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“China bad? America the same !”- Chinese Professor’s Open Letter to Bush (1)

Posted by Author on July 21, 2007


By Professor Li Houzhu, from Future China University (in Chinese), Via The Epoch Times, Jul 19, 2007-

Honorable President Bush,

First, please allow me to pay a personal tribute to you and your family. May God bless you and your family with good health and peace.

I am a Professor of Philosophy at Future China University, and am currently living in mainland China. Under the rule and tyranny of the Chinese communist regime, I know first hand under what kind of miserable conditions Chinese people must live. Owing to my belief in the United States and my pursuit of freedom and democracy, I am writing you this letter to give you the perspective of what a Chinese intellectual has heard and witnessed in mainland China. It is my hope that this can provide a reference for setting foreign policies that meet with the true wishes of Chinese people.

First, let me discuss how average Chinese people view the U.S.

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) schools have been continually instilling its students with notions such as, “The United States interferes with other countries’ internal policy making, provoking wars, and slaughtering foreigners at will”, “The United States is the biggest threat to the world peace”, “America is hostile towards China, unwilling to see it become stronger and, therefore, takes every opportunity to make trouble for China.” Hearing these notions repeated throughout their education, Chinese students naturally develop hostility toward the U.S.

On September 11 when average American people were attacked, when people all over the world were shocked and saddened by this atrocity, China’s college campuses were filled with celebration and joy. The college students happily spread the exciting news, celebrating that the U.S. had finally been attacked.

The CCP’s education also misrepresents American democracy, claiming that American democracy is a false democracy. They claim that this democracy exists only within the upper classes, merely serving as a dictatorship to average people. They teach that American politics is monetary politics, pointing out how every election spends billions and billions of dollars.

Under this kind of indoctrination, these students are unable to see what American democracy really is. These students have grown to accept the CCP’s tyranny, and therefore view such tyranny as something natural and legal, mistakenly believing that the regime requires violence to protect its power. Likewise, they view America the same way.

Dear Mr. President, consider the most shocking Chinese phrase echoed by these students: “America is the same.” The CCP has made Chinese people believe that every government commits similar atrocities, suggesting that the crimes they commit are nothing special. Students carelessly comment, “Which regime isn’t this way? America is the same.”

Students in mainland China don’t understand what press freedom is or what democracy is; neither do they really know anything about modern civilization. Their hearts are filled with hatred. Day and night, they imagine ways to instigate a war with the U.S. to defeat American imperialism. Average Chinese people know nothing about the real America, and they are hostile to the U.S. But don’t blame the Chinese people who are naturally compassionate. Look to the hostile indoctrination of the CCP.

Honorable Mr. President, during the remainder of your term in office, if you are committed to building a firm foundation, upon which a Sino-America relationship will truly develop in harmony, there is much to be done. In fact, your speech at the opening ceremony for the Monument for Victims of Communism was already the first gratifying step forward toward accomplishing this goal. We are hoping that you will continue to strive to make efforts along this path.

What the CCP is most afraid of is U.S. criticism. I urge you to start noting and criticizing the CCP’s systematic education defaming America. This is a very practical starting point, which is closely linked to benefiting American interests.

This is my first recommendation to you. ( to be cont’d…… )

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>> America Is At a Crossroads- Chinese Professor’s Open Letter to Bush

– Original report from The Epoch Times: An Open Letter to the President of The United States

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China Police Raid Bible School, 10 Christians Arrested, 2 Beaten

Posted by Author on July 20, 2007


press release, China Aid Association (CAA), Jul 19 2007-

(excerpt)

Midland, Texas (CAA)- CAA learned that at 4 pm on July 11, Zhongzhuang House Church in Jianhu City, Jiangsu Province, suffered persecution.

According to eyewitness reports, while the church was conducting a Vacation Bible School (VBS) named “Harmony Express,” the county government, the Public Security Bureau (PSB), and the Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), along with policemen, sent 10 vehicles. They took away 8 people from the church, including the pastor of the church and teachers for the VBS.

In assaulting the church members, they resorted to brute force and injured 2 of the church workers.

One of them, brother WANG Ya, is still going through emergency treatment in a hospital after he lost consciousness for half an hour. Another brother has had 3 stitches.

The 2 brothers who were hospitalized were so beaten that blood came out from their mouths.

A total of 10 people were taken away by the PSB, including the church leader Pastor ZENG Zhengliang.

Church property, including a video camera, a computer and movie camera, were taken by force without receipts.

The 150 children were traumatized and they asked to leave the school.

Pastor ZENG used to be a respected pastor in the local TSPM church, but last year he was forced to leave the TSPM because he didn’t agree with the TSPM’s liberal, government-dictated theology. After being forced to leave the TSPM church, Pastor Zeng planted a house church.

– Excerpt from original report by China Aid Association: 15 House Church Leaders Arrested in Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu and Anhui; a VBS for 150 Children Attacked with 2 Teachers Seriously Wounded by Police Violence

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“huge waste of taxpayers’ money”: Billions embezzled by China officials

Posted by Author on June 29, 2007


Rowan Callick, China correspondent of The Australian, June 28, 2007-

CHINA’S Auditor-General, “Iron Face” Li Jinhua, yesterday delivered his annual report to parliament, revealing massive embezzlement in government ministries and agencies.

The details are in the document handed to the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, which meets in private.

But the state news agency Xinhua listed the most troubling findings of the National Audit Office, whose boss earned his nickname by his unyielding exposure of official theft.

The National Development and Reform Commission, the chief planning agency of the Government, the Culture Ministry and 25 other major departments embezzled $430million.

The State Environment Protection Administration, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA), the General Administration of Press and Publication, the All-China Federation of Co-operatives, the General Administration of Civil Aviation (GCAA), and 13 other agencies embezzled $74 million.

The Ministry of Information Industry, the GCAA and two other departments built extravagant offices and training centres without approval or beyond the approved budget worth $271million.

The Water Diversion Office (charged with diverting water flows from south to north China), the General Administration of Customs and 31 other agencies diverted $134 million from the budgeted programs to entirely different activities.

The Education Ministry, the STMA and 19 other departments spent a total of $3 billion, for which there was inadequate explanation or other problems.

The Academy of Sciences, the Water Resources Ministry and 11 other departments invested $356 million in poorly managed projects, or in areas where the ownership remains uncertain.

The National Audit Office is a cabinet-level agency reporting to the Premier, Wen Jiabao. But Iron Face Li said this week it would in future report to the National People’s Congress, moving its accountability from the executive branch, which it audits, to the legislature.

In last year’s annual report, Mr Li revealed that in 2005 only $56 billion of $127 billion allocated to local government projects reached its destinations. He compared the process to a canal that winds its way through China’s timeless landscape, most of the water seeping away en route to its destination.

“The surprisingly high operating cost of the Government is a huge waste of taxpayers’ money,” he said.

Before presenting his latest report, Mr Li said local governments would now have to pay for mislaid social security funds.

His latest audit follows a survey by the National Economic Research Institute that claims China has a huge “grey income” hidden from the official statistics.

The institute says the 10per cent of families with the highest income earned $15,132 per head in 2005, not the $4524 the National Statistics Bureau had reported.

And major sources of this “grey income” include the administration and widespread bribery for licences.

