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First Korean Traveler From China Checked Flu Case

Posted by Author on June 7, 2009

Korea Times, 06-07-2009 –

South Korean health authorities on Sunday reported that a 25-year-old South Korean woman who returned from China has contracted the new type-A flu that has spread through 69 countries worldwide.

The new case brings the number of total infections found in the country to 47 since April and the first for a person arriving from China, said the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs.

It said efforts are underway to check other passengers on the Asiana flight that may have had contact with the infected person.

The woman, who was showing symptoms upon her arrival on Thursday, visited a local clinic the day after where she underwent tests.

Authorities, meanwhile, said that of the 47 people that have been confirmed to have been infected with the Type-A H1N1 virus, only six are being held in quarantine with the rest being released and in good health.

As of Friday, the World Health Organization reported that there were 21,940 people infected around the world with 125 deaths being attributed to the virus. Most deaths have occurred in Mexico, with others being reported in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Chile.

The Korea Times

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Divine Performing Arts Chinese Show Korea Tour Ends with Stunning Performance

Posted by Author on February 10, 2009

The Epoch Times Staff  Feb 9, 2009 –

SEOUL— The final performance of the Divine Performing Arts (DPA) 2009 World Tour in Seoul reached a crescendo as an impassioned audience begged for five curtain calls.

DPA is inspired by the spirit of ancient China before its culture eroded under communism. The shows have been sensational in South Korea from its opening in Daegu on Jan. 30. Amid thunderous applause and calls for more, the curtain finally fell on the final eleventh show performed on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Universal Arts Center in Seoul.

The appreciative audience included many celebrities from Korean literary and art circles, who grabbed the opportunity to see the lavish performance while they had the chance.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) threatened to stop the shows by putting pressure on theaters in Daegu and Seoul to break their venue contracts, but to no avail.

According to the show’s promoter, the Chinese embassy threatened theater staff at the Universal Arts Center with non-issues regarding visas, extending it’s threat to South Korea’s business investments in China should the show go ahead.

However, DPA was cleared to perform after the Seoul Local Court ruled in its favor on Feb. 3.

Rumors also began in local Chinese communities that, “Chinese people will get fined should they go to the show,” and the blame was laid at the feet of the communist regime.

A Chinese immigrant, Mr. Han, discovered this as he purchased show tickets and asked staff as to why the “ridiculous rule” was set. When he learned the CCP was using tactics to fool and threaten people, he responded angrily, “I’m over 70 years old now, I’ve experienced too many things. I am not afraid. I want to see the show.”

The CCP’s tactics didn’t stop other Chinese people either. Many came to the show excited to share in the experience.

Chinese mainlander Wang Zhen (an alias to protect her identity) told an Epoch Times reporter with a sigh, “Now, I see … there are maybe a lot of people still deluded by the communist regime, but there are certainly more people who have already seen through its evil nature, and are standing on the side of the truth.”

Ms. Wang has been living in Korea for two years: “I am so moved after watching the show, I want to tell all my friends to come see it.”

Mr. Yu, who migrated to Korea three years ago said, “I am extremely moved after watching the show. I don’t even want to blink my eyes so I won’t miss any details. I feel so relaxed, peaceful, and calm. I forgot all my worries.”

Mr. Jin, a construction contractor from mainland China, told the reporter, “It is a magnificent show—truly beautiful. How should I put it? It is extremely heartbreaking. The things I did not believe in the past, I feel it today—feel it very deep down in my heart. I am totally changed because of the show. It’s really moving. I say it from the bottom of my heart.”

The show in Seoul was only finalized a day before the performance due to the CCP’s interference. The show’s promotion was done in a very limited time, but it still created a huge impact among the people. Many celebrities from the arts, culture, and entertainment circles were deeply touched by DPA’s “excellent performance.”

Korean Movie Performer Association chair, Mr. Yoon Yangha, praised the show as “remarkable work.” Renowned Korean actress Ms. Yu Ungye said, “People should not just watch the Divine shows with their eyes, they should remember it, deep down in their memory. Everyone should watch the show.”

Ms. Yu is well known among Chinese audiences for her acting part as the court lady Jung in the famous Korean TV series Dai Janggeum.

