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Shen Yun show “indeed unprecedented”, says Taiwan’s Renowned Painting Master

Posted by Author on March 25, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan—One of the four most famous painting masters belonging to the second generation of the Lingnan School of Painting in China, 83-year-old master Huang Leisheng, attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts show.

New York-based Shen Yun’s showcase of China’s 5,000 years of cultural traditions was held at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on March 21.

Master Huang had hurried to see Shen Yun’s world-renowned pageantry of Chinese classical dance, music, and song shortly after returning from his overseas painting exhibition.

“I have never seen such a spectacular performance in the past. It is very refreshing to see the show, indeed!” Mr. Huang said.

He was a bit tired before going to the show, but after watching the performance, he felt surprisingly refreshed, he said.

As soon as the curtain opened, he was moved by the dance The Emperor Ushers in a Glorious Age, in which he saw the Lord Buddha inviting various gods to descend to earth to reawaken China’s 5,000-year-old, divinely inspired civilization.

“I was touched from the very beginning,” Mr. Huang said…….(more details from The Epochtimes)

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Former Taiwan Government Spokesman: All People Should See Shen Yun

Posted by Author on March 25, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan— Cheng Wen-Tsan, a former minister of the Government Information Office and spokesman of the Executive Yuan, attended the fourth performance of the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company in Taipei on March 21.

Mr. Cheng said in a telephone interview that all the Chinese people should see the show, which presents the true, traditional Chinese culture: “It’s really great! I think all people should come to see the show.”

With abundant praise, Mr. Cheng said that although the program, from the beginning to end, makes people feel hopeful, one thing left him with deep regret: “I’ve just come to know that the orthodox Chinese culture is so glorious, but has been repressed so long in China.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is bringing to the world China’s traditional culture and artistic forms through classical Chinese dance. As its source, Shen Yun draws on 5,000 years of Chinese culture, which is traditionally regarded as a divinely inspired culture.

Mr. Cheng said that the culture spread by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is so different from the traditional Chinese culture represented by Shen Yun: “I strongly felt that the traditional Chinese culture is actually completely different from the culture of communist China.” …… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Worst-ever dust storm from China hits Taiwan

Posted by Author on March 22, 2010


Taiwan News, Staff Writer, Mar. 22, 2010-

The worst-ever
dust storms from China forced air quality in Northern Taiwan sharply down yesterday, the Environmental Protection Administration said.

A total of 24 observation stations across the island recorded more than 1,000 micrograms of dust per cubic meter and a further ten showed values at damaging levels, according to the EPA. Skies turned a yellowish grey as there was no rain to wash away the dust, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The worst levels of pollution were recorded on the island of Matsu close to the coast of China’s Fujian Province, in Keelung on the North Coast and in several Taipei City districts, EPA official Chu Yu-chi said. Matsu airport was closed all day due to poor visibility, reports said.

Doctors advised people to limit outside activities to the barest minimum, and to wear masks or even goggles when riding a motorcycle. Patients suffering from breathing problems even before the storm should wait a few days until after it had left before resuming normal outside activities, reports said.

The number of patients recording breathing problems increased by 20 percent to 30 percent because of irritation by the dust, reports said. People wearing contact lenses felt irritation of the eyes, according to media reports quoting physicians…….(more details from Taiwan News)

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Renowned Professor From China Says Would Like to See Shen Yun Hundred Times

Posted by Author on March 21, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan— March 20 was the second day of Shen Yen Performing Arts’ show appearing in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. Shen Yen’s reputation attracted viewers from all over northern Taiwan to Taipei over the weekend so that all seats in the auditorium of National Dr. Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall were occupied.

Professor Xiao, a renowned figure in China, was among those attending. In an interview, he said he loved the entire set of programs. “You see, my hands got swollen because I kept clapping during the show!” he exclaimed.

Professor Xiao said he was very fortunate to catch Shen Yen when he traveled to Taipei this time. His first time to see the show, he said, “It is really good. The show is so exquisite that you can’t see anything like it elsewhere.”

