fund manager

Posted by Author on August 1, 2010


By Frank Ahrens, The Washington Post, USA|  July 30, 2010 –

Who will succeed billionaire super-investor Warren Buffett when the 79-year-old Oracle of Omaha finally retires as chairman of his Berkshire Hathaway holding company?

Perhaps no question in global finance has preoccupied investors like this one in recent years.

The answer, at least according to Friday’s Wall Street Journal, appears to be a 44-year-old Chinese hedge fund manager who participated in the deadly Tiananmen Square protests 20 years ago named Li Lu.

Li was taken from his parents in China when they were sent through Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution re-education process, which set China back decades and was responsible for more than 1 million deaths.

He became a student activist and took part in the Tianamen Square resistance, in which as many as 7,000 Chinese were killed by their own government, according to NATO intelligence.

Afterward, Li left for France and later came to the United States, where he was hailed as a human rights hero. He gained admission to Columbia University, despite speaking little English, and earned degrees in economics, law and business.

He saw Buffett speak at Columbia in 1993 and became inspired to start trading stocks, which led to a Wall Street job. By 1997, he had set up his first hedge fund.

Li got to know Buffett via one of his human-rights contacts — Jane Olsen, wife of a Berkshire director. In 2003, Li met Charlie Munger, Buffett’s right hand man and, according to the Journal, “made an immediate impression.” Li began investing for Munger and, in 2002, discovered BYD, a Chinese maker of lithium batteries, which power everything from iPhones to the new Volt electric car.

Li, Buffett and Berkshire bought into BYD, and Berkshire’s $230 million investment is now worth $1.5 billion.

That said, the Journal points out, BYD is Li’s one big home run, which sort of makes him the Alan Dershowitz/Bucky Dent of investing. The rest of Li’s ideas have been singles and doubles.

But Li thinks like Buffett: Buy stocks in companies you believe in and understand, and hold onto them. Berkshire Hathaway/Buffett own or own stakes in Geico, Coca-Cola, Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, Dairy Queen, Mars candy, and others.

Picking a Chinese investor makes perfect sense for Buffett, who knows where the future is and who is, for all his pro-America proselytizing, intensely pragmatic. Even though Li does not have unlimited travel in communist China, he knows China; Buffett knows China is key to the world’s economic future; and the Chinese government may change.

Disclosure: Buffett is a director of The Washington Post Co.

The Washington Post

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Video: Red Shadow over the Free World – Part 1

Posted by Author on June 24, 2010


by NTD TV –

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Chi Mak’s espionage case attracted quite a bit of media coverage. But his is not the only case. In the past few years, the FBI has arrested approximately 30 Chinese-born Americans who have been involved in stealing information about secret U.S. technology. Fox News Channel reported that there are more than 400 similar cases currently being investigated by the FBI. Spies are not just the technologically savvy—they include illegal immigrants, students studying abroad and employees of western governments. These are the most likely to be approached by Chinese authorities to act as ad hoc spies.

In this episode of Zooming In, we will take a look at some of the ways Chinese authorities manipulate Chinese people living abroad to serve its totalitarian regime.

– Source: NTD TV

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Hong Kong deports creator of Beijing Tiananmen Square Massacre Statue

Posted by Author on June 2, 2010


DPA, via earthtimes.org, June 2, 2010-

Hong Kong – The creator of a statue made to commemorate this week’s anniversary of the deadly 1989 government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing has been deported from Hong Kong, a legislator said Wednesday.

New Zealand national Chen Weiming flew to Hong Kong Tuesday to inspect his Goddess of Democracy statue, one of two statues seized by police during weekend demonstrations in the former British colony.

However, Democratic Party legislator James To, who went to meet Chen at Hong Kong’s airport, said US resident Chen was held overnight by immigration officials and then deported.

To accused the Hong Kong government and police of trying to “suppress the June 4 remembrance activities.”

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee refused to comment on Chen’s case but told the government-run radio station RTHK that immigration authorities “comply fully with the law” when barring entry.

