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Video & photo: Coming From the Divine Land– Chinese New Year Spectacular 2008 Show

Posted by Author on January 6, 2008


The beauty of the global tour in 4 continents of the show — the Chinese New Year Spectacular is an unforgettable experience.  Check on the official website to find out the date in your city !

Quotes:

“Wow!… a visit to a magical Shangrila!”– Performing Arts INSIDER “This is the true expression and manifestation of China’s 5,000 years of history and civilization.”– Corriere Della Sera, Italy’s top newspaper“It really is beautiful. The costumes are gorgeous. Beautiful!”– WABC Eyewitness News

Following photos: Philadelphia residents enjoy the show. (Photos from the Epochtimes website)

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Video below: Introduction of the Chinese New Year Spectacular 2008

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Rights Group Urges to Challenge China For Arrested Lawyer Family Member’s Rights

Posted by Author on September 29, 2007


Press release, China Aid Association (CAA), U.S, Sep 28 2007-

CAA learned the prominent Christian human rights lawyer in Beijing Mr. Gao Zhisheng and his family members were reportedly arrested again on September 23, 2007 after he sent an open letter to the US Congress and Senate on September 21. In the letter Gao lists numerous cases of grave human rights abuses in the name of hosting 2008 Beijing Olympics and urges the international community not to be fooled by the Chinese government propaganda. Earlier this year after being detained and even severely tortured for a number of months, Mr. Gao was sentenced to three years with five years probation because of his human rights defense work.

CAA also learned the Chinese government refused to issue passports for Mr. Gao’s wife Geng He and their two children after CAA President Rev. Bob Fu sent an invitation letter for them to come to Texas to  have a two-month summer retreat this year. CAA urges the international community to continue to press the Chinese government to free Mr. Gao and his family members.

“To deny innocent citizens’ rights to have their passports is against China’s own law,” said Bob Fu, “we urge the Chinese legal community to file legal challenge for Ms. Geng He and her two children for the sake of their rights abused by Xinjiang authority.”

– Original report from Chinaaid.org: CAA Urges Chinese Government to Release Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng and his Family Members

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Pollution Causes Millions of Abnormal Babies in China

Posted by Author on September 23, 2007


The Epoch Times, Sep 21, 2007-

Every year, about 800,000 to 1.2 million babies with abnormalities are born in China. A baby with abnormalities arrives every 30 seconds. The main reason is pollution, but its impact on human health has been a low priority with Chinese communist officials.

According to Xinhua News Agency, the regime’s official media, China has a high rate of babies born with abnormalities. Birth defects occur in 4 to 6 percent of all new-born babies. Among them, approximately 220,000 babies have congenital heart disease; 100,000 have neural tube defects; 50,000 have cleft lip; and 30,000 have Down’s Syndrome.

To prevent further increases in birth abnormalities, Chinese authorities set Sept. 12 as “a day to prevent birth deficiencies.” This year marked the second anniversary of this event.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Health, a third of deficient babies die after birth. Birth deficiencies have impacted a tenth of Chinese families, resulting in the financial burden of 1 billion yuan RMB (approximately US$133 million).

Experts from the National Center for Women and Children’s Health said the main reasons for the increase in the birth deficiency rate are pollution, an unhealthy lifestyle, and a delay in having babies. The birth deficiency rate in China is three times that of developed countries.

Communist Regime Classifies Environmental Pollution a Sensitive Issue

After 30 years of economic growth, China has now become the most polluted country in the world. Recently, China has experienced continuous public protests regarding environmental pollution. However, the communist regime regards environmental pollution a sensitive issue, limiting media reports on the subject.

Britain’s Financial Times reported in July that the regime asked the World Bank to delete a sensitive part in their report on environmental pollution in China.

The sensitive part included figures of nearly 750,000 Chinese deaths due to air and water pollution. The highest cause of pollution-related deaths is polluted city air. Every year there are 35.4 million premature deaths due to air pollution. The problem is particularly serious in big cities.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Video: Part 6, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party

Posted by Author on September 12, 2007


This is the 6th of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, by The Epoch Times, Dec 09, 2004, Video by NTDTV

On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture

Foreword

Culture is the soul of a nation. This spiritual factor is as important to mankind as physical factors such as race and land.

Cultural developments define the history of a nation’s civilization. The complete destruction of a national culture leads to the end of the nation. Ancient nations who had created glorious civilizations were considered to have vanished when their cultures disappeared, even though people of their races may have survived.

China is the only country in the world whose ancient civilization has been passed down continuously for over 5,000 years. Destruction of its traditional culture is an unforgivable crime.

The Chinese culture, believed to be passed down by God, started with such myths as Pangu’s creation of heaven and the earth [1], Nüwa’s creation of humanity [2], Shennong’s identification of hundreds of medicinal herbs [3], and Cangjie’s invention of Chinese characters [4].

“Man follows the earth, the earth follows heaven, heaven follows the Tao, and the Tao follows what is natural.” [5] The Taoist wisdom of unity of heaven and humanity has coursed through the veins of Chinese culture.

“Great learning promotes the cultivation of virtue.”[6] Confucius opened a school to teach students more than 2,000 years ago and imparted to society the Confucian ideals represented by the five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness.

In the first century, Shakyamuni’s Buddhism traveled east to China with its emphasis on compassion and salvation for all beings. The Chinese culture became more wide-ranging and profound.

Thereafter, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism became complementary beliefs in Chinese society, bringing the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) to the peak of its glory and prosperity, as is known to all under heaven.

Although the Chinese nation has experienced invasion and attack many times in history, the Chinese culture has shown great endurance and stamina, and its essence has been continuously passed down.

The unity of heaven and humanity represents our ancestors’ cosmology. It is common sense that kindness will be rewarded and evil will be punished. It is an elementary virtue not to do to others what one does not want done to oneself. Loyalty, filial piety, dignity, and justice have set the social standards, and Confucius’ five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness have laid the foundation for social and personal morality.

With these principles, the Chinese culture embodied honesty, kindness, harmony, and tolerance. Common Chinese people’s death memorials show reverence to “heaven, earth, monarch, parents and teacher.” This is a cultural expression of the deep-rooted Chinese traditions, which include worship of god (heaven and earth), loyalty to the country (monarch), values of family (parents), and respect for teachers.

The traditional Chinese culture sought harmony between man and the universe, and emphasized an individual’s ethics and morality. It was based on the faiths of the cultivation practices of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, and provided the Chinese people with tolerance, social progress, a safeguard for human morality, and righteous belief.

Unlike law, which prescribes hard rules, culture works as a soft constraint. The law enforces punishment after a crime has been committed, while culture, by nurturing morality, prevents crimes from happening in the first place. A society’s morality is often embodied in its culture.

In Chinese history, traditional culture reached its peak during the prosperous Tang Dynasty, coinciding with the height of the Chinese nation’s power. Science was also advanced and enjoyed a unique reputation among all nations. Scholars from Europe, the Middle East, and Japan came to study in Chang’an, the capital of the Tang Dynasty. Countries bordering China took China as their suzerain state. “Tens of thousands of countries came to pay tribute to China, even though they might have to be translated multiple times and clear successive customs.” [7]

After the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC), China was often occupied by minority groups. This happened during the Sui (581-618AD), Tang (618-907AD), Yuan (1271-1361AD) and Qing (1644-1911AD) dynasties and in some other times when ethnic minorities established their own regimes. Nevertheless, almost all these ethnic groups were assimilated to the Chinese ways. This shows the great integrative power of traditional Chinese culture. As Confucius said, “(Thus) if the people from afar are not compliant, bring them around by cultivating (our) culture and virtue.” [8]

Since attaining power in 1949, the CCP has devoted the nation’s resources to destroying China’s traditional culture. This ill intention did not come from the CCP’s zeal for industrialization, nor from simple foolishness in worshipping Western civilization. Rather, it came from the CCP’s inherent ideological opposition to traditional Chinese culture. Thus, the CCP’s destruction of Chinese culture has been planned, well organized, and systematic, supported by the state’s use of violence. Since its establishment, the CCP has never stopped “revolutionizing” Chinese culture in the attempt to destroy its spirit completely.

Even more despicable than the CCP’s destruction of traditional culture is its intentional misuse and underhanded modification of traditional culture. The CCP has highlighted the vile parts from China’s history, things that occurred whenever people diverged from traditional values, such as internal strife for power within the royal family, the use of tactics and conspiracy, and the exercise of dictatorship and despotism.

It has used these historical examples to help create the CCP’s own set of moral standards, ways of thinking, and system of discourse. In doing so, the CCP has given the false impression that the “Party culture” is actually a continuation of traditional Chinese culture. The CCP has even taken advantage of the aversion some people have for the “Party culture” to incite further abandonment of the authentic Chinese tradition.

The CCP’s destruction of traditional culture has brought disastrous consequences to China. Not only have people lost their moral bearings, they have also been forcibly indoctrinated with the CCP’s evil theories.

