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Former China Spy Officer Quits Communist Party Publicly

Posted by Author on March 16, 2009


By Xin Fei, The Epoch Times Staff,  Mar 12, 20-

Li Fengzhi, former intelligence officer of China’s Ministry of State Security. (Photo provided by Li Fengzhi/ from The Epochtimes)

Li Fengzhi, former intelligence officer of China’s Ministry of State Security. (Photo provided by Li Fengzhi/ from The Epochtimes)

Motivated by love of China, disgust at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and guilt over the system he had been part of, a former spy has publicly quit the CCP and urged his former colleagues to do the same.

Mr. Li Fengzhi, a former officer of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), announced his withdrawal from the CCP on Wednesday, joining over 50 million other Chinese who have chosen to denounce the CCP.

Li, now living in the United States, said that the CCP has been harassing and threatening him since he decided to quit his job as an intelligence officer of the MSS. But the harassment did not stop him from finally deciding to quit the CCP publicly.

“On top of many other considerations, my conscience is the most important reason why I openly withdraw from the CCP,” Li said. “Withdrawing from the CCP is a truly patriotic deed, and an effort to save China. Standing up against the CCP is the best way to show my loyalty to my country.”

Li’s father, Li Shuchen, a retired engineer, also quit the CCP some time ago and encouraged him to bravely denounce the CCP for the sake of justice and freedom.

“No one with a background like mine has openly denounced the CCP,” Li said. “I am willing and happy to be the first. Someone has to be the first. All I wish for is that what I’m doing now could help, inspire, and encourage other people.”

Li appealed to people within the CCP, including his former colleagues in the state security system, to awaken to the CCP’s evil nature and coming collapse, and to break away from it before it’s too late.

Quitting the CCP

In the statement in which he quit the CCP, Li wrote: “Since its establishment, the CCP has been acting against the universal moral values of human beings. With its dictatorship, the CCP has suppressed human rights and deprived Chinese people of all rights to freedom and democracy.

“The CCP has relentlessly fooled the people with brazen lies, and shamelessly ruined the authentic Chinese culture. It is the source of many of today’s social, economic, and moral crises in China. The persecution of unarmed people who operate at the grassroots level, religious groups, and dissidents is worsening each day.

“The CCP’s dictatorship has long been the true barrier to China’s progress and development. Therefore, I solemnly announce that I withdraw from the CCP and all its affiliated organizations, in support of conscientious organizations and conscientious individuals like my father, as well as all those who have been and still are persecuted and suppressed by the CCP. I wish my determination could awaken more conscientious people.”

Li said he had given up the last illusion he had for the CCP, and had realized that the CCP is rushing to its doom. “I fully agree with the viewpoint of the Nine Commentaries of the Communist Party,” Li said. “A new China can rise only after the removal of the CCP.”

Couldn’t Remain Silent

Li described his decision in this way: “I knew I had to give up a lot of things when I decided to leave the national security system. I just couldn’t remain silent any longer. The suffering those victims are experiencing keeps wringing my heart.

“I should thank my father for helping me to get to know the evil nature of the CCP. I realized that it is the CCP that hinders the development of China. I don’t want to wait any longer to step up, even though it’s a hard decision for me.

“I may put myself in a dangerous situation, but I hope what I do will help others in some way. I think it’s worthwhile. It’s most gratifying if I can be of any help.”


Losing Hope in the CCP

Li needed a very long time to come to understand the nature of the CCP. Going from dissatisfaction to disappointment, to complete despair, and then finally choosing to withdraw from the CCP, Li has had to think through difficult issues.

Li had joined the CCP with pride, enthusiasm, and high aspirations. He put a great deal of effort into his job, hoping that he could contribute to the country, and that the CCP could one day give up doing bad things or some Party members could initiate improvements from inside.

“However, the longer I worked in the CCP, the more information I came to know. And as I had access to more documents and books, as I grew older and more experienced, I would think more deeply and broadly, and I suddenly enlightened. I eventually realized that the CCP is hopeless,” Li recollected.

Li explained: “The CCP starts controlling people from a very young age. They even teach kids how glorious the CCP is when a child first develops the ability to listen to songs. Starting from primary school, the kids would be formed by the CCP’s teachings. The CCP not only crams its stuff into you, it absolutely prevents you from getting to know any other information.

“The kids are just like a piece of white paper. The CCP will paint on it whatever color the Party chooses and that will eventually affect the whole life of the kids. The Party controls the media, distorts the history, and uses any possible means to silence differing voices.

“I’m extremely disappointed at how the CCP has destroyed moral standards and traditional beliefs over the past 60 years. Living modern lives inside high-rise buildings are people who have lost their connection to our five-thousand years of history and culture.

“Lacking good moral guidance, Chinese people nowadays only want to enjoy life today, and don’t care about others or the future. They don’t have a positive attitude towards life. This has a very far-reaching impact on the future of the country.”

In particular, Li mentioned the CCP’s inhuman persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and Christians.

He said: “I believe the CCP will soon realize that it won’t be able to force people to give up their faith and belief. More and more CCP members are dissatisfied with the persecution and even opposed to it.

“However, the CCP’s nature has determined that the Party will not be able to rectify itself from within. The CCP only serves the interest of a handful of top leaders, or even the interest of a single person, just as in the case of Jiang [Jiang Zemin was head of the CCP from 1989 to 2002. In 1999 he began the persecution of Falun Gong.]

“I hope the Party members will understand that the nature of the CCP’s dictatorship determines that it can’t fix its own problem. The CCP would sacrifice the interests of many people to the interests of a small group or even one individual. I can’t bear this any more.”

“My heart is suffering with torment. When you are within the CCP system, in the police system, you are, to some degree, in the privileged class. I couldn’t say anything or do anything to help those victims, no matter how much sympathy I had deep down in my heart. I knew they hated me. I suffered a great deal of pain in my heart. I tried to ease the guilt in my own way, but I realized doing so wouldn’t work and would put me at great risk.” (to be cont’d……)

– The Epohtimes: Former Spy Quits Chinese Communist Party

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Review: China in 2008– the CCP started to lose its stranglehold (3)

Posted by Author on January 1, 2009


The Diplomat, Australia, 24-Dec-2008 –

Government insider turned dissident writer Jennifer Zeng asks whether 2008 will be remembered as the year the CCP started to lose its stranglehold over China

(cont’d)

Millions of Internet users renounce the (Communist) Party

While governments of Western countries, including Australia, still fail to appreciate how fragile the communist regime really is, more and more people in China are awakening from their previous delusions about the Party.

On the Internet, more than 44 million people have already publicly renounced the CCP and its related organisations, while many so-called ‘naked’ officials are busy transferring their money – and sending their wives and children – overseas in anticipation of having to leave the country in a hurry one day.

Official figures show that at least 4000 suspected corrupt officials have already fled China, taking with them more than five billion yuan ($1.1 billion), but it’s not only low-ranking officials who are leaving the country.

In 2005, Chen Yonglin, consul for political affairs in the Chinese consulate in Sydney, defected. This year two high-profile Party cadres, Xin Weiming, Deputy Head of Luwan District of Shanghai, and Yang Xianghong, Party Member Secretary of the Lucheng District of Wenzhou City, did likewise. They both disappeared while visiting France in October.

Many people, including a large proportion inside the CCP, no longer doubt that the Party boat is sinking. The question is, of course, how many more people must suffer prior to its ultimate demise? (End)

* Jennifer Zeng’s biography, Witnessing History – One Woman’s Fight for Freedom and Falun Gong, is published by Allen & Unwin.

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Canadian Minister supports building memorial to Victims of Communism in Ottawa

Posted by Author on December 15, 2008


eesti.ca, 12 Dec 2008 –

Tribute to Liberty, a recently established Canadian organization, whose first project is to have a permanent memorial built in Ottawa commemorating the Victims of the Crimes of Communism, held a pre-Christmas event for representatives of Canada’s ethno-cultural communities on Wednesday, December 10th, at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto. In attendance were members and friends of the Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Armenian, Cuban, North Korean, Chinese, Ughur, Tibetan, Mennonite, Muslim and Estonian communities, including Honorary Consul Laas Leivat.

Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism the Hon. Jason Kenney sent greetings offering his support and the support of the Government of Canada to this project.

Minister Kenney first brought Canadian government support for Tribute to Liberty into the public forum in his remarks on November 28th at the International Forum: My People Will Live Forever in Kyiv, Ukraine commemorating the 75th anniversary of Holodomor. In Kiev, Mr. Kenney spoke about why the Canadian Parliament and Government established a Ukrainian Famine and Genocide Memorial Day earlier this year. In his remarks he quoted Prime Minister Stephen Harper as follows: “remembering those who died, and why they died, is our best hope against history repeating itself.”

Mr. Kenney went on to say:

“This also explains our Government’s decision to cooperate in the creation of a Canadian monument to the victims of communism, to be established in our nation’s capital, Ottawa. It will stand as a lasting place of sacred memory to the millions whose lives were taken by a brutal, utopian ideology during Holodomor, and throughout what Pope John Paul II called “the Century of Tears.”

The Tribute to Liberty Board will be establishing a Community Advisory Council early in the New Year, to raise awareness about the project and begin a broad fundraising initiative. Reet Marten Sehr, member of the Canadian Estonian community, is a Board member of Tribute to Liberty.

Here are Minster Kenney’s remarks as sent to Tribute to Liberty:

December 9, 2008

Greetings from the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Although I cannot be with you, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to those attending the Tribute to Liberty Christmas Party. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of Tribute to Liberty for spreading awareness about the many great historical injustices perpetrated by Communist regimes.

I was proud to be a member of the parliament that unanimously voted to recognize November 22nd as Ukrainian Famine and Genocide Memorial Day. Recognizing the Holodomor, and other such atrocities, as acts of genocide, expresses the fundamental values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law that all Canadians embrace. By increasing awareness of historical injustices and atrocities, we are able to help ensure that they will not be repeated. I hope that you can take this opportunity to reflect on the meaningful work that Tribute to Liberty has undertaken so far.

Thank you for your efforts in shining a light on these dark periods of history that have affected so many.