He dismissed complaints of political persecution against activists commemorating the June 4, 1989, crackdown, pointing out police had returned the two statues.

Police triggered a storm of protest by confiscating the two replicas of the Goddess of Democracy, a statue erected by students in Beijing during the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square.

The Danish sculptor of another statue commemorating the protests has twice been refused entry to Hong Kong before previous anniversaries.

Hong Kong, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997 and has political freedoms denied to people elsewhere in China, is the only place in China where the June 4 anniversary is commemorated.

DPA

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Rampant Crime Belies China’s Claim of a ‘Harmonious Society’ (3)

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, Via The Epochtimes –

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(Cont’d)

Random individuals targeted

To stop such crimes, the criminal’s motive has to be understood. Whether the killings were triggered by unemployment or by forced demolition, these are problems that Chinese society cannot choose to ignore. In his article titled “2009 Forced Demolition File,” Southern Metropolis Daily journalist Tan Renwei writes, “I witnessed an increase in the threshold of news reporting on forced demolitions (below the threshold, the incident would not get reported). Recently, it seems only the self-immolation could trigger media attention.”

But apparently all these have had no impact on the authorities. No proper investigation was done and no action has been taken against any official in China despite the fact that the self-immolation incident seems directly connected to the forced demolitions. If even such an incident could not awaken the authorities, it is not difficult to see why some, in desperation, are driven to such vicious acts.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an unemployed worker from the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, Tang Yongming, murdered an American tourist and committed suicide by jumping off a building. The “reason” he gave was that only killing a foreigner was likely to draw the world’s attention to problems in China, according to a report from Boxun.com.

It seems apparent that the four attacks targeting innocent school children are a result of a long-term accumulation of hostility, bred by official policies of the regime. From the end of the last century, China has increasingly been turning into a society with no laws. The violent crimes committed by the government in the name of “law enforcement” are no less barbarian than mafia crimes, with people often beaten to death by city administration officials and police.

The land acquisition process in rural areas degenerates into battles between villagers and local armed forces. Forced demolition in the urban areas is met with desperate and violent resistance and is crushed with even greater violence.

Although there have been cases of individuals acting violently against the police and the authorities who put them into misery, in most incidents the piled up resentment and anger seem to have broken out in random acts of violence against susceptible innocents.

A “winner takes all” social structure, formed by a group of degenerated politicians attempting to control all social resources to serve their self interests, is at the root of these problems. Tyranny only fosters mobs. Just as the regime’s political violence seems to have no bottom line, the crimes in today’s Chinese society seem to have no moral bottom line. (END)

– by He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via The Epochtimes

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Rampant Crime Belies China’s Claim of a ‘Harmonious Society’ (2)

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, Via The Epochtimes –

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(Cont’d)

Exposing the regime

Media functions to draw the public’s attention to social problems. With open debate, in the absence of political interference, the media could help people distinguish right from wrong and heal social wounds. The moral condemnation of wrong keeps people from crime.

It is hard to imagine how painful a social indifference created by lack of sufficient news coverage would be for the victims’ families. After the incident in Taixing, tens of thousands of local residents demonstrated on the streets, demanding that the local administration stop covering up the truth.

Why then, did the regime restrict coverage on the murder incidents after April 28?

“Prevention of crime imitation” seems to function merely as an excuse for further controlling the media. What the regime worries about is that an investigation into the motives behind the killings would lead to an exposé of problems the regime itself created and its policies continue to fuel. Even from the limited information available, it seems the incidents have backgrounds that the regime does not want disclosed.

Reports said that prior to committing the crime, the assailant, Chen Bingkang, had been requested to stop teaching and was put on long-term sick leave by his employer, Hongfu Primary School. Mainland media reported that insiders believe Chen committed the crime for revenge. Were there reasons why Chen couldn’t accept the school authorities’ decision asking him to stop teaching? If “revenge” were the motive, why did Chen choose a different school (Leicheng No.1 Primary School) as his target, instead of his own school?