Renowned Korean baritone Mr. Shin Gyugon brought his family of four to the show. He said, “I feel that only the Divine shows unveil [true] human nature and the meaning of life. No other performance could compare with this. The inner meaning of the performance shows the nobility of life.”

Mr. Shin continued, “It is a show for all musicians, dance artists, actors, social life mentors, religious leaders and so on. Nowadays, people are stuck in materialism—corruption is so severe in current society. If all people see the show, society will brighten. People’s morality will be improved.”

Rising Korean movie star Lee Nagyeong told the reporter, “I think the dance program of the minority people in the deep, high mountains (Dance of the Yi) is awesome. If I were a dancer, I would like to dance with them on the stage to wear those beautiful skirts.”

After the DPA leaves Korea, they will visit Japan and perform in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, and Osaka.

The Epochtimes

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China and North Korea in new diplomatic dance

Posted by Author on January 3, 2009

joongAngDaily, South Korea, January 03, 2009 –

North Korea and China are showing growing signs of cementing stronger political ties this year in what many experts here said is an effort to secure a better position in the upcoming diplomatic dialogue with Barack Obama’s new U.S. administration.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and Chinese president Hu Jintao sent celebratory New Year’s messages to each other and declared 2009 as the “year of friendship” to mark the 60th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, according to the two countries’ state-run media.

China was the fourth country the North formed official diplomatic ties with after Russia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Though Pyongyang has long celebrated the anniversary of the 1961 China-North Korea Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance and China’s military support to the North in 1950 during the Korean War, the 1949 opening of diplomatic ties between the two countries has been largely ignored. But yesterday’s announcement was no sudden surprise, given the two countries have made moves to forge a closer alliance since last year.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, China’s second most powerful official, made an unusual visit to Pyongyang last year, while Kim pledged Pyongyang would “never to breach trust with China,” when another high-profile Beijing official, Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visited the North last February.

Kim made a personal visit to the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang.

Chun Hyun-joon, senior researcher at Korea Institute for National Unification, said the North plans to use its close political relations with Beijing as a “negotiating card” during the upcoming nuclear talks with Washington. “They probably want to send the message that ‘we have a strong backer called China behind us,’” said Chun……. (more details from Joongang Daily)

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Why Foreign Businesses Flee China

Posted by Author on December 23, 2008

The Chosun Ilbo, S. Korea, Dec.23,2008 –

The Chinese government recently announced its intention to sue foreign businesses for leaving the country without permission. Chinese officials said they plan to seek legal assistance in the countries of foreign businesses to receive back-pay and debt owed in China — and even seek the extradition of law-breakers.

Some Chinese media have reported that such “abnormal” exits from China mostly involve small- and mid-sized Korean businesses. But this problem does not involve only Korean businesses. Recently, Guangdong Province formed a special taskforce to supervise companies that owe money to workers and dispatched the team to Dongguan city. Hong Kong and Taiwanese businesses are based there. During September and October of this year, 117 businesses fled from Dongguan, according to Hong Kong media.

It is true that many small- and mid-sized Korean businesses secretly shutter their plants and escape China. In Qingdao, where Korean businesses are clustered, around 200 out of 8,000 companies are said to have fled China without permission. We cannot back these companies. It appears that China has come out with these hard-line measures to deal with such businesses, since it is faced with an increasing number of discontented workers as its economic slowdown intensifies and more factories close.

But it is difficult to criticize businesses that flee. When attracting foreign businesses, China offers a “one-stop” service, whereby one government department handles procedures. But when a foreign company tries to leave China, company officials must visit individual government branches handling labor, tax, customs, foreign exchange, social security, real estate and other measures and undergo procedures at each of those offices. Chinese authorities do not have much experience handling corporate liquidation, meaning a lack of consistency in interpreting regulations. As a result, it may take anywhere from eight months to two years to complete a liquidation process.

Moreover, when word spreads that a foreign business is trying to close down operations in China, workers and suppliers storm into the main offices and threaten staff. Business people say some are lucky to get out alive. Proper liquidation procedures will not be undertaken while the rule of law is not observed in China.