Shen Yun performance blends the cultural characteristic and connotations of various Chinese ethnicities. Of the dances, Professor Xiao was particularly impressed by “Mongolian Hospitality” and In a Miao Village. He added that all the dancing performances were very unique—no matter whether they were depicting Mongolian or Miao, the dance illustrated the ethnic characteristics very well.

After seeing that Shen Yen vividly exhibits the quintessence of traditional Chinese culture on stage, Professor Xiao shared his thoughts about his beloved Chinese traditions: “Chinese culture is very broad and Shen Yen show tries to pass it down to future generations. The programs in the show, such as Imperial Archers and Wu Song Battles the Tiger, truthfully reflect the history after careful investigation. We have all read the story in the novel Water Margin before. However, we have to resort to our imagination to recreate the past, and now the scenes of the drama illustrate the story right in front of our eyes. This is not easy to achieve.”

Xiao wondered “Who first wrote the script of the drama?” When he was told that most artists associated with the Shen Yen Performing Arts group are overseas Chinese, whose mission was to pass down the finest part of Chinese traditional culture, he praised this effort, saying, “It is really great!” He felt Shen Yen‘s passing down ancient tradition by performing dramatic dances on the stage was an excellent idea.

Recalling the superb dramatic dances and the dynamic backdrop he saw in the performance, Xiao kept nodding his head and said in an admiring tone, “It is extraordinary. The color is very bright and attractive. The design is perfect.”

At this point, he showed his hands to the interviewer, joking “You see, my hands get swollen because I kept clapping in the show!” Xiao’s friends, who accompanied him to the show, affirmed that.

Referring to the fact that Shen Yen’s public performance is still prohibited in China and how lucky Taiwan is to have the opportunity, Professor Xiao said, “I definitely would like to see the show again. The show is organized so well that it will never lose its appeal. I guess I could watch it more than a hundred times.”

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun “perfect”, “The dances are especially spectacular”, says well-known Taiwan photographer

Posted by Author on March 21, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan— Mr. Zhou Zhigang, a well-known photographer, who has spent more than 50 years refining the art of photography, attended the Shen Yen Performing Arts‘ show in Taipei on Saturday evening, March 20, with his wife. In an interview following the show he commented, “I have seen many dramas and performances in various countries around the world, yet I feel Shen Yen is better than any other show.”

Mr. Zhou is best known for his endeavors in promoting Chinese photography by integrating the concept of poetry into the image. He used to assist photography maestro Lang Jingshan in re-establishing the China Photography Association in Taiwan. Mr. Zhou is also the primary initiator for the Asian Film & Art Federation and the Chinese Artists and Photographers Association. His name is well known in the photography communities across the Taiwan Strait. He has received many domestic and international honorable awards and has been listed in the Who’s Who of UK, USA, China and Taiwan.

With delight, Mr. Zhou praised Shen Yen, “The performance is perfect no matter whether it is about the backdrop design or the music. The dances are especially spectacular.”

Explaining how the music of the Shen Yen orchestra fascinated him, Mr. Zhou said, “An ancient poem reads, ‘Only in the divine world, and seldom in the earthly world can this song be heard.’ I would like to say such good music can only be heard at a Shen Yen performance and seldom in Taiwan.”

As a well-known artist, Mr. Zhou highly praised Shen Yen’s artistic achievements. He said, “From the viewpoint of arts, of most importance are the aesthetics. The scene settings of Shen Yen’s dances, and the variations associated with the dances, are all very beautiful.”

Mr. Zhou added, “I have seen a lot of dances. I think choreography is very important. The choreography of Shen Yen’s dances is just outstanding. A simple story like Wu Song Battles the Tiger is choreographed to include a variety of dancing movements such that the story can be interpreted so vividly. I think this is truly amazing.”

The dynamic backdrop of the stage also caught Mr. Zhou’s attention. Among the programs in the first half of the show, “Hesitate No Longer” by soprano Huang Pi-ju and “A Message to the World” by Baritone Qu Yue, stood out for him.