Sincerely,

The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

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A fulcrum to move the dark empire of Communist China– The Nine Commentaries

Posted by Author on November 24, 2008


Spiritual awakening engulfs China, 45,000,000 Chinese people have quit the CCP’s organizations

Editorial, The Epoch Times,  Nov 20, 2008 –

In November of 2004, The Epoch Times published a series of articles titled The Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party (The Nine Commentaries), sparking a spiritual awakening in today’s China.

Humanity’s Greatest Fear Has Always Been The Fear Of Fear Itself

The Nine Commentaries has impacted people on many profound spiritual levels, and has revealed to the Chinese people the truly evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As a result, more and more Chinese people have quit the CCP, its Communist Youth League, and its Young Pioneers Team. The psychological burden caused by the evil party has been lifted from people’s shoulders. The number of withdrawal declarations registered on The Epoch Times website has surpassed 45 million.

As a matter of fact, people today publicly condemn the CCP, criticize corrupt party officials and even gather in front of government office compounds shouting slogans such as “Down with the Communist Party.” Such activities have never occurred previously under the CCP’s dictatorship.

People’s minds are changing like an avalanche. This can be seen from the comments of Internet users after the Weng’an incident in Guizhou, police-killing incident by Yang Jia, Sanlu milk powder incident, and the child molestation by Lin Jiaxing. The spiritual awakening of the Chinese people has its historical and practical reasons, however, the impact of The Nine Commentaries cannot be ignored.

The Nine Commentaries have exposed the brutal dictatorship under which the Chinese people were forced to live since the CCP came to power in 1949. The facts quoted in the commentaries tell the story of the real life experiences of suffering and torture of the Chinese people under the CCP. The simple language and logic of these articles have incredible strength. Today, the continued evil activities of the CCP only corroborate the critiques of the commentaries and the lies of the party.

The Nine Commentaries Has Become a Spirit Awakening Movement in Which Tens of Millions of Chinese Participate

Since the publication of The Nine Commentaries in November 2004, 45 million Chinese have renounced their membership in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations on the Tuidang (“Resigning the Party”) website. The Nine Commentaries has flooded China in a short period of time, forming a massive wave of people quitting the CCP.

“Having been deceived by the CCP over the years, I became a member of this evil party. I am fortunate that I have been awakened by The Nine Commentaries and realized that the CCP is the most inhumane power in the history of mankind. It retains its hold on power by using violence to create fear in people. It plunders the wealth of others and controls the minds of its people. I am almost 50 years old. I’ve gone through almost all of the disastrous events since the CCP came to power in 1949. Every fact cited in The Nine Commentaries is true. I regret that I ever joined the party. I now solemnly declare that I quit the CCP.”

The above is a message left by Xian Zheng on the Tuidang website on April 14, 2005. Around thirty to forty thousand similar statements are posted on the website everyday. This event has become an unchangeable tide of history even though the CCP has put tight controls on the Internet and made every effort to suppress the volunteers who work at the Quit CCP Center.

Chinese people, from big city dwellers to the villagers, from the masses of workers, farmers, intellectuals to high-level CCP officials, from state-owned companies leaders to the heads of the 610 organizations (an organization formed to persecute Falun Gong practitioners), have renounced the CCP after they learn about its true evil nature by reading The Nine Commentaries. The book is being discussed and passed on voluntarily by millions of Chinese people. The story of The Nine Commentaries can be found written on the RMB (Chinese currency), utility poles and walls, covering all over the vast land of China.

The Nine Commentaries are not just nine editorials anymore. They have become a spiritual awakening movement in which tens of millions of Chinese voluntarily participate. It not only set off the wave of quitting the CCP, but also illuminated the sky of darkness under which the CCP had forced the Chinese people to live. The fear tactics carefully orchestrated by the CCP for years are gradually diminishing.

Chinese people voiced their discontent on blogs when the uprising took place in Wongan County of Guizhou Province this June. They wrote: “Expel the CCP, Revive traditional China.” “Believe ourselves and rebuild our new Great Wall. Drive the Communist Party back to Siberia, Russia.” “Love the people, not the party.” “Down with fascism. Freedom belongs to the people.” These simple words foretell the complete abandonment of the CCP and the gradual awakening from the CCP’s ideological lies. We are witnessing the beginning of a new era!

‘Give Me A Lever Long Enough And A Fulcrum On Which To Place It And I Shall Move The World

The famous words of the ancient Greek scientist Archimedes apply perfectly for the current situation in China. The Nine Commentaries are becoming the spiritual fulcrum of the Chinese people. They are moving a dark empire based on the violence and lies of communism. They are hoping for a brand new world with brightness, sincerity and tolerance.

This is why we are paying tribute to The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party on its fourth anniversary of publication.

The Epoch Times Editorial Board

Original report: A Tribute To The Fourth Anniversary Of The Nine Commentaries on the Communist  Party

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China: 45 Million Chinese People Quit the Communist Party Organizations

Posted by Author on November 23, 2008


Till today, more than 45,800,393 Chinese people have announced on the Quit CCP Website that quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.

Here’s a snapshot of the numbers showing on the Quit CCP Website :

More than 45 million Chinese people quit the Communist Party

Snapshot: More than 45 million Chinese people quit the Communist Party

It says:

– 45,800,393 Chinese people quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations since Dec. 3, 2004.

1,004,093 people already quit in this month.

– 51,951 people quit yesterday

The massive wave of Chinese people quitting the CCP was triggered by the publication of a series editorial articles — The Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party (The Nine Commentaries) — by the overseas Chinese language newspaper The Epochtimes, in November 2004.

People are quitting at a speed of 50,000  to 60,000 per day in recent months, according to the Quit CCP Website .

Reason for quit

At their statements posted on the Quit CCP Website, many people stated that they became realize the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party, which is never changed- violence and lying- and the crimes the CCP did in the past and in the current make no reason for people to stay further inside the organization- conscience makes people keep distance with the CCP.

CCP’s crimes and abuses mentioned in the statements including but not limited:

– killed 80 million Chinese people in less than 60 years

– Tiananmen massacre of student, Beijing, 1989

– Torture and killing of Falun Gong members, from 1999, ongoing

– Organ harvesting from live prisoners, ongoing

– persecution of Christian, ongoing

– no freedom of speech, ongoing

– no democracy, ongoing

– cheating of Chinese people, ongoing

– corruption, ongoing

– etc.

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Unity against Communist China’s ‘United Front’ (2) : On history and today

Posted by Author on November 16, 2008


The Taipei Times, Taiwan, Sunday, Nov 16, 2008-

(Cont’d)

When President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) came to power, the CCP was extremely pleased because the KMT had finally produced another Sun Yueh-chi. Thus, “Mr Ma” has become the primary target in China’s united front strategy. When Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) visited Taiwan, we clearly saw the real intent behind China’s friendly demeanor.

Chen assumed a modest attitude and did not show resentment when seeing protesters. He even said: “I heard and saw what they were saying.”

After signing four agreements with Chen, the KMT devoted itself to wining and dining the Chinese envoy, unaware that it was becoming an obedient puppy on a CCP leash.

The united front strategy is becoming more concrete, and we must be on our guard in several areas.

The CCP will try to sow division not only between the KMT and the DPP, but also between factions within the parties in an attempt to weaken their strength, as the CCP fears that its enemies could work together and thus become stronger.

There will also be attempts at co-opting individual people and organizations. Different players in Taiwan have different interests and ideologies, and this offers the CCP an excellent opportunity. Large Taiwanese enterprises want to be profitable in China and financial institutes are thinking about opening branches there, while many people have hometown bonds in China.

Some politicians also like to go to China to share in benefits from accelerated cross-strait exchanges. Add to this the growing confrontation between the KMT and the DPP, and the conditions are perfect for China to alienate one party from another. While Taiwan suffers from domestic conflict, the CCP wins over KMT supporters. The ramifications are clear.

Another technique is infiltration. When Chen was in Taiwan, we could see that he already had people here serving as cheerleaders. When he was silent, someone would speak for him. When he made an improper remark, someone would put things right. When he tried to demean Taiwanese public opinion, someone would justify his actions.

It is clear that signing the cross-strait agreements was not a beneficial act for Taiwan, yet some people have extolled it as an essential process and argue that the agreements will profit Taiwanese industry.

Media outlets in Taiwan have become mouthpieces for China. Recently, the China Times Group was acquired by the China-based Taiwanese company Want Want China Holdings Ltd. Will the company be able to refrain from flattering the Chinese government after this change in ownership? Such infiltration is all but certain to extend to the industrial, technological and cultural sectors, for example, as well as academia.

Taiwanese will be attracted to China. Since cross-strait charter flights were implemented, the doors to Taiwan have been opened wide without any protective mechanism put in place.

Rapid economic development in China’s coastal cities will inevitably attract more and more people to invest there. By that time, Taiwan will have no strength to resist; it will, for all intents and purposes, become a Chinese locality.

Chen’s “smiling attack” on Taiwanese is part of China’s united front strategy. Under pressure from increasing public opposition in Taiwan, Chen will likely be at pains to show more goodwill to help resolve Ma’s political crisis. We must exercise caution and look beyond these tricks. We must expose China’s true colors to alert the Taiwanese public to the seriousness of the situation and call on them to stand up for their country and fight this pernicious enemy.

Only with opposition unity can the Ma government be prevented from colluding with Chen and China and thus selling out Taiwan. (end)

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Unity against communist China’s ‘United Front’ (1) : On history and today

Posted by Author on November 16, 2008


The Taipei Times, Taiwan, Sunday, Nov 16, 2008-

The civil war between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was filled with bloodshed and brutality. There were two main strategies adopted by former CCP leader Mao Zedong (毛澤東) against the KMT, government officials and the public. The CCP implemented terrifying acts of suppression, torture and slaughter. On the other hand, it employed “united front” tactics, trying to win over KMT members and supporters and sowing division.

In August 1947, Mao promoted land reform in northern Shaanxi Province. In enforcing the reform, people were put in urns filled with salt water and drowned or had boiling oil poured over their heads. Local cadres who were not aggressive enough in dealing with landowners were stoned to death.

Even Mao’s aides considered this tyrannical, but he never changed his approach. His reason was simple: Brutality and violence is the best warning, and whoever refuses to listen or holds a different opinion will receive such punishment.