******************I. Why Did the CCP Want to Sabotage Traditional Culture?

The Long Tradition of Chinese Culture—Based on Faith and Venerating Virtue

The authentic culture of the Chinese nation started about 5,000 years ago with the legendary Emperor Huang, who is deemed to be the earliest ancestor of the Chinese civilization. In fact, Emperor Huang was also credited with founding Taoism—which was also called the Huang-Lao (Lao Zi) school of thought. The profound influence of Taoism on Confucianism can be seen in such Confucian sayings as “Aspire to the Tao, align with virtue, abide by benevolence, and immerse yourself in the arts” and “If one hears the Tao in the morning, one can die without regret in the evening.” [9] The Book of Changes (I Ching), a record of heaven and earth, yin and yang, cosmic changes, social rise and decline, and the laws of human life, was regarded as “Number one among all Chinese classics” by Confucians. The prophetic power of the book has far surpassed what modern science can conceive. In addition to Taoism and Confucianism, Buddhism, especially Zen Buddhism, has had a subtle yet profound influence on Chinese intellectuals.

Confucianism is the part of the traditional Chinese culture that focused on “entering the mundane world.” It emphasized family-based ethics, in which filial piety played an extremely important role, teaching that “all kindness starts with filial piety.” Confucius advocated “benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and faithfulness,” but also said, “Aren’t filial piety and brotherly love the roots of benevolence?”

Family-based ethics can be naturally extended to guide social morality. Filial piety can be extended to subordinates’ loyalty to the monarch. It is said that, “It is seldom that a person with filial piety and brotherly love will be inclined to offend those above.”[10] Brotherly love is the relationship among brothers, and can be further extended to righteousness and justice among friends. Confucians teach that in a family, a father should be kind, a son filial, an older brother friendly, and a younger brother respectful. Here, fatherly kindness can be further extended to benevolence of the monarch toward his subordinates. As long as the traditions of a family can be maintained, social morality can naturally be sustained. “Cultivate oneself, regulate one’s family, rightly govern one’s state and make the whole kingdom tranquil and happy.” [11]

Buddhism and Taoism are the parts of Chinese culture that focused on “leaving the mundane world.” The influence of Buddhism and Taoism can be found to penetrate all aspects of ordinary people’s lives. Practices that are deeply rooted in Taoism include Chinese medicine, qigong, geomancy (Feng Shui), and divination. These practices, as well as the Buddhist conceptions of a heavenly kingdom and hell, the karmic reward of good and the retribution of evil, have, together with Confucian ethics, formed the core of traditional Chinese culture.

The beliefs of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism offered the Chinese people a very stable moral system, unchangeable “so long as heaven remains.” [12] This ethical system offered the basis for sustainability, peace, and harmony in society.

Morality belongs to the spiritual realm; thus, it is often conceptual. Culture expresses such an abstract moral system in language that can be commonly understood.

Take the “Four Chinese Classics,” the four most renowned novels in Chinese culture, as examples. The Journey to the West [13] is a mythical tale. A Dream of Red Mansions [14] starts with a dialog between a spirited stone and the Deity of Infinite Space and the Tao of Boundless Time at the Baseless Cliff of the Great Waste Mountain—this dialog provides clues for the human drama that unfolds in the novel. Outlaws of the Marsh [15] opens with a tale of how premier Hong, in charge of military affairs, accidentally set free 108 demons. This legend explains the origin of the “108 outlaw militants of prowess.” Three Kingdoms [16] begins with a heavenly warning of a disaster, and ends with the inescapable conclusion of God’s will: “The world’s affairs rush on like an endless stream; a heaven-told fate, infinite in reach, dooms all.” Other well-known stories, such as The Romance of the Eastern Zhou [17] and The Complete Story of Yue Fei [18], all begin with similar legends.

These novelists’ use of myths was not a coincidence, but a reflection of a basic philosophy of Chinese intellectuals toward nature and humanity. These novels have had a profound influence on the Chinese mind. When speaking of “righteousness,” people think of Guan Yu (160-219 AD) of the Three Kingdoms rather than the concept itself—how his righteousness to his friends transcended the clouds and reached heaven; how his unmovable loyalty to his superior and sworn-brother Liu Bei gained him respect even from his enemies; how his bravery in battle prevailed in the most dire of situations, his final defeat in a battle near the Town of Mai; and, finally, his conference as a deity with his son. When speaking of “loyalty,” Chinese people naturally think of Yue Fei (1103-1141 AD), a Song Dynasty general who served his country with unreserved integrity and loyalty, and Zhuge Liang (181-234 AD), prime minister of the Shu State during the Three Kingdoms period, who “gave his all until his heart stopped beating.”

Traditional Chinese culture’s eulogy of loyalty and righteousness has been fully elaborated in these authors’ colorful stories. The abstract moral principles they espouse have been made specific and embodied in cultural expressions.

Taoism emphasizes truthfulness. Buddhism emphasizes compassion, and Confucianism values loyalty, tolerance, benevolence and righteousness. “While their forms differ, their purposes are the same…they all inspire people to return to kindness.” [19] These are the most valuable aspects of traditional Chinese culture based upon the beliefs in Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.

Traditional Chinese culture is filled with concepts and principles such as heaven, the Tao, God, Buddha, fate, predestination, benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, faithfulness, honesty, shame, loyalty, filial piety, dignity, and so on. Many Chinese may be illiterate, but they are still familiar with traditional plays and operas. These cultural forms have been important ways for ordinary people to learn traditional morals. Therefore, the CCP’s destruction of traditional Chinese culture is a direct attack against Chinese morality and undermines the basis for peace and harmony in society.

The Evil Communist Theory Opposes Traditional Culture

The “philosophy” of the Communist Party completely contradicts the authentic traditional Chinese culture. Traditional culture respects the mandate of heaven, as Confucius once said, “Life and death are predestined, and wealth and rank are determined by heaven.” [20] Both Buddhism and Taoism are forms of theism, and believe in the reincarnation cycle of life and death, and the karmic causality of good and evil. The Communist Party, on the contrary, not only believes in atheism, but also runs wild in defying the Tao and assaulting heavenly principles. Confucianism values family, but the Communist Manifesto clearly promulgates abolition of the family. Traditional culture differentiates the Chinese from the foreign, but the Communist Manifesto advocates the end of nationality. Confucian culture promotes kindness to others, but the Communist Party encourages class struggle. Confucians encourage loyalty to the monarch and love for the nation. The Communist Manifesto promotes the elimination of nations.

To gain and maintain power in China, the Communist Party first had to plant its immoral thoughts on Chinese soil. Mao Zedong claimed, “If we want to overthrow an authority, we must first make propaganda, and do work in the area of ideology.”[21] The CCP realized that the violent communist theory, which is sustained with arms, is the refuse of Western thoughts and could not stand up to China’s profound 5,000-year cultural history. “In for a penny, in for a pound.” The CCP then completely destroyed traditional Chinese culture, so that Marxism and Leninism could take China’s political stage.

Traditional Culture Is an Obstacle to the CCP’s Dictatorship

( …… more details from  the Nine Commentaries)

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China Needs To Speed Up AIDS Fight: U.N.

Posted by Author on September 10, 2007


By Jason Subler, Reuters, Sep 9, 2007-

DALIAN, China (Reuters) – China needs to speed up efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS by giving freer rein to civil society organizations and enrolling the help of companies, a U.N. official said.

Peter Piot, head of the United Nations AIDS agency UNAIDS, gave Beijing high marks for opening up official policy towards AIDS, once stigmatized as a disease of the West.

But a gap between centrally-made rules and implementation by local authorities was impeding prevention efforts, threatening China with an even bigger human and financial toll, Piot said in an interview.

“It’s act now, or pay later,” Piot said. “Given the fantastic economic development and the social transformation that is going on …, delaying or being slow in terms of implementing the policies will result in the spread of HIV.”

Side-effects of economic growth, including swelling populations, have helped feed high-risk activities like the sex trade and presented authorities with new challenges, Piot said.

Armies of men have moved from their villages to the cities to help build roads, office blocks and factories that serve as the backbone of the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

That economic engine is also being greased by roving businessmen, who are widely known to be another major client source for sex workers.

SEXUAL ENTREPRENEURS

“This whole, let’s say, sexual entrepreneurship is a side-effect of rapid economic growth and new wealth,” Piot said. “(It’s about) mobile men with money or without money.”

Piot, attending a meeting of the World Economic Forum, said it was especially important that authorities gave more freedom to civil society organizations more quickly, as they are best placed to reach out to marginalized groups.

“I don’t know of any society that has dealt successfully with AIDS where civil society groups … do not have the space to do their work,” he said. “It’s hard for government to do. Just think of gay men, or men who have sex with men — how could the government do that, organize that?”

China keeps a tight grip on non-governmental organizations.

Rights groups say local officials, particularly in Henan province, have banned some activists from holding meetings and shut down other groups.