Reports of the case of assailant Wang Yonglai in Weifang, also leave room for such questions. After killing five children, Wang set himself on fire along with another two children. Such behavior cannot simply be explained away as something aimed at “attracting social attention. “

An online post, Wang Yonglai’s Self-immolation: The Secret You Don’t Know, by a person who claims know the truth about the situation, says Wang was not mentally unstable, and that the local regime had forcibly demolished Wang’s newly finished house and accused him of illegally occupying his land. The post says that Wang had registered the property with village authorities. Wang had not been given any compensation when his property was forcibly taken away. (post on China Health Information Net)

Reports on the attack in Taixing were strictly controlled from the beginning. Media were required to use only reports from the regime’s mouthpiece, Xinhua News Agency. And the official story differed dramatically from local people’s versions. Authorities claimed the murderer, Xu Yuyuan, “was a bad guy who had done plenty of bad things.” But locals say that Xu committed the crime after being forced into a state of desperation by the forced demolition of his home.

While all these may have to be verified, the recent incident in Fujian Province in which three bloggers were sentenced to imprisonment for attempting to uncover an alleged gang rape and murder case shows what the regime is capable of. (to be cont’d)

– by He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via The Epochtimes

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Rampant Crime Belies China’s Claim of a ‘Harmonious Society’ (1)

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, Via The Epochtimes –

On April 28, Zheng Mingsheng was sentenced to death for randomly stabbing a group of primary school students waiting to enter their school in southern China’s city of Nanping in Fujian Province. Nine children lost their lives in the incident.

Within three days of Zheng Mingsheng’s execution, three more attacks targeting school children took place in China.

Venting anger against society

The prosecutor investigating the Fujian case concluded the assailant was venting his “anger against society.” The topic of the criminal’s “anti-social tendency” received extensive coverage in Chinese media.

An article published by Nanfang Weekly pointed out that the local government never mentioned the possibility of the killer being a mental patient; neither was that possibility mentioned in official “guiding” of reporting on the issue.

Public opinion on Chinese Internet forums ran that social injustice in China is pushing the lowest strata of society into acts of desperation.

A photo that spread on the Internet showed a banner parents put up in front of a primary school. The banner read, “Every debt has its debtor. Ahead, on the right, is the government office.” The board was asking assailants to settle their grievances directly with the government and not vent them on innocent school children.

Following the three consecutive attacks that shook China, media lost the freedom it had when reporting the first case. All of the reporting on the issue had to echo state-run Xinhua News and the local administrative bodies declined to disclose the assailants’ personal details.

One of the murderers, Chen Bingkang from Leizhou in Guangdong Province, was, according to some reports, a serious neurasthenia patient on long-term sick leave.

Regarding the incidents in Weifang, Shangdong Province, and Taixing, Jiangsu Province, there was little information available on the murderers other than from official outlets.

Articles in the media also changed their tone. A signed article by Cao Lin was posted on almost all news websites. The article’s central theme was that people should abandon the notion that crimes “avenging society” bespeak of flaws in the social justice system.

Other articles stressed that media should not report “just because there is news.” A lot of people carry resentment against the social system, and it may lead people to imitate the crime, the authors argued. Others commented that the attackers are blaming others for their misfortune and using violence to trigger social attention to their personal problems.

The initial discussions on the cause of the crimes had not made the regime take a good look at itself. Instead the blame was eventually diverted to media reports causing “crime imitation.” Perpetuating such an opinion provided the regime grounds to further clampdown on freedom of the press.(to be cont’d)

– by He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via The Epochtimes

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Documentary (video): Ways the Chinese Authorities used to Manipulate Overseas Chinese People to Serve Its Totalitarian Regime – (2)

Posted by Author on April 12, 2010


Originally “Red Shadow over the Free World – Part 2”, by NTD TV –

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Over the past 10 years, the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, has sent out numerous variety performance troupes to western countries. Their performance programs may differ, but they all have two common features – that is, directly or indirectly they all praise the CCP, and they are financed by the taxpayers’ money, regardless if they make profit or not. Recently, even the Cultural Revolution was dramatized, becoming a cultural classic on stage, and boldly performed in theatres in the United States. Without doubt, the costly propaganda did have brainwashing effects on the overseas Chinese. To keep up its daily propaganda, the CCP penetrates into overseas Chinese media in several ways – by providing financial support to them, directly getting people involved in their organizations with news articles, or after re-packaging, forwarding those programs to be shown on western TV networks.