Mao achieved his purpose in early 1948 when he received reports saying 160 million people in CCP-controlled areas were terrified as a result of brutality. A pro-Communist US correspondent stationed in CCP-controlled areas reported that after people had been killed using brutal measures, peasants became very cooperative when asked by the party to provide labor, grain and money.

Mao also made good use of his “united front” strategies. On April 23, 1949, the CCP went all out to cross the Yangtze River and occupy the former Republic of China capital of Nanjing. The KMT fled with the gold in the national treasury and priceless antiques from the National Palace Museum in Beijing. However, when the KMT also wanted to remove several advanced electrical engineering companies, then-Industry and Mines minister Sun Yueh-chi (孫越崎) intervened and handed over all state-run heavy industry facilities to the CCP.

As a result, the CCP took over more than 1,000 functioning factories and mines and an almost completely intact industrial system. Why did Sun suddenly turn hostile toward the KMT? It later came to light that the CCP had worked on Sun before bringing its “united front” strategy to Nanjing.

The united front strategy included sowing division, bribery, infiltration and defections. Party operatives would first coax their targets, then use profit and benefits as bait. Sun’s conversion was just one example.

The fact that the People’s Liberation Army met with no resistance at the KMT stronghold of Jiangling County in Hubei Province when crossing the Yangtze River, and that Fu Zuoyi (傅作義) surrendered without a fight during a battle on the outskirts of Beijing, were indicative of the success of the “united front” strategy.

The CCP’s two-pronged strategy has remained in place since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Domestically, the party implements terrifying oppression while relying on a “united front” approach internationally.

The establishment of diplomatic ties with the US was the ultimate vindication of the “united front” strategy. In March 1972, with Mao’s permission, a Chinese table tennis team went to Japan to participate in the 31st World Table Tennis Championship. World champion Zhuang Zedong (莊則棟) ran into US team member Glenn Cowan on a bus, and a photo of him shaking hands with Cowan made headlines in Japanese newspapers. After being informed of the news, Mao was quoted as saying in Beijing that “Zhuang Zedong not only plays table tennis well, he also promotes diplomacy.”

This paved the way for the US table tennis team’s visit to Beijing, which created a butterfly effect and the establishment of US-China diplomatic ties, reshaping strategic relations in Asia.

The same is true of CCP strategies toward Taiwan. When dictator Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) retreated to Taiwan in 1949, Mao requested that Soviet leader Joseph Stalin provide military aircraft and submarines to help invade Taiwan. Harboring misgivings about the US’ response, Stalin was not willing to risk a confrontation and turned down Mao’s request.

After the CCP failed in its artillery war on Kinmen, Mao’s successors pushed for the establishment of diplomatic ties with the US, prompting the CCP to change strategy and adopt the “united front” tactics as its primary method for annexing Taiwan. The cross-strait threat now posed by missiles targeting Taiwan only plays a supporting role. (to be cont’d)

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China: A Record of Tibet Unrest (1) April 10, 2008– by Tibetan Writer Woeser

Posted by Author on April 22, 2008


By Tsering Woeser, Reprinted from Woeser’s Blog, Via The Epochtimes, Apr 17, 2008-

Note: Tsering Woeser is the foremost Tibetan writer in Tibet and China today. She has published these entries in her blog to record the incidents occurring in Tibet and China. According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), she has been under house arrest in Beijing since March 10.

April 10, 2008

Today– it’s been exactly one month since March 10–is the 28th day since the Tibetans who died during the “3.14” event. It is also called “Kutes Shepa,” in terms of Tibetan burial custom, when many Tibetans in Lhasa light their candles praying for those deceased souls.

The No. 19 Arrest Warrant issued by the Department of Public Security of Tibet Autonomous Region, was broadcast in both Tibetan and Chinese on Tibet TV’s Entertainment Channel and Lhasa Television Station. Five men and one woman were wanted. So far there have been 111 wanted Tibetans in total.

It was reported that some rooms in the Lhasa Railway Station have been designated as temporary jails. Arrested Tibetans were sent by train to prisons in northwestern China. Currently all Tibetans traveling by train from Lhasa to Xining City in Qinghai Province have been examined thoroughly as many as seven times. No Tibetan is allowed to enter Lhasa without the identification card issued by the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

To ensure the successful passage of the Olympic Torch through the Himalayan region in early May, the TAR instructed travel agencies not to allow foreign visitors. This notice withdrew an earlier decision by the regional tourism department, that is, the Tibetan region will be reopened to foreign tourists as of May 1.

According to sources, some monks were arrested from the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe County in the region of Amdo (under Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province) because yesterday they told the truth, to some foreign reporters. About 30 monks from the Oula Monastery in Machu County and 10 other Tibetans in Machu’s Oula Town were arrested on the evening of April 7. Lobsang Tscheng, Lobsang Tsundue, Lobsang Tinley, Lobsang Ngama and Jamyang Ngama were among the 23 monks who were arrested from the Kirti Monastery in Aba County in the region of Amdo (under Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province). Theauthorities are launching a propaganda campaign across Aba to conceal the truth. Local people were asked to make declarations, in front of propaganda agents’ cameras, stating: “Oppose the Dalai clique; never collect Dalai Lama’s portraits; do not join in the Dalai clique; never follow national splittists; the plot of ethnic separation will be foiled; support the Chinese Communist Party (CCP); follow the Party’s leadership and express thanks for the Party’s kindness.” They were also warned that they would be arrested if they refused to make such a public declaration.

Original report from The Epochtimes: A Record of Tibetan Unrest: April 10–April 13

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China: Former Reporter Joins The Wave of Quitting the Communist With 35 Million Chinese

Posted by Author on April 18, 2008


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Apr 12, 2008-Li Yuanlong

According to data published on The Epoch Times’ Tuidang (Withdraw from the Party) Web site, since early 2005, more than 35 million people have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Communist Youth League (CYL), and the Communist Young Pioneers (CYP). Chinese people from all walks of life, from common citizens to high-ranking officials, have announced their “three withdrawals” in place at the provincial, municipal, and county or township level nationwide.

On April 10, Li Yuanlong, a former reporter of the Bijie Daily in Guizhou Province, used his real name to quit the CYL on the Tuidang Website.

(photo at right: Mr. Li Yuanlong/ the Epochtimes)

In an interview with The Epoch Times, he said that he denounced his membership from the CYL to seek freedom of conscience. He pointed out that the grand tide of resigning from the CCP has a noticeable influence on the minds and souls of the Chinese people who have declared the three withdrawals, in a sense of spiritual awakening and uplifting human nature. Meanwhile, the campaign has inspired more Chinese people to reflect inward and examine the facts.

Li’s withdrawal statement went as follows: “I am Li Yuanlong, male, Han nationality, born in Guizhou’s Bijie City in 1960. On August 27, 1980, I reluctantly joined the Communist Youth League. Since then, I’ve accrued a moral debt, living with a guilty conscience. As of this moment, I formally declare my resignation of the CYL.”

According to Li, many Party members in Bijie were ashamed to admit their Party membership, considering it a lack of self-respect to have joined the CCP in the first place.

“There’s nothing honorable! They are ashamed to confess it. Anyone with a little conscience left knows that it is a shame to join the Party, feeling too embarrassed to talk about it openly,” he said.

Withdrawal from the CCP and its affiliated organizations has displayed for many Chinese their nonviolent resistance and their determination not to be considered part of the CCP with all its wrongdoing. Above all, it shows their genuine insistence on truth and the firm belief in justice. On the other hand, as resignations of the CCP are being promoted inside and outside China, more and more Chinese people have awoken. This awakening has lead to a shrinking target population for the CCP.

Li continued, “The increasing number of resignations reveals that the CCP has been losing its supporters and is treated with contempt. When these resignations come from Party officials it strikes the CCP a more severe blow and has a greater awakening effect on people.”

As for the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party , Li said, “This Epoch Times editorial series directly, systematically, intensively expose the CCP’s evil nature and criminal behaviors and offer a deep historical insight. The content of the editorials was based on fact, dismantling the façade the CCP has built up for years to deceiving the public with propaganda.”

In recent years, the CCP has not only blocked media promoting the three withdrawals but also secretly intimidated any participants. In addition, the CCP has desperately demanded its Party members review its pledge of allegiance. Elderly have been persuaded to join the Party. Elementary school students, regardless of their ages, have been requested to join its affiliated organizations. Even whole classrooms are being enlisted as members of the CYL or the CYP. Limitations on joining the CCP, the CYL, and the CYP have been lifted.

Regarding the CCP’s desperate efforts to increase the number of its Party members, Li said matter-of-factly that the CCP has been aware of its crisis, fearing that more people would quit the CCP and its associates. He said, “Some of our staff once asked to quit the CCP. The newspaper administration was panicked by the request, fearing that spread of the news would have a negative influence on their official posts. This is typical of the CCP.”

Li concluded that deceit and threat won’t last very long. He believes that the CCP’s totalitarian regime will be dissolved in the near future.

Original report from The Epochtimes: Former Reporter Quits the Communist Youth League

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San Diego Council Member Latest to Make Chinese Consulate Pressure Letter Public

Posted by Author on January 17, 2008


By Gisela Sommer, Epoch Times San Diego staff, Jan 11, 2008-SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL MEMBER DONNA FRYE

SAN DIEGO, CA─Yet another U.S. elected official has made public a letter that appears to be part of a nationwide effort by the Chinese Consulates in this country to put pressure on U.S. government officials in an attempt to discredit and interfere with an American business enterprise: the global Chinese New Spectacular show.

On Jan. 4, Council woman Donna Frye (photo at right) of San Diego emailed The Epoch Times a letter she had received from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles. In the letter, dated Dec. 17, the Chinese Consulate asks that the Councilwoman make sure that no congratulations, recognition letters, no attendance or support in any form be given by her to the Chinese New Year Spectacular show to be performed at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, January 15-17.

“The letter is ridiculous, I intend to just ignore it,” said Frye.

The annual, global Chinese New Year Spectacular and New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV) of New York, the media which is co-sponsoring and co-producing the show, have faced repeated attacks by the Chinese communist regime in the past.