The Chosun Ilbo

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S. Korea says tonnes of unsafe Chinese herbal medicine destroyed

Posted by Author on October 2, 2008

AFP, Oct.1, 2008-

SEOUL (AFP) — South Korea destroyed 871 tonnes of imported Chinese herbal medicine ingredients over the past two years because they contained excessive level of toxins, official figures showed Wednesday.

The Korea Food and Drug Administration told parliament in a report that the imports had higher than permitted amounts of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and arsenic as well as sulphur dioxide.

South Korea last year imported 19,650 tonnes of Chinese herbs and other material for oriental medicines, 78 percent of the total imports.

The report came amid a new scare about Chinese food safety after melamine was found in infant milk formula, sickening nearly 53,000 children and killing four in China.

South Korea banned the import of all products containing Chinese powdered milk and has been inspecting 428 brands of Chinese imported food already on sale.

As of Tuesday, it had found that six of the 186 items checked so far were contaminated with melamine.


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Chinese Hoodlums Harass “Quit the CCP Center” in Korea, One to be Repatriated

Posted by Author on June 28, 2008

By Wen Long & Quanyu, Epoch Times Korea Staff, Jun 24, 2008-

Three Chinese hoodlums attacked a 'Quit the CCP' service center. One service center volunteer snapped their pictures even while one of them grabbed her camera. (Photo by service center volunteer)

Following the CCP harassment in Flushing New York, a “Quit the Chinese Communist Party” Service Station” in Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea was also harassed by three Chinese hoodlums on the afternoon of June 22.

The police arrived on site promptly and arrested all three troublemakers. Two of them were released shortly because they had not directly engaged in violent actions and apologized sincerely.

The third one, Li Danzhong, continued to harass the service station volunteer while in the police station, and was sent to the Department of Exit-Entry Administration in Inchon. Ansan police indicated that the violators would be repatriated to China shortly.

(Photo above: Three Chinese hoodlums attacked a “Quit the CCP” service center. One service center volunteer snapped their pictures even while one of them grabbed her camera. /Photo by service center volunteer)

“Quit the CCP” service stations are operated by volunteers, many of whom are Falun Gong practitioners. The centers help Chinese people understand the actual history of the CCP, and its record of human rights violations.

According to the Falun Gong volunteer, on that Sunday afternoon, two intoxicated Chinese walked by the station and pointed at the exhibition board and repeatedly shouted “This is false!” The shouting attracted a sizeable crowd.

A Chinese, later identified as Li Danzhong, rushed out from the crowed and shouted, “Even if you videotape me, I am not afraid!” Li knocked the camera out of one volunteer’s hand when Li saw the volunteer was about to take his picture. Li also repeatedly threatened, “You stay alive for me, I will remember you…!”

The local police arrived promptly and arrested the three violators, who attempted to flee when they saw police. After being arrested, two of the hoodlums sobered up and realized their situation, and apologized to the police with sincerity. The police ascertained that they had not engaged in severe violent or destructive behavior, and then released them, after recording their information and their infractions.

The police then brought Li Danzhong and the service center volunteer to the police station.

Li Danzhong continued his abusive behavior while in the police station. Even while sitting handcuffed to an iron ring in the station, Li continued to threaten the service center volunteer: “I will remember you. Wait till I am released—I will take care of you….”

According to the police, Li was certain to be repatriated to China shortly.

Li will be the second Chinese to be repatriated by Korea for harassing Falun Gong. The first one, Wang Hai, attacked Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese Consulate two years ago. Wang hid inside the Consulate after the incidence, but was finally arrested by Korea Foreign Affairs police. He was repatriated to China after paying a fine.

An San City is the largest Chinese residential area in Korea. According to the “Quit the CCP” service center volunteer, there are five service centers in the city. Service center statistics indicate that more than 70 % of the city’s Chinese population has come to one of the service centers to announce their resignations form the CCP and its affiliated organizations.

– Epochtimes: Chinese Hoodlums Harass Rights Group in Korea

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S. Korea Vows ‘legal and diplomatic measures’ Over Chinese Student’s Violence in Olympic Torch Relay

Posted by Author on April 29, 2008

AFP, Apr. 29, 2008-Chinese student (red cap) kicks a South Korean

SEOUL (AFP) — South Korea Tuesday vowed “legal and diplomatic measures” in response to violent protests by Chinese students at the Olympic torch relay here which have stirred anger and criticism of Beijing.

Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo said images of Chinese youths attacking Korean demonstrators had damaged national pride.

“Legal and diplomatic measures are necessary as the incident hurt national pride considerably,” Yonhap news agency quoted Han as telling a cabinet meeting. He did not elaborate.

Anger is growing over Sunday’s violence, recorded on widely circulated video clips, in which Chinese students attacked Koreans staging protests against Beijing’s rights record.

(photo: A Chinese student (red cap) kicks a South Korean who was protesting against the Beijing Olympics/ by AFP)

“It is very regrettable that foreigners staged illegal violent protests at a time when self-restraint against violent protests is taking root under a new government,” Justice Minister Kim Kyung-Han told the cabinet.

“The justice ministry will sternly deal with those responsible, regardless of their nationality.”

Kim said authorities were analysing video clips from the scene.

“We will go after all those responsible and bring them to account… a meeting of relevant agencies will take place at the Seoul district prosecutor’s office.”

China on Tuesday defended the right of Chinese students in South Korea to protect the Olympic torch, amid a brewing diplomatic row after protesters clashed during the flame’s journey in Seoul.

“Some Chinese students came out to safeguard the dignity of the torch. I believe that’s natural. Perhaps there were some radical actions,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in Beijing when asked to comment on the clashes.

National Police Agency chief Eo Cheong-Soo said the Chinese embassy had said about 1,000 Chinese students were expected to welcome the torch but 6,500 showed up.

“The Chinese side had worried about attempts to disturb the torch relay but as it turned out, disorderly, impetuous acts were committed by some Chinese students,” Eo told journalists.

The government Monday expressed “strong regret” to China’s ambassador at the students’ behaviour.

Newspaper editorials and Internet users slammed the youths and the largest-selling daily questioned whether Beijing is fit to host the Olympics.

“It marked the first time that Chinese have run amok in the capital of a foreign country,” Chosun Ilbo said.

“We cannot but doubt whether China has the common sense and standards to host the Olympic Games,” the paper said, criticising the government and police for failing to stop the violence.

Clashes erupted when some 300 protesters, including North Koreans, demonstrated against China’s forced repatriation of North Korean refugees and its crackdown on Tibetans.

Thousands of Chinese demonstrators, mostly college students, had also gathered for the start of the relay in Olympic Park.

In one clash between the two groups, some Chinese threw water bottles, stones, chunks of wood and drink cans at their adversaries.

In another incident Chinese students surrounded and beat up a small group of protesters, according to witnesses. They said a local newspaper photographer suffered a head injury from a stone thrown by the students.

In another encounter, recorded on video, hundreds of agitated Chinese chased a few protesters into a hotel lobby next to City Hall and attacked them.

Two American students wearing T-shirts reading “Free Tibet” were mobbed by before being rescued by police, Chosun and other newspapers said.

The liberal Hankyoreh daily said editorially that the conduct of the protesters had brought disgrace on their country. “It aroused concern that Chinese nationalism is becoming excessive and violent,” the paper said.

JoongAng Ilbo said Chinese had not reacted this way in other countries which had seen torch protests. “As such, it appears that they look down on this country,” it said.

“Such incidents will occur again if they keep adhering to a distorted patriotism.”

The incidents are the latest to overshadow the torch relay, which was hit by protests in London, Paris and San Francisco prompting heavy security at other legs.

– Original report from AFP: SKorea vows ‘diplomatic measures’ over Chinese torch violence

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S. Korean Engineer Charged With Technology Theft for China

Posted by Author on March 8, 2008

AFP, Mar. 5, 2008-

SEOUL (AFP) — Prosecutors have arrested a former senior engineer with South Korea’s LG Electronics for stealing and leaking flat-screen TV technology to China, officials said Thursday.

The Seoul southern district prosecutors’ office said it had charged the 49-year-old man identified only as Jeong with stealing technology to manufacture a plasma display panel (PDP).

It said that after leaving LG Electronics in 2005, Jeong smuggled out computer files on the design of its PDP plant. He later moved to a firm in China which was preparing to produce such panels.