In this episode of Zooming In, we will continue to explore how the Chinese authorities manipulate Chinese people to serve its totalitarian regime.

– Source: NTD TV

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Documentary (video): Ways the Chinese Authorities used to Manipulate Overseas Chinese People to Serve Its Totalitarian Regime – (1)

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Documentary (video): Ways the Chinese Authorities used to Manipulate Overseas Chinese People to Serve Its Totalitarian Regime – (1)

Posted by Author on April 11, 2010


Originally “Red Shadow over the Free World – Part 1”, by NTD TV –

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Chi Mak’s espionage case attracted quite a bit of media coverage. But his is not the only case. In the past few years, the FBI has arrested approximately 30 Chinese-born Americans who have been involved in stealing information about secret U.S. technology. Fox News Channel reported that there are more than 400 similar cases currently being investigated by the FBI. Spies are not just the technologically savvy—they include illegal immigrants, students studying abroad and employees of western governments. These are the most likely to be approached by Chinese authorities to act as ad hoc spies.

In this episode of Zooming In, we will take a look at some of the ways Chinese authorities manipulate Chinese people living abroad to serve its totalitarian regime.

– Source: NTD TV

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (4)- China’s Ministry of State Security

Posted by Author on March 22, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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4. China’s Ministry of State Security: A Hybrid of KGB and the Secret Police System during the Ming Dynasty

The existing system of reporting can be tracked to the KGB from the former Soviet Union. It also has some traces from China’s own heritage. For example the Secret Police System in the Ming Dynasty was used to monitor its subjects. Another twin brother of such a system was Stasi, the former East Germany’s well-known secret police system.

The Ming Dynasty had a secret agency system that included both the Jinyiwei (Court Secret Agent) and East and West Espionage Agency. These were special agencies of oppression backed by the state. Their role was similar to today’s Ministry of State Security. The agent of this system had the power to monitor, arrest, and torture anyone at any time under the name of the state. People were often executed for saying something against the ruling emperor or for their personal grudge with the agents themselves. A lot more went missing.  It can be said that the Court Secret System was actually a ruthless killing machine of state terror.  People were more afraid of the agents from that system than they were of criminals.

The KGB of the Soviet Union was also a killing machine backed by state power during the reign of the Soviet Communist Party. It is well known for calling white black, fabricating false cases, interrogating people through torture, and killing innocent people. At the KGB’s peak everyone in the Soviet Union, from common people to officials, felt ill at ease. Even high rank State and Party leaders led lives full of anxiety.  Molotov, the second leading figure of the former Soviet Union, could only watch as his wife was arrested and dared not save her.

The Stasi of East Germany used “Shield and Sword of the Party” as its motto, adopting the role of secret police, intelligence agency, and detective agency, even taking on the power of prosecution and trial. The Stasi was everywhere in the life of East Germany. As a result, from January 1992 to 2008, there were some six million visits to BStU, the federal government agency that investigates the past crimes of the former Stasi, to apply to see their files. Unfortunately, those who read their files found out that the informers were not only made up of the secret police, but also their best friends, neighbors, relatives, as well as renowned politicians, professors, and religious people. There were so many cases of people turning on each other. With this revelation of the truth, a painful sensation of suspicion, disappointment, hatred and disillusion spread in the society. The Germans find themselves again and again in a dilemma of moral challenges. Everywhere, couples split, people abandon their families, get divorced or commit suicide.