NTDTV is an independent, nonprofit Chinese language satellite network known for its outspoken reporting about human rights abuses in China, including the persecution of the peaceful spiritual practice Falun Gong.

In May, 2005, 93 members of the Senate urged President Bush to support NTDTV as it was again faced with immediate dangers of shutdown because of Beijing’s pressure on Eutelsat, the Paris-based satellite company that transmits NTDTV’s signal over Asia. They recognized NTDTV as an important source of uncensored information from the West for tens of millions of private satellite dish owners across China.

The Chinese New Year Spectacular, now in its fifth season, has earned world acclaim for its revival of classical Chinese culture, with depiction of scenes from China’s 5,000 year history, with the exception of its communist influences.

Another letter from the Los Angeles Chinese Consulate went to the chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Chris Norby, asking him not to recognize the upcoming Chinese New Year Spectacular performances at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

According to a Los Angeles Times report of Jan. 3, the letter drew a stern rebuke from the chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors Chris Norby who said it amounted to “an attempt by a foreign government to dictate to American elected officials what organizations we should support, recognize or associate with.”

Similar letters sent by the Chinese Consulates to members of the U.S. governments have been responded to with differing levels of concern, contempt and outrage.

On Dec. 18, New York Assemblyman Michael Benjamin received a letter warning him not to send congratulatory greetings to or attend the NTDTV Holiday Wonders or Chinese New Year Spectacular shows in New York.

Assemblyman Benjamin said in an e-mail statement to The Epoch Times, “The CCP [Chinese communist party] insists to the world that there is only one China. They seek to drown out alternative voices. They fear that the world will learn the truth of their ‘Animal Farm’ regime.”

On Dec. 20, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California stated, “The Chinese regime has again demonstrated that it is not content with just repressing the Chinese people at home, but abroad as well. For the Chinese government to reach into the U.S. to further its suppression of the Chinese people is unconscionable and should not escape the attention and condemnation of the American people.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle confirmed that he too received such a letter with similar contents from the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, warning him that he might face possible damages to his mayor’s reputation if he sent a congratulatory greeting or attended the Holiday Wonders show in Ft. Lauderdale.

Mayor Naugle said he was familiar with similar interference by the Chinese consulate in Houston and that he would answer the letter and explain to them that in America we allow different points of view. The Mayor signed a proclamation declaring December 27, 2007 as “Holiday Wonders Day” in Fort Lauderdale, and decided to go watch the program.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, also voiced her concerns. She said in an e-mail, “I am deeply concerned about reports of Chinese regime interference in the cultural activities of American citizens within the U.S. It would not surprise me given this regime’s record of violating the rights and civil liberties of its people.

If true, the regime must be held accountable for infringing upon the Constitutional protections of freedom of speech and expression of our citizens. I shudder to think what will greet visitors next summer as they gather for the Olympics in Beijing.”

Original report from The Epochtimes

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Russia and China: Illiberal Capitalism

Posted by Author on January 15, 2008


By Gideon Rachman, The Financial Times, Jan. 09, 2008-

During the cold war it was natural to lump Russia and China together. They were the two great communist powers – the leading ideological adversaries of the west.

Then came 1989 – the year of the crushing of the students’ revolt in China and the collapse of the Soviet empire. Communism had failed. Free markets and democracy seemed poised to sweep all before them. The spirit of the time was captured in Francis Fukuyama’s famous article on “The End of History”, published in Washington’s National Interest magazine that summer. Mr Fukuyama did not argue that history had ended in the sense that there would be no more great events. Rather he claimed ideological victory for the west, suggesting that “liberal democracy may constitute the end point of man’s ideological evolution”.

Even though it swiftly became fashionable to dismiss Mr Fukuyama, a variant of his thesis has powerfully influenced US foreign policy ever since. The chain of thinking works something like this. Communism failed as an economic system. Russia and China have had to embrace free markets. Economic freedom will, in time, produce political freedom. A liberalised economy will generate new forces and tensions that will make it impossible to maintain an authoritarian political system.

The emergence of new technologies, allied to the globalisation of the world economy, gave another dimension to this argument. In 1993 Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul, contended that advances in communications technology had “proved an unambiguous threat to totalitarian regimes”. In 2000 Bill Clinton suggested that liberty would be spread inexorably “by cell phone and cable modem”.

Yet 19 years after the “end of history”, Russia and China are not falling into line with the confident predictions of the liberal, democratic determinists. On the contrary, their political elites are pursuing an alternative to the prevailing western model. The new Russo-Chinese model is authoritarian rather than democratic. It attempts to marry capitalism with a large state role in the economy. It holds out the promise of western consumerism for a rising middle class, while rejecting western political liberalism. American rhetoric about human rights and democracy is dismissed as naive – or a deliberate effort to sow chaos. Rather than relying on democracy or communist ideology to create loyalty to the political system, the Russian and Chinese elites increasingly stress a combination of economic growth and nationalism. The two ideas are related because rising prosperity not only offers individual citizens new comforts – it also holds out the promise that the nation will be more respected around the world.

The international manifestation of this shared ideology is the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation – a regional body formed in 2001 that brings together Russia, China and four Central Asian nations. The SCO preaches absolute respect for national sovereignty and has sought to limit American influence in Central Asia. The Russians and Chinese conducted joint military exercises in 2005 – their first since their 1969 border war. Last year these exercises were repeated under the auspices of the SCO.

At the United Nations, the two countries both frequently oppose western efforts to exert pressure on repressive governments – whether in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Serbia. Robert Kagan, an American foreign-policy analyst, has argued that “an informal league of dictators has emerged, sustained and protected by Moscow and Beijing”.

As during the cold war, it would be a mistake to think of Russia and China as embracing a monolithic world view. The Sino-Soviet split revealed the intense rivalries between Mao’s China and the Soviet Union. Today, there is still a strong element of mutual suspicion and strategic rivalry, with the Russians wary of the potential expansion of China into sparsely-populated, mineral-rich Siberia.

The starting points of the two countries are also very different. China’s economic boom has been going on for a generation and is broadly based on manufacturing. Russia’s rapid expansion is more recent and more fragile – driven as it is by the rising price of oil and gas. After a helter-skelter period of economic and political liberalisation in the 1990s, the Putin years have seen a re-assertion of the power of the Russian state. The process of Chinese economic liberalisation has been more orderly and linear.

In politics, the Chinese Communist party is still in charge. The Russian Communist party is now formally in opposition. But former Soviet officials still dominate the Kremlin, albeit wearing new political clothes.

In foreign policy, Russia still thinks like a global power – while China is only just beginning to flex its muscles outside of Asia. A senior Chinese diplomat says: “When there is a major world event, the Russians always react immediately. We often have to think about it for a couple of days.” Nonetheless, Russian military power is widely believed to be in decline, while the Chinese have embarked on a sustained military build-up.

But for all these differences, there are also increasingly strong similarities between the official ideologies of Russia and China. This is no longer because they both pay lip-service to a common set of Marxist-Leninist texts. Instead, it looks as if their ruling elites have arrived at similar ideas in reaction to similar economic and political pressures. The end product is a new, quasi-authoritarian ideology which – allied with economic success – could attract adherents. Writing in a recent edition of Foreign Affairs, Azar Gat, an Israeli academic, suggests that if western democracies run into economic problems, a “successful non-democratic Second World could then be regarded by many as an attractive alternative to liberal democracy.”

In both Russia and China, official spokesmen are ambiguous in their statements about democracy. They will often argue that liberal democracy remains a valid long-term goal – but that their countries must be given time. Yes, they will be “democratic” – but they will not allow that idea to be defined for them by outsiders and foreigners. “Russia will find its own way to democracy,” is the refrain in Moscow.

Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, likes to say that there are no perfect democracies in the world. Russia has its problems, but so do the democracies of the west. President Hu Jintao of China has called democracy “the common pursuit of mankind”. However, the official Chinese line tends to be that small steps are being taken towards a more democratic system – through village-level elections or contested elections within the Communist party – but that it is vital to avoid the “chaos” that could be unleashed by a naive rush towards democracy.

In both countries, fear of “chaos” is frequently stirred up to fend off demands for political liberalisation. In China, the word evokes the horrors of the Cultural Revolution, when the established social order was turned on its head. The fear that if the Communist party loses control, violence and social disorder could follow is also associated with the student revolt of 1989. In conversation, many Chinese seem to fear that democratisation could lead to separatism and civil war.

In Russia, Mr Putin’s followers link the democratisation of the 1990s to falling living standards, lawlessness, national decline and the capture of the state by a small group of ultra-rich oligarchs. Opinion polls show that these arguments have considerable popular resonance.

Yet, for all the talk of gradual democratisation, the reality in both Russia and China is that the space for political freedom and dissent seems to be shrinking rather than expanding. There is still considerably more freedom of expression in Russia than in China. But national television – which is by far the most powerful media outlet – faithfully reflects the Kremlin line. Dissenting intellectuals are not sent to the Gulag these days. But they find it very difficult to get their views widely exposed. A series of mysterious murders of investigative journalists has also had a chilling effect on the media.

China, by contrast, never experienced the flowering of independent media that Russia saw in the 1990s. Even so Mr Hu has overseen a significant tightening of controls over the media. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based non-governmental organisation, lists more journalists jailed in China than in any other country it monitors – with several cases in 2007. Chinese controls over the internet – through the “great firewall of China” – have also proved surprisingly effective. Mr Clinton’s confidence that it would be impossible to prevent the internet spreading subversive ideas has so far not been vindicated.

Optimists point to some contrary indicators, such as outbreaks of environmental activism – organised over the internet or by mobile phone. It is true that the network of social activities not directly controlled by the state has expanded, as the Chinese economy has grown and become more complicated. This has created new pressures to which the Communist party needs to respond. But the overall trend seems to be towards less media freedom rather than more; and therefore less scope for political expression and activism not approved by the party.

Access to political power remains tightly controlled in both countries. Russian elections are now widely seen as a way of legitimising prior decisions. Analysts of Russian politics are having to revert to Kremlinology to understand how the country is governed. The Russian presidential elections are in March – but it seems that the crucial decision has already been made, with Dmitry Medvedev anointed as Mr Putin’s favoured candidate. In China, there was no hint at the recent Communist party congress that the party has any intention of surrendering its monopoly on political power.