“His act clearly constitutes theft,” prosecutor Jang Sang-Ki, who is handling the case, told AFP. Jeong could also face a charge of leaking technology, he said.

The prosecutor said another two LG Electronics employees had also been indicted for their involvement in the technology theft.

He said Jeong since February last year had been working as a technology adviser at COC (Changhong-Orion PDP-Chaihong of China) and had helped it build a PDP plant in Szechuan province.

The technology involved producing eight separate PDP units from a single large PDP sheet. LG Electronics first adopted it in July last year.

“The technology leak is expected to bring some 1.3 trillion won (some 1.4 billion dollars) in losses to our company,” an LG Electronics spokesman said, without giving any breakdown of the figure.

The spokesman said only three companies — LG Electronics, Samsung SDI and Matsushita of Japan — had developed such PDP technology.

He said LG Electronics expects the Chinese company to begin producing PDPs using the same technology beginning December this year.

South Korea, whose manufacturers are threatened by low-cost Chinese competition, is sensitive to such alleged technology leaks.

Last year prosecutors charged four local shipbuilding engineers with attempting to leak technology to China.

Also last year five former and current employees of Kia Motors were accused of selling technical secrets on car assembly to China.

Original report from AFP

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China’s Killer “Yellow Dust” Hits Korea, Japan, Schools Closed

Posted by Author on March 4, 2008

By Jon Herskovitz, Reuters, March 3, 2008-

SEOUL, March 3 (Reuters) – South Korea closed schools on Monday and its factories producing memory chips stepped up safeguards, as a choking pall of sand mixed with toxic dust from China covered most of the country and other parts of Asia.

The annual “yellow dust” spring storms, which originate in China’s Gobi Desert before sweeping south to envelop the Korean peninsula and parts of Japan, are blamed for scores of deaths and billions of dollars in damage every year in South Korea.

It issued a yellow dust warning at the weekend. On Monday, school districts in southeastern regions urged parents to keep kindergarten and elementary school children at home.

“We advised the closure because kindergarten, primary school students have weaker immune systems,” said Min Eyu-gi, an education official in Busan.

An official with the Meteorological Administration said the first major storm of the season, which has also hit parts of Japan, was dissipating.

But forecasts from China said cold air and little rainfall would lead to more storms from Wednesday through March 11, Xinhua news agency reported.

Taiwan mostly avoids the toxic clouds but skies in Taipei on Monday were overcast, with the government telling people to wear surgical masks and avoid exercising outdoors.

In Japan, car drivers and train operators were asked to be on alert because the sandstorms had greatly reduced visibility.

The sand storms have been increasing in frequency and toxicity over the years because of China’s rapid economic growth and have added to increased tensions with neighbours South Korea and Japan over recent years.

The dust picks up heavy metals and carcinogens such as dioxin as it passes over Chinese industrial regions, before hitting North and South Korea and Japan, meteorologists say.

Dry weather and seasonal winds in China hurl millions of tonnes of sand at the Korean peninsula and Japan from late February through April or May, turning the skies to a jaundiced hue.

The state-sponsored Korea Environment Institute said the dust kills up to 165 South Koreans a year, mostly the elderly or those with respiratory ailments, and makes as many as 1.8 million ill.

Annual economic damage to South Korea from the storms is estimated at up to 5.5 trillion won ($5.82 billion), according to the institute.

Hynix Semiconductor Inc, the world’s second-biggest maker of memory chips, said it has had to step up its filtration systems and make employees take longer air showers to make sure the dust does not contaminate its production lines and damage chips, made using technology that operates on a microscopic level.

South Korean retailers, however, have spotted an opportunity, offering special scarves, hats and other accessories for the yellow dust season. ($1=944.5 won)

Original report from  Reuters

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Citing Weather Information As State Secrets, China Refuses Asia Countries To Release Data On Yellow Sand

Posted by Author on February 19, 2008

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Feb. 18, 2008-

A plan for Japan, China, South Korea and Mongolia to observe and forecast airborne desert sand has been hampered as China has withdrawn from the scheme, citing weather information as state secrets.

The Environment Ministry’s Web site, which is to release forecasts on so-called yellow sand to the public, will start the service later this month as planned, but without the cooperation of the country where most of the sand originates.