I cannot imagine the impact the Chinese Communist Party will have on the Chinese peoples’ already broken and shabby moral standards due to the evil conduct of procuring informers on such a large scale in order to protect their regime. I only know that once it becomes such a pervasive practice for people to monitor and hurt each other, the members of society will not be able to save themselves from the mud of this immorality.  (END)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Related:
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

Posted by Author on March 19, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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3. What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at School?

Here is a rough description of the system.

a. The school selects some “politically reliable” students who, once they hear some “politically incorrect” comments from teachers or students, will report them to the related office in school administration.  For example, the “Security Information Team” established by Economy and Trade College in Qingdao Technological University has “two students in each class, one male one female. “ They must be student Party members or student cadre. Their prime responsibility is to report the “insecure elements” in their classes and dormitories, including the behavior of some “special students” and the content of some teachers’ lectures.

b. The Information Personnel job is a paid position. The amount they are paid varies in different schools. It could be very low. For example, at Jilin University each informer, if he or she makes twenty reports, he or she can get a 120 Chinese yen reimbursement for his or her books. So each report is worth six yen, which is less than one US dollar. Students from poor families still want to take the job. For instance, Dezhou Institute in Shandong Province has offered their students extracurricular job opportunities to have them work as “Security Information Personnel.”

c. A Security Personnel who does a good job can secure favorable consideration from the school in terms of grading and political advancement. One striking characteristic of such rules of terror is that the Security Personnel are allowed to report incidents based merely on rumor. They are not asked to authenticate the information. This, along with the number of reports affecting the rate of pay, makes many of the personnel create “information” out of nowhere in exchange for the reward, risking the well-being of their teachers and classmates.

In some schools, the “Security Personnel” team is incredibly large. Take for example, the Xi’an Technology University, which received the title of “Peaceful University of Shanxi Province”, jointly given by the Comprehensive Administration Office of Shanxi Province, the Department of Education, and the Department of Public Security. There are 2,627 Security Personnel among the students. In addition, among the staff and faculty members, 65 have been ascribed to be Special Information Personnel. The total number of undergraduates, graduates and three-year college students is 23,404; the number of staff and faculty is 2,326. Consequently, there is one Security Personnel in every ten students or fewer. For every 35 staff and faculty, there is one informer.

Perhaps in no other country in the entire the world can you find universities or colleges like China’s, which turns college, a place for imparting knowledge and nurturing intellectuals, into sites of spies, eroding the soul of the youngsters by encouraging the shameless behavior of “reporting”. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Related:
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

Posted by Author on March 18, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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2. The Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

Unfortunately, such a system does not only exist in Inner Mongolia as it did in years past, rather it is all around the country. There is a “System of Security Information Personnel” established in the colleges. What is a “System of Security Information Personnel”? That is the part-time spy network responsible for monitoring and reporting, a.k.a., the informers.

Under the reign of the Chinese Communist Party, there have always been informers. However, now they appear as “Security Information Personnel”. According to the files I found, the first college they tested this new system on was at Shanghai Normal University. On May 21, 2002, the university released a job description for Information Personnel in Shanghai Normal University. They fully employed the system in the second half of 2005. Many universities and colleges openly posted vacancies on their websites for Security Information Personnel, as well as for Student Information Staff. It is the same job with a slightly different name. For example, in Nanchang University of Jiangxi Province, the job is called Regulations of Information Personnel for Students Teaching and Supervision. In Zengcheng College of South China Normal University, it is called Regulations of Student Information Personnel for Teaching and Management. In North East Electric Power University, it is called Organization and Management of Student Information Personnel. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Related:
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China

Posted by Author on March 17, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010-

While I was reading through information about the Chinese government hiring informers, my fingers automatically typed this topic on the keyboard, “Are You Being Followed by the Man?” It is indeed a question that any Chinese who cares about public affairs and who likes to express himself on the Internet cannot ignore.