Indeed, in both Russia and China the ruling party and political elites have been strengthening their power base by expanding into business. In Russia, the all-important energy sector is regarded as a foundation of national power – as well as the personal wealth of the ruling elite. Tellingly, the putative new president of Russia, Mr Medvedev, is currently chairman of Gazprom, the state-controlled gas monopoly. In China, hopes that a flourishing private sector might provide an alternative source of power to the Communist party have so far not been realised. On the contrary, the party’s stake in large, cash-generative state monopolies has led some to joke that it is now “the world’s biggest holding company”.

In both Russia and China, the ruling authorities are using their newfound wealth to polish up and rediscover aspects of national culture that were discouraged in the heyday of communism. The Russian Orthodox Church is back in favour and the government is paying for the refurbishment of cathedrals. Mr Putin, a former Soviet intelligence agent, now says he reads the Bible. The Chinese government is sponsoring the building of Confucius Institutes around the world.

The re-discovery of national culture seems a benign enough development. But there is also a potentially dark side to the use of nationalist ideology in both Russia and China. President Putin’s increasing assertiveness on the international scene has proved popular in Russia. Nationalist youth groups have been sponsored by the Kremlin and have been used to harry political opponents – and even foreign diplomats. A new manual for teachers of Russian history – praised by Mr Putin himself – is strongly nationalistic in tone. The need for national strength to ward off a scheming west is a central theme of the book.

In China, school pupils are also exposed to a strongly nationalistic curriculum – which paints the country as a perennial victim of outside interference, first by western colonialists and then by the Japanese. The need to recover national strength and for China to regain its rightful place in the world is a constant theme. One western professor at a Beijing university – who is generally very positive about modern China – cannot help worrying that many of his students “seem to have been taught that an eventual war with America is inevitable”.

Yet while their rhetoric sometimes suggests that China and Russia once again see the west as a rival, western companies are also vital business partners. The economies of both countries depend on trading relationships with Europe and the US. Gazprom is eager to expand across western Europe. China’s new sovereign wealth fund recently bought a $5bn (£2.5bn, €3.4bn) stake in Morgan Stanley, an investment bank and one of the biggest names on Wall Street.

The creation of mutual interests in a global economic system should help limit any new rivalry between the west and Russia and China. But hopes that the two countries would embrace the western political model now seem outdated and naive.

– Original report from The Financial Times: Illiberal capitalism

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Video: Part 9, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party

Posted by Author on January 15, 2008


This is the 9th of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, by The Epoch Times, Dec 09, 2004, Video by NTDTV

On the Unscrupulous Nature of the Chinese Communist Party

Foreword

The communist movement, which has made a big fanfare for over a century, has brought mankind only war, poverty, brutality, and dictatorship. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European communist parties, this disastrous and outrageous drama finally entered its last stage by the end of the last century. No one, from the ordinary citizens to the General Secretary of the Communist Party, believes in the myth of communism anymore.

The communist regime came into being due to neither “divine mandate” [1] nor democratic election. Today, with its ideology destroyed, the legitimacy of its reign is facing an unprecedented challenge.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is unwilling to leave the historical stage in accordance with the currents of history. Instead, it is using the ruthless methods developed during decades of political campaigns to renew its crazed struggle for legitimacy and to revive its dead mandate.

The CCP’s policies of reform and opening up disguise a desperate intention to maintain its group interest and totalitarian rule. Despite tight restrictions, the economic achievements earned by the hard work of the Chinese people in the past 20 years did not persuade the CCP to put down its butcher knife. Instead, the CCP stole these achievements and used them to validate its rule, making its consistently unprincipled behavior more deceptive and misleading. What is most alarming is that the CCP is going all out to destroy the moral foundation of the entire nation, attempting to turn every Chinese citizen, to various degrees, into a schemer in order to create an environment favorable for the CCP to “advance over time.”

In the historical moment today, it is especially important for us to understand clearly why the CCP acts like a band of scoundrels and to expose its villainous nature, so that the Chinese nation can achieve lasting stability and peace, enter an era free of the CCP as soon as possible, and construct a future of renewed national splendor……. (more details from Epoch Times Commentaries on the Communist Party – Part 9)

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

Posted by Author on November 7, 2007


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Video: Part 8, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party

Posted by Author on November 5, 2007


This is the 8th of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, by The Epoch Times, Dec 09, 2004, Video by NTDTV

On How the Chinese Communist Party Is an Evil Cult

Foreword

The collapse of the socialist bloc headed by the Soviet Union in the early 1990s marked the failure of communism after almost a century. However, the CCP unexpectedly survived and still controls China, a nation with one fifth of the world’s population. An unavoidable question arises: Is the CCP today still truly communist?

No one in today’s China, including Party members, believes in communism. After fifty years of socialism, the CCP has now adopted private ownership and even has a stock market. It seeks foreign investment to establish new ventures, while exploiting workers and peasants as much as it can. This is completely opposite to the ideals of communism. Despite compromising with capitalism, the CCP maintains autocratic control of the people of China. The Constitution, as revised in 2004, still rigidly states “Chinese people of various ethnicities will continue adhering to the people’s democratic dictatorship and socialist path under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong’s ideology, Deng Xiaoping’s theory and the important thought of the ‘Three Represents’…”

“The leopard has died, but its skin is still left” [1]. Today’s CCP only has “its skin” left. The CCP inherited this skin and uses it to maintain its rule over China.

What is the nature of the skin inherited by the CCP, i.e., the very organization of the CCP?

******************I. The Cultish Traits of the CCP

The Communist Party is essentially an evil cult that harms mankind.

Although the Communist Party has never called itself a religion, it matches every single trait of a religion (Table 1). At the beginning of its establishment, it regarded Marxism as the absolute truth in the world. It piously worshipped Marx as its spiritual God, and exhorted people to engage in a life-long struggle for the goal of building a “communist heaven on earth.”

Table 1. Religious Traits of the CCP.

The Basic Forms of a Religion The Corresponding Forms of the CCP
1 Church or platform (podium) All levels of the Party committee; the platform ranges from Party meetings to all media controlled by the CCP
2 Doctrines Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong’s Ideology, Deng Xiaoping’s Theory, Jiang Zemin’s “Three Represents”, and Party Constitution
3 Initiation rites Ceremony in which oaths are taken to be loyal to the CCP forever
4 Commitment to one religion A member may only believe in the communist party
5 Priests Party Secretaries and staff in charge of party affairs on all levels
6 Worshiping God Slandering all Gods, and then establishing itself as an unnamed “God”
7 Death is called “ascending to heaven or descending to hell” Death is called “going to see Marx”
8 Scriptures The theory and writings of the Communist Party leaders
9 Preaching All sorts of meetings; leaders’ speeches
10 Chanting scriptures; study or cross-examination of scriptures Political studies; routine group meetings or activities for the Party members
11 Hymn (religious songs) Songs to eulogize the Party
12 Donations Compulsory membership fees; mandatory allocation of governmental budget, which is money from people’s sweat and blood, for the Party’s use
13 Disciplinary punishment Party disciplines ranging from “house arrest and investigation” and “expulsion from the Party” to deadly tortures and even punishments of relatives and friends

The Communist Party is significantly different from any righteous religion. All orthodox religions believe in God and benevolence, and have as their purpose instructing humanity about morality and saving souls. The Communist Party does not believe in God and opposes traditional morality.

What the Communist Party has done proves itself to be an evil cult. The Communist Party’s doctrines are based upon class struggle, violent revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat and have resulted in the so-called “communist revolution” full of blood and violence. The red terror under communism has lasted for about a century, bringing disasters to dozens of countries in the world and costing tens of millions of lives. The communist belief, one that created a hell on earth, is nothing but the vilest cult in the world……. ( more details from On How the Chinese Communist Party Is an Evil Cult— Part 8, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party)

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Audio report: Dismissed Military Cadre sets up a Quit CCP Service Centre in China

Posted by Author on November 4, 2007


by Li Si Si, Chen Yen,  reported by Wilma Reynolds and Karen Chang for Breaking News on the SOH Radio Network, November 4th, 2007-

(click to play)

Recently, Mr. Chen, a member of the Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre who has quit the Chinese Communist Party told SOH reporters that the Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre’s dream of improved living conditions was completely shattered after the seventeenth CCP National Congress. He realized that he wasted a significant part of his life serving the CCP and was just being used by the regime. He has therefore formed the first Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre Quit the CCP Service Centre so that the members can quit the CCP and bring down the regime.

Mr. Chen believes the corruption of the CCP stems from the fact that the officials are all looking for money and ignoring the situation of the Cadres. A large number of officials embezzle money that was meant for the public, including funds to improve the lives of the members of the Cadres. There is also a lack of welfare system for the Cadres and all of these factors have led to a nationwide protest.

[recording] “I will immediately announce the establishment of a Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre Quit the CCP Service Centre and to call upon the Cadres to quit the evil CCP. They manipulate power and the corrupt officials use their so-called “power” to do whatever they please. The corruption has gone too far and is now a very widespread problem of the CCP.”

Mr. Chen points out that the violation of human rights against cadres who appeal through legal means is becoming more prominent. The regime, in the attempt to cover up their corruption, has adopted eavesdropping, spying and surveillance to monitor the movements of the Cadre members.

[recording] “The treatment by local governments towards the people’s appeal is to crackdown on them. When the people have nowhere else to go they turn to the appeal process. But in the face of these appeals the government still block, attack and even imprison and sentence the people. What do these problems demonstrate? It’s still a human rights problem. The rights of the people are not being protected.”

While their numerous appeals come to no effect, many in the Cadres are becoming sick and cannot afford medical treatment. They have even been threatened with the withdrawal of welfare if they continue to appeal. Mr. Chen sighs and comments that with the massive wealth gap, the Chinese people can now only pray to heaven to not let them get sick.

[recording] “The living condition of the people is very poor, and even with the reform of the health system, the people cannot afford to visit the hospital. But at the same time the officials are become wealthy. And there are obvious corruption related to this. While group appeals have increased, those with money and power also use the connections they have to achieve whatever they wish. It’s the manipulation of power by the powerful and so I say it’s corrupt. The wealth gap is becoming bigger and bigger.”