Henan was one of China’s first areas hit by AIDS, with many people contracting the virus through contaminated blood in the 1990s. An estimated 650,000 people are now living with HIV/AIDS in China……. (more details from Reuters)

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Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Solemnly Denies All Charges by China Authorities

Posted by Author on September 9, 2007


By Gao Zhisheng, The Epochtimes, Sep 08, 2007-Gao zhisheng 6-a

Statement

 

Gao Zhisheng

At around 12:00 p.m. on August 15, 2006, 30 thugs from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) broke in and kidnapped me in a violent manner from my older sister’s home in Shandong Province. Meanwhile, about 40 unidentified men broke into my home in Beijing and ransacked my place for a few hours. They stole all of my belongings and left only 300 yuan in cash. During the process, they didn’t present any legal documents or identify themselves. They were silent throughout the process. They also searched my wife and my two underage children, and started to put them under house arrest for an indefinite amount of time.

To achieve their illegal purpose, 11 goons stayed at my home around the clock for 11 consecutive days without our permission. They kept the TV on 24-hours a day, used my kitchen and bathroom at will. They worked in rotation, but there were always seven to eleven people guarding us from my living room at any given time. They played cards, watched TV, ate snacks and chatted aloud. They have violated the most basic human rights.

Even my two-year-old boy Gao Tianyu’s bedroom was guarded by two people. My wife and children were not allowed to turn off the light when they went to bed or keep the bedroom door closed. My family was not even allowed to keep the door closed when they used the bathroom. My wife’s and children’s each and every move, including sleep, was closely watched by these goons. Eleven days later, the goons moved their camp downstairs, but they continued to watch my wife and two children.

During the next four months my wife was watched by at least four big men when she had to go out. When my daughter went to middle school and when my son went to kindergarten, they were watched by four to six goons. They watched my children from outside the classrooms. During these four months, they beat up my wife once in public, and pushed and insulted her countless times. My daughter was repeatedly beaten up and insulted. Even my three nephews that worked part-time in Beijing were illegally detained for 21 days.

On August 15, 2006, Shanxin Province’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) hired about 40 local thugs to break into my parents’ home in Shaanxi Province. They had my parents’ home under siege and bullied my family for four months.

On the same day, a few dozen unidentified men started to watch and follow my parents-in-law and my wife’s sister in Ürümchi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The local police ordered my parents-in-law not to leave home and took their IDs by force.

My mother-in-law, in her 60’s, took the risk to flee from home in the middle of the night to Beijing. But the cold-blooded goons watching my home in Beijing forbade this elderly woman who spent two days and two nights on the road from entering my home. She had no choice but to stay outdoors overnight. On the next day, she waited for my wife on the only path to the supermarket and finally met her. The mother and daughter hugged each other and burst into tears. But the goons followed them home and interrogated my mother-in-law. While my mother-in-law was in Beijing, she was closely followed by four to six goons.

In Shandong Province, my older sister’s child was taken into custody 24-hours before the court order date and was kept in police custody until my brother-in-law passed away. The police in Shandong Province even forbade my nephew from attending his father’s funeral. This is an outrageous act against the Chinese customs. The police argued that they were executing the order from the PSB.

After I was kidnapped, I began a hunger strike to protest the illegal detention. After 36 hours of hunger strike, I learned that my wife and children were cut off from food and water so I had to stop the hunger strike. During the illegal detention, the CCP subjected me to brutal tortures and psychological abuses.

When they failed to make me give in, they threatened to deprive my wife and children’s basic means of survival. “We don’t ask much. We ask only two things from you. First, plead guilty. Second, stop fighting for human rights. You are a very special case 815 [my code name during the illegal custody]. We have to break all the rules and conventions to make you give in. We will not hesitate to use any means on you as long as it works.”

“815, we have designed many means against you. We can bring your older brother here and make him kneel before you until you plead guilty. We will use every means necessary no matter how long it takes.”

Because of these inhuman tortures and coercions, I was forced to “plead guilty” and “guaranteed” in writing not to fight for human rights. After many drafts of the forced “guilty plead” and “guarantee”, the police decided to write them for me and have me transcribe it. This became the “statement of repentance” that the public saw later.

I hereby make a solemn declaration.

First, I completely deny the false charges that the CCP authorities placed on me through their inhuman tortures and abuses.

Second, I completely deny the entire content of the “statement of repentance.” Both the CCP authorities and I knew it was a complete falsehood from the beginning, but I insist on declaring it to be void.

Third, it was my true will to publish the statement on December 13, 2005 to withdraw from the CCP [and its two affiliated organizations.] I hereby acknowledge and confirm the statement again.

Fourth, I hereby confirm the three open letters I have written before August 15, 2006.

Fifth, I shall persevere in fighting against the totalitarian and inhuman rule that suppresses people’s freedom of thinking.

Gao Zhisheng

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China: 77-year-old Woman Christian Near Death After Torture in Jail

Posted by Author on August 31, 2007


By Luo Ya, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 30, 2007-Shuang Shuying and her husband, Hua Zaichen. (The Epoch Times)

Shuang Shuying, a 77-year-old Beijing resident, was sentenced to two years in prison this February for defending human rights and insisting on practicing her religion.

Already in poor health, Shuang endured severe torture whilst incarcerated, causing her weight to plummet from roughly 110 pounds down to just 73 pounds.

Shuang has also lost her vision while serving her sentence, leaving her unable to recognize her visiting son. She was left to rely on her limited hearing to communicate.

( Photo: Shuang Shuying and her husband, Hua Zaichen. /The Epoch Times)

Family grief

Shuang’s father, Shuang Deli was executed for being an anti-revolutionary in 1949 when the Chinese communist regime took power and confiscated the family’s property. The family was made to witness his death. Before the family was able to claim the body, they had to pay for the bullet.

History seemed to repeat itself following Shuang’s first marriage, as her husband was sentenced to 20 years in a labor camp for being an anti-revolutionary.

To extricate her from the poverty brought about by having her assets taken and family members imprisoned, Shuang married a man named Hua Zaichen. The couple had two boys and one girl.

In 1957, Hua was also sent to a labor camp and imprisoned for 20 years. Shuang was forced to raise the children without a father.

During the Cultural Revolution, officials demanded that she divorce her imprisoned husband, but Shuang refused. For her disobedience, Shuang was beaten while hanging naked from a pillar by local authorities and made to kneel on a triangular frame.

Became a Christian

Shuang’s son, Hua Huiqi, became a Christian in 1990. Because of his involvement with the church, he was often followed and beaten by police. Shuang worried about her son’s safety, so she accompanied him to his church.

Shuang began to learn about Christianity and was later baptized in 1992. Since then, Shuang turned her dwelling into a boarding house for fellow Christians who came to Beijing appealing for their rights. Her service attracted police surveillance and continued harassment.

House dismantled for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Because Shuang’s house was very close to Tiananmen Square, officials viewed at as a politically defiant dwelling.

When Beijing authorities won their bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, they dismantled Shuang’s home claiming that it hurt the “New Beijing, New Olympics”— the slogan chosen for the Games.

The family was transferred to another suburb and detained in a facility known as “Guanjiakeng.” The police supervised the family 24 hours a day, and frequently beat them.

Imprisoned for appeal

Shuang and her son were beaten by police at the Asian Games Village when they reported the forced demolition of their home before the Beijing People’s Representatives Conference. The complaint cost Shuang’s son six months secret imprisonment by the Beijing Security Bureau Chaoyang Branch.

Shuang and her husband were also detained when they demanded their rights and appealed for their son’s release on February 9. The couple was arrested and convicted for “purposely destroying public and private property.” They were sentenced to two years and fined 5000 yuan (US$662) on February 26.

Shuang was detained at both the Labor Camp of the Chongwen Branch of Beijing Public Security and the Beijing Women’s Prison. During her stay, she was injured both physically and mentally as she was not allowed to sleep until 12:00 p.m. every day even though she suffered from serious hypertension, diabetes, cataracts and neuralgia.

Her family members were not permitted to see or offer support of any kind, and were not approved for a visit until five and half months into her sentence.

Hua said that his mother was tortured nearly to death , and was now emaciated— her hands trembled, her face pale, her vision growing worse.

Beijing Games Would Soil Reputation of Olympics

Hua revealed that the Beijing authorities held his mother hostage. Hua said that when he was in prison, Meng Zhuang, the officer in charge of religious issues at Beijing’s Public Security Bureau, forced him to cooperate with police and forbid contact with his fellow church goers and boarders who were staying at his house appealing in Beijing. “Your mother will not be set free if you refused to co-operate with us,” threatened police.

On July 25 Hua was released. One week later, Meng Zhuang came to the house and forced Hua to cooperate with officers by spying, providing the vital contact information of the individuals staying at his home. Meng Zhuang enticed Hua by promising him that he could visit his mother in prison if he cooperated. “Your mother could be released anytime with just one word from our chief,” said Meng. When Hua refused, Meng threatened him again. “You will never see you mother again if you refuse to cooperate with authorities,” he said.

Hua accused police of holding his mother hostage to compel him to submit. “The police were worse then a gang of terrorists,” he exclaimed. “Even terrorists will free children and the elderly. Yet Chinese officers continue to hold an old woman hostage to coerce me.”