According to ministry sources, with China reneging on its promise of cooperation by refusing to provide data, the system’s observation and forecast accuracy will be insufficient.

Between March and May every year, large quantities of yellow sand are sent airborne from the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts, with much of it catching westerly winds that carry it toward Japan, causing numerous problems in places the sand passes over.

In China and South Korea, many residents suffer from respiratory problems due to the sand. In Japan, mainly in Kyushu, laundry is often tinged yellow by the sand and the percentage of faulty products made by precision machinery factories has increased.

According to the Fukuoka Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, when the sand was observed in the prefecture early last April, the concentration of dust in the air exceeded normal levels across the prefecture and the air took on a brownish tint.

The Meteorological Agency currently releases data on airborne yellow sand obtained from observations at 85 sites across the nation. But these observations are done visually, meaning airborne sand is only noted when it reaches the nation. These observations alone cannot accurately forecast the level of yellow sand approaching Japan.

The ministry began testing yellow sand forecasts on its Web site last spring.

Starting later this month, the ministry had planned to release more detailed sand forecasts based on data from one observation site in China, one in South Korea, three in Mongolia and 10 in Japan.

The information to be released by the ministry was to include actual quantities of airborne sand from near ground level up to six kilometers up. It also was to model how the sand is spread.

The Chinese observation site was to be in Beijing, which is right on the main path of yellow sand headed to Japan, making a Beijing observation post essential.

But in April, just before the start of a test run of the international system, Beijing suddenly notified Tokyo of its refusal to provide the data. China had enacted a law prohibiting bringing any weather observation data to be provided overseas, saying weather observation information as a state secret that affects national security and interests.

The situation has remained unchanged since then, forcing the ministry to forecast yellow sand quantities starting later this month without information on how much sand has been stirred up in China.

China also canceled in May a plan to improve its observation network with seven more facilities to be built with official development assistance from Japan.

Japan canceled a 250 million yen worth of grants in aid earmarked in fiscal 2006 for the cooperation.

In January, Japan, China and South Korea started joint research on yellow sand, but as the situation currently stands, data on the origin of the sand is only available from Mongolia. The limited data is expected to hamper future research.

An official of the ministry’s Global Environmental Issues Division said, “We heard from the Chinese side that it would be difficult to allow the information to be publicized on the Internet, even if data could be provided for joint research being done for the Beijing Olympics being held this year.”

Since 2000, the number of days when yellow sand was observed has rapidly increased. Increased deforestation and desertification caused by excessive livestock breeding has been cited as a cause.

Original report from The Yomiuri Shimbun

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First Ever in Asia: South Korea Court Grants Refugee Status to Two Chinese Falun Gong Trainees

Posted by Author on January 18, 2008

By Bae Ji-sook, The Korea Times, South Korea, Staff Reporter, 01-17-2008-

A court acknowledged two Chinese Falun Gong trainees as “refugees” Thursday, the first such ruling in Asia for the “mind and body cultivation” trainees.

Seoul Administration Court ruled in favor of the two Chinese nationals who filed a suit against the Korean justice minister’s decision of refusing to grant them refugee status. The court said in the ruling that: “The two complainants were able to prove their suppression by the Chinese government over their training. Also they have been leading Falun Gong activities in Korea ― which may draw the attention of the Chinese government ― and the fact that if they were to be deported, they would undergo suppression once again, sounds very reliable.”

However, the court rejected 30 other requests for acknowledgement because they could not prove being suppressed for their training activities nor for taking leading roles in Korea concerning their belief.

Falun Gong was introduced to the public in China by Li Hongzhi in 1992 as a form of Qi practice. In 1999, following seven years of rapid growth in the mainland, the Chinese government banned the practice, declaring the trainees as a “highly organized political group opposed to the Communist Party and the central government.”

– Original report from The Korea Times: Court Grants Refugee Status to Two Falun Gong Trainees

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North and South Korea Sign Historic Pact— China Furious

Posted by Author on October 14, 2007

Central News Agency (CNA), Taiwan, Via the Epochtimes, Oct 12, 2007-

The declaration of “an end to the war” by North and South Korea might happen without China’s involvement, and this appears to have angered Beijing. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs made it known that China was not willing to accept the situation and ordered Chinese Embassies in North and South Korea to investigate the actual intention behind the pact.