Original report from The Australian

Related:
“Grey Income” Report: 55 Times Difference Between The Rich and Poor in China, Chinascope, 6/13/2007

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Students Associations- Front Organization of China (3): USA

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Jun 24, 2007-Frank Xie

Recently the Chinese Cultural Club of New York University (NYUCCC) in a statement posted on its Web site attacked New Tang Dynasty TV’s International Chinese Classical Dance Competition, attempting to prevent the contest from being held in an NYU auditorium. The NYUCCC’s actions have attracted attention to how the Chinese consular officials control and manipulate the student bodies in the universities and colleges in the U.S.

Dr. Frank Xie (photo right) knows something about the role the Chinese consular officials play in Chinese student associations. Now a professor at the College of Business of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Xie once served as Vice President of Chinese Student and Scholars Association of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the first Chief Executive of the American Midwest Chinese Student and Scholars Solidarity Union, representing Chinese student groups from 40 universities in 11 states in the Midwest United States.

In the heady years of 1988 and 1989, Xie saw Chinese students throw off consular control, and then, in the years following the Tiananmen Square massacre, he saw Chinese consular officials reassert control over the student associations.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Xie reflected on the changes he has seen in the Chinese student associations and their relations with the consular officials who seek to use them.

Shadow Government

Xie said that, when he was a graduate student at Peking University, he was elected in a democratic election as a member of the Executive Committee of the Graduate Students Government, and served as its Secretary of the Department of Student Affairs. He found even then that although there was a democratic election, the senior leaders were secretly decided on by higher authorities. For example, the presidents of the Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government were both chosen by the university’s Communist Party Committee and Committee of the Communist Youth League.

In 1986, Xie became a student at Purdue University in Indiana. The school had a Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), which was apparently under the control of the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago. Officials from the consulate came to the school frequently and Xie and other Chinese students felt that they were not independent and free.

In 1988, Chinese students at Purdue held their own free elections, and Xie was elected Vice President of CSSA and began to get more involved in the student body’s operation.

He said, “I knew then that the CSSA was controlled by the Consulate General in Chicago. We became aware that a (Communist) Party Committee, like a shadow government, was operating behind our backs, and they were in close contact with the consulate. Officials from the Education Section of the Consulate often came to our school, and sometimes they met with all Chinese students, sometimes they met with some of us, and sometimes they met only with members of the Party committee. I still remember that when they came, they often stayed at the Travel Lodge Inn near Purdue campus.”

At that time, some student leaders at Purdue CSSA and those students who were dedicated to democracy in China invited many pro-democracy activists, such as the famous dissident Dr. Wang Bingzhang, to give talks at the university on China’s future, but those events made the consulate very upset. From time to time the consular officials met with the members of the Party committee to find counter measures.

Independent Federation

Professor Xie said, “Even prior to the student democracy movement in 1989, Chinese students at Purdue openly demanded that an independent student body be set up, free from the control of the Consulate. During the annual election, candidates stated that student leaders should not be the ones who were serving as secret informants for the consulate, and that we should get rid of the agents of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and set up a truly independent student body at Purdue. As a result, independent candidates won the elections, and the CSSA at Purdue became a real independent student group.”

Around the time of a large-scale demonstration in support of the democracy movement of June 4, 1989, hundreds of Chinese student leaders from over 40 universities and colleges in 11 states in the Midwest, including Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Iowa, gathered at Purdue, and officially established the American Midwest Chinese Student and Scholars Solidarity Union, Purdue was the first chairmanship university and Frank Xie was elected the first Chief Executive.

Thereafter, more universities and colleges in the U.S. formed their own independent associations of Chinese students and scholars, and the control from the Chinese consulates was nearly stopped.

Professor Xie added, “Chinese students became awakened in the midst of the student movements in China and an international pro-democracy movement, and they all wanted to rid themselves of the control of the CCP and its consulates. All those students who stood up at that time were all opposed to the CCP and the Tiananmen Square massacre.

“Almost overnight, the CCP lost its control over the student bodies in U.S. universities and colleges. Those student leaders who were loyal to the consulates probably were touched and moved by students in Tiananmen, felt guilty of what they did, or somewhat afraid, so at that time those Communist controlled CSSAs were all replaced by independent federations,” said Xie.

Spies Help Break-up Independent Groups

According to Professor Xie, after independent Chinese student groups were established, the Chinese embassy didn’t give up. It controlled other students and had them form other student organizations, with an attempt to continue to exert their influence. For example, it formed a new organization at Purdue called “Purdue Zhonghua Club.” Its officially stated goal was to enrich students’ lives through entertainment and food.

“But we knew that they were supported by the Chinese Consulate. It was propped up by CCP members. What they say on the surface is that they are for the benefit of the students and are ‘not-involved in politics’, but we know their real purpose, which is against the pro-democracy movement and against the June 4th students,” said Xie.

Xie said, “Purdue Zhonghua Club received funding from the Chinese Consulate to host parties and show movies from China. At that time, it was rare to get videotapes of newly released movies from China. So, many students were attracted to it. The Consulate controlled the student bodies through giving money and things such as new movies to a certain group or withholding these things, at their discretion.”

Xie said that according to his friends in the democracy movement, from the very beginning, the FBI had been investigating all of the student activities supported by the Chinese embassy and consulates, including those of the Zhonghua Club.

At the same time, Xie also noticed spies were active within the American Midwest Chinese Student and Scholars Solidarity Union. Student agents inside the organization instigated conflicts among them, leading students to fight for profits and fame, and causing friction. He said, “The tactics used were very familiar—they were exactly the same as what the CCP is good at using.”

“In June 1989, we organized a 5,000-person rally in a lake front park of downtown Chicago, to support the student movement in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The former U.S. Senator from Illinois, Mr. Paul Simon, gave a speech to express support from the American people to pro-democracy students in China.

“I was the host of the rally, and an agent of the Chinese Communist government unplugged the power to our sound system. At the rally, dozens of former members of CCP announced their decision to quit party membership, to protest against the massacre. They signed their names on a big sheet of paper. We noticed some suspicious people taking photos of those who quit and their names and signatures.”

By then, Mr. Xie was told that his name was on a “blacklist” of 50 democracy advocates and leaders of the independent federations. Around 1990, when Xie’s passport was about to expire, he went to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago to renew it, only to see his request denied. The consulate official did not give a reason, just said that it was “according to directives from higher up.” “For a while, I was a person with no nationality,” said Xie.

Today’s Student Groups

“Most leaders of the independent Chinese student groups graduated around 1990 and 1991. As they left campus, the CCP returned. The Chinese students who came out of China later did not have the same experience we had. Inside China, people were brainwashed about the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Everyone was forced to deny the validity of the movement and to renounce it publicly. The massacre itself was also gradually forgotten.

“This led to the deterioration of independent student associations, and the CCP gradually strengthened its control. Later on, even ‘political assignments’ such as the persecution of Falun Gong, were extended to campuses in the United States,” recalled Xie.

“Around the time of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, under the then global climate of opinion, students were able to see [the nature of the CCP] more clearly. Their sense of justice and social conscience were evoked. Grassroots organizations, such as the independent federations, were formed. It was hard for the CCP to assert its influence.

“But since then, the drive for democracy has gradually diminished. At the same time, students became weary of being at odds with the embassy and consulates, for fear that they would run into trouble when renewing their passports or visiting family members in China. The student organizations have also been bought out by interest groups and even fought continuously for self-interest. The situation was very different.”