Mr. Zhou is best known for his endeavors in promoting Chinese photography by integrating the concept of poetry into the image. He used to assist photography maestro Lang Jingshan in re-establishing the China Photography Association in Taiwan. Mr. Zhou is also the primary initiator for the Asian Film & Art Federation and the Chinese Artists and Photographers Association. His name is well known in the photography communities across the Taiwan Strait. He has received many domestic and international honorable awards and has been listed in the Who’s Who of UK, USA, China and Taiwan.

The Epochtimes

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Taiwan Interior Minister Says The Shen Yun Show Is Remarkable

Posted by Author on March 20, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan— On the evening of March 19, Interior Minister Jiang Yi Hua attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s 2010 premiere in Taiwan, together with his wife Mrs. Li Shu-Zhe. As they happily walked out of the performing hall, Dr. Jiang said, “The entire show was wonderful.”

Dr. Jiang, who is known as the most handsome and gentle minister in the cabinet, and his wife were noticed by many other audience members as they entered the hall. Legislator Luo Shu-lei was among the celebrities who greeted them at the entrance.

Minister Jiang looked quite serious when he arrived due to his tight schedule during the daytime, however, he felt very pleasant after viewing the spiritual enjoyment of the artistic performance with 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. He commended happily, “This is indeed a very superb performance.”

As to the content of the program, Mr. Jiang added: “The themes are very positive and it [Shen Yun] is especially suitable for the young generation nowadays to watch.” He also emphasized that it was great to get so many outstanding overseas Chinese artists together to perform on stage. “In the past, I had no idea about their background. After knowing that all of them are Chinese who have grown up overseas, I think they are really remarkable,” he said.

When learning that there would be 43 Shen Yun shows performed in nine major cities in Taiwan, the Minister immediately expressed that it should be recommended to more people in Taiwan, so that they would be able to appreciate this artistic feast. He continued, “This is a promotional show for arts and culture. Welcome the general public to see the show.”

As the Ministry of the Interior is in charge of many important government functions, including police, household affairs, social welfare, fire-fighting services, etc., it has long been dubbed as the most important ministry in Taiwan. Dr. Jiang was recruited into the cabinet as Interior Minister from academic circles in the wake of a major flooding disaster last year. Since then, he has been in the media spotlight in Taiwan.

The Epochtimes

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(video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (2)- Taiwan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 12, 2010


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Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
Shen Yun review (video 2): Chinese dance and music

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China now has better fighter jets than Taiwan, military report says

Posted by Author on March 9, 2010


TAIPEI — China now has better fighter jets than Taiwan, according to a military report by the island’s defence ministry as the air force Monday renewed its bid to obtain new F-16s from the United States.

Of the three types of fighter jets in Taiwan’s air force, only the F-16A/Bs have a slight edge over the Chinese aircraft, the report by the defence ministry found, the Liberty Times newspaper said Monday.

The island’s Indigenous Defensive Fighters (IDF) and French-made Mirage 2000-5s were both inferior to the Russian-made Su-30s deployed by China, it said.

The report came as Taiwan’s air force command renewed its bid to procure more F-16s from the United States.

“As the Chinese communist air force continues with its military buildup and the military balance has gradually tipped towards the other side, the air force will strive to purchase F-16 C/Ds,” it said in a statement.

Analysts have said they doubt Washington would risk angering Beijing by approving the sale of more sensitive items such as the more advanced F-16 C/Ds.

The United States in January approved a 6.4 billion-dollar arms package to Taiwan, prompting Beijing to halt military exchanges and security talks with Washington.

The deal included Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and equipment for Taiwan’s F-16 fleet, but no submarines or new fighter aircraft that Taipei had requested.

In a report earlier this year, the US government’s Defense Intelligence Agency pointed out the weakness of Taiwan’s air force in the face of China’s fast expanding military buildup.

“Although Taiwan has nearly 400 combat aircraft in service, far fewer of these are operationally capable,” said the unclassified report, which was published in January but has only now been leaked to the press.