Hua said that his house was demolished to make way for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He said that it smeared the Olympic’s reputation to hold the games in a country without human rights. “It will forever remain a stain in the history of the Olympics,” he said, much like the Olympics hosted by Hitler in Germany.”

Note: subtitles added by Chinaview

– Original report from The Epochtimes : Seventy Seven Year-Old Near Death After Torture in Jail

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China Officials Attempt to Interfere in Care of Gravely Ill Child of Protesters

Posted by Author on August 30, 2007


Human Rights in China, August 29, 2007-

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received reports that officials have been trying to interfere in the medical treatment of a gravely ill six-year old girl whose parents have publicly accused their local government of causing her health problems by administering a defective vaccine.

HRIC urges the hospital’s administrators to ensure that Liang Jiayi of Jiangmen City in Guangdong Province can continue to receive the medical care that her parents and doctors agree upon, without the interference of local officials.

The case reflects the hardships faced by people in China who attempt to assert their rights through petitioning the government or suing it over cases of injustice or malfeasance.

Liang Jiayi was inoculated with Japanese B encephalitis at the government-run Aimin Clinic at the Huicheng Town Health Centre in Jiangmen City’s Xinhui District on August 15, 2003, when she was two years old. Her parents say that the day after she received the vaccination, she became feverish and agitated, and she was subsequently diagnosed with “toxic encephalitis.” Since that time, Jiayi has suffered from persistent fever, convulsions, diminished intellect and loss of speech. Now six years old, Jiayi remains on a liquid diet and requires 24-hour care from family members.

Previous attempts by Liang Jiayi’s parents to petition the provincial and central authorities for compensation have been impeded by local Jiangmen City officials. On July 26, 2007, the Xinhui District Court heard a civil lawsuit that Liang Jiayi and her family lodged against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Xinhui District and Jiangmen City and the vaccine producer, Chengdu Institute of Biological Products. A decision is still pending.

Liang Jiayi was taken to the Beijing Navy General Hospital on June 18, 2007, and was reportedly advised by doctors to remain in Beijing for the duration of what is expected to be a lengthy course of treatment.

HRIC learned that on August 21, three officials, including one from the Huicheng Neighborhood Council in Xinhui District, Jiangmen City, another Jiangmen City government official stationed in Beijing and an official from the Jiangmen City Health Bureau, went to Jiayi’s room and talked with her parents. The official from the neighborhood council reportedly told Liu Xueyun, Jiayi’s mother, not to send any more letters to the mayor of Jiangmen, because all the local leaders already knew of their case. She also asked Jiayi’s family to stop seeking donations on the street to help pay for her care, and advised the parents to take Jiayi home before her second round of surgery.

According to HRIC’s sources, the Huicheng Neighborhood Council official promised reimbursement of a maximum of 10,000 yuan (about $1,200) once the family arrived back in their hometown. However the family is already entitled to this amount through their medical insurance plan.

One of Jiayi’s doctors told HRIC that, on the same day, Jiangmen City officials asked him if Jiayi could return to her home in Guangdong Province to continue her treatment. The doctor said he told the officials that it was a decision for the family, but added that in general the hospitals in Beijing provided better treatment.

To date the family has spent 40,000 yuan on the first round of Jiayi’s treatment, which will involve at least two operations and several months’ recuperative treatment at an estimated total cost of at least 120,000 yuan. Jiayi’s parents say that her health has already improved following her first operation. She has stopped having convulsions and is no longer incontinent.

Jiayi’s parents, who used to make a living by selling fruit, have been forced to stop working in order to take care of their daughter. They have contacted numerous official organs for help, including China Red Cross, the All-China Women’s Federation, the All-China Federation of Disabled Persons and the Communist Youth League, with little result. That has obliged them to raise the money for Jiayi’s therapy primarily by panhandling. Before the family left for Beijing, local officials reportedly told Jiayi’s father, Liang Yongli, that it was not worth spending so much money on a child.

Original report from Human Rights in China

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China: Jailed Activist’s Wife Detained for Leaving Country to Collect Rights Award

Posted by Author on August 24, 2007


By Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Aug 24, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Friday prevented the wife of a blind, jailed activist from going to the Philippines to collect a human rights award on his behalf by revoking her passport.

Police detained her at the airport, a friend told Reuters.

The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Chen Guangcheng as one of seven winners this year, citing his “irrepressible passion for justice in leading ordinary Chinese citizens to assert their legitimate rights under the law.”

Chen was jailed for four years and three months last year for disrupting traffic and damaging property, charges his wife, Yuan Weijing, and critics say were concocted by officials angry at his exposure of forced late-term abortions in his hometown in Shandong province.

“They said that her passport was not valid,” said Yuan’s friend and fellow activist Zeng Jinyan. “But that’s not the case. She was able to check in with no problem.”

Yuan’s telephone was turned off.

Zeng’s husband and fellow activist Hu Jia told Reuters he later received a very brief phone call from Yuan saying that she had been “kidnapped”, was hiding in a women’s toilet and was unable to say where she was.

“I suddenly heard the sound of somebody knocking on the door, and then the phone went dead,” Hu said. “This is the work of the Public Security Ministry — China’s Gestapo.”

The ministry declined to comment.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said in a statement that it regretted that Chen was unable to come to Manila to receive his prize and that Yuan was also unable to accept on his behalf.

But it added that the foundation was a non-political organization, saying “we respect every country’s authority and its decisions with regard to the travel of its citizens”.

HARASSMENT

Police earlier accosted and briefly detained a small group of foreign reporters who had gone to Hu and Zeng’s house in Beijing, where Yuan was staying.

Officers tried to seize film and stopped Hu from driving Yuan to the airport.

Yuan told Reuters before setting off that the foreign affairs office in Linyi, near her home, had called late on Thursday night to tell her the passport had been revoked.

“But my passport very obviously is valid until March 2008. Moreover, I already have my visa,” she said. “There is no reason to revoke it.”

Yuan said the Shandong government did not want her leaving the country to tell foreigners about abuses her husband was trying to combat.

“They have done illegal things,” she said. “They don’t want it to be spoken about.

“I actually really admire the Shandong government for making so much effort that they can mobilize the Beijing public security bureau,” Yuan added sarcastically.

Chinese activists have said Chen’s heavy sentence shows officials are clamping down on “rights defenders”, a network of lawyers and activists seeking to expand freedoms through litigation and Internet-driven campaigns.

A British diplomat who had gone to see if Yuan would be allowed to leave said she was concerned about the harassment.

“This is a case we’ve raised at the highest levels with the Chinese,” Lucy Hughes from the British embassy in Beijing told Reuters. “We are concerned both for the safety of human rights defenders and for the ability of journalists to report freely.”

Foreign journalists were supposed to have been given greater freedom to report since the start of the year, ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But in practice the police still detain reporters when they see fit.

– Original report from Reuters : China stops activist’s wife leaving country

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Changing HIV / Aids trends in China

Posted by Author on August 23, 2007


BBC News, 22 August 2007-

Unsafe sex has, for the first time, become the main means of transmission of HIV/Aids in China, overtaking injecting drug use. The BBC’s Jill McGivering looks at some of the issues this will raise.

In many ways, the pattern of spread of HIV/Aids in China was predictable.

It mirrors similar patterns in many other countries.

Initial clusters of cases in the 1980s and 1990s were attributed to specific causes.

Many infections came from contaminated blood transfusions, a product of poor screening and the then badly-regulated practice of buying and selling blood.

Most other cases were amongst injecting drug users and, until now, drug use was the main means of transmission nationally.

So news from Chinese officials that sex has now overtaken drug use as the main cause of HIV/Aids suggests confirmation of a new phase. It confirms that HIV is more fully entrenched in the mainstream population.

The news will also force the Chinese authorities to grasp a very painful nettle and pursue more aggressive mainstream education campaigns to prevent the further spread of HIV.

That is challenging for almost every society. For China, it will be particularly difficult.

Changing attitudes

Fear about a more rapid spread of HIV through sex comes just as China is starting to change its sexual behaviour.

In the recent past, it has been a conservative society – both in its attitudes and its practices.

That is changing. China’s process of opening up to the outside world has exposed its population to more liberal ideas – from fashion to sex.

Greater freedom of movement has allowed millions of migrant workers to swap the watchful, generally repressive, eyes of their families and communities for the anonymity of the city.

Male workers, away from their wives and parents, have more opportunity, at lower social risk, to expand their sexual horizons.

Some surveys, cited in the state media, suggest one in 10 sexually active men has bought sex from a prostitute. The real number may be higher.

Punitive official attitudes towards sex workers, who operate in a grey area legally, make it difficult to target them in education and health programmes.

Even if sex workers know about HIV/Aids, it can be difficult for them to insist that clients use condoms.

Premarital sex is also becoming more acceptable.

One recent survey of sexual attitudes found that more than half of the people questioned thought pre-marital sex was acceptable.

The percentage was highest amongst the young.

Embarrassment and horror

But when it comes to talking, sex is still a taboo subject.