Xie said that from what he has seen, current leaders of the student organizations were all “appointed” by the Chinese consulates. Before, those under the direct control of the consulates didn’t always appear as heads of student organizations, although they were active participants of these organizations. But now, they are actively fighting for the most important positions. Xie said,

“When I ran for positions in the student organization, I was almost by myself. But very soon, I realized that my opponent had some forces behind them, which was the support of the invisible ‘party committee.’ The ‘committee’ decides who should win the election. After the person was decided, various people from that committee would start to lobby and push for that person through different channels.”

“Back then, ‘patriotism’ was often used as the driving force for CCP loyalists to run for positions in student groups. Nowadays, as the reputation of Communism in China is rapidly deteriorating, and their ideology falling apart, these student leaders are mostly driven by self interest,” said Xie.

Xie believes that Chinese students in the United States today are more pragmatic and interest-driven than 20 years ago. He pointed out that, in general, students from China only wanted to finish their education here and go back to China, and they don’t necessarily know the inner workings of the student groups or clubs at their school.

According to Xie, today’s Chinese students care more about themselves and generally lack a sense of justice and a sense of responsibility to society. They also lack compassion towards weaker and discriminated groups in society.

“They have not been able to learn the best of the Western cultural tradition, but have instead brought the worst tactics and practices of the Communist Party to democratic societies. That is truly troublesome,” said Xie.

Nonetheless, Xie concluded the interview on a positive note. He hopes to see the students from China learn the ideals of freedom and democracy from the West, and apply them back in China. He also hopes that Chinese students are clear about the criminal acts of the CCP and its agents and would understand that the real hope and future of China does not lie with the Party.

original report from Epoch Times

Related:
Students Associations- Front Organization of China (2): Belgium
Students Associations- Front Organization of China (1): France
Communist China Allegedly Attacks Chinese Dance Event in New York, Epoch Times, Jun 20, 2007

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Students Associations- Front Organization of China (2): Belgium

Posted by Author on June 25, 2007


By Qing Yu, NTDTV Belgium, Jun 21, 2007, published on the Epoch Times-

The 2007 Chinese Classical Dance Competition that is scheduled to take place at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University aims at promoting Chinese dance and traditional Chinese culture. Recently the New York University Chinese Culture Club (NYUCCC) published a statement attacking the competition in order to stop it from happening.

Mr. Chen Yonglin, a former Chinese diplomat in Sydney, says that the NYUCCC has been established and controlled by the Chinese Consulate in New York.

Mr. Yang Lixin is able to speak from his own experience as a three-term vice-president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) in Belgium about the role played by NYUCCC. Below is an interview reported from NTDTV in Brussels.

Some Chinese students believe that the NYUCCC, a Chinese club trying to sabotage NTDTV’s Chinese dance competition, is controlled and funded by the Chinese Consulate. What exactly is the relationship between CSSAs and Chinese consulates in different countries? With this question in mind we interviewed Mr. Yang Lixin, who was a three-term vice-president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) in Brussels, Belgium.

Yang: “In fact many activities of the CSSAs are joint efforts of the associations and the Chinese consulates, which carry out part of their political mission by mobilizing the CSSAs. Of course the consulates, especially the education division, will provide funding.”

Responding to the actions of NYUCCC, Yang expressed his views, saying “Many Chinese students studying overseas think that maintaining a good relationship with the Chinese Consulates is a way to show their patriotism; they love their country, but have erroneously equated the Chinese communist regime with China.”

Yang: “I think that in reality Chinese students oftentimes may not know the orders issued by the consulates and the real purpose behind those orders, most of which have political goals. The overseas Chinese students should at least form their own opinions and judgments instead of being used as a political tool by the Chinese consulates. Otherwise they will discover that they have often been used.”

In addition to Yang’s account of the role of the CSSAs, from information on the CSSA websites in various countries, we can also see signs of the Chinese consulates’ control. The CSSA in Wuerzburg, Germany, for example, has published its constitution on its website, which includes this clause: “In the event that the CSSA is closed, the [Chinese] Embassy must be informed, and the money left must be returned to the embassy.”

– reports from The Epochtimes Website: Former Chinese Student Association Vice-President Speaks about Chinese Consulate Control

Related:
Students Associations- Front Organization of China (1): France
Communist China Allegedly Attacks Chinese Dance Event in New York, Epoch Times, Jun 20, 2007

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Students Associations- Front Organization of China (1): France

Posted by Author on June 25, 2007


By Ai Lin and Ming Wei, Sound of Hope Radio, Jun 23, 2007, published on the Epochtimes

FRANCE—On June 21, Sound of Hope (SOH) interviewed Ms. Chen Ying, the former wifeChen Ying of a staff member of the Chinese Embassy in France. Chen revealed how the Chinese communist regime manipulates the overseas student associations and turns them into spy agencies.

(Photo: Ms. Chen Ying)

“The education section in the Embassy is responsible for overseas student-related work. Many student associations and some scholar associations were established under the direction of the Embassy’s education section. Those organizations are actually the communist regime’s organizations,” said Chen.

According to Chen, in France, those organizations include the Chinese Scholar & Student Union of France (Union Des Chercheurs et des Etudiants Chinois En France—UCECF), The Association of Chinese Scientists and Engineers of France (Association des Scientifiques et des Ingénieurs Chinois en France—ASICEF), The Association of Chinese Jurists and Economists of France (Association des Juristes et des Economistes Chinois en France, — AJECF), to name a few.

“Those associations were established and developed under the direction of the Embassy’s education section.” said Chen.

Besides these organizations, there are also other associations directly organized by the Embassy education section. Although students participate in these associations, these organizations are in fact branches of the communist regime, only they take on the form of a student organization, Chen said.

“The Chairmen of those student associations are normally government funded students. The regime supplies money for them to study abroad; there are many requirements and restrictions in place for them.” said Chen.

“The Chairmen are appointed by the embassy, normally funded by the Overseas Student Service Centre, or Committee of Overseas Student Foundation. They have to sign a contract. The embassy believes those students are more reliable and have ‘party spirit’ to some degree. They need to follow the regime’s requirements. The regime specifies how they [should] behave to comply with regime’s standard of how overseas students should be.”

Whenever there is an important activity, the diplomats from the Embassy education section would contact the leader of the student association to arrange activities to cooperate with the Embassy’s deployment.

“In general, the order is passed down level by level, from the central regime to the embassy, then to the education section, then to those leaders of the student association, then to the rest of the student members,” said Chen.

As an example, Chen explained how the Chinese Embassy in France carried out the policy of persecuting Falun Gong when the regime started the persecution in 1999.

“As I recall, when I was still in the Embassy, the persecution had just started. The regime was busy arresting Falun Gong practitioners in the mainland. The central regime passed down many policies particularly targeting diplomats and overseas students. The embassy immediately called meetings with embassy staff and student leaders, told them to stay away from Falun Gong, and organized them to watch video tapes defaming Falun Gong. All student leaders were made to make their attitude clear towards Falun Gong and to criticize Falun Gong.”

“Those students actually became the regime’s stick, a tool. This is something not very convenient for diplomats to do, but the student association could do it and (since it) has some influence on the society, so many important projects would be done by those students. After accomplishing the task, they (students) would receive benefits…they are seduced by interests.” said Chen.

“Inside the communist regime’s system, one could be fully controlled but still be unaware of it,” Chen said.