1. “The Man” Is Everywhere in the Country

Let’s talk about the possibilities of being noticed and followed by “the Man”. Recently, in an interview posted on Xinhua Net, Liu Xingchen, Assistant to the County Mayor of Kailu County (in Inner Mongolia), who is also the Chinese Communist Party Secretary and the Chief Commander of the Public Security Bureau, boasted to the reporter that he “has a huge network of informers” that helps him stay “highly alert” to any dissidents and acts of defiance.

How big is this network? Let’s look at the figures Liu Xingchen gave out. The number of informers under the control of the Public Security Bureau in Kailu County alone is 12093. The whole population of that county is 400,000. Disregarding a quarter of the population who are under the age of 18, there is one informer for every 25 adults. According to the Olympic Security Format by Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of Ministry of Public Security, which centered around the “Six Networks”, i.e., Street Level Prevention and Control, Community Level Prevention and Control, Inside Workplace Prevention and Control, Video Monitoring Networks, Regional Police Co-operation Network, and Virtual Social Prevention and Control, the proportion of informers in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities, is much higher than a remote area like Kailu County.

The lowest level of informers is the “50 Cent Party”. They are active on the Internet, and earn 50 Chinese cents per comment they post that favors the government. Considering the difficulty of getting a job these days, the demand for this soul selling “employment” exceeds the supply. Thus, the pay was reduced. Recently, the government of Hengyang City, Hunan Province announced that each posted comment would only earn 10 Chinese cents, and the monthly salary for each person cannot exceed 100 Chinese yen, which is slightly over 10 US dollars.

I didn’t know which dynasty in Chinese history had ever gotten such a complete, widely spread, self-contained system of informers, apart from the Mao Period, which had a mechanism of using “active individuals”, people mobilized from the public to inform. Yet even during Mao’s time, since the information was limited, and their policy to fool the people was quite successful, Mao felt quite secure with his subjects when compared with the rulers today. Only during the Yuan Dynasty were the rulers as anxious and insecure about their subjects.

A minority in China, who invaded the middle land, established the Yuan Dynasty. Of course they would worry about the Han people who made up the majority of people at the time. Hence, they divided people into four classes. Among them, the Han were divided into Han and Southerners, which resembles what Mao did with the exploiting class, by having “landlord” and “urban business owners”. The latter has a better status than the former. Such a division creates barriers among people and makes it hard for them to stay united. The Han people were especially regulated. They could not have any organizations, were not allowed to worship in groups, nor could they have weapons. For example, ten households had to share one kitchen knife. The Mongolians were sent to reside in the Han peoples’ communities to manage them.

It is safe to say the Chinese government still uses those means to control their population today, only modified and more advanced. For example, guns used for game hunting replaced kitchen knives. Compared with the rulers during the Yuan Dynasty, their counterparts today have more effective monitoring methods thanks to technological advances accompanied by a system of informers, which forges a “Golden Shield” that is going to protect the “Chinese Communist Party’s reign for tens of thousands of years.” (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

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Chinese Law Professor Condemns Communist Regime for the Disappearance of Shen Yun Artist’s Husband

Posted by Author on February 28, 2010


By Jing Ru, Sound of Hope Radio Network, Via The Epochtimes, Feb. 28, 2010-

Jiang Feng checked his luggage at the Shanghai Pudong International airport on the afternoon of Feb. 18, just like every other time. He was on the way to the U.S. to meet his wife, an erhu virtuoso for the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts. After passing through security and before boarding his flight, he disappeared.

Had he made it to the plane Mr. Jiang would have arrived at the Newark airport before heading to Radio City Music Hall, where his wife, Mei Xuan, was to perform that night.

Phone calls to the airport and interviews with passengers of the flight indicate irregularities around the disappearance, leading many to conclude that Ms. Mei Xuan’s husband was kidnapped by Chinese authorities.

Professor of law Yuan Hongbing, who now lives in exile in Australia, provided his outspoken views to a reporter from SOH radio on the apparent disappearance of Mr. Jiang, and the CCP’s attitude to Shen Yun generally.

Mr. Yuan says this incident indicates that the Chinese communist regime “hates and fears” Shen Yun Performing Arts for spreading the traditional Chinese culture across the world.