Last year, I visited Ruili in Yunnan Province. The town, close to the border with Burma, is sometimes dubbed the HIV capital of China.

Some of the country’s first cases appeared here and the infection rate is one of the highest in the country.

It is also one of the most progressive in addressing HIV education. But even here, there was embarrassment and denial when we talked to officials about the sex workers who were clearly visible on the town’s streets.

When I went to see a pioneering sex education class for teenagers – a controversial concept in China – the teenagers collapsed in embarrassed giggles and hoots of laughter when asked basic questions about puberty and dating.

When I asked some of them later if their parents had ever talked to them about sex, they looked horrified at the very idea.

Acute embarrassment, censorious attitudes from figures of authority – from officials to parents – and a lack of medical confidentiality; these all mean that sexual behaviour is difficult to assess and sexual health hard to track.

Many people with sexual transmitted infections are reluctant to seek help at all.

But the warning signs are there. A recent report on syphilis suggested rates are rising at an alarming speed. That is a concern in itself – but it is also a frightening indicator.

As one doctor described it, the spread of syphilis is a metaphor for the spread of other sexually transmitted infections – and untreated syphilis will amplify the spread of HIV as well.

Original report from BBC News

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Chinese SARS Hero Declines International Human Rights Award for Political Reason

Posted by Author on August 23, 2007


By He Shan, from Radio Free Asia, Via The Epochtimes, Aug 21, 2007-

Jiang Yanyong, a Chinese military physician who bravely disclosed the cover-up of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in China was presented with the 2007 annual Human Rights Scientist Award by the New York Academy of Sciences. The award was presented to recognize the two Chinese medical doctor’s outstanding contribution in the medical field, especially their continuous effort in preventing the spread of SARS and AIDS in China. The other awardee is Dr. Gao Yaojie, a retired gynecologist from Henan Province who helped to prevent the spread of AIDS in China. The New York Academy of Sciences had arranged to cover both the hotel and travel expenses between New York and China for the two awardees.

In an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA), Dr. Jiang confirmed that he would not attend the award ceremony. He had already written to the chairman of the awards committee in August.

In his letter Jiang stated, “The Human Rights Award is a political award, it is not a scientific award.” For this reason, he will not accept the award. When a reporter asked whether he was under pressure to refuse the award, Jiang responded in the same simple manner he always has—”A person in the military doesn’t have the convenience to say too much.”

Reporter: “Why are you unable to attend?”

Jiang: “My apologies. As a member of the military I am not allowed to answer political questions.”

Jiang faxed his letter on August 1, Chinese Army Day. The letter said, “Considering the fact that I am engaged in medical practice, while the Human Rights Scientist Award completely comes from a political aspect, therefore, it is not a scientific award. Because of this reason, I have decided not to accept this award.”

Reporter: “Are you under pressure? Was that yourself…”

Jiang: “I prefer not to answer this question. Is that all right?”

Reporter: “Was it because you didn’t want to go yourself? Or was it for some other reason?”

Jiang: “My apologies on this matter, you need to ask the Chairman. I have sent my response to him.”

While on the phone, Jiang didn’t repeat what was stated in the fax, “The Human Rights Scientist Award is given for political reasons, therefore, it is not a scientific award.” Mr. Sun Wenguang, a retired professor from Shandong University said. “The military has put a lot of pressure on his relatives including his children. I think Dr. Jiang is keeping quiet to protect his retirement status with the Army. In the past, he disclosed the cover-up of SARS, which shocked the world. Later, he openly expressed his attitude toward the military’s role in the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989, stating this it was wrong. This is not an easy thing at all.”

Sun also said, for seniors like Jiang, the pressure on relatives is enormous. While Jiang himself is not willing to be completely separated from the existing system, he is also not willing to bring troubles to his family members. Even though he is being presented with the Human Rights Scientist Award by the New York Academy of Sciences, he is unwilling to attend the award presentation. Now the political situation in China is similar to the Soviet Union. The dictatorship controls all areas of one’s life and how it is lived.

Overseas, members of the Committee for Human Rights of the New York Academy of Sciences, Liu Gang, Wei Jingsheng, and Wang Dan have sent an open letter to President Hu Jintao, asking him to allow Jiang to visit New York and accept the award.

On October 25, 1958, The Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Price for Literature to Boris Pasternak, the writer of the former Soviet Union, recognizing his renowned long novel, Dr. Zhivago . Mr. Pasernak wrote back stating, “Unlimited thanks, inspiration, pride, shock and regret. Considering the effect and difficulty brought to my country from presenting me the Nobel Prize, I must decline it. Please do understand the declination from the bottom of my heart.” The award ceremony in 1958 could not be held because the Pasternak couldn’t attend.

– O riginal report from the Epochtimes: SARS Hero Declines Human Rights Scientist Award

Related:
China Hero Doctor Who Exposed SARS Cover-Up Barred U.S. Trip For Rights Award, July 13, 2007

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Suicides in China: 2.3 Times the Global Rate

Posted by Author on August 20, 2007


China Scope, 08/19/2007-

According to an official study done in 2002 in China, 287,000 people commit suicide every year. Suicide is the highest ranking cause of death in the age group of 15 to 34. It is the fifth largest for the general population. [1]

The rate of suicide in China is 2.3 times the global average. Suicides in China make up 30% of all suicides in the world (1 million each year). In addition, there are 2 million unsuccessful attempted suicides in China every year. [2, 3]

The No. 1 reason for up to 90% of suicides in other countries is mental problems [2, 3]. In China, however, suicide is often an immediate escape from an intense personal conflict rather than the result of mental problems.

More women than men commit suicide in China, which is in sharp contrast to the other parts of the world.

In rural areas, the suicide rate is 3 times that in cities. Seventy percent of those who commit suicide or attempt suicide never seek help with their problems. [4]

More college students committing suicide

In China, entering Beijing University is a great honor for students and their families. However, from April to July 2005, 3 Beijing University students committed suicide. From February to September, 14 university students in Beijing committed suicide [5].

According to a 2003 study, the rate of suicide among college students was 2 in every 10,000 [6]. A poll in 2004 indicated that 26% of all college students have thought of suicide, while 7% think about it often. [7]

The reasons for suicide include negative family influences, the pressure from studying and from life on campus, employment stresses in relationships with people, the student’s fragile mentality, diseases and negative media influences. [8]

Many of these students are the only child in their families. Their parents commonly have great expectations for them, tend to dote on them excessively and do too much for them. Thus when these students go out on their own, they are often mentally fragile, have difficulty enduring hardships and negative environmental impact, tend to be cowardly, feel inferior and have anxiety and other psychological problems.

In Guangzhou, a student committed suicide only because he “did not like the food at college, could not wash his clothes and could not get used to college life.” Many parents hire a babysitter near the campus for their children, or even rent a room nearby so that they can take care of their children themselves. [9]

The lack of religious or spiritual beliefs and China’s deteriorating moral values are other possible reasons [10, 11]. Suicide is considered a crime according to traditional Chinese culture and religions. However, the Chinese Communist Party has destroyed those traditions [12]. Today, religions, spiritual beliefs, and even large-scale Qigong practices in China are still under strict control or are prohibited. [13]

Notes:
[1]~[13], please check the original report from ChinaScope.org

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New Zealand: 500 Times Higher Poison Found In Kids’ Clothes From China

Posted by Author on August 19, 2007


By KAREN ARNOLD, Sunday Star Times, New Zealand, Sunday, 19 August, 2007-

Poison in children’s clothing is emerging as the latest health risk from China.

TV3’s Target programme will this week detail how scientists found formaldehyde in woollen and cotton clothes at levels 500 times higher than is safe.

It questions why there are no New Zealand safety standards for clothes.

National Poisons Centre spokesman Dr John Fountain told the Sunday Star-Times the testing had highlighted an area where little was known in New Zealand about the effects tainted clothing would have on people.

However, international research supported by the World Health Organisation shows exposure to formaldehyde in concentrations of 20 parts per million (ppm) can cause eye, skin and nasal irritations, respiratory problems, asthma and cancer.

The European Union limits formaldehyde residues in children’s clothes to a maximum of 30ppm. The chemical is used to give a permanent press effect to clothes.

Consumers are advised to wash and air all clothes before they are worn for the first time.

Target producer Simon Roy said a variety of new clothes were tested, including a girl’s top, school shorts, a Spiderman T-shirt, and pyjamas. Adult clothing was also tested. Roy said the results were so astounding the AgriQuality scientists thought they had made a mistake. “Our results were shocking, ranging from 230ppm to 18,000ppm.

This is almost unbelieveable. Some of the clothes Target tested have a reading 900 times the level that actually causes harm.”

But the potential harm wasn’t limited to formaldehyde or clothing made in China.

Four children’s garments were tested for their ph level, which measures acidity or alkalinity. Levels outside 4 to 7.5 on the scale can damage skin. Two items, a pair of pants and a girl’s top, had ph levels above 7.5. Roy said garments made in New Zealand with imported Chinese fabrics also contained chemicals such as harmful dyes that did not wash out or wear off the way formaldehyde did. That included clothes from top-end designer labels. Buying Kiwi-made or expensive brands was no safety net for consumers, he said.