Taiwan’s air force consists of some 60 ageing F-5s, 126 IDFs, 146 F-16A/Bs and 56 Mirages……. (more details from AFP)

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Events around the world in March 2010: Shen Yun Performing Arts Show (Video)

Posted by Author on February 25, 2010


Shen Yun, the state of arts classical Chinese dance and music show is traveling in about 100 cities around the world and will go to USA, Canada, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and many European cities in March 2010. Here’s a  brief schedule:

Daegu, Korea
Feb 25 – Mar 1
Saitama, Japan
Mar 4
Tokyo, Japan
Mar 5 – 7
Amsterdam, Holland
Mar 5 – 7
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Mar 6
Louisville, KY, USA
Mar 7
Yokohama, Japan
Mar 9
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Mar 9 – 10
Bruges, Belgium
Mar 9 – 10
Hiroshima, Japan
Mar 12
Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 12 – 14
Kansas City, KS, USA
Mar 13 – 14
Fukuoka, Japan
Mar 15
Ogden, UT, USA
Mar 16 – 18
Nishinomiya, Japan
Mar 17
Lausanne, Switzerland
Mar 18
Taipei, Taiwan
Mar 19 – 25
Portland, OR, USA
Mar 20 – 21
Lyon, France
Mar 20 – 21
Seattle, WA, USA
Mar 23 – 24
Bregenz, Austria
Mar 23 – 24
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mar 25 – 28
Chiayi, Taiwan
Mar 27 – 28
Dublin, Ireland
Mar 28
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Mar 30 – 31
Calgary, AB, Canada
Mar 30 – Apr 1

For details please check Shen Yun Performing Arts’ official website.

Following is a highligh HD video for Shen Yun 2010 show

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Schedule: Shen Yun World-wide Show in February, 2010- Asia & USA

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China see U.S. debt as weapon in Taiwan dispute

Posted by Author on February 11, 2010


By Bill Gertz, via Washington Times, Feb. 10, 2010-

China’s military stepped up pressure on the United States on Monday by calling for a government sell-off of U.S. debt securities in retaliation for recent arms sales to Taiwan.

A group of senior Chinese military officers also said in state-controlled media interviews that Beijing’s leaders should boost defense spending and expand force deployments in the wake of the Pentagon’s announcement last month of a new $6.4 million arms package for the island state claimed by Beijing.

Senior officers from the Chinese National Defense University and Academy of Military Sciences made what some view as an economic warfare threat, something outlined in past military writings.

The comments by Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu and Maj. Gen. Luo Yuan and Senior Col. Ke Chunqiao appeared in the state-run Outlook Weekly magazine, part of the Xinhua News Agency, published in Beijing on Monday.

Gen. Luo warned that China could attack the U.S. “by oblique means and stealthy feints,” and he called for retaliation for the arms sale.

“For example, we could sanction them using economic means, such as dumping some U.S. government bonds,” Gen. Luo said.

“Our retaliation should not be restricted to merely military matters, and we should adopt a strategic package of counterpunches covering politics, military affairs, diplomacy and economics to treat both the symptoms and root cause of this disease,” said Gen. Luo, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences.

China holds nearly $800 billion worth of Treasury debt securities. It is not clear what impact selling off some of the securities would have on the struggling U.S. economy. However, analysts say that selling off some bonds could drive up interest rates and disrupt U.S. economic recovery efforts.

At the State Department, spokesman P.J. Crowley dismissed the economic threat as potentially self-defeating. “That would be biting the nose to spite the face,” Mr. Crowley said. “The economies of the United States and China are intertwined.”

The Chinese military comments, however, reflect the contents of a 1999 book by two Chinese colonels called “Unrestricted Warfare,” which called on the Chinese military to adopt unconventional methods and strategy in waging war, specifically both “financial” and “trade” war along with other forms of warfare.

The second officer, Gen. Zhu, said Monday that proposed U.S. arms sales to Taiwan threatens Chinese military bases along the southern coast across the 100-mile Taiwan Strait. “This gives us no choice but to increase defense spending and adjust [military] deployments,” said Gen. Zhu, who is with the National Defense University in Beijing.

Gen. Zhu made headlines in 2005 when he told reporters that China would use nuclear weapons to attack U.S. cities if the United States struck China with precision-guided conventional missiles.

