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China’s Bo Xilai Removal May Bring Down Politburo Member Zhou Yongkang, Analyst Says

Posted by Author on March 17, 2012


I spoke earlier with NTD Senior China Analyst Dr. Zhang Tianliang, who’s been following Bo Xilai’s situation closely. He said that Bo’s removal was not a surprise…especially after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao criticized Chongqing’s leadership on Wednesday. Dr. Zhang said that Wen’s remarks were highly unusual.

[Dr. Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:

“In front of the whole world’s media, the Communist Party now shows people that they are divided. This is very, very rare…It’s never happened after the Cultural Revolution that one Chinese official openly accused another Chinese official of faults or mistakes or crimes.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bo Xilai Fired- Wang Lijun scandal and political struggle in China

Posted by Author on March 14, 2012


Bo Xilai is Party chief of Chongqing no longer, according to the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily. The public destruction of Bo’s career—coming on the heels of a press conference held by Premier Wen Jiabao where Bo was publicly rebuked—is a dramatic climax to a political power struggle that first burst into the open last month when Bo’s lieutenant sought refuge at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. The dissident news website Boxun reported Wang accused Bo of plotting a coup to overthrow the next presumptive head of the CCP.

A People’s Daily notice indicated that Bo’s forced retirement was first announced by Wen who, responding to a question from a Reuters journalist, said, “The current Chongqing City Committee and government needs to self-reflect, and earnestly learn lessons from the Wang Lijun incident.” Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. House Probes Chinese Police Chief Wang Lijun’s Defection

Posted by Author on February 15, 2012


The House Foreign Affairs Committee is investigating whether the U.S. government mishandled a request for asylum from a senior Chinese Communist Party official who was turned away from a U.S. consulate after spending a night at the diplomatic post in southern China.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, disclosed the staff investigation in a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The probe followed a report in the Washington Free Beacon that the attempted defection of Chongqing Deputy Mayor Wang Lijun, a senior crime investigator, was mishandled last week, resulting in the loss of a potential inside source on China’s secretive communist leadership circle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun stepped down from office, exposing Bo Xilai’ corruption in the process

Posted by Author on February 5, 2012


Prior to 18th Session of Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Wang Lijun, police chief and vice mayor of Chongqing City, known as“anti-gangland hero”was suddenly exempted from the important position of police chief in Public Security Bureau.

Overseas news disclosed that an investigation has been started on Wang Lijun, due to his corruption and abuse of torture. The outside world analyzed and pointed out that Wang Lijun, an important underling of the Party Secretary of Chongqing City – Bo Xilai – stepped down from his office.

This indicated that Bo Xilai’s official career could not be maintained.Wang Lijun himself is in a precarious situation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Officials Fears Falun Gong Lawsuits, Diplomatic Cables Show

Posted by Author on January 12, 2012


Diplomatic cables show United States officials keeping an eye on the nearly 13-year-old persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice in China. The cables carefully note the often-panicked demands by Chinese officials for the United States to intervene in lawsuits that Falun Gong practitioners have brought against high-ranking figures implicated in the persecution.

A review of diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks from 1999 until 2010 reveals some little-known details about the persecution against the practice, Falun Gong practitioners’ responses, and the Chinese Communist Party’s reaction.

It also shows that Falun Gong is a recurring theme in the minds of Chinese officials. They worry ceaselessly about the lawsuits brought by Falun Gong practitioners overseas, and often nestle their complaints about it in dialogues on issues such as trade and economic policies, North Korea, or other issues of international significance. Read the rest of this entry »

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China ‘the largest hypocrisy in the world’, says Richard Gere

Posted by Author on January 11, 2012


The actor Richard Gere has labelled China the world’s “largest hypocrisy” and condemned the communist nation’s continuing occupation of Tibet during a television interview at a religious event in India.

Gere, a Buddhist who is a devotee of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, spoke out during an extensive primetime interview on English-language news channel NDTV 24×7 last night. The actor, who is in India for the 10-day annual Kalachakra Puja Buddhist celebration, said China had failed to gauge the level of cultural idiosyncrasy in Tibet.