The dismissed veteran military cadres around the country have long suffered from the delayed payment of salary and benefits and are enduring extreme hardship. Since 1995 they have increased their appeals to the government in order to raise awareness of their plight and to fight for their rights.

– Original report from SOH Radio : Seeing through the corruption of the CCP, member of the Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre sets up a Quit the CCP Service Centre

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Video: Part 7, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party

Posted by Author on October 29, 2007


This is the 7th of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, by The Epoch Times, Dec 09, 2004, Video by NTDTV

On the Chinese Communist Party’s History of Killing

Foreword

The 55-year history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is written with blood and lies. The stories behind this bloody history are both extremely tragic and rarely known. Under the rule of the CCP, 60 to 80 million innocent Chinese people have been killed, leaving their broken families behind. Many people wonder why the CCP kills. While the CCP continues its brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and recently suppressed protesting crowds in Hanyuan with gunshots, people wonder whether they will ever see the day when the CCP will learn to speak with words rather than guns.

Mao Zedong summarized the purpose of the Cultural Revolution, “…after the chaos the world reaches peace, but in 7 or 8 years, the chaos needs to happen again.” [1] In other words, there should be a political revolution every 7 or 8 years and a crowd of people needs to be killed every 7 or 8 years.

A supporting ideology and practical requirements lie behind the CCP’s slaughters.

Ideologically, the CCP believes in the “dictatorship of the proletariat” and “continuous revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat.” Therefore, after the CCP took over China, it killed the landowners to resolve problems with production relationships in rural areas. It killed the capitalists to reach the goal of commercial and industrial reform and solve the production relationships in the cities. After these two classes were eliminated, the problems related to the economic base were basically solved. Similarly, solving the problems related to the superstructure [2] also called for slaughter. The suppressions of the Hu Feng Anti-Party Group [3] and the Anti-Rightists Movement eliminated the intellectuals. Killing the Christians, Taoists, Buddhists and popular folk groups solved the problem of religions. Mass murders during the Cultural Revolution established, culturally and politically, the CCP’s absolute leadership. The Tiananmen Square massacre was used to prevent political crisis and squelch democratic demands. The persecution of Falun Gong is meant to resolve the issues of belief and traditional healing. These actions were all necessary for the CCP to strengthen its power and maintain its rule in the face of continual financial crisis (prices for consumer goods skyrocketed after the CCP took power and China’s economy almost collapsed after the Cultural Revolution), political crisis (some people not following the Party’s orders or some others wanting to share political rights with the Party) and crisis of belief (the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, political changes in Eastern Europe, and the Falun Gong issue). Except for the Falun Gong issue, almost all the foregoing political movements were utilized to revive the evil specter of the CCP and incite its desire for revolution. The CCP also used these political movements to test CCP members, eliminating those who did not meet the Party’s requirements.

Killing is also necessary for practical reasons. The Communist Party began as a group of thugs and scoundrels who killed to obtain power. Once this precedent was set, there was no going back. Constant terror was needed to intimidate people and force them to accept, out of fear, the absolute rule of the CCP.

On the surface, it may appear that the CCP was “forced to kill,” and that various incidents just happened to irritate the CCP evil specter and accidentally trigger CCP’s killing mechanism. In truth, these incidents serve to disguise the Party’s need to kill, and periodical killing is required by the CCP. Without these painful lessons, people might begin to think the CCP was improving and start to demand democracy, just as those idealistic students in the 1989 democratic movement did. Recurring slaughter every 7 or 8 years serves to refresh people’s memory of terror and can warn the younger generation—whoever works against the CCP, wants to challenge the CCP’s absolute leadership, or attempts to tell the truth regarding China’s history, will get a taste of the “iron fist of the dictatorship of the proletariat.”

Killing has become one of the most essential ways for the CCP to maintain power. With the escalation of its bloody debts, laying down its butcher knife would encourage people to take vengeance for the CCP’s criminal acts. Therefore, the CCP not only needed to conduct copious and thorough killing, but the slaughter also had to be done in a most brutal fashion to effectively intimidate the populace, especially early on when the CCP was establishing its rule.

Since the purpose of the killing was to instill the greatest terror, the CCP selected targets for destruction arbitrarily and irrationally. In every political movement, the CCP used the strategy of genocide. Take the “suppression of reactionaries” as an example. The CCP did not really suppress the reactionary “behaviors” but the “people” whom they called the reactionaries. If one had been enlisted and served a few days in the Nationalist (Kuomintang, KMT) army but did absolutely nothing political after the CCP gained power, this person would still be killed because of his “reactionary history.” In the process of land reform, in order to remove the “root of the problem,” the CCP often killed a landowner’s entire family.

Since 1949, the CCP has persecuted more than half the people in China. An estimated 60 million to 80 million people died from unnatural causes. This number exceeds the total number of deaths in both World Wars combined.

As with other communist countries, the wanton killing done by the CCP also includes brutal slayings of its own members in order to remove dissidents who value a sense of humanity over the Party nature. The CCP’s rule of terror falls equally on the populace and its members in an attempt to maintain an “invincible fortress.”

In a normal society, people show care and love for one another, hold life in awe and veneration and give thanks to God. In the East, people say, “Do not impose on others what you would not want done to yourself [4].” In the West, people say, “Love thy neighbor as thyself [5].” Conversely, the CCP holds that “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles [6].” In order to keep alive the “struggles” within society, hatred must be generated. Not only does the CCP take lives, it encourages people to kill each other. It strives to desensitize people towards others’ suffering by surrounding them with constant killing. It wants them to become numb from frequent exposure to inhumane brutality, and develop the mentality that “the best you can hope for is to avoid being persecuted.” All these lessons taught by brutal suppression enable the CCP to maintain its rule.

In addition to the destruction of countless lives, the CCP also destroyed the soul of the Chinese people. A great many people have become conditioned to react to the CCP’s threats by entirely surrendering their reason and their principles. In a sense, these people’s souls have died—something more frightening than physical death……. ( more details from On the Chinese Communist Party’s History of Killing — Part 7, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party)

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Makeup of China’s 17th Politburo Standing Committee Reflects Power Struggle

Posted by Author on October 25, 2007


By Zhang Tianliang, Special to The Epoch Times, Oct 23, 2007-

The first plenary session of the 17th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had planned to reveal the nine “elected” members of the 17th Standing Committee of the Political Bureau (or Politburo Standing Committee) at 11 a.m., Oct. 22, 2007, but the Central Committee didn’t reveal the news until 11:30 a.m.

The “election” result of the 16th Politburo Standing Committee was also delayed for 36 minutes. Back then, Jiang Zemin suddenly threw his political muscle behind an effort to sustain his position as the Chairman of the Military Committee and to squeeze his two lackeys, Luo Gan and Li Changchun, onto the Standing committee of the Politburo Bureau.

Whether the delay in announcing the 17th Standing Committee was also a result of a clash between different political factions is not clear. In any case, we are bound to know details about the cause of the delay soon.

The elected members of the 17th Central Committee were revealed yesterday. When I saw Zhou Yongkang’s name on the list of candidates, I felt it was very likely that he would be chosen as one of the standing members of the Political Bureau. Otherwise, it would be meaningless for him to be elected as one of the members of the Central Committee. He is already 65 years old, which means he would have to retire if he couldn’t get on the Politburo Standing Committee.

On the other hand, the fact that he was “elected” as one of the Central Committee members means that he would be arranged to step up to the ladder of the CCP. Similar to Luo Gan, Zhou Yongkang is favored by the CCP because of all the bloody work he has done. Similar to Luo Gan, Zhou was listed as the last standing member of the Political Bureau.

The ratio of Hu Jintao’s to Jiang Zemin’s factions in the 17th Politburo Standing Committee is basically 5:4. Hu has a slight advantage over Jiang. Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang are pro-Jiang. He Guoqiang used to head the CCP’s Organization Department, succeeding Zeng Qinghong. He Guoqiang and Jia Qinglin used to work together in Fujian Province. During He’s post as Mayor of Fujian Province, the internationally infamous smuggling ring in Xiamen that involved high-level CCP officials was most active.

He Guoqiang, who should have faced disciplinary punishment, was instead promoted by Jiang Zemin as the General Secretary of CCP in Chongqing City. He later entered the Political Bureau and became the Head of the Organization Department of the CCP.

It must have taken Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan a lot of effort to put Zhou Yongkang on the Standing Committee. After all, Zhou was infamous for the poor quality work he had done during his posts at China National Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of Land and Resources, and the Sichuan Province Committee. During his post as the Minister of Public Security, Zhou repeatedly swore to lower the crime rate.

However, the number of large police conflicts with protesters continued to rise while the public security bureaus teamed up with the mafia to bully Chinese civilians. Yet it appears Jiang Zemin and the CCP is very partial to an incompetent such as Zhou Yongkang. Jiang, Zeng Qinghong and Luo Gan need a scoundrel who has caused a lot of bloodshed,and who will be willing to stop Hu Jintao or Wen Jiabao’s potential attempts to make peace with the Chinese people.

For ten years, after Deng Xiaopeng had named him as the leader who would succeed Jiang, Hu Jintao had been a “crowned prince.” He finally became the Chairman of the CCP in 2002, but he hasn’t had the real power. The election of the 17th Politburo Committee goes to show that Jia Qinglin will not leave the standing committee, Li Changchun, despite of his cancer, will stay in the standing committee until he dies of cancer like Huang Ju and finally He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, the two new pawns of Jiang Zemin, have just been squeezed onto the standing committee. Apparently, Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong refuse to allow Hu Jintao any real power.

Zhou Yongkang might feel protected by getting onto the standing committee. Let’s not forget that in 1976 when Hua Guofeng teamed up with Ye Jianying and Wang Dongxing to destroy the “Gang of Four” (The Gang of Four consisted of Wang Hongwen, Zhang Chunqiao, Jiang Qing and Yao Wenyuan) Wang and Zhang were both standing members of the Political Bureau while Jiang and Yao were members of the Political Bureau. [1]

In my opinion, the main purpose of putting Zhou Yongkang on the Standing Committee is for Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong to prevent Hu Jintao from ending the persecution of Falun Gong.