Europe had banned 22 aromatic amine dyes which were known carcinogens. But Target investigations showed 10% of clothes tested in China contained them and, once again, New Zealand had no regulations about what it accepted into the country.

Auckland mother Raewyn Rasch said the findings were horrifying.

She told the Star-Times her son bought four pairs of trousers labelled 100% cotton. But even after washing, each pair caused a rash round his middle. Rasch thought formaldehyde could be a cause after she read about toxins in clothing. “What really annoys me is that, for mothers, kids are always coming up with scratches and marks and rashes. You ask them what they’ve been eating and where they’ve been. You wouldn’t expect it to be the clothes they’re wearing.”

New Zealand consumers deserved protection and needed to know about the dangers they and their children were exposed to, she said.

Details of the unsafe clothing and its risks follow a global recall this month of millions of Mattel toys, also made in China and deemed unsafe. Sanitarium is now getting its peanut butter made in Australia rather than China because of consumer concerns, and last month a toothpaste made in China was recalled after it was found to contain a toxin used in anti-freeze.

Green MP Sue Kedgley said New Zealand risked becoming a dumping ground for unsafe imports, some of which China itself regulated against.

“I believe it is so serious it demands a parliamentary investigation of our complete lack of consumer protection for most products in New Zealand. Technically they are supposed to comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act but how would anyone know if it’s being systematically breached when no one is looking or doing any monitoring?”

Target will reveal the full details of its investigation on Tuesday at 7.30pm on TV3.

– Original report from Sunday Star Times : Poison found in kids’ clothes from China

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Toys “R” Us Stops Sales of Bibs Made In China

Posted by Author on August 17, 2007


Reuters, Aug 17, 2007-

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Retailer Toys “R” Us on Friday said it removed all Hamco Inc.’s vinyl baby bibs, which were made in China, from its shelves as a precaution after an independent tester found two samples of bibs containing excessive amounts of lead.

The company said in a statement that the bibs were marketed under the Koala Baby, Especially for Baby and Disney Baby labels. Media reports earlier in the week said the inexpensive bibs were made in China and imported for Toys R Us by Hamco Baby Products.

Toys “R” Us and Crown Crafts Inc, which owns Hamco, could not be reached for comment.

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) in California said in a statement on Friday, “We appreciate Toys R Us taking this strong action to protect children. Vinyl is a poison plastic that has no place around a baby’s neck,” said Charlie Pizarro, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). “We hope the company disposes of the toxic bibs safely.”

Earlier this week, the CEH said it had found high levels of lead in vinyl bibs purchased from Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores, including a bib with Disney’s Winnie the Pooh characters and store brand bibs marketed as “Koala Baby” and “Especially for Baby.” The full CEH statement and its report on bibs can be read at http://www.cehca.org.

CEH said the lead levels were between three and four times the legal limit for lead in paint.

The New York Times newspaper reported that it hired a laboratory to test the bibs and that it found a similar level of contamination to that found in tests conducted for CEH……. ( more details from Reuters)

Related:
Baby Bibs Made in China Said to Contain Levels of Lead, August 15, 2007

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Baby Bibs Made in China Said to Contain Levels of Lead

Posted by Author on August 16, 2007


By ERIC LIPTON, New York Times, August 15, 2007-

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 — Certain vinyl baby bibs sold at Toys “R” Us stores appear to be contaminated with lead, laboratory tests have shown, making the inexpensive bibs another example of a made-in-China product that may be a health hazard to children.

The vinyl bibs, which feature illustrations of baseball bats and soccer balls and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh characters, are sold for less than $5 each under store brand labels, including Especially for Baby and Koala Baby.

Tests this summer, financed by the Center for Environmental Health of Oakland, Calif., found lead as high as three times the level allowed in paint in several styles of the bibs purchased from both Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in California.

A separate test by a laboratory hired by The New York Times of the same Toys “R” Us bibs, purchased in Maryland, found a similar level of contamination……. ( More details from New York Times)

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Raped By Teachers in China: Nightmares for Young Girls

Posted by Author on August 15, 2007


ChinaScope, 08/12/2007-

In China, teaching has always been regarded as a highly respectable and honorable profession. However, in recent years, the number of teachers who rape and harass young students has increased, thus tarnishing that image.

On Jan 1, 2005, the New York Times reported that an elementary school teacher, Li Guang in Xinji, Gansu raped 26 students, the oldest of them being 14.

In 2003, the Chinese Ministry of Education reported 10 cases in which treachers in multiple provinces raped students.

In June 2007, a middle school teacher in Tongwei, Gansu was executed for raping 18 female students. These cases reflect the shift in moral values from traditional Chinese culture to Chinese Communist Party culture.

13-year-old girl Na Li’s Cases:

On March 10, 2005, 13-year-old Na Li’s life changed dramatically. Na was a student at the Puliqiao middle school in Lengshuitan district, Yongzhou City, Hunan. She had been living with her grandmother since her father’s death and her mother’s re-marriage. [1]

While she was doing math, her chief class teacher Junwei Wang took her to the hall and said, “The principals are not satisfied with your grades. You need my help to get good grades.”

Wang asked her which courses she did not pass last semester. Na answered, “English and Biology.”

Wang then asked her to bring her Biology and English books to his room. He took her to the bedroom, opened the Biology book to the chapter on female physiology and asked whether she knew where her body part was located. Na flushed, but Wang told her, “Don’t be shy in front of your teacher. Let me point to where it is.” He then stripped off her pants and raped her, warning her not to tell anyone.

On March 14, while in the physical education class, Wang told her that she was appointed the commissary for the PE class, and asked her to go to his room to write down her duties. Once in his room, he raped her again.

Na was under extreme fear. She went to her mother’s house and cried for days, but would not tell her mother what happened. Her mother persuade her to go back to school, where Wang attempted to rape her a few more times, but she refused to go to his room again. She became silent, sluggish, was in a trance state, and declined physically until she was very sick.

Wang also raped or harassed 7 other students. On December 25, 2005, several of them left school and home, which led Wang’s crimes surfacing. However, he was only sentenced to 5 years with the excuse that “the crimes were not so bad,” because he “did not rape them many times.” [1]

“A Nightmare for 26 Pupils”

On Jan 1, 2005, an article titled “Rape in China: A Nightmare for 26 Pupils” appeared in the New York Times. An elementary school teacher, Guang Li, raped 26 female students in his class. “The teacher always sent a girl to buy his cigarettes. He left the class unsupervised and waited in his office. When the girl returned to class with flushed cheeks and tousled hair, the other students said nothing.” [2]

“School is where our children learn,” said Cheng Junyin, the mother of a 14-year-old victim. “We thought it was the safest place for them.”

Quite a few similar cases have been exposed recently.

From Year 1998 to 2002
In 2002, a teacher, Daqing Ren, from Huiyao elementary school in Jiuquan City, Gansu was sentenced to death for raping 7 and harassing 6 female students. Of them 7 were under the age of 14. His death sentence was suspended. [3]

From 1999 to 2002, an elementary school teacher, Feng Su, raped and harassed 19 female students under 14 in the classroom, the water house of the school and his home. He told them, “I will kill you if you let others know.” He was executed in March 2003. His father, a district representative of China’s National People’s Congress, was also sentenced to two years for hiding his criminal son.

Su often gave the pupils extra lessons until 6-7 p.m. free of charge, visited students at home, appeared very polite and smiled sweetly. Therefore the parents had a good impresson of him and felt he was “diligent and responsible.”

When the children swore at him and hid from him when he visited, the parents thought their children were “ignorant” and scolded or beat them. [4]

In 2003, the Chinese Ministry of Education published a notifice that teachers had raped students in multiple provinces during the years from 1998 to 2002. [5]

The notifice mentioned 10 cases of theachers raping students in Liaoning, Jilin and other Provinces. Two of the criminals were executed. In addition, the principals of the schools and the education department officials were fired; the Party secretaries of the education department and the town were expelled from the Party and fired.

Year 2004

In January 2004, an elementary school teacher Guan Lin in Beiliu, Guangxi was sentenced to death for raping 4 female students. Those girls were only 9 to 12 years old. [7]

On June 8, 2004, in Linxia County in Gansu Province, a teacher from the Lujia elementary school, Huisheng Zhao, was arrested for raping and harassing 9 female students in his class. The oldest of them was under 15; the others were only 9 to 10 years old. One of them was raped about 100 times, as often as once a week. [6]

Year 2005

In December 2005, an elementary school teacher, Hongxian Liang, in Nanning City, Guangxi was executed for raping and harassing 14 students from 2003 to 2005. Most of them were only 7 to 8 years old. [8]

Year 2007

In January 2007, a teacher, Wu, in an elementary school in Luzai City, Guangxi was arrested for raping two 8-year-old female students. The teacher had been awarded “model” teacher 4 times and in 2006 had been promoted to advanced teacher. [9]

A middle school teacher, Laifu Cheng, in Changhe Town, Dingxi City, Gansu raped 18 students more than 70 times from 2001 to 2005. [10]

Sensitive Topic

According to the New York Times, the Chinese authorities are very sensitive to negative publicity and have limited the media from reporting these rapes [2]. Especially before the 17th National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, they have tinghtened control of the media. The guideline is to post “positive” reports as the mainstream and limit negative reports so as to create an impression of a “harmonious society.” [11-16]

A result of the Chinese Communist Party’s effort

According to the values of traditional Chinese culture, “promiscuous sex is number one of 10,000 evils.” Throughout China’s long history, there are no records of young students being raped or harassed.