“Since the regime funds you to study abroad, they control you financially. Besides, students as such need to report to the Embassy in ten days after arriving at a foreign country. At the surface, it seems like they are caring for the students, but in reality, it is monitoring and control.”

Please lookout for SOH’s follow up report.

– report on the Epochtimes’ website: How the Chinese Embassy Works Through Chinese Student OrganizationsThe former wife of a staff member of China’s Paris Embassy reveals how the Paris Embassy controlled and used students

Related:
Communist China Allegedly Attacks Chinese Dance Event in New York, Epoch Times, Jun 20, 2007

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Communist China Allegedly Attacks Chinese Dance Event in New York

Posted by Author on June 25, 2007


Epoch Times, Jun 20, 2007-

NEW YORK—An international dance competition scheduled to be held at New York University early next month will take place as planned despite an attempt to sabotage it by the university’s Chinese Culture Club, says the competition’s organizer, the New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV).

According to NTDTV spokesperson Carrie Hung, New York University has said that the opinions of the New York University Chinese Culture Club (NYUCCC) do not represent the position of the university.

On June 8, NYUCCC posted an online statement attacking NTDTV’s Chinese Classical Dance Competition that is going to take place at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University July 7–8. The statement slanders Falun Gong, as Falun Gong adherents are involved with the TV station, and asks for support through an online petition in an attempt to “prohibit” the dance competition from taking place.

CCP Control

The NYUCCC online statement quotes the dance competition’s Web site as saying that “all songs and music that eulogize the Communist Party will be prohibited” and characterizes this statement as “an open defiance.”

This “defiance” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is said by the NYUCCC to shed “a very bad light on all Chinese students in NYU, and the whole Chinese students [sic] community in United States.”

Former Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin says that the NYUCCC, like many overseas Chinese students associations, is funded and controlled by the Chinese Consulate.

“The NYUCCC is in fact an organization founded and supported by the education office of the Chinese Consulate in New York. The main responsibility of the education office is to control and manage overseas Chinese students, so as to coordinate them in the effort to combat all organizations and individuals not in favor of the CCP; it is in reality an overseas extension of the CCP,” he said.

“The NYUCCC’s public letter is about the same as a document issued by the Ministry of Propaganda of the CCP,” says Chen, who defected from his position as First Consul at the Chinese Consulate in Sydney two years ago and has spoken out previously about the Chinese regime’s spy networks.

The CCP usually manipulates the Chinese student organizations in several ways, according to Chen, including providing funding for club activities, writing reference letters, providing scholarships to Chinese students who dutifully toe the party line, and co-opting Chinese students by giving them gifts, such as tickets to entertainment events. Failure to comply can result in threats to a Chinese student’s career opportunities.

Six Chinese students interviewed on the campus of NYU who say they are familiar with NYUCCC agree with Chen—NYUCCC is controlled by the Chinese Consulate.

Yang Lixin, who was a three-term vice-president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) in Belgium, also echoed Chen’s comments.

“In fact many activities of the CSSAs are joint efforts of the associations and the Chinese consulates, which carry out part of their political mission by mobilizing the CSSAs. Of course the consulates, especially the education division, will provide funding.”

An NTDTV news report says that the websites of CSSAs in various countries also show signs of the Chinese regime’s control. It points out that the CSSA in Wuerzburg, Germany, for example, has written in its constitution: “In the event that the CSSA is closed, the [Chinese] Embassy must be informed, and the money left must be returned to the embassy.”

Not Speaking

The NYUCCC says in its online statement that the club published the statement because “we must make our voice heard.”

The statement was first published on June 8. On June 13, the club removed from its Web site the contact information for its officers.

The Epoch Times attempted to interview two NYUCCC staff members: Xiao Ke, the club’s president, and Li Yi, who, according to the NYUCCC website, is currently one of the club’s vice-presidents and the Web site’s webmaster.

When asked about the club’s slander of Falun Gong and the dance competition, Li replied, “I am sorry I am not in charge of this,” saying that he was no longer a vice president of the club.

In calls to Xiao on the mobile phone number originally listed for him on the club’s Web site, the person who answered the phone declined to identify himself and then turned the phone off. An NYU student who prefers to remain anonymous confirmed that the number was indeed Xiao’s. In calls to the club’s offices, the reporter was told there was no one there by that name.

The Epoch Times has learned that the FBI is looking into the NYUCCC.

Why?

According to NTDTV, the International Chinese Classical Dance Competition is meant to promote authentic Chinese culture.

Commenting on why the NYUCCC would take such a high-profile approach to attack NTDTV’s cultural activity, Chen said, “It is because NTDTV is an independent TV station, which keeps reporting on the stories and grievances of China’s grassroots. This is a big, influential media that the Chinese regime is very afraid of. So [the regime] will try its best to attack NTDTV; it launches the attack through the overseas Chinese students and hides itself behind the scene.”

Yang from Belgium responded to the action of NYUCCC by saying, “Many Chinese students studying overseas think that maintaining a good relationship with the Chinese Consulates is a way to show their patriotism; they love their country, but have erroneously equated the Chinese communist regime with China.”

Yang cautions overseas Chinese students against being used by Chinese consulates as a political instrument.

NTDTV spokesperson Hung says that the Chinese students at NYU are most welcome to watch the dance competition and to make a judgment on their own about the cultural event.

– original report from the Epoch Times : CCP Allegedly Attacks New York Dance Competition

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Good Stories from China: The Impartial Confucius

Posted by Author on June 17, 2007


The Epoch Times, May 29, 2007-

Confucius, China’s great philosopher and teacher two and half millennia ago, had numerous students. Many of them came from afar to the Kingdom of Lu to learn from him. Mr. Chen Kang was among them.

Chen Kang was from the Kingdom of Chen. Because he was young and was a newcomer, he did not have the opportunity to listen to Confucius’s teachings one on one.

Oversensitive by nature, Chen Kang thought that Confucius did not pay attention to him because he was not from the Kingdom of Lu. Although Confucius seemed to treat all students the same during his lectures, Chen Kang still thought that Confucius did not care about him.

One day, Chen Kang asked Confucius’s son, Bo Yu, “Did your father give you any special teachings?”

Bo Yu thought a moment and said, “No. If you really want to know, he did give me instructions twice. Once, my father stood alone. When I walked quickly past the courtyard, he asked me, ‘Have you learned The Book of Poetry?’ I replied, ‘No, not yet.’ My father said, “How would you be able to respond properly in discussions if you haven’t learned the poems?’ So I went back to study The Book of Poetry. Another time, my father was again standing by himself in the courtyard. I passed by him, and he asked me, ‘Have you studied The Records of Ritual?’ I replied, ‘I haven’t.’ My father said, ‘How would you be able to hold your stand in society if you haven’t studied the rituals well?’ So I went back to study The Records of Ritual. These are the two times that I received his teachings one on one.”

On hearing this Chen Kang was delighted and said, “I really have gained a lot today. I only asked him one thing but learned three: I should study The Book of Poetry and The Records of Ritual, and I have learned that a noble man is impartial even towards his own son.”

Source: Adapted from Lun Yu, or Analects of Confucius, a record of the words and acts of Confucius and his disciples, as well as the discussions they held.

original article from  The Epoch Times

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Hundreds of Students Riot In Central China

Posted by Author on June 7, 2007


Reuters, Thu Jun 7, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Hundreds of Chinese students clashed with police and overturned and burnt their car after street inspectors beat up a female student, a police officer and witnesses said on Thursday, the latest in a series of public disturbances.