South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-II signed the South-North Joint Declaration in Pyongyang on October 4. The historic three-day bilateral talks resulted in a move toward a peace treaty that would replace the Korean War’s 1953 cease-fire and an effort toward lasting peace by way of a three or four country summit.

North Korea’s The Chosun Ilbo reported that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs was very angry with language suggesting that China might be excluded from a summit meeting involving three countries. The report quoted a senior officer in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying that it was unimaginable to exclude China from the discussion because China, the United States and North Korea were all an essential part of the equation.

The senior officer went on to say that China had already instructed its Embassy in South Korea to examine the statements made by Cheong Wa Dae (Office of the South Korean President) spokesman Cheon Ho-seon. He also ordered the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang to find out the reasons behind having a “three or four” way summit as mentioned in the declaration.

After the historic declaration was signed, Ning Fukui, the Chinese Ambassador to South Korea, noted the significance of ending the decades-long stand-off through a peace accord. He also stressed that China would play an active role in the procedure.

Ambassador Ning indicated that China would not accept a formal end to the Korean War in a three-way summit (North and South Korea and the United States) where China is not involved.
Original report from the Epochtimes

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Video: China’s First Olympic Women Swim Medallist Supports Human Rights Torch Relay

Posted by Author on August 29, 2007

Xiaomin Huang, former Chinese women swimmer, won for China first-ever medal inHuang Xiaomin 200m breaststroke swimming at Olympic games- a silver at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics in South Korea, claims she support the Human Rights Torch Relay and will run for it.

At that time Xiaomin Huang was 18 years old. Now she’s the coach of Korea national team.

Human Rights Torch Relay’s mission is aimed at ceasing the persecution of Falun Gong, the #1 Human Rights violation in China. The message the Human Rights Torch Relay wants to tell the world is “Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China”.

Xiaomin Huang’s medal record in Olympics medal database can be found here

Photo above: Xiaomin Huang shown with her silver medal won at the 1988 Seoul Olympics

Video: Xiaomin Huang claims she support the Human Rights Torch Relay

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Chinese-Korean Woman Battles For Son’s Freedom in China

Posted by Author on August 28, 2007

By Deb Quezon, Associate Editor, Korea Times, South Korea, 08-28-2007-Quan Qing Zi

Photo: Jin Xue Zhe, right, is imprisoned in for practicing Fulan Gong, outlawed in China. Left, his mother Quan Qing Zi has immigrated to Korea to fight for his release. / Korea Times

To people who endure oppression, torture or suffer any other inhumane actions, “live according to your conscience,’’ says Quan Qing Zi, who has embarked upon a crusade to free her son from prison in China, where she says he is subjected to torture.

“They have broken both of my son’s arms, cuffed them at a strange angle behind his back, and electrocuted his genitals leaving severe damage,’’ says Quan.

Quan and her son Jin Xue Zhe, 35, practice Falun Gong whose teachings have been described as spiritual, religious or metaphysical, depending on the vantage point. In any event, it is outlawed in China, where her son was arrested and is being subjected to torture, says Quan.

Prior to her family’s misfortune, Quan describes Jin as having been “always kind and helpful to their neighbors.’’ She says he was about to be promoted to a responsible position and was considered a qualified leader in the company where he worked. Of her three sons, she says Jin was the most considerate toward his parents.

Savors Freedom in Korea

Ging Zi immigrated to Korea nearly seven years ago. She has become a naturalized citizen and says she is proud to be a part of a country that permits her to exercise freedom of beliefs.

“I came to Korea to help my son escape the torture he is suffering,’’ she says. “Here in Korea I am free to practice my beliefs.’’

Supporting Ging Zi’s cause, as well as others in the same situation, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, CIPFG, who rallied in front of the Chinese Embassy Friday.

“It is time that human rights violations of Falun Gong practitioners is exposed to the public,’’ says Kyung Suk Lee of the Coalition. “There are reported cases of organs being removed from practitioners and being sold for profit.’’