“China is a very difficult place to live if you are a free thinker, if you are an artist, if you are a religious person, but especially in Tibet,” said Gere. “I think they (China) have so wrongly gauged the Tibetan people, thinking they could subvert the deep, deep, deep religious beliefs and make them true communists. It’s never going to happen. Their whole lives have revolved around Buddhism, around their teachers, around their gurus … the high ideals of Buddhism. They are not going to change that in a hundred years, two hundred years, a thousand years. That will never go away.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in China, Freedom of Belief, Human Rights, News, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, Social, Tibetan, World | 2 Comments »

Chinese citizens sent to mental hospitals by government to quiet dissent

Posted by Author on December 29, 2011


ZHENGZHOU, China – The electric acupuncture needles stung her scalp, and the drugs bloated her weight, gave her heart palpitations and brought on premature menopause.

But Wu Chunxia consented to the treatments at the psychiatric hospital because if she didn’t, she knew she would be strapped to her bed and left vulnerable to assaults from violent inmates.

“It was worse than hell in there,” says Wu, 37, of the Henan provincial psychiatric hospital in Xinxiang. “I feared I would be strangled at night by other patients.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China Clamps Down on Microblogs, Requires Account Holders to Use Real Names

Posted by Author on December 22, 2011


Netizens see a new rule requiring users to register with their real names as a bid to muzzle criticism.

New microblog rules requiring account holders to use their real names are being rolled out in two other major Chinese cities following the first clampdown on Twitter-like services in Beijing earlier this month.

Seven major websites in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, in the southern province of Guangdong, began on Thursday to ask new users to register with real names, the provincial publicity department said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Netizens Question Donation of School Buses to Macedonia

Posted by Author on December 17, 2011


Chinese Internet users are questioning their country’s donation of school buses to the European country Macedonia, less than two weeks after an overcrowded school minivan crashed in China, killing 19 preschool students.

Last Friday, China presented the European nation with 23 school buses. By Monday, more than half a million online comments about the donation were posted to China’s Weibo micro-blog service.

One common question: How could China donate brand-new school buses to another country when Chinese school children are subjected to shoddy and unsafe transportation conditions at home? Read the rest of this entry »

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US Politicians Increasingly Voicing Concerns About China

Posted by Author on November 23, 2011


As the United States struggles to revive its lagging economy and looks at security challenges abroad, China is increasingly being named as a key concern.  And with the U.S. presidential elections less than a year away, Beijing is getting plenty of mention – be it in the Republican primary, Congress or from the president himself.

The sharpest attacks have come during the Republican primary race, on the campaign trail and in debates such as one this week that focused on U.S. foreign policy.

Texas Governor Rick Perry named China as the biggest national security issue for the United States during that debate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese villagers demand return of illegally seized land

Posted by Author on November 23, 2011


Thousands of villagers angry that officials failed to address their grievances after riots two months ago marched to a government office in southern China to demand the return of land they say was illegally seized, witnesses and media said.

The protest came after a series of strikes in factories in Guangdong province, China’s economic powerhouse.

Rural land disputes are increasing and spreading to the undeveloped west of the country, according to a poll published in October in a magazine run by Xinhua news agency.

One witness identifying himself by his surname Yang said by phone that 4,000 villagers and farmers from Wukan surrounded government offices in Lufeng City on Monday. The protesters denounced local officials as greedy and corrupt. They dispersed after an hour without incident. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video purports to show Tibetan nun self-immolating

Posted by Author on November 23, 2011


BEIJING (AFP) — Dramatic video footage that purportedly captures the moment a Tibetan Buddhist nun burned herself to death in southwest China has emerged after it was smuggled out and given to a campaign group.

The video, which AFP cannot independently verify, was posted online by Students for a Free Tibet and shows a figure being engulfed in flames in the middle of a street before collapsing to the ground.