The incident reflects two issues, he says. The first is that the CCP has deep animosity against traditional Chinese culture. “Shen Yun Performing Arts is, after all, a performance to promote traditional Chinese culture. The CCP have exercised state terrorism at a critical time to make a performer’s husband disappear. It is very obvious that they are against Chinese culture.”

Secondly, “Shen Yun Performing Arts exactly exposes the ugly fact that the CCP have been trampling the traditional culture of its own country,” he said.

An Epoch Times reporter called the police substation at the Shanghai Pudong Airport to enquire about Mr. Jiang. The individuals who answered said they weren’t sure what had happened to him, but suggested he was taken into custody by either the National Security police or the 610 Office.

The 610 Office is an extralegal body established in July 1999 for the purpose of coordinating and carrying out the persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, of which both Jiang Feng and Mei Xuan are adherents.

At no time prior to the flight’s departure from Shanghai was Mr. Jiang paged on the public address system for failing to board his flight, according to passengers interviewed by The Epoch Times.

“What the CCP has done simply shows the world that the Chinese communist regime is the most evil tyranny in human history,” Yuan said…….. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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“The Colorful Historical Culture of China” – Shen Yun in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Author on January 21, 2010


2010-1-21, NTD TV–

When Shen Yun Performing Arts took the stage at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, Dr. Izben Williams says he was pleased.

[Dr. Izben C. Williams, Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis]:

“I was pleased to see the level of performance and to see the breadth of performance. I think it is a very good artistic representation.”

For others, it was the history presented by some of the dances that left an impression.

[Chief Alexander Taku, Secretary General, Human Rights International]:

“It was just wonderful to see, the colorful historical culture of China. And also to imagine how old it is. It is probably the oldest culture in the world.”

The president of Human Rights International, Dr. Lawrence Bland, was also at the show.

[Dr. Lawrence Bland, President, Human Rights International]:
“The show this evening was a highlight, I think, on very essential things. Life can be fun and beautiful, if you work in that direction. There doesn’t always have to be a negative approach to everything. And the people all over the world are just people in general. And you have to respect that and admire other cultures.”

The vice president of a local bank said the inner meaning of the Shen Yun performance was profound.

[Ms. Zhou, Bank Vice President]:
“Today’s performance was great and very interesting. Not just the costumes (are great), its inner meaning is also very profound.”

NTD News, Washington, D.C.

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Premier Classical Chinese Dance and Music Production to Open at Montreal’s Most Prestigious Theatre

Posted by Author on January 15, 2010


By Olivier Chartrand and Cindy Chan, Epoch Times Staff, Updated Jan. 15, 2010-

MONTREAL, QuébecShen Yun Performing Arts is all set to return to Montreal Friday night to begin its run at Place des Arts (PDA) in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the largest and most prestigious of the five performance halls at the cultural complex in the heart of the city.

Currently more than 90 percent of some 12,000 tickets have been sold to the premier classical Chinese dance and music production, which will play from Jan. 15 to 17.

“The demand is really very keen to see the show, and we hope to be able to continually increase the number of tickets over the coming years,” said Jin Chengzhi, one of the local organizers of the show……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun Chinese Music “is coming from the heavens”, says San Francisco Doctor of Music

Posted by Author on January 6, 2010


By Leigh Smith, Epoch Times Staff, updated Jan 6, 2010 –

SAN FRANCISCO—Shen Yun Performing Arts continued its run at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House on Tuesday evening, Jan. 5.

Dr. Valerie Samson, is a composer, ethnomusicologist, and performer who became involved with the Chinese-American community in San Francisco in the 1970’s. Her video documentary Sheng: Bamboo Mouth Organs won the John Lennon Award. And her documentation of music as a protest strategy at Tiananmen Square, 1989, is also well known.

Dr. Samson loved many aspects of the Shen Yun performance. She particularly liked the erhu, which she plays herself as well as many other instruments. She said, “I thought that was a very special touch to have a live musician on stage.