Students from several universities in Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan, went on the rampage on Wednesday after a student vendor was beaten by several inspectors as they cleared her unlicensed stall, a student witness told Reuters.

Last June, thousands of students from the same city smashed windows and ransacked their campus in a riot sparked by anger over the wording of their diplomas.

“I was also selling things on the street, and I could not take it any more, when I saw them even beating up a girl, so I joined the riot by throwing a brick at the inspectors,” a student from the Henan University of Finance and Economics said.

“I saw more than 10 people running after an inspector and trying to beat him, and some other people overturned a car and set fire to it,” other student witness said by telephone.

About 100 police, some armed with electric rods and shields, arrived on the scene, sealing the street and taking people away, the student said.

The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy put the number of students rioting at 1,000. One witness put it at 2,000.

A police officer also confirmed the riot.

“A lot of students were rioting last night, and the situation was quite serious,” the official, surnamed Wang, told Reuters. “The general city police office had to send more police to help,” she said by phone, adding that the case was under investigation.

The girl lost her front teeth in the clash and five students were detained by police, the rights centre said.

Six inspectors were detained, two were sacked and four received warnings, the local Dahe News paper said, citing a government notice.

Unrest of any kind is highly sensitive in China, whose Communist government prizes stability and brooks no challenges to its power. But student protests are an even more potent symbol because of a legacy of student activism, most recently in the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations on Tiananmen Square.

Clashes between members of the public and the inspectors, known as “cheng guan” and mainly responsible for cracking down on unlicensed hawkers suspected of selling unsanitary food or low- quality goods, are common.

In April, a roadside vendor in Beijing was given a suspended death sentence for slitting an inspector’s throat.

The inspectors were set up across China in the late 1990s to ease the burden on police and ensure cities were clean and orderly. But critics say they have become a huge interest group thriving on fines and confiscations with over-reaching power.

A widening gap between rich and poor, corruption and official abuses of power have fuelled demonstrations and riots around the country that are often sparked by seemingly minor issues.

original report from Reuters

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China University Dean Sacked for Criticizing Higher Education

Posted by Author on March 19, 2007


Reuters, Mar 19, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – A prestigious Chinese university has fired one of its deans days after he complained about being sidelined for bold remarks on academic freedom and berated the country’s higher education woes on the Internet.

Zhang Ming, dean of political sciences at Renmin University of China, posted articles detailing a row with his superior and attacking the “bureaucratization of Chinese colleges” on his well-read blog last week.

Zhang was formally stripped of his post on Friday, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Monday.

“They told me that I should be punished for … breaking the ‘hidden rules’,” the 50-year-old was quoted as saying.

Zhang remained a professor at the university and was likely to be able to continue teaching, the report said.

Zhang said in a March 12 blog post that he had irritated his superior last year by telling the media that the university had withheld some dissertation subsidies from graduate students.

The superior was also angry at Zhang for speaking up for a colleague he believed was wronged by a reviewing panel whose members were selected for their official ranks instead of academic achievement, Zhang added.

The university confirmed his dismissal as dean on its Web site, but denied the allegations Zhang made on his blog.

The Communist Party has kept a close watch on the Chinese intelligentsia since coming to power in 1949, by setting up party committees in all academic and educational institutions.

Controls have eased since market reforms began in the 1980s, but unorthodox studies or teachings are still frowned upon.

“Universities have become an officialdom … The over-intervention and manipulation of academia by power definitely fetters its growth,” Zhang was quoted as saying.

“How is China’s academia doing now? Does anybody overseas read papers written by Chinese scholars? Plagiarism and theft are rampant … Obedient kids are being taught to be minions.”

Renmin University’s School of International Studies, which administers Zhang’s department, dismissed his blog posts as “lies” which had “brought great pressure to the school,” “victimized its faculty” and “damaged its reputation.”

“Any organization has this or that problem with varying degrees. Professor Zhang made a precedent in China by whipping up the internal problem in the media,” read two rare open letters on the school’s Web site.

 – original report from Reuters

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China: The Human Cost of the Economic ‘Miracle’

Posted by Author on March 4, 2007


Press release, Amnesty International, 03/01/2007-

The millions of migrant labourers who are fuelling China’s economic growth are treated as an urban underclass, according to a new report by Amnesty International. Despite recent reforms, they are shut out of the health care system and state education, live in appalling, overcrowded conditions and are routinely exposed to some of the most exploitative working conditions.

“China’s so-called economic ‘miracle’ comes at a terrible human cost — rural migrants living in the cities experience some of the worst abuse in the work place,” said Catherine Baber, Deputy Asia Pacific Director at Amnesty International. “They are forced to work long stretches of overtime, often denied time off even when sick, and labour under hazardous conditions for paltry wages.”

“As well as being exploited by employers, migrant families face discriminatory government regulations in almost every area of daily life. They are denied housing benefits and health insurance available to permanent urban residents and their children are often effectively shut out of the state education system.”

There are estimated to be between 150-200 million rural workers who have moved to China’s cities in search of work and the number is set to grow in the coming decade. In some cities they make up the majority of the population.

Internal migrants are required to register as a temporary residents with local authorities under the hukou (household registration) system. Those who manage to complete the often laborious process still face discrimination in housing, education, health care and employment on the basis of their temporary status. The many who are unable to complete the process are left with no legal status, making them vulnerable to exploitation by police, landlords, employers and local residents.

“The central government has taken some steps to improve the plight of migrant workers, but the biggest issue remains entrenched — the hukou (household registration) system continues to discriminate against people on the basis of their social origin,” said Catherine Baber. “The government must reform the hukou system and also push local authorities to implement existing laws that are meant to ensure health care, fairer conditions of employment and free primary education.”

Managers use a variety of tactics to prevent workers resigning. Internal migrants are typically owed back pay, meaning those who quit their job lose at least 2-3 months wages. Employers often purposefully withhold wages before the lunar new year to ensure workers come back to their jobs after the festive period — meaning millions of migrants are unable to buy train tickets home for the holidays. Managers often illegally force workers to pay a deposit to prevent them switching jobs. Because of their insecure status under the hukou system, internal migrants are not likely to complain.

Such tactics allow managers to deal with the growing labour shortage without having to raise wages. This helps explain why wages have not risen significantly in response to labour shortages, as one would expect under normal market conditions.

One migrant, 21-year old Ms Zhang, worked in a clothing factory on the outskirts of Beijing. The workers had not been paid for 3 months and they decided to cut their losses and leave. But they were locked into the factory and needed permission slips to leave. Finally one of them stole the key to the gate and they left en masse so the guard couldn’t hold them back. Ms Zhang recounted: “At the time, we were really pleased with ourselves… In fact, there were those in our group who had lost four months of wages.”

Millions of children of internal migrants are also affected and struggle to get a decent education. In many areas they are effectively shut out of state schools by their parents’ lack of local hukou registration, by charges levied exclusively on migrants or by high school fees.