The statement raised questions at the time among Pentagon officials over whether China had abandoned its stated policy of not being the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

After the remarks, China’s government sought to play down the incident by quietly putting out word to Western journalists that Gen. Zhu had been demoted, a claim accepted by many U.S. China hands but one that was called into question by his comments in the magazine this week.

The military leaders’ comments are unusual because tightly controlled state-run media in China normally do not permit such provocative comments directly criticizing the United States to be published……. (more details from the Washington Times)

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Video highlight (2): Shen Yun show 2010

Posted by Author on February 5, 2010


Shen Yun, a show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, ”first class”, “the best”, “the top”,  “perfection”,  “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.

Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/

Shen Yun show featuring:
– strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
– stunning costumes
– 3D digital backdrops
– live orchestra

More Shen Yun videos
http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/multimedia/video

Related:
Video highlight (1): Shen Yun show 2010
Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
Collection of Shen Yun 2010 Show Promotion Videos (HD)

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Video highlight (1): Shen Yun show 2010

Posted by Author on February 5, 2010


Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance and music show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, “first class”, “the best”, “the top”,  “perfection”,  “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.

Shen Yun Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/

 

Shen Yun show featuring:
– strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
– stunning costumes
– 3D digital backdrops
– live orchestra

More Shen Yun videos
http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/multimedia/video

Related:
Video highlight (2): Shen Yun show 2010
Collection of Shen Yun 2010 Show Promotion Videos (HD)
Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
Shen Yun Review, by Senior Manager for the Grammy Awards, Feb 5, 2010

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China Tests Missile Interception Technology

Posted by Author on January 11, 2010


VOA News, Jan. 11, 2010 –

China says it has successfully tested military technology designed to intercept a missile in mid-air.

China made the announcement Tuesday, saying the test was defensive in nature and not aimed at any country. State media said the test “achieved the expected objective,” but did not elaborate.

The announcement follows Washington’s decision last week to clear the sale of advanced U.S. Patriot air defense missiles to Taiwan as part of a larger $6.5 billion arms deal.

The official Xinhua news agency Monday called the sale “detrimental to Sino-U.S. relations,” reiterating statements of protest made in Beijing last week.

China had asked the United States to call off the deal, saying it would damage U.S.-Chinese cooperation.

Taiwan and China split during a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still considers the island a part of its territory.  It has threatened to use military force if Taiwan attempts to claim formal independence.

– VOA News

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Visiting China Official Facing Genocide Charges in Taiwan

Posted by Author on December 17, 2009


NTDTV, Dec. 17, 2009-

A member of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee is being sued for genocide in Taiwan.

Xu Guangchun, the former Provincial Party Secretary of Henan province, arrived in Taiwan on Monday. He was there to foster cultural and economic exchange between Taiwan and the Mainland. But just a day after he arrived, Xu was personally handed a court complaint by the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association.

Spokesman of the Association, Chang Ching-hsi, says Xu was heavily involved in devising the persecution of Falun Gong adherents by the Chinese communist regime. In 2004, Xu was the head of China’s State Administration of Radio Film and Television when propaganda was produced to incite hatred towards Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, is a mind and body spiritual practice with teachings based on truth, compassion and tolerance. But the Chinese Communist Party has been brutally persecuting adherents since 1999.

[Chang Ching-hsi, Spokesperson of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association]:
“In the decade-long persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party, Xu Guangchun has participated in nearly all of the major events, including the staged self immolation incident at Tiananmen Square on January 23, 2001. He was the chief of the administration at the time. This is critical evidence showing his smearing of Falun Gong.”

In 2001, five people set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square. State controlled CCTV widely publicized the incident, claiming the five people were Falun Gong adherents, and used the event to demonize the practice. The footage shown by CCTV has been independently investigated and is widely understood to have been a staged event.

This is not the first time Xu has faced a lawsuit like this. In July 2005, he was sued for torture and genocide while visiting San Francisco in the United States. One of the plaintiffs in that case was a Falun gong adherent who was tortured at a Henan Labor Camp.

NTDTV

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Law Professor’s New Book Says China Plans to Take Over Taiwan by 2012

Posted by Author on December 2, 2009


NTD TV, Dec. 2, 2009-

An exiled Chinese law professor has written a book called “Taiwan Disaster.” In it, he says the Chinese Communist Party is planning to make Taiwan part of the People’s Republic of China by 2012. He spoke at a press conference last week in Taipei.