“The piece she chose to play was the perfect length.

“The quality of the piece, very much in keeping with the topic of the evening, which was a spiritual sense, it started off slow, almost melancholy, then sped up, and the technique—the performer is excellent.

“Xiaochun [Xiaochun Qi, the erhu player] is a wonderful player, I wish I could have a heard a whole concert with just her.

“Everyone is always touched by the erhu, it is one of the most famous instruments of China.

“And the pianist did a very good job, too … it’s a very nostalgic kind of piece, almost showing reverence for the soul of China.

“It is traditionally an instrument that is almost like the voice of the people, speaking in a very nostalgic way for something.

“This is a wonderful city for Chinese music, last time I counted 17 opera clubs in the area, so many musicians would have loved to come and I hope they do come, I don’t know who is coming to which performance.

“The musicians should take heart … I know so many are playing to recorded music these days, and it is wonderful to have live musicians with the dancers.”

“I felt that the orchestra was in the surface of dance and normally there is a tug of war between dancers and musicians … This was very cooperative, so smooth, if you weren’t thinking about the musicians you’d just imagine the music is coming from the heavens to support the dancers……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Official of China Communist Propaganda Department Renounces the “evil” Party

Posted by Author on January 3, 2010


By Stephanie Lam, Epoch Times Staff, Jan. 3, 2010 –

NEW YORKThe Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party and China Democracy Party World Union hosted a press conference on Jan. 1 to announce the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official Zhang Kaichen’s renunciation of the party.

Zhang, director of communications for the Shenyang Propaganda Department, general manager of Shenyang Daily, and a CCP member for over 20 years, recently fled China. He renounced the CCP, saying that the word “evil” points directly to the CCP’s nature, and that being in the CCP goes against one’s conscience and means abandoning morality.

To Zhang, this is not an ordinary start to the new year. Having quit the CCP, he said that he has begun to feel truly free.

“Today, I got a new life,” he said. “I hereby announce to the whole world that since [the start of] this year, I will completely break up with the evil CCP.”

Zhang said that a party without justice will never have a future, and although the CCP seems to be a shiny, armored chariot, it is already out of control and is accelerating towards an abyss.

“To quit or not to quit [the CCP]? This is an issue! I only responded to this today, and I hope that those who have not responded will do so soon,” Zhang said.

“China will be strong only if the CCP doesn’t exist. With the CCP, China will surely be weak. The CCP’s one-party rule is the source of all evils in China’s past, present, and future,” he added.

Zhang also discussed the CCP’s persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, saying that it is a genocide, and that any other description cannot fully explain the regime’s actions towards Falun Gong practitioners. He said that in this regard, the CCP is crueler than Hitler, because it is killing its own fellow Chinese.

The Epochtimes

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“Like the Great Wall Was Sung”, Former Philadelphia Eagles GM Comments on Leading Chinese Dance Show

Posted by Author on January 2, 2010


By Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times Staff, Jan. 1, 2009-

PHILADELPHIA— Former Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Jim Murray saw Shen Yun Performing Arts‘ inaugural show at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Jan. 2.

“It was like the Great Wall was sung, it was spectacular! There are no words to describe it,” this man of many ‘firsts’ declared.

Mr. Murray was the youngest General Manager to ever be appointed in the NFL, and in that role, he took the Eagles to their first Superbowl appearance. He also established the first Ronald McDonald House, now a global network of temporary residences for parents of children hospitalized nearby.

“The scenery was outstanding, but the most beautiful parts were the dancers themselves, not just their ability to dance, but to communicate and talk to each other in dance,” he enthused. Mr. Murray’s wife is a professional dancer and choreographer.

The Shen Yun performers’ intent is to capture the “substance and spirit” of Chinese traditional culture, according to the Shen Yun Touring Company Manager Vina Lee.

“I have a blessing tonight, sharing this beautiful experience, the beauty of China through dance,” Mr. Murray added. Read the rest of this entry »

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