“China has committed to providing free primary education, but despite the efforts of the central government, state schools still charge fees that make primary education unaffordable, particularly to internal migrants,” said Catherine Baber. “These millions of children are China’s future: the government must allow them an education.”

original report from Amnesty International

This report in Chinese

Related:
China’s Hukou System: Discrimination and Abuse of Rights of Migrants, Amnesty International

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China: Education – No.1 Expense for Chinese Households

Posted by Author on January 23, 2007


The Epoch Times, Jan 21, 2007-

CHINA—According to the Beijing Youth Daily , China Youth & Children Research Center (CYCRC) reported that university tuition is 25 times higher now than it was 18 years ago. The percentage increase is almost 10 times higher than salary increases for urban residents during the same time period.

Expenses for children’s’ education exceeds that of retirement and housing costs and has become the No.1 expense for Chinese households.

The report was published on January 10, 2007. Currently, university fees in China range from 5,000 to 10,000 yuan (approximately US$641 to $1,282) per annum, which is 25 times higher than it was in 1989. Personal income of urban residents increased only 2.3 fold.

Twenty years ago the average fee for higher education went from zero to 200 yuan (approximately US$25) per annum. By 1995 it was 800 yuan (approximately US$102) per annum, and by 2005 it was 5000 yaun (approximately US$641).

Adding housing and living expenses, an average university student will spend 40,000 yuan (approximately US$5,129) in four years. However, China doesn’t have a student loan system, which would allow students to borrow money from the government and pay it back after they start working.

A researcher from CYCRC said that “saving for their education” is the top motivation for Chinese people now.

The Chinese government isn’t allocating enough funds for education and thus the people are carrying the burden of obtaining an education.

In certain regards, the increase in tuition is already interfering with people’s daily living standards. Many households are suffering because they are paying university expenses.

Sun Jiye, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said, “The most difficult thing for a family is for the children to go to college. Most people qualify for admission but just can’t afford to pay the fees. A family’s income from an entire year isn’t enough for a child’s college tuition. With just one person attending college the whole family can fall into poverty.”

Students in other countries usually pay about 15 percent of the actual costs. In China, the student share is about 44 percent. The decrease in governmental funding in education in recent years has made it difficult for Chinese students.

Education departments in China were recently accused of illegally charging over 1.7 billion yuan (US$200 million) in fees. The Department of Education said that they have not adjusted the standard college fees since 2000; -“however, it is very difficult to estimate the cost of educating students since there are so many factors involved.”

Obtaining a university education has become a top concern for the Chinese people in recent years. The book The Fading University analyses the ability of people to obtain a university education in the 1930s compared with now.

In the 1930s, national universities charged 22 to 40 silver yuan per annum, normal colleges were free, private universities charged 45 to 120 silver yuan per annum, and church universities charged 160 silver yuan.

Back then, an average worker earned 264 silver yuan per year. Hence in the 30s, a student from an average family could afford to go to an elite school, such as Beijing University or Tsinghua University.

In 2005, an average university student spent 10,000 yuan (approximately US$1,282) per year. A farmer from a village makes 2,936 yuan (approximately US$376) per year. It would take 13 years to pay for a college education, assuming he doesn’t spend the money elsewhere.

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original report from  The Epoch Times

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Syphilis Rates ‘soaring in China’

Posted by Author on January 11, 2007


By Jill McGivering, BBC News, 12 January 2007-

A new report published in a leading medical journal suggests China is seeing alarming and rising rates of the sexually transmitted disease, syphilis.

The Lancet reports that China – which virtually eliminated syphilis in the 1960s and 70s – is now seeing the disease return with alarming intensity.

It reveals that reported rates have risen from 0.2 cases per 100,000 in 1993 to 5.7 cases per 100,000 in 2005.

Dramatic intervention is now needed, a co-author of the report says.

The study involved doctors from China’s National Centre for STD Control in Nanjing and from the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine.

Dr Myron Cohen, a co-author of the report, described the spread of the disease as “fantastically rapid”.

Spreading HIV

The disease is most prevalent amongst those in particular high-risk groups, like commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men. In those groups, as many as one in ten to one in five has syphilis, according to some of China’s top specialists.

But syphilis is also spreading quickly in the general population. An area of particular concern is the surge in congenital syphilis – the number of babies born with the disease, after contracting it in utero from infected mothers.

It is reported that about 3,400 Chinese babies are being born each year with congenital syphilis. The figure has risen dramatically since 1991 – by more than 70% each year.

Syphilis is an aggressive and dangerous disease in itself – but Dr Cohen says its rise also has wider implications, giving a sense of the rapid spread of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) too.

“If we are seeing syphilis spread, we have to be concerned that other STDs are spreading as well,” he told the BBC.

“Also we have reason to believe that syphilis helps to drive HIV. So we have to be concerned that untreated syphilis will amplify the spread of HIV as well.”

‘Deeply conservative’

So why is there such dramatic spread? It is being fuelled in part by rapid social change.

The large numbers of migrant workers in China, increasing prostitution and more extramarital sex – along with low condom use – are all key factors.

The need to pay for health care now may deter people from getting early tests and treatment.

Chinese society is still deeply conservative with little open discussion about sex at any level.

That severely inhibits the exchange of information at all levels, from within families and sexual relationships to information campaigns in schools, universities and in the media.

There may even be a biological reason too for the rapid rise.

Chinese adults, who are sexually active now, had no exposure to syphilis for decades. Some scientists say that has left today’s population with very little immunity to it.  (- original report from BBC News)

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Clashes After China Migrants’ School Closed in Shanghai

Posted by Author on January 10, 2007


BBC News, Tuesday, 9 January 2007-

Chinese authorities have forcibly shut a school in Shanghai for 2,000 children of poor migrants, sparking clashes with parents and teachers, it is reported.

About 300 government officials and police interrupted classes and ordered pupils onto buses at Jianying Hope School in the Putuo district on Friday.

The fracas occurred on Monday after parents returned to demand the children be allowed to finish their school term.

The pupils were mainly children of migrant workers from Anhui province.

The Xinan Evening News, a newspaper published in Anhui province, said police dispersed the crowd, beating and pushing people, although no arrests or serious injuries were reported.

The Putuo district police declined to comment on the incident.

Local education officials said the school was closed because its “environment was unsuitable for teaching” and the teachers were “unqualified”.

The school’s lease was also said to have expired and that it was situated in a land clearance area – earmarked for property or industrial redevelopment, the newspaper reported.

“Police, city management officials and education bureau officials rushed into our school without giving us any notice,” the school’s director, Zhen Maohui, told AFP news agency.

“They told us that Jianying is an illegal school and the teaching here was not up to standard,” said Mr Zhen.

Reports said the students were being transferred to another school in western Shanghai.

‘Steep tuition fees’

The BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Beijing says migrants’ low pay and long hours has given Chinese manufacturers a great competitive advantage.

But the workers share few of the rights enjoyed by China’s city dwellers and are often subject to discrimination, our correspondent adds.

Under Chinese law, children of the country’s tens of millions of poor migrant workers are often barred from attending local schools unless they pay steep fees.

Last month, China announced plans to abolish tuition and other fees for 150 million rural students, in a bid to narrow the gap between wealthy coastal provinces and poorer regions.

However, children of rural families who have migrated to China’s booming cities will not be included.

Last year, the Beijing city government began a campaign to shut down up to 239 unregistered migrant schools attended by more than 95,000 children.

While these schools are usually unregistered, human rights groups say they exist because of the government’s refusal to help migrant workers and their families.