Since 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has launched numerous campaigns, including the Cultural Revolution, whose purpose was to destroy traditional Chinese culture and replace it with its own. It has promoted hatred, fighting and class struggle (for more details, refer to the sixth of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party [17]). China has become more and more erotic, and CCP officials appear to be leaders in the spread of pornography.

According to one study, 95% of the high-ranking officials had a second wife. Porn websites have proliferated and even wife swapping has become common [18-19].

Notes:
[1]~[19] Please check Original report from ChinaScope.Org : Nightmares for Young Girls in China: Increasing Cases of Elementary and Middle School Teachers Raping Students

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9 Million More China-made Toys Recalled, for Magnets and Lead

Posted by Author on August 14, 2007


By Michael Bowman, VOA News, USA, 14 August 2007-

In yet another blow to the multi-billion dollar toy industry, Mattel Incorporated is recalling 9 million dolls, action figures, toy cars and play sets where small, high-powered magnets have been found to come loose or where lead paint has been discovered. The recall was announced on the company’s Web site, and at a Washington news conference by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. From Washington, VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.

The acting head of the commission, Nancy Nord, says the danger of lead exposure to children is well documented, and the dislodged magnets pose another hazard.

“If more than one magnet is swallowed, they can attract [each other] inside the body, causing intestinal perforations, infections and blockages,” she explained, “The company is aware of many incidents where the magnets have fallen out of the toy.”

Nord said the CPSC exists to protect all consumers, but acts with added urgency when children’s safety is threatened. She was quick to add that no injuries stemming from the recalled products have been reported, and she said there is no reason for consumers to distrust the toy industry as a whole.

“Nine million products is certainly a lot of products,” she added. “But it represents only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of million of toys that are sold in the United States every year.”

Tuesday’s announcement was the second recall of Chinese-manufactured toys in recent weeks. The first, involving Mattel’s Fisher-Price division, also had to do with lead paint. Lead paint has been linked to brain damage in small children.

The co-owner of the Chinese firm that manufactured the toys from the first recall recently committed suicide.

Appearing on U.S. television (CNBC), Mattel Chairman Bob Eckert said production problems in China have been corrected and new safety standards have been implemented. He expressed hope there would be no lasting distrust of the Mattel brand.

The recall further highlights recent safety concerns involving Chinese-made goods, from toothpaste found to contain a compound found in automobile anti-freeze to tainted pet food. About 80 percent of toys sold in the U.S. are manufactured in China.

– Original report from VOA News : More Chinese-Manufactured Toys Recalled

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For Chinese Children, Lead Can Be Inescapable

Posted by Author on August 14, 2007


Reuters, Via Daily Times, Pakistan, August 13, 2007-

Parents around the world may have been shocked this week when 1.5 million Chinese-made Fisher-Price toys were recalled because of excessive lead content, but for mums and dads in China lead poisoning is just a fact of life.

Mattel Inc’s worldwide recall of dozens of products is the latest in a deluge of safety scares that have rattled international consumer confidence in Chinese-made goods.

High levels of lead from toys, water pipes and industry can cause behavioural problems and slow learning among children.

China makes 75 percent of the world’s toys, according to the national chamber of light industry, and many of the thousands of producers are small and resistant to regulation.

A 2005 report in a Beijing newspaper cited estimates that 60 percent of Chinese-made toys used paint with lead above internationally accepted limits.

A study of Chinese cities in 2004 found that 10.5 percent of children had lead levels in their blood of at least 100 microgram’s per litre — a level coonsidered unhealthy by the WHO. “For us, the problem is the factories. What they make is less important,” said Feng. – Reuters

Report from Daily Times

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Income Gap, Inequality Rising In China : ADB

Posted by Author on August 8, 2007


AFP via Yahoo News, August 8, 2007-

BEIJING (AFP) – Inequality in China is worsening as the rich are getting richer much faster than the poor, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday, despite government efforts to narrow the gap.

China has become one of the seven most unequal countries in Asia, with the level being close to that in Latin American economies, according to the bank’s report, ‘Key Indicators 2007 Inequality in Asia’ launched in Beijing.

“The poor have benefited less from growth than the rich,” said the ADB’s chief economist Ifzal Ali, warning that sharp inequality may lead to a decline in social cohesion.

Juzhong Zhuang, assistant chief economist of the bank, said that corruption, made possible by government officials’ privileged access to resources and information, was one of the key reasons for widening inequality in China.

“The government has quite a big role in allocating resources (and) some individuals and companies are manipulators of certain resources or sectors, or they have special contacts or exclusive information,” he said.

Hoping to curb rising social unrest, China has made narrowing the wealth gap a key target in its development plan running to 2010, with policies such as subsidies and low-interest loans being directed to farmers and the poor.

But Ali said that huge differences remain in terms of access to public services such as health care and education.

Efforts should be taken to prevent legal, political and economic institutions from being captured by the few so that social tensions could be reduced, he said.

“If we can ensure an even playing field and the starting gate is the same for all, (the) possibility of upward mobility for people will take a lot off the frustration that is now … associated with the growth process,” said Ali.

“This upward mobility, the prospects for it, would in my view alleviate some of the acute problems of social tensions that we now witness in different parts of Asia.”

– Report from Yahoo News : Inequality rising in China despite efforts to narrow income gap: ADB

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China Stops Crude Slogans Not The Policy of Birth Control

Posted by Author on August 5, 2007


BBC News, 5 August 2007-

China has decided to tone down some of the slogans used to promote its one-child policy, in a bid to make them sound less threatening.

Some posters used in rural areas will be banned, such as one which read “One more baby means one more tomb.”

A list of 190 acceptable slogans is being issued instead.

Chinese authorities believe the strong language of some slogans is harming the image of the one-child policy, in place since 1979 to limit population growth.

The official Xinhua news agency explained the decision of the National Population and Family Planning Commission as “an effort to win more understanding to the country’s population control policy.”

Largest population

It gave examples of “low quality” slogans posted on rural banners or the internet: “Raise fewer babies but more piggies“, “Houses toppled, cows confiscated, if abortion demand rejected” and “One more baby means one more tomb.”

Among the new slogans recommended are “The mother earth is too tired to sustain more children” and “Both boys and girls are parents’ hearts.”

China’s 28-year-old family planning policy limits most urban couples to just one child and allows some families in the countryside to have a second child if their first is a girl.

Critics say it has led to forced abortions, sterilizations and a dangerously imbalanced sex ratio due to a traditional preference for male heirs, which has prompted some families to abort female foetuses in the hope of getting boys.

China has the largest population in the world – 1.3bn in 2005 – and says its policies have helped limit its growth rate.

– original report from BBC News: China cleans up one-child slogans 

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70-year-old Chinese Woman Commits Suicide to Protest Forced Demolition

Posted by Author on August 2, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 01, 2007 –

On July 27, Zhang Shiying, a villager from Xinguan Village, Suizhou City in HubeiZhang Shiying lies in the street after leaping to her death Province, jumped from a building to protest the local authorities’ policy of forced demolition.

[ Editor’s Note: The Chinese government frequently seizes people’s homes, offers compensation of only a fraction of the market value, and demolishes the homes to clear the land for sale for the construction of office buildings or other high-profit ventures. ]

(photo above : Zhang Shiying lies in the street after leaping to her death in an effort to save her son-in-law’s home. – by Liu Feiyue, from The People’s Observer)

Zhang’s son-in-law, He Shihai, told The Epoch Times on July 28, “Our mother is very brave. She gave her life to protect her children’s legal rights and to protest the mafia-like local authorities. Our relatives, friends and family are very sad and angry.”

According to He Shihai, it was his house that this late mother-in-law was trying to protect. He Shihai said that the local government planning department recently announced his house to be an illegal construction, though earlier the authorities had issued him a permit to build the house. Mr. He’s family is far from alone in their suffering.Permit More than 140 previously permitted buildings in the area were later announced to be illegal.

(photo right: The building permit issued to He Shihai, Zhang Shiying’s son-in-law.- by Liu Feiyue, from The People’s Observer)

On May 9, the City Planning Enforcement Bureau issued a forced demolition notice to He Shihai. Mr. He pleaded for an administrative review, but never received any response.

On July 26, the day before Zhang’s suicide, He Shihai negotiated with the leaders of the Bureau, proposing that the Bureau demolish only two of the four storeys of his house. But the Bureau insisted on demolishing the whole building.