There are quick and slow ways to end the persecution of Falun Gong. The slowest approach would be cutting the funds required to sustain the persecution of Falun Gong. The CCP’s organization system is severely paralyzed. For this reason, it will be a nearly impossible challenge to do something good, but it also means that a lot of funds are required to do something bad. The corrupted government officials, after first lining their own pockets, then need enough money to entice their men to execute bad policies and orders.

Jin Renqing, former Minister of Finance, didn’t even make it to the Central Committee. It is alleged that Hu Jintao is investigating Jin, who secretly allocated a large amount of money to Jiang to suppress Falun Gong. In that case, even though Zhou Yongkang has become a standing committee member, the persecution of Falun Gong will end eventually due to insufficient funds to sustain it. However, history might not have enough time to wait for the persecution of Falun Gong to end this way, if Hu plans to end the persecution in this fashion.

If Hu is tired of his role as a “child emperor,” there is an easy solution for him. The CCP cannot possibly dissolve the debts of blood created by the CCP and Jiang Zemin, let alone Hu Jintao. With that in mind, why does Hu bother to carry these debts for the CCP or Jiang Zemin? Why doesn’t he just end the persecution of Falun Gong and withdraw from the CCP? By doing so, he will be free of carrying these debts of blood and of the restraints from Jiang’s faction. Moreover, Hu would become an important figure who would change history.

Original article from the Epochtimes

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Beijing Attorney’s Family Again in Panic During CCP’s Meeting

Posted by Author on October 24, 2007


By Fang Yuan, Radio Free Asia, via the Epochtimes, Oct 21, 2007-Gao Zhisheng's family

While the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is on, the wife and children of Beijing human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, have been in a state of panic since his arrest on September 22.

Beijing insider Hu Jia, told Radio Free Asia on Wednesday that since Gao was kidnapped again, his family has been extremely worried.

(photo: Gao Zhisheng’s family / by the Epochtimes)

Hu Jia said, “Police always follow them when they go out. Many witnesses have seen Geng He (Gao’s wife) being followed by dozens of police officers when she is out. Geng’s worries and fears are back again. She shakes whenever there is a knock at the door. She never knows what kind of information the police might bring to her. All of this has been very stressful for the entire family. Witnesses also saw their home being raided again in late September. The police wanted to check for computers, phones and other communication devices in their home. The section chief of the National Security Bureau, in a very spiteful and disrespectful manner, told Geng that no contact is allowed to be made with the outside world. Geng is very stressed. Their accounts and finances have all been seized making further trouble for them. This is just like how it happened when Gao was arrested last year.”

In addition, Gao’s 14-year-old daughter Ge Ge has also been monitored by the police and even isolated at school. Other students are afraid to be friends with her. Her teachers are kept in close relationship with the police.

Human rights activist Huang Yan was also arrested because she keeps close relations with Gao and his family. Huang’s present situation is also making people worried. According to Hu Jia, she attempted suicide two days ago because she couldn’t stand further insults by the police.

Hu Jia said, “After Huang was arrested, the police tied her hands up and hit her using water bottles. Male police officers slapped her and blew smoke in her face. It is just like what the criminal syndicate does all the time. The Public Security Bureau then sent police from Hubei to take Huang to Jingzhou City, Hubei Province. She is currently under house arrest at a hotel. The director of the Hubei Jingzhou Public Security Bureau called her a whore. There were also couple policemen who would routinely beat her up. Amidst this verbal and physical abuse she attempted suicide as a last resort. She used broken glass from a door to slit her wrists.”

Hu Jia said, “The behavior of the authorities and the legal system and its treatment of women and children reflect the criminal nature of the CCP regime.”

According to Radio Free Asia, the police have been controlling Gao’s communication facilities for long time. This has prevented all his neighbors in the building from being able to use their cell phones and computers. They eventually all sold their homes and moved out.

Zhang Dongcui who visited Gao’s home this past August told Radio Free Asia on Wednesday that when she saw Gao, he had just had a conflict with the police and his arm was injured somehow. He was protesting his neighbors’ communications being cut off.

Zhang Dongcui said, “He said that many neighbors in his unit have sold their homes because they couldn’t use their cell phones and computers, as there is no signal in this unit.”

Zhang Xuerong, spokesman of Association to Support Gao Zhisheng recently urged people to pay close attention to the situation of Gao and his family.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Attorney’s Family Again in Panic During CCP’s National Congress

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China: Pre-Congress Clampdown Intensifies

Posted by Author on October 16, 2007


Human Rights Watch, New York, October 10, 2007-

(New York, October 10, 2007) – The Chinese government is intensifying repression ahead of the 17th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which opens in Beijing next week, as the climax of a months-long campaign to silence dissent and impose a veneer of social harmony on the capital, Human Rights Watch said today.

The latest moves in the crackdown, which began in August, have included the abduction, arrest, or violent intimidation of dozens of perceived dissidents who the government fears may protest on the streets of Beijing. In an internal March speech, Yu Hongyuan, the deputy bureau chief of the Beijing Public Security Bureau and the Beijing Olympics Security Protection Center’s commander-in-chief, advocated “harshly penalizing one person in order to … frighten many more into submission” in order to ensure the success of the Party Congress, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and the 60th anniversary celebrations of the People’s Republic of China in 2009.

“This week we’re seeing the culmination of months of targeted tightening of controls on media, the internet, and freedom of movement for dissidents designed to impose ‘stability’ during the Party Congress,” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. “But real stability is a product of responding to criticism, not quashing it, and until the party and the government accept that, their goal of a ‘harmonious society’ is simply unattainable.”

The period leading up to and during the Party Congress, which occurs only every five years, is an extremely sensitive time for the government because it is the forum in which the future leadership of the Chinese Communist Party will be announced. This congress entails secretive meetings to determine who will succeed President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in 2012. The Party Congress is also a magnet for Chinese citizens hoping to petition government leaders for redress of grievances unresolved by grassroots officials.

Recent comments by officials confirm the ongoing crackdown, which is more systematic than the seasonal lockdowns on dissidents ahead of the annual meetings of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress.

Yu’s speech also instructed police to “swiftly uncover, control and take away” any individuals behaving “abnormally” in order to smother possible public protests ahead of and during the Party Congress. His comments were followed in September by China’s Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang’s call for vigilance against possible public unrest.

To counter those perceived threats ahead of the Party Congress, the police have used house arrest, abduction and extrajudicial detention to clear the streets of any possible sources of public dissent. Human Rights Watch said that, since August, the government has particularly targeted petitioners, a floating population of thousands of impoverished and marginalized rural residents who come to the capital to seek redress for injustices ranging from official corruption to illegal land seizures.

Rural residents preparing to go to Beijing to petition for redress during the Party Congress were placed under heightened surveillance by police and in many cases illegally barred from leaving their homes or villages. In September, municipal and provincial police units arrested dozens of petitioners in Beijing and other provinces and either returned them to their home provinces or detained them incommunicado in facilities including requisitioned state-owned hotels. A group of 12 petitioners from Chengdu in Sichuan province who were detained by Beijing police in mid-September remain in custody, while a separate group of 60 petitioners from Shanghai detained and forcibly returned on September 18 by police have likewise not yet been released.

In September, Beijing municipal officials began demolishing a settlement in Beijing where 4,000 petitioners lived on the pretext of road construction. Dozens of petitioners evicted from the Fengtai settlement have ended up in extrajudicial detention at a defacto private jail in Beijing where they are held incommunicado and denied access to legal counsel.

“This abuse of petitioners’ rights clearly demonstrates the Chinese Communist Party’s intolerance of criticism, particularly during the Party Congress,” Richardson said. “The party says it abides by the rule of law, yet it deliberately abuses those who try to raise their grievances against local officials peacefully and legally.”

Already strict controls on the domestic media and internet were further tightened on August 15 with the announcement of a two-month crackdown on “false news.” Liu Binjie, director of China’s official General Administration of Press and Publications, justified the campaign as essential to “a healthy and harmonious environment for a successful 17th Party Congress,” but the crackdown appears designed to quash coverage of events embarrassing to the Chinese Communist Party, including disasters, corruption, and official malfeasance.

One of the victims of that campaign is freelance writer Lu Gengsong, detained in August and subsequently formally charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” Lu had published reports on foreign websites detailing human rights abuses and corruption, which his police interrogators claimed “attacked the Communist Party.”

The government has shut down an official estimate of more than 18,000 individual blogs and websites since April and closed entire internet data centers, which host thousands of websites. In August, Cai Mingzhao, deputy director of the Information Office at the State Council, defended the closures, noting that “good publicity” was the “primary task” of the country’s internet media ahead of the congress.

The crackdown has also targeted specific individuals. On September 29, Li Heping, a Beijing-based lawyer best known for representing human-rights-related cases, was abducted by plainclothes assailants who beat and tortured him with electric prods before releasing him. Li, who has been under intense police surveillance for the past year, said his assailants repeated an earlier verbal warning issued by Beijing police that he should leave Beijing ahead of the Party Congress.

In a separate incident, the brother and son of Ye Guozhu, jailed in 2004 for four years after leading protests against evictions related to the 2008 Olympic Games, were apparently detained by state security officers on September 29 and September 30, respectively, but there has been no formal notification of what charges they might be facing or even if they are in police custody.

The actions against Li and Ye’s relatives follow the apparent incommunicado detention last month of Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights defender who wrote a letter last month to the US Congress opposing the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing due to China’s human rights conditions. Gao was last seen in the presence of municipal Public Security Officers at his Beijing home on September 22 and has not been seen or heard of since.

“If the Chinese government continues abusing lawyers, jailing dissidents, and harassing petitioners – rather than dealing with their concerns – it will probably still be dealing with similar if not more unrest at the next Party Congress five years from now,” Richardson said. “Sweeping these problems under the rug for every high-profile party event will do nothing to solve them.”

Original report from Human Rights Watch

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New Report Exposes China’s Key Mechanism of Online Censorship, Surveillance and Propaganda

Posted by Author on October 12, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 10.10.2007-

In partnership with Reporters Without Borders and Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a Chinese Internet expert working in IT industry has produced an exclusive study on the key mechanism of the Chinese official system of online censorship, surveillance and propaganda. The author prefers to remain anonymous.