Strong demand for land for urban redevelopment in Shanghai, Beijing and other cities has also sharpened such conflicts. (- original report )

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China Turns Its Back on ‘Barefoot Teachers’

Posted by Author on December 31, 2006


By Maureen Fan( from  Washington Post) , Minneapolis Star Tribune, U.S., December 30, 2006-

JINZHOU, CHINA– For more than 30 years, Sun Jingxia taught math and Chinese to elementary school children in the small northeastern village of Jinzhou. She was a poor farmer who had not even completed high school.

But equipped with a middle school education and a correspondence course from a vocational teaching school, Sun devoted herself to filling a desperate need for teachers in the countryside. She earned $1.60 a month when she began teaching in 1974 and collected a stack of awards and honors over the years. As one of the hundreds of thousands of nonprofessional, or “barefoot,” teachers in this country — peasants with little more than a vocational school certificate who help teach their impoverished neighbors — Sun was part of a special time in Chinese history.

Several years ago, however, the government decided it wanted to raise the standard of rural education. And now, although many barefoot teachers have qualified to become professionals, Sun and thousands like her have been cast aside. Some have lost their jobs, others their pride.

The manner in which that happened speaks volumes about how difficult and wrenching the modernization of China’s creaking socialist system can be, especially for a class of people once celebrated as the heart of the Communist Party.

The ideals championed when Sun started her career, such as embracing poverty and making do, have been replaced by a focus on higher incomes and on finding jobs for young college graduates. Now, barefoot teachers are just in the way.

“I devote my whole life to this school,” Sun said. “It’s so unfair.”

Some researchers say times have simply changed. To have a sound and balanced education system, they say, China cannot keep employing nonprofessional teachers.

“It’s just like the laid-off workers in the state-owned enterprises,” said Hong Jun, a professor at Northeast Normal University’s Institute of Rural Education. “China is a populous country with surplus labor forces.”

What has happened, he said, is “the price of reform.”

The plight of those teachers also illustrates how difficult it can be for Chinese leaders to improve conditions in the countryside while staving off rural unrest. The teachers are now joining the swelling ranks of petitioners — a group Beijing does not want to see grow.

Barefoot teachers in Liaoning Province were not supposed to have been shoved aside. Officials in the provincial capital of Shenyang said teachers like Sun could be promoted to professional status, which would pay three to six times more than what they had been earning.

To make the shift, though, they had to meet certain criteria. One was to pass a test.

Sun recalled being so nervous that day in 2002 that her hands shook as she signed her name on the first page of the exam. She hadn’t slept for two days, so her vision was blurry. Her reputation, career and long-awaited chance to raise her income all were at stake.

After the test, she said, she asked about her score, but her principal at first professed ignorance. Later, when she ran into him and demanded to know the truth, he told her that even with extra credit for her experience and awards, she had failed by one point. Sun said she crumpled into a heap by the side of the road, her bicycle clattering to the ground beside her.

“The test was not difficult; I knew the answers,” Sun, 53, said in a halting voice. “I was sick, and I was so nervous because this is the exam that will determine my fate. But I never expected I would fail it.”

In Jinzhou, about 2,900 barefoot teachers were promoted to professional status after the test, according to Wang Yinghua, 52, a barefoot teacher from a village 30 miles northwest of Sun’s home. About 800 were dismissed from their jobs.

Shortly after the test, the peasant teachers of Jinzhou began to hear stories about people promoted to professional status despite not having graduated from middle school, one of the necessary qualifications. They discovered former barefoot teachers who had not passed the exam. And they heard that some had bought their positions by paying local officials up to $6,400.

“As soon as I learned I had failed and there was corruption involved, we began to petition,” Sun said. “In July, we went to the Jinzhou municipality government office building. There were 200 barefoot teachers, and we sat in their yard for four days. None of us could afford a hotel; we just slept on the ground.”

That protest lasted more than a month, according to Wang, who also was dismissed after teaching 27 years. There were larger sit-ins in Shenyang late last year and again in March, June and July.

“Many of the new professional teachers are not even as good as us,” Wang said. “Some are shoe sellers from the market. Some are butchers. One is even mute. He doesn’t teach, but collects the salary and pays a cheap substitute to teach in his place. His father is a township government official.” ( original report from Minneapolis Star Tribune )

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Six Elementary Students Died Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In N. China

Posted by Author on December 17, 2006


China Scope, 12/15/2006-

Shanxi Evening Newspaper reported that, on the evening of December 4, 2006, six boarding school students from the teaching site at Nanyao Village of Pucheng Township in Pu County, Linfen City died in their dorm after dinner.

On December 8, the Shanxi Police Department announced that they died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

11 first and second grade students from three nearby villages come to this teaching site.

The dorm for boarding students is in the same room as a 3000W generator, partitioned by wooden boards. When the generator was turned on that evening, carbon monoxide leaked into the dorm and killed all six.

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Video(3): more about clashes between police and students

Posted by Author on December 8, 2006


more video can be found from youtube:

1 2 3 4 5

Back ground:

Police were called in to restore order this week (on Oct.20, 2006) as a private college in eastern China after thousands of angry students rioted, saying they had been cheated out of college diplomas promised when they were recruited to the school. It was the second such riot at a private Chinese college since June.

Students from Jiangxi province’s Clothing Vocational College marched through campus Monday after state media reported that school authorities had deceived new students about their eventual qualifications and issued fake diplomas…

Please check this Global Voices’ blog, and also get more information from following reports.More report:

Students Riot Over Diplomas in eastern China , Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.25
Armed police moved into campus, Planned Student Protest Stopped, Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.30

Related:
–  Video(2): China: Students Riot, Dispersed and Beaten by Police
–  Video(1): China: Students Riot, Police Moved Into Campus

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Video(2): China: Students Riot, Dispersed and Beaten by Police

Posted by Author on December 8, 2006


Back ground:

Police were called in to restore order this week as a private college in eastern China after thousands of angry students rioted, saying they had been cheated out of college diplomas promised when they were recruited to the school. It was the second such riot at a private Chinese college since June.

Students from Jiangxi province’s Clothing Vocational College marched through campus Monday after state media reported that school authorities had deceived new students about their eventual qualifications and issued fake diplomas…

Please check this Global Voices’ blog, and also get more information from following reports.More report:

Students Riot Over Diplomas in eastern China , Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.25
Armed police moved into campus, Planned Student Protest Stopped, Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.30

Related:
Video(1): China: Students Riot, Police Moved Into Campus

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Video(1): China: Students Riot, Police Moved Into Campus

Posted by Author on December 8, 2006


Some videos just posted on youtube website about the clashes between police and students in east China Jiangxi province, which was happend in late Octocber on Oct. 20 this year.

From above video, we can find out that:

– Armed police moved in to the campus

– Police inspecting student dorms

– Merchants in the campus scared and move away out from the campus

Back ground:

Police were called in to restore order this week as a private college in eastern China after thousands of angry students rioted, saying they had been cheated out of college diplomas promised when they were recruited to the school. It was the second such riot at a private Chinese college since June.

Students from Jiangxi province’s Clothing Vocational College marched through campus Monday after state media reported that school authorities had deceived new students about their eventual qualifications and issued fake diplomas…

Please check this Global Voices’ blog, and also get more information from following reports.More report:

Students Riot Over Diplomas in eastern China , Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.25

Armed police moved into campus, Planned Student Protest Stopped, Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.30

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Australia Hospitals ban training Chinese surgeons

Posted by Author on December 5, 2006


Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, December 05, 2006-

QUEENSLAND’S two major organ transplant hospitals have banned training Chinese surgeons because of concerns that China takes organs from executed prisoners.