Origins of Falun Dafa

Falun Gong, aka Falun Dafa, was introduced by Li Hongzi in 1992 in Changchun, Jilin. It is described as an “advanced cultivation system in the Buddha School, which was handed down to chosen disciples and served as an intensive cultivation method that requires practitioners with great inborn quality.’’ Falun Gong’s popularity increased in China, and in 1996 Li and his followers introduced the practice to other countries.

Steps Toward Intervention

A resolution that was passed by a 420-0 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives condemns the persecution of Falun Gong. Therein it states: “Falun Gong is a peaceful and nonviolent form of personal belief and practice with millions of adherents in the People’s Republic of China and elsewhere. Jiang Zemin’s regime has created notorious government offices overseeing the persecution of Falun Gong members through organized brainwashing, torture, and murder. The campaign of persecution has been carried out by government officials and police at all levels, and has permeated every segment of society and every level of government in the People’s Republic of China.’’

Quan says neither she nor her son would ever consider superficially renouncing their beliefs to escape from persecution.

“We can’t compromise our belief,’’ says Quan. “We practice truthfulness and must remain true to that belief.’’

What they pursue is to be a good person, but not for personal gain. All the Falun Gon practitioners in China come forward to tell people the true situation about Falun Gong are in danger of being arrest. They are doing this to restore the reputation of Falun Gong. They can’t stand that people are deceived by their own government.

She wants UN, Korean government and human rights organizations to help get her son released.

Cases like Mrs. quan are not many, but we are dealing with another issue right now in the court, The Refusee Status case, many Falun Gong practitioners fled persecution in China and live here in Korea illegally. They are asking the court to allow them to stay in Korea until the persecution ends. The court hearing in process has lasted a few months. Actually it will be good for your report. The Court final hearing will be held on the 29th of this month. If you want to know I will let know in detail.

Original report from Korea Times

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An South Korea Official’s Death and the Face of China

Posted by Author on August 22, 2007

Editorials, Chosun Ilbo, South Korea, Aug.22,2007-

It was 24 days ago that Whang Joung-il, minister for political affairs at the Korean Embassy in China, died while being treated in a Beijing hospital for an upset stomach.

The Korean Embassy in China believes Whang’s death was due to a grave medical error by a physician at the hospital, who administered the wrong antibiotic after injecting him with Ringer’s solution containing calcium. Chinese authorities took the Ringer’s solution for testing and conducted an autopsy on the Korean official. But the embassy reportedly has yet to receive any word from Chinese officials on the results of the investigation.

The hospital where Whang died has not been subject to any disciplinary measures and continues to treat patients. A funeral ceremony was held for Whang at the Korean Embassy in Beijing last Tuesday, but no Chinese officials attended.

When Korean officials raised the possibility of a misdiagnosis or wrong prescription to the Chinese official, he responded by asking why Whang chose to go to such a “low grade” hospital. His tone was as if Whang was to blame for his death for choosing the wrong hospital. But that hospital happens to be a prominent one in Beijing and is frequented by foreigners. Nor is it some cheap clinic either. It charges US$140 for an initial exam. If such a hospital is truly “low grade”, then perhaps Whang should have used a hospital catering to Beijing’s elite bureaucrats.

Judging by Beijing’s nonchalance in dealing with this incident, one perforce feels that China has a long ways to go. It may appear to be on its way to becoming a global leader. But it seems there is no way that country will be able to assume such a responsible role as long as it behaves this way.

China and its people are increasingly being viewed in a critical light for doing anything that is profitable, while placing scant importance on human lives. In the United States, 3,000 cats and dogs died after eating animal feed made in China, while a chemical used for car antifreeze was discovered in Chinese toothpaste. A marketing campaign has begun with “China-free” labels being placed on products to show no Chinese ingredients have been used. In Korea, many consumers simply shun food or other products of Chinese origin.

A country doesn’t become a top-notch nation simply because it holds the largest U.S. dollar reserves in the world or because it has put a satellite into space. If a foreigner has to risk his or her life during each visit to a hospital, then who in their right minds would respect China as a global leader?

It doesn’t take much to arrive at a judgment on something. If a country lacks a sense of the value of human lives and honesty and does not have a system for dealing sternly with dishonest and illegal actions, then it will be unable to be respected as an advanced nation, regardless of its size.

– Original report from Chosun Ilbo : An Official’s Death and the Face of China

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