[Yuan Hongbing, Exiled Law Professor]:
“The truth is, the tyrant Chinese Communist Party is planning to, by 2012, comprehensively—through political, economic, cultural and social fronts—infiltrate Taiwan, to control Taiwan’s democratic system, and to further eradicate Taiwan’s democratic system.”

Yuan says much of his book is based on classified information. His book cites a 2008 document issued by the Central Government. It says that reunification “should be achieved by comprehensive unification efforts in political, economic, cultural and social areas. [The reunification] will completely smash the conspiracy of domestic and foreign enemies to overthrow socialist China through the utilization of Taiwan’s so-called democratic experiences.”

Another document Yuan obtained was the transcript of a June 2008 speech by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. It was given at a highly secretive meeting of the Politburo of the Communist Party’s Central Committee.

According to Yuan, that meeting was primarily focused on plotting the strategy behind the Taiwan unification plan. The book says Wen Jiabao stated at the meeting that, “Economic integration is by nature, economic unification. Taiwan benefits from it economically, and we [the CCP] fulfill our political goal by doing it.”

And economic unification is just one of the strategies revealed in the new book.

Yuan says the communist regime also plans to:
• Make Taiwan economically dependent on the Mainland by occupying a large portion of Taiwan’s export and tourism markets;
• Erode Taiwan’s political platforms by corrupting the leaders of the ruling Kuomintang Party; and
• Marginalize the pro-democracy Democratic Progressive Party.

[Yuan Hongbing, Exiled Law Professor]:
“What is [the CCP] hoping to get in return for these economic concessions? They want Taiwan’s freedom in exchange. They want to deprive Taiwan’s freedom. This is the truth of the problem.”

NTDTV

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China’s Export of Censorship (2)

Posted by Author on October 12, 2009


by Christopher Walker and Sarah Cook, Far Eastern Economic Review, October 12, 2009-

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More insidious has been an indirect form of economic intimidation, whereby publications, event organizers or governments engage in self-censorship on topics deemed sensitive to the mainland, a dynamic some have dubbed “pre-emptive kowtowing.” Given their small size, proximity and relationship to the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan are particularly vulnerable to this phenomenon.

This June, the Hong Kong edition of Esquire magazine, published by South China Media, pulled a feature story by journalist Daisy Chu on the Tiananmen Square massacre slated to run on the 20th anniversary. In 2008, a prominent legal journal in Hong Kong made a last-minute decision not to publish an article on Tibetan self-determination. A blackout on independent coverage of the Falun Gong is believed to be practiced among certain Hong Kong and Taiwanese outlets whose owners have close ties to Beijing or significant business interests on the mainland.

As China’s economic clout and role on the global stage grows, it will inevitably exert greater influence beyond its borders. However, the issue is not whether China—which features one the world’s least hospitable environments for free expression—will project influence but what shape this growing power will take. The CCP plans, for instance, to spend billions of dollars on expanding its overseas media operations in a potentially massive show of “soft power.” But whether this enormous investment will simply project the deeply illiberal values that characterize China’s domestic media scene to a wider playing field is a question advocates of free expression should seriously ponder.

This critical question, so far, does not provide an encouraging answer.

China’s attempts to insinuate itself into Taiwan’s media sector, and Beijing’s ongoing efforts to limit the vitality of Hong Kong’s media, are among the examples of this phenomenon in Asia. The CCP has recently demonstrated its willingness to suppress open expression in Germany and Australia. The United States is not immune to this pressure. The Dalai Lama will be waiting a bit longer for his meeting with President Obama.

The Chinese government’s position at the vanguard of efforts to monitor and filter Internet content, using its wealth and technical acumen to devise methods to limit the free and independent flow of information online, also has serious transnational implications for free expression. China effectively serves as an incubator for new media suppression; authoritarian governments around the world carefully watch China’s censorship techniques and learn from its innovations.