Health Minister Stephen Robertson revealed the move in a letter tabled in parliament this week in response to a petition supporting the Falun Gong spiritual movement.

Falun Gong, which has about 100 million members worldwide, has accused the Chinese government of harvesting organs from thousands of members executed over the past seven years.

There also have been claims of live organ removal from people in detention centres and hospitals.

Mr Robertson said his department had been aware of the allegations relating to Chinese prisoners generally for a number of years and sought written assurances from the Chinese government that the practices did not go on.

When the assurances were not received, the Prince Charles Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital put in place a policy of not training any Chinese surgeons in transplant surgical techniques.

It is not known if they are the only hospitals in Australia to do so.

They also banned joint research programs into organ transplantation with China.

But Mr Robertson said the hospitals did undertake training of Chinese doctors in other areas of medicine.

The petition called on the Government to support moves by the recently formed Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG).

The coalition was set up to investigate the forced organ harvesting allegations and the illegal detention of Falun Gong practitioners.

It has sought to prevent Australian citizens from travelling to China for organ transplants and ban companies, institutions and individuals from providing goods and services to China’s organ transplant programs.

International reports have suggested that of the 60,000 organ transplants the China Medical Organ Transplant Association recorded between 2000 and 2005, only 18,500 came from identifiable sources.

original Melbourne Herald Sun report

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China Facing Worsening Unemployment Challenges

Posted by Author on December 4, 2006


http://www.chinascope.org, 12/04/2006-

On September 15th, Xinhua News quoted a speech on China’s labor market by Tian Chengping, China’s Minister of Labor and Social Security. Tian delivered a speech at a conference held at The Brookings Institution during his visit to the US in September. He said that the severity of China’s unemployment problems and the complexity of the situation have not been experienced by any other country.

Tian said the grim situation is the result of a severe imbalance between supply and demand and an outdated labor market structure. The rapid influx of workers from rural areas to urban centers worsened the situation in cities that were already bulging with unemployed workers.

China’s official statistics show that in the next few years, job seekers in urbanized areas will remain above 24 million but new positions and openings from attrition are predicted to be only 11 million—which could result in more than 13 million people without jobs.

Another reason for an increase in the number of job seekers is downsizing of state enterprises, which was reported to have let go 2 million people in late 2005. In the next three years, over 3.6 million state employees and 4 million from collectively-owned enterprises will join the masses of unemployed.

It was predicted that in the year 2006, 1.24 million university graduates would be unable to secure a job and on the top of that, over 100 million rural workers are also waiting to be hired.

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Appellants Refused Entrance to ‘China Human Rights Exhibit’

Posted by Author on November 24, 2006


By Feng Changle, The Epoch Times, Nov 22, 2006-

The “China Human Rights Exhibit” organized by the Information Office of the State Council opened on November 17 at the Nationality Cultural Palace Museum in Beijing. The organizer promised it would be “open to the public free of charge.” However, many appealers and residents who went to visit were refused entrance. Outside the exhibition, uniformed police and police in plain clothes swarmed the place and police vehicles shuttled back and forth.

( Photo: Police gather in front of the “China Human Rights Exhibit,” with multiple police vans present.)

An appealer, Ms. Guo from Beijing, said that on November 17, she came to the exhibit from a faraway suburb. She was kicked out for trying to submit a complaint. She told the reporter that she was a witness of how the Chinese regime violates human rights. The bridge of her nose bone was broken by a prison guard when she was illegally sentenced to eight months in prison by the regime, and she was beaten to be doubly incontinent. She still suffers from the consequences today, and cannot cure it. She was arrested because the police mistakenly thought she was distributing Falun Gong materials. She felt it better to die than to live. After being driven out of the exhibit, she was threatened immediately by a policeman that if she did not leave, she would be put into a police vehicle right away. She had to leave in silence with tears in her eyes.

Beijing appealer Sun Lianxi, who was refused entrance to the exhibit similarly said, “They even shamelessly held a human rights exhibit, where ordinary people do not have the right to visit. You see the number of police is even more than the number of visitors. This human rights exhibit should be held in an appealers’ village. There they have a true China human rights exhibit and there is no need to spend a cent in preparation. It is vivid and truthful. What is shown here is all fake, and one cannot view it at liberty. The government is very much afraid.”

Appealer Tian indicated that the newspaper, radio, and television reported extensively about this exhibit in recent days. Dong Yunhu, the vice-president and secretary-general of the China Human Rights Research Society said, “Holding such a comprehensive exhibit featuring human rights is the first in China and is unprecedented around the world,” and “the government respects and guarantees human rights.” Tian said, “It is completely deceptive and boastful. We came here and they refused to let us enter—are we not members of the public? Who is this exhibit for? They have such a big promotion, why are they afraid of letting people see it? Isn’t it that they have a guilty conscience and are trying to create a false impression? Holding a human rights exhibit in an appealers’ village would truly ‘publicize the historical achievements made by China’s human rights development.'”

Many appealers indicated that the regime promised to have this exhibit “be open to all of the public free of charge.” Tian continued, “Just look at the police vehicles here, and the police here, who are all glaring at us like a tiger eyeing its prey. You will then know if there are human rights in China. This exhibit needs police to protect it. Is it really for protecting the people or for monitoring the people? It is purely putting on a show. Holding a human rights exhibit, yet there are no human rights, not even the right to see it. ‘The government respecting and guaranteeing human rights’ is merely a facade and for show.”

The appealers told the reporter that on the morning of November 18, there were police vehicles and police dressed in plain clothes all around the outside of the exhibit. Six police vehicles were parked in front of the Nationality Cultural Palace Museum. Dozens of ordinary residents who went to see the exhibit gathered at the gate and were refused entrance.

An insider said, “The administration for this exhibit is very strict. They do not sell or distribute tickets. It is by invitation only, or by having work units book group tickets in advance. In a university, he saw a notice that stated, “On November 18 and 19, there will be a ‘China Human Rights Exhibit’ in the Nationality Cultural Palace Museum. Students who are interested in visiting please get tickets at the 303 office of student affairs.”

This exhibit will end on November 26. The China Human Rights Research Society will hold an “international human rights forum on respecting and promoting human rights and constructing a harmonious world” in Beijing from November 22 to 24.

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Six students trampled to death in China school

Posted by Author on November 20, 2006


Reuters, Nov 19, 2006-

BEIJING, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Six students were trampled to death at a middle school in eastern China and 39 were injured when a sudden panic caused them to swarm into a staircase, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

It was unclear what triggered the panic, but the report cited one pupil as saying students fell on top of one another after one of them squatted on the landing to tie his shoelace.

Five girls and one boy, all aged 12 and 13, were killed in the accident, which happened on Saturday following an evening class at a school in Duchang County in the province of Jiangxi.

Local authorities were investigating, but the report said they were holding the Tutang Middle School responsible and the principal of the school, which has 50 teachers and 1,600 students, had been detained.

Each family of the students who died was also given 20,000 yuan ($2,500) in compensation, Xinhua reported.

The incident was the latest in a string of school accidents.

Eight children were killed in a similar stampede in October 2005 in a primary school in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The same month, a boy was killed and 64 others injured when part of a staircase collapsed at a primary school in the northwest region of Xinjiang.

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