The group says the figure is Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old Buddhist nun who self-immolated on November 3 in a Tibetan-inhabited town in Sichuan province.

The Tibetans shown in the footage had “risked everything” to smuggle it out of China, said Tenzin Jigdal, programme director of Students for a Free Tibet, which has offices in New York and Dharamshala, the Indian town that is home to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreigners’ Appeal for Justice on China’s Tiananmen Square: 10th Anniversary

Posted by Author on November 22, 2011


Half a world away from home, I look into the mirror to see if the spy camera is visible. I am in Beijing, China, and have sewn a pinhole camera into the shoulder strap of my backpack. After catching my own eyes in the mirror, a bolt of fear stabs through my heart. Being caught as a spy in Mainland China is no small charge. They apply the death penalty for much smaller crimes.

After a brisk but shaky five-mile walk to Tiananmen Square, I stand aghast at the size. It’s really hard to imagine it filled with tanks and students. The day is bright and chilly. The gentle, cold north wind hits my face as I catch sight of the main flagpole. I arrive at the rendezvous point standing alone, wondering if they are going to make it.

Before I know it, over 30 people from over 10 countries, wearing their national flags, gather to appeal for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong. On cue, most sit in meditation while a few unfurl a 12-foot golden banner sporting three giant Chinese characters that read, “truthfulness, compassion, tolerance.” Passersby are shocked. I stand motionless capturing the event with my hidden video camera. In less than 30 seconds police vans scream in from all directions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ai Weiwei supporters strip off as artist faces ‘porn’ investigation

Posted by Author on November 22, 2011


When artist Ai Weiwei disappeared, supporters made online appeals for his return. When authorities handed him a £1.5m tax bill, they sent money to help pay it. And now that he faces an investigation for spreading pornography – his admirers have stripped off.

Internet users began tweeting their nude photographs after Ai announced that authorities had questioned his cameraman over pictures which showed the artist and four women naked.

Many Chinese contemporary artists have taken pictures of themselves without clothes, and the pictures of Ai that have emerged so far do not appear sexually charged. Some suspect that it may be an attempt by the authorities to smear the artist, whose 81-day detention this spring caused international outrage. Read the rest of this entry »

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China ups campaign against artist Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on November 21, 2011


(CBS News)  Chinese officials are escalating their campaign to silence a world-famous artist with a reputation for speaking his mind.

CBS News correspondent Celia Hatton reports that although Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous artist, even helping design the country’s Olympic Stadium, the government yesterday tried again to pin new charges on him. But these days, he’s better known as the Chinese government’s most outspoken opponent.

After 2008’s Sichuan earthquake, he headed his own investigation asking why schools collapsed while government buildings stayed intact. Since then, he’s railed against injustice, pointing out the unfair advantages of China’s elite. Read the rest of this entry »

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China records 300 million registered microblog users

Posted by Author on November 21, 2011


BEIJING (Reuters) – China has more than 300 million registered microbloggers, state media said Monday, one of its fastest growing groups of internet users that the government has vowed to control.

The country has the most internet users in the world, at 485 million, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing Zhang Xinsheng, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

It also has the world’s largest “internet infrastructure,” Zhang said. The statistics were released during an internet conference in China’s central Hubei province. Read the rest of this entry »

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New book, “Bowing to Beijing”, will change forever the way you think about China- Reviewed by Tony Blankley

Posted by Author on November 21, 2011


A just-released book, “Bowing to Beijing” by Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II, will change forever the way you think about China – even if, like me, you already have the deepest worries about the Chinese threat. As I opened the book, I was expecting to find many useful examples of Chinese military and industrial efforts to get the better of the United States and the West.

Indeed, there are 100 pages of examples of the most remorseless Chinese successes at stealing the military and industrial secrets of the West and converting them into a growing menace – soon to be a leviathan – bent on domination and defeat of America. The authors itemize the sheer unprecedented magnitude of this effort. But the opening chapters deal with human rights abuses, and my first thought as I started reading was that I wanted to get right to the military and industrial examples.