At around 8 a.m. Friday morning, before any agreement was reached, the Bureau sent two to three hundred people and over a dozen vehicles to prepare for the demolition of He’s house. He Shihai told the reporter, “They also brought some gangsters. Many people in that group were not law enforcement personnel, but gangsters. We all know that.”

[ Editor’s Note: It is a common practice that municipal governments will hire local hoodlums to drive out residents with threats and beatings; BBC cameramen captured on such incident last year. ]

Zhang Shiying, almost 70 years old, climbed to the top of building to protest the brutalZhang Shiying jumped off the four-storey building demolition, maybe in a hope that an old woman’s pleas could move the gang. But the demolishers would not be stopped. Her last hope destroyed, Zhang jumped off in despair.

(photo right: Zhang Shiying jumped off the four-storey building when her pleas could not stop the demolition of the house. – by Liu Feiyue, from The People’s Observer)

Medical personnel were unable to save Zhang Shiying’s life. On hearing about her death, the gang immediately ran away. He Shihai rebuked the demolishers for their cold-bloodedness, “They are so inhuman. They saw someone jumping off the building, but they cared too little to do anything to help. All they did was run away.”

He Shihai said that as a result of general criticism, his house has survived for the time being.

At the site of the event, an official of the Bureau openly lectured He and his supporters that “the authorities would always overpower law and reason.”

He Shihai said he has no confidence at all that he can protect his house. He chided the government officials for caring only for their own profits, and having no regard for people’s lives. He lamented that common people in China have been suffering too much.

He Shihai said that if the authorities continue to abuse their powers and fail to handle things justly, he and his wife will appeal and seek justice for their mother.

This tragedy was first introduced to the public by Mr. Liu Feiyue, chief editor of People’s Observer (in Chinese), a Website dedicated to disclosing human rights abuses in China. Liu Feiyue said that the tragic suicide of Zhang Shiying is the result of an extremely brutal forced demolition program. Liu said, “People have been pushed over the edge by forced demolitions. It’s time for the world to think why such tragedies have happened again and again in China.”

Indeed, in China it is not uncommon fort people to kill themselves to protest the unfair treatment by the authorities. China’s legal system has denied people every possibility to protect their basic rights, so when wronged by the authorities, the helpless common people often find their own lives to be the only thing they can use to express their despair and indignation.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Chinese Woman Commits Suicide to Protest Forced Demolition

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China: Hundreds Sitting Protests Beijing Olympics Forced Relocation Lasted for 12 Days

Posted by Author on August 1, 2007


By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, Jul 30, 2007-Beijing Residents Appeal Against Olympics Forced Relocations

As Beijing Olympics approaches, distraught residents appeal against forced relocations without compensation

BEIJING—As of July 27, in the heart of the 2008 Olympics site, residents of Datun village, Chaoyang district, Beijing, have maintained a sitting appeal in front of Beijing Huahui Real Estate for twelve consecutive days. They are urging authorities to solve their problems and to respect their property rights and compensations after they were forcibly evicted to make way for the Olympics. Yet in 12 days not one communist cadre has come out to meet with them.

The appeal was triggered by the local regime’s plan for a new construction of a golf course and apartments in Olympics Project. The construction has evicted nearly 1,000 families to make way.

Mr Xiao from Datun village told The Epoch Times the appeal has been running for 12 consecutive days. Everyone comes to this appeal voluntarily and on average, 300 to 400 people take part in the appeal everyday. At peak times, over 700 people participated in the appeal.

The local regime has sent many police vehicles and security teams to keep an eye on the appeal. On July 25 local police stations and neighborhood committees held meetings, and they were ordered to persuade people to give up their appeal. A threatening broadcast message was posted on the appeal site stating, “Hanging banners is disturbing social order and whoever refuses to give up the appeal will be arrested.”

Another resident surnamed Xu told The Epoch Times because of the hot weather, some residents at the appeal site suffered from heat stroke, although there was no loud protesting or conflicts. People started hanging banners on July 25, but very soon afterwards, police and security officials came to seize the banners.

Insiders alleged that the land acquisition involves a conspiracy between the real estate developer and government officials. Beijing Municipal Leaders had visited the appeal site covertly a few days ago and instructed Chaoyangs’ District governor to settle the appeal in three days, or otherwise he would be dismissed automatically.

An appellant named Mr. Li, a retired cadre, told The Epoch Times that according to regulation with a government requisition, they should pay the villagers land compensation and relocation compensation, but the villagers have received none. Moreover, the real estate developer started the forced demolition without proper documentation.

Mr. Li said, “They did not compensate us according to the official regulation, and some of the compensation monies were embezzled by the real estate developer; those regime officials definitely knew that, but nobody cares and without land, we don’t know what we can do.”

According to local residents, the local regime acquired the land under the guise of building a park that was required by the Olympics Project, but in reality, the developer is building a golf course and high-rise apartments now.

Many residents filed lawsuits against the developer, and according to Mr. Li, “Some residents’ cases have been accepted by the court, and some have not, but the chance for us to win is very slim.”

Mr. Li also said that previously, local residents had gone to the central government to appeal, but all had been arrested on the way.

He also said, “Holding the Olympics in Beijing is wasting manpower and money, the country is still poor. The Olympics could only put powder on the false face of the regime. The communist regime stole the land from the villagers by cheating; now it will cheat the foreigners.”

A Mr. Xu said, “Because of the previous long time appeal, many residents have been labeled as ‘stubborn households,’ and the local regime charges them arbitrarily. They have even lost their basic human rights. They are followed when going out, their telephones are monitored, and they have no freedom in any respect of everyday living. Although people had been cheated by the communist regime before, the forgiving nature of the Chinese people expected the regime to improve its care for the people slowly, yet after this last fraud they were all very disappointed.”

A prominent Beijing democratic activist once commented, “The Beijing Olympics has become a way for the government to exploit people’s interest by any legal means. During the 2008 Olympics project, the communist regime’s rights are getting bigger and bigger, but people’s rights are shrinking. The Olympics have brought the vested interested group satisfaction on both material and status.”

– Original report from the Epoch Times : Beijing Residents Appeal Against Olympics Forced Relocations

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Video: Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party

Posted by Author on July 26, 2007


Introduction, The Epoch Times, Dec 01, 2004-

The titles of the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” are:

1. On What the Communist Party Is ( Video )
2. On the Beginnings of the Chinese Communist Party (Video)
3. On the Tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party (Video)
4. On How the Communist Party Is an Anti-Universe Force (Video)
5. On the Collusion of Jiang Zemin with the Chinese Communist Party to Persecute Falun Gong (Video)
6. On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture (Video)
7. On the Chinese Communist Party’s History of Killing (Video)
8. On How the Chinese Communist Party Is an Evil Cult (Video)
9. On the Unscrupulous Nature of the Chinese Communist Party (Video)

More than a decade after the fall of the former Soviet Union and Eastern European communist regimes, the international communist movement has been spurned worldwide. The demise of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is only a matter of time.

Nevertheless, before its complete collapse, the CCP is trying to tie its fate to the Chinese nation, with its 5000 years of civilization. This is a disaster for the Chinese people. The Chinese people must now face the impending questions of how to view the CCP, how to evolve China into a society without the CCP, and how to pass on the Chinese heritage. The Epoch Times is now publishing a special editorial series, “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.” Before the lid is laid on the coffin of the CCP, we wish to pass a final judgment on it and on the international communist movement, which has been a scourge to humanity for over a century.

Throughout its 80-plus years, everything the CCP has touched has been marred with lies, wars, famine, tyranny, massacre and terror. Traditional faiths and principles have been violently destroyed. Original ethical concepts and social structures have been disintegrated by force. Empathy, love and harmony among people have been twisted into struggle and hatred. Veneration and appreciation of the heaven and earth have been replaced by an arrogant desire to “fight with heaven and earth.” The result has been a total collapse of social, moral and ecological systems, and a profound crisis for the Chinese people, and indeed for humanity. All these calamities have been brought about through the deliberate planning, organization, and control of the CCP.

As a famous Chinese poem goes, “Deeply I sigh in vain for the falling flowers.” The end is near for the communist regime, which is barely struggling to survive. The days before its collapse are numbered. The Epoch Times believes the time is now ripe, before the CCP’s total demise, for a comprehensive look back, in order to fully expose how this largest cult in history has embodied the wickedness of all times and places. We hope that those who are still deceived by the CCP will now see its nature clearly, purge its poison from their spirits, extricate their minds from its evil control, free themselves from the shackles of terror, and abandon for good all illusions about it.

The CCP’s rule is the darkest and the most ridiculous page in Chinese history. Among its unending list of crimes, the vilest must be its persecution of Falun Gong. In persecuting “Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance” Jiang Zemin has driven the last nail into the CCP’s coffin. The Epoch Times believes that by understanding the true history of the CCP, we can help prevent such tragedies from ever recurring. At the same time, we hope each one of us would reflect on our innermost thoughts and examine whether our cowardice and compromise have made us accomplices in many tragedies that could have been avoided.

The Epoch Times Editorial Board

(Last Updated on January 10, 2005)

Official site of the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party”

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