On the eve of the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which opens this week in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders and the Chinese Human Rights Defenders call on the government to allow the Chinese to exercise their rights to freedom of press, expression and information.

“This system of censorship is unparalleled anywhere in the world and is an insult to the spirit of online freedom,” the two organisations said. “With less than a year to go before the Beijing Olympics, there is an urgent need for the government to stop blocking thousands of websites, censoring online news and imprisoning Internet activists.”

This report shows how the CCP and the government have deployed colossal human and financial resources to obstruct online free expression. Chinese news websites and blogs have been brought under the editorial control of the propaganda apparatus at both the national and local levels.

The use of the Internet keeps growing in China. The country now has more than 160 million Internet users and at least 1.3 million websites. But the Internet’s promise of free expression and information has been nipped in the bud by the Chinese government’s online censorship and surveillance system.

“Journey to the Heart of Internet Censorship” explains how this control system functions and identifies its leading actors such the Internet Propaganda Administrative Bureau (an offshoot of the Information Office of the State Council, the executive office of the government), the Bureau of Information and Public Opinion (an offshoot of the party’s Publicity Department, the former Propaganda Department) and the Internet Bureau (another Publicity Department offshoot).

The report also documents how the Beijing Internet Information Administrative Bureau has in practice asserted its daily editorial control over the leading news websites based in the nation’s Capital. It gives many examples of the actual instructions issued by officials in charge of this bureau.

The last part of the report gives the results of a series of tests conducted with the mechanism of control through filtering keywords. These tests clearly show that, though there are still many disparities in the levels of censorship, the authorities have successfully coerced the online media into submission to censor themselves heavily on sensitive subjects.

This report recommends using proxy servers, exploiting the different levels of censorship between provinces or between levels in the administration and using new Internet technologies (blogs, discussion forums, Internet telephony etc.)

Download the full report from Reporters Without Borders

– Original report : A “Journey to the Heart of Internet censorship” on eve of party congress

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China Secretly Detains Rural Activist Before Party Meet, Says Son

Posted by Author on October 11, 2007


Reuters, Wed Oct 10, 2007-

BEIJING, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A well-known Chinese human rights campaigner has disappeared and is probably in secret detention, his son said on Wednesday, as the government imposes strict controls on dissidents ahead of a key Communist Party meeting.

Yao Lifa, from rural Hubei province in central China, is known for dogged campaigns to win an independent seat in his local Party-controlled congress and to organise citizens, especially disgruntled farmers, to challenge long-standing restrictions on political activity.

His son, Yao Yao, told Reuters that his father was apparently taken away on Oct. 1 as part of a sweep of potential protesters before the Communist Party convenes a five-yearly congress next week.

“I heard from a source with good information that he’s been put in detention, probably until after the congress, but we haven’t heard anything official,” said Yao Yao, who is currently studying in New York.

A police officer in Yao Lifa’s hometown, Qianjiang, said he did not know anything about his disappearance.

“I haven’t heard about that,” said the officer, surnamed Wang, when asked whether Yao may be in informal detention. “I know who he is but I don’t have any information about this.”

There seems no doubt, however, that wary authorities are taking extraordinary precautions against protests before the Congress, when President Hu Jintao is set to seal another five years as national leader.

The streets of Beijing have been awash with police and plainclothes guards, whose neat haircuts and wary stance mark them out.

They question and often take away passers-by whose ruddy features and rumpled clothes suggest they may be rural petitioners intending to air complaints about lost land, corruption and official abuses during the Congress.

Other dissidents were also reported being under house arrest ahead of the congress, among them Hua Huiqi, an outspoken leader of a Christian “house church” in Beijing who was only recently released from jail.

“Whenever there’s a big meeting or event, the government keeps him under house arrest or tails him,” said Hua’s wife, Wei Junmei, who said by phone that she was also under informal detention with him.

Hu Jia, an activist whose campaigns embrace AIDS, political rights and Tibet, has been under house arrest since May but said the plainclothes guard around his apartment has been intensified since September.

“That shows how worried they are about anything at all that could upset plans,” said Hu by phone.

– Original report from Reuters: China detains activist before Party meet, says son

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Why Does China Strongly Support the Myanmar Government?

Posted by Author on October 10, 2007


By He Qinglian, Special to The Epoch Times, Oct 07, 2007-

Beijing’s silent support for the Myanmar government and its brutal suppression against its people angers the international society. Even Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Price laureate and a South African cleric, a religious leader who is seldom involved in international politics, came out and urged China to intervene in the confrontations in Myanmar or he (the Archbishop) would “join a campaign to boycott the Beijing Olympics”. Some Internet users in China continue to show their misplaced loyalties based on their ignorance and applaud Beijing’s action.

Opinions from some westerners conclude that what motivates Beijing to support Myanmar is economic interest, and yet others think it is out of Beijing’s fear of democracy. Some experts in China defended the government with seemingly correct reasons—in principle Beijing does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and really doesn’t possess the kind of powerful influence the outside imagines; it is correct that Beijing chooses to be silent on the situation in Myanmar.

As a matter of fact, if one doesn’t purposely pretend to be confused, it becomes apparent that the support Beijing has for Myanmar is completely for its own political interest.

First, China and Myanmar are both addicted to violent dictatorship. The difference is civil officials are in charge of the government in China, whereas in Myanmar, after the political revolution in 1962, entered the military government period.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) formed a military government when it took power in China. All successive movements, including the Anti-revolutionary movement and the Land Reform Act that killed tens of millions of people, had been rationalized into acts of justice by officials. In reality, hadn’t Beijing always suppressed groups with military force and caused the deaths of many? Myanmar’s government suppression is child’s play compared to what the CCP has done and it’s nothing but a price to pay to sustain stability. In addition, the CCP regime is as highly corrupted as Myanmar’s except the CCP is more experienced. In Myanmar information leaked out to already angry citizens that the daughter of General Than Shwe was given US$50 million on her marriage. In China, the private lives of high-level officials is kept a state secret.

Second, Beijing wouldn’t want to see any damage done to the league of dictators. Since the time of Mao Zedong, China has been trying to export to neighboring countries its revolutionary ideas to build a league of dictators to fight against western political infiltration and “peaceful evolution.” These neighboring countries paid a miserable price for these ideas from the CCP, and their miserable histories belong to the “state secrets” in China and remain unknown to most Chinese people. The league of dictators has greatly diminished and left China few friends like North Korea and Myanmar. In order to stay in power, it became necessary for Beijing to support its ally, the Myanmar government.

Third, China favors Myanmar geographically. In recent years, Beijing has been attracting support from southeastern Asian countries through regional organizations such as the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations. Beijing has spent most money in Myanmar among all other southeastern Asian countries. Beijing has supported the current Myanmar government since it came to power in 1988 by providing over US$2 billion for its military, several billion U.S. dollars in economic support, including basic infrastructures and various training.

For these reasons, in January of this year, Beijing, together with Russia and South Africa, vetoed to sanction Myanmar at the U.N. After this, the military junta’s actions were further encouraged.

As much as the international community renounced Beijing’s vote at the U.N., Beijing proudly hung this “medal” on its chest and told its people that it is the hero against “western empires” and the savior of a third world country. All media played the clip of China’s U.N. representative Wang Guangya raising his right hand to say “No” to western countries and how grateful Myanmar government is for Beijing’s support. Beijing can see its own future in this current situation in Myanmar and the possible isolation as the voice of international condemnation.

It’s not hard for Chinese people to see what roll Beijing plays on the international stage. Just remember old sayings like “birds of a feather flock together” and “A man is known by the company he keeps” and it won’t be hard to tell what kind of regime befriends Kim Jong-Il from North Korea and the Myanmar government.

Original article from the Epochtime

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Hong Kong Rally Supports Massive Chinese Quitting the Communist Party

Posted by Author on October 9, 2007


By Xue-er Wu, Epoch Times Hong Kong Staff, Oct 05, 2007-A grand parade was held in Hong Kong on September 30.

HONG KONG—On September 30, the Hong Kong Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and The Epoch Times Hong Kong office held a rally and a parade to support the over 27 million Chinese who’ve withdrawn from the CCP and affiliated associations. The rally included pro-democracy activists, people of faith, and victims of CCP tyranny. Volunteers from the Service Center gave speeches.

Mr. Szeto Wah, president of the Hong Kong Alliance In Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China was the first to give a speech. He paid respect to the 27 million people who’ve quit the CCP, CCP Youth League and CCP Young Pioneers.

Mr. Jia Jia, former Secretary General of the Shanxi Province Scientific and Technological Expert Association spoke to the crowd by phone. Jia defected and split from the CCP last October and currently resides in Indonesia. “October 1 is a day of disaster for Chinese people,” proclaimed Jia. “It is a day when the CCP stole the control of the country. Since October 1, 1949, Chinese people have descended into a deep and endless hardship. Every rally supporting withdrawal from the CCP demonstrates another step toward victory for the Chinese people through peaceful struggle.”

“The information expressed today is very important, extremely precious, and profoundly truthful,” Pastor Fung Chi Wood said to those gathered at the rally. “Our mission is righteous and compassionate, and our perseverance is sure to generate an enormous change.”

“Please don’t treat the CCP as something powerful or forceful,” said Mr. Chen Shi, a victim of the CCP’s Anti-rightist Movement. “Once the CCP truly collapses, it will only take a moment.”

Chen pointed to the many groups that were protesting in front of the CCP’s Hong Kong Liaison Office earlier that day against the Myanmar Military regime’s bloody suppression of the Burmese people. “It is a matter related to the Myanmar Military regime, so why protest outside the CCP office?” asked Chen. “Because the Myanmar military regime is supported by the CCP. Just as those responsible for the genocide of Sudan are supported by the CCP.”

Another Mr. Chen—an everyday citizen of Hong Kong—shared his views on the rally. “I have watched the parades supporting withdrawal from the CCP many times. I think these people are very brave,” he said.

Following the rally, a parade led by the Tianguo Marching Band marched through several sections of Hong Kong, including Jiulong, Shenshui Bu, Taizi, Wangjiao, You Madi, Zuodun and concluded at the Hong Kong Cultural Center at Tsimshatsui.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : Hong Kong Rally Supports Quitting CCP

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