But the authors were right to lead with 50 pages itemizing in grisly detail Chinese human rights abuses – for the profound reason that after reading those first 50 pages, the reader will be impassioned to resist Chinese domination not only on behalf of American interests, but for the sake of humanity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feds Investigate New York City Comptroller John Liu’s Campaign Funding

Posted by Author on November 19, 2011


NEW YORK— A federal grand jury investigating possible irregularities in the campaign financing for New York City Comptroller John Liu has subpoenaed his campaign and a business whose employees were said to have donated to the campaign.

The New York Times, citing unnamed sources, reported that investigators are seeking records from his campaign as well as records from Maspeth, Queens-based Dynasty Stainless Steel, whose employees were said to have donated thousands to his campaign.

The probe was apparently prompted by a Times article published last month, which reported on journalists visiting close to 100 businesses and homes of the donors listed on Liu’s campaign finance reports. It raised questions about irregularities in the comptroller’s fundraising efforts, including where the money actually came from, if contributors gave their own money, or even if the donors ever existed. 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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Putin Wins China’s Confucius ‘Peace’ Prize for Opposing UN on Libya

Posted by Author on November 19, 2011


Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister and the man referred to by some as the “iron hand,” is the unlikely winner of this year’s so-called “Confucius Peace Prize.”

The prize was set up last year supposedly with the official backing of the Chinese regime’s Ministry of Culture. The prize was apparently a reaction to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, which enraged the Chinese regime.

Princeton University professor Yu Yingshi says the prize is a joke.

[Yu Yingshi, Princeton University Professor]:
“The so-called Confucius Peace Prize itself is fundamentally a joke, it ultimately has no value. I also feel that Russia’s prime minister won’t be interested in it, I’m not clear if he will accept it or not. I feel, in brief, this is a really laughable thing, it demonstrates how the Communist Party’s propaganda is completely out of touch with the times.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese medias quiet on Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on November 18, 2011


While the twists and turns in the case of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his tax demand are being closely followed by Western media, they are making no headlines in China.

Some 30,000 supporters have made small donations to Ai to help him pay a huge fine imposed by the authorities, which is seen by activists as part of a government effort to silence the outspoken artist.

But the official media have made almost no mention of the case in recent days.

A notable exception is the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid owned by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, which has published commentaries in both Chinese and English questioning the level of domestic support for him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ai Weiwei turns tables on China’s Communist regime

Posted by Author on November 17, 2011


By Pascale Trouillaud (AFP) , BEIJING — Artist and fierce government critic Ai Weiwei has turned the tables on China’s Communist regime by transforming a crippling tax fine he says is designed to silence him into a huge wave of solidarity.

The painter, sculptor, architect and activist was a thorn in the side of the government even before he managed to pay a 8.5 million yuan ($1.3 million) bond thanks to money raised by some 30,000 Chinese people in record speed.

The burly artist disappeared into police custody for 81 days earlier this year. He was released in June, but on November 1 was ordered to pay 15 million yuan in back taxes levied against a company he set up.

Days later, a spontaneous online movement to help Ai began. Supporters sent him money orders, cheques, Internet transfers, and even rolled bank notes into balls and threw them over the walls of his Beijing studio. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Chinese Soldier’s Divided Duty: Defending Home From Being Demolished

Posted by Author on November 17, 2011


Soldiers fight to defend home and country, but what happens when those two motives contradict one another? The slaughter last week of four deserters from the People’s Liberation Army, apparently on their way to their squad leader’s home, may have been ordered to prevent the Chinese people from asking that question.

On Nov. 9, the local police station at Shulan City in Jilin Province issued an alert. Four soldiers, all from a military base at Shulan, had escaped from the base between 4:30 and 6:00 a.m. They carried with them one model 95 automatic rifle (QBZ-95) and 795 bullets.

That afternoon, rumors started circulating on the Internet that four soldiers had been caught in Liaoning Province, which lies just southwest of Jilin Province. Some said that three of them had been killed on site and one seriously injured. Read the rest of this entry »

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