The community of democratic states must acknowledge the Chinese government’s growing media ambitions and efforts to censor beyond its borders. Acquiescence in this challenge will only embolden the Chinese authorities.

Christopher Walker is director of studies and Sarah Cook is an Asia researcher at Freedom House.

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China tourist Appeals in Front of Taiwan Presidential Palace for Help

Posted by Author on August 30, 2009


Epoch Times Staff, Aug 30, 2009  –

An unsatisfied mainland petitioner, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, went to the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to seek help. (The Epoch Times)

An unsatisfied mainland petitioner, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, went to the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to seek help. (The Epoch Times)

After six years of unsuccessful petitioning to different levels of Chinese authorities, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, recently appealed in front of the Presidential Palace in Taiwan, hoping to get attention from the media and obtain legal help from Taiwan’s lawyers.

Zhang came to Taiwan as a tourist on the 19th. Instead of traveling with his group, he went to the Presidential Palace and hung a banner on a tree on which he described how the corrupted local officials took away his house and money.

The Immigration Department found and resettled him seven days later. Guo Weiqi, an immigration officer, said Zhang was very emotional when they seized him. He threatened not to leave Taiwan unless the Taiwan government agreed to pass his letter to the top Chinese regime leaders. He finally calmed down after he got the promise from the immigration department.

Zhang accepted an interview with The Epoch Times on August 26 and presented his petition letter. He writes:” Tian Qingzhong, the secretary general of Xinxiang City, Wang Shangsheng, the Political and Legal Secretary, Ding Baodong, the deputy Mayor and the director of Public Security Bureau, and Wang Boxun, the president of the Xinxiang City Intermediate People’s Court colluded together and embezzled 60 million yuan ($9.5 million) of the relocation reimbursement.”

The local authorities forced him to relocate and took away his family property in 2003. He petitioned all the way up to the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Petition in Beijing. He was arrested there by the officers from his hometown and sent to an underground detention center in Beijing opened by his home province’s Complaints Bureau.

In order to stop him from appealing, the local authorities hired gangsters to threaten him, and illegally detained him up to 197 days.

He was finally able to file his case to the District Court on December 31, 2007. However, all of the lawyers in his city were told not to represent him. “I was so disappointed and had to defend myself in the court. Even though I won the case, I still got nothing for compensation,” said Zhang.

Without any other options, Zhang went to Taiwan for seeking justice. He said, “I came to Taiwan not to visit, but to look for my human rights. I hope to get the media’s help here. China has signed a mutual legal assistance agreement with Taiwan. I am asking Taiwan’s lawyers to help me to get justice in court.”

The Epochtimes

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Taiwanese woman detained by China Police for unkown reason

Posted by Author on August 2, 2009


By Loa Iok-sin, STAFF REPORTER, Taipei Times, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug 02, 2009-

Falun Gong practitioner Shao Yuhua (邵玉華) — who came to Taiwan 11 years ago after marrying a Taiwanese man and now holds Republic of China (ROC) citizenship — and her daughter were allegedly arrested by state security agents in China, members of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association said yesterday.

“My wife went back to her hometown in Nanyang, Henan Province, with our 10-year-old daughter to visit her family last month soon after the summer vacation started,” Shao’s husband, Cheng Shu-ta (鄭書達), told a news conference in Taipei yesterday. “Her family in Henan told me yesterday [Friday] that she — along with our daughter — were arrested by state security agents.”

Cheng said his wife had been staying with her sister Shao Yuxiu (邵玉秀), who is also a Falun Gong practitioner, during her visit to China.

At about 6am on Friday, a few men who identified themselves as agents from the Ministry of State Security showed up at the door and took away Shao Yuhua and her daughter, Cheng said. The men also took Shao Yuhua’s cellphone, baggage and passport, he said.

“So far, we’re still not clear where she is,” he said.

Although it was not clear why Shao Yuhua was taken away, Taiwan Falun Dafa Association chairman Chang Ching-hsi (張清溪) suspected it had to do with her being a Falun Gong practitioner.

“We urge [China] to release the two kidnapped ROC citizens and their families and relatives in China immediately. We want promises that no such human rights violations will be committed again,” Chang said.

“As an immigrant spouse from China, Shao Yuhua is supposed to be protected by governments on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, but she is now missing because of her spiritual beliefs,” he said.

“How can the people of Taiwan believe there can be friendly exchanges between China and Taiwan?” he asked.

Chang called on the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and the Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) to intervene.

After the news conference, Chang and several other Falun Gong practitioners went to the Landis Hotel where China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi (楊毅) was scheduled to attend a dinner reception hosted by Taiwanese business leaders, hoping to deliver their petition to Yang.

However, Yang ignored the practitioners and walked straight into an elevator.

Contacted by the Taipei Times for comment, MAC vice-chairman Liu Te-shun (劉德勳) said that as soon as the MAC learned the news from the media, it “asked the SEF to get in touch with the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait to see how we can help.”

Taipei Times

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Taiwan union says economic agreement with China spells ‘death’

Posted by Author on June 11, 2009


By Rich Chang, STAFF REPORTER, The Taipei Times, Taiwan, Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 –

The Taiwan Solidarity Union
(TSU) released a pamphlet yesterday listing the ways Taiwan would be harmed if it signed an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China.

TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) told a press conference that the pamphlet would help the public realize the major disadvantages of an ECFA.

The TSU is cooperating with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to promote a referendum on any pact, Huang said.

The pamphlet is written by three economists — National Taiwan University economics professor Kenneth Lin (林向愷), National Taiwan University agricultural economics professor Woo Rhung-jieh (吳榮杰) and Wang To-far (王塗發), an adjunct professor of economics at National Taipei University.

Huang said Taiwan’s industrial base had been hollowed out, unemployment had soared and wages had declined since 2001 because of over-investment in China, but President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) had ignored this by pushing for closer economic relations with China.

He said that after signing an ECFA with China, Beijing would control Taiwan’s trade with other countries, making Taiwan an economic subsidiary of China.

An ECFA would seriously affect Taiwan’s agriculture sector, Huang said, adding that poor quality Chinese products would inundate the local market and China would absorb Taiwan’s production technology and high quality plant and animal species.

An ECFA would be the death knell for the country’s agriculture sector, he said.

The TSU chairman said that after Hong Kong signed a Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with China in 2003, its average annual salary declined from US$27,708 to US$24,244 in 2007, mainly because its manufacturing industries were forced to relocate to China.

Huang said Taiwan would not enjoy beneficial treatment along with the ASEAN-plus-China grouping under an ECFA unless Taiwan acknowledged it was a province of China.

China would continue to block Taiwan from signing free trade agreements with other countries, he said.

Making a play on the acronym, Huang described it as an Eventual Colonization Framework Agreement, adding that it was a framework agreement leading Taiwan toward ultimate unification with China.

The Taipei Times

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Taiwan Legislators Slam Council of Agriculture Become An Outlet for China’s Policies

Posted by Author on June 9, 2009


By Meggie Lu, STAFF REPORTER, The Taipei Times, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 –

Legislators across party lines slammed the Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday for turning a partially government-funded foundation into a promotional vehicle for Chinese agriculture.

The criticism followed a report in yesterday’s Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) that the Rural Development Foundation (RDF) had switched from assisting agricultural development in foreign countries to promoting China’s agricultural policies.

The foundation’s Web site (www.rdf.org.tw) has just two sections on its homepage — “China’s Agricultural Information” and “China’s Agricultural Statistics” — and made no mention of Taiwan’s agriculture, the report said.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chang Hwa-kuan (張花冠) said that soon after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) took office, 85-year-old Ke Jin-chao (葛錦昭), a former council official, became the foundation’s chairperson.

“The foundation is ‘Sinicizing’ in the name of ‘internationalizing.’ Its Web site details the agricultural policies of each province of China. It has essentially become an outlet for China’s policies,” she said.

On Sunday Chang accused the foundation of serving as a vehicle to transfer Taiwan’s advanced agricultural technologies to China.

DPP caucus whip Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅) demanded the foundation update its Web site immediately.

“I’m hurt that the foundation has nothing but information on China’s agriculture. It is funded by donations from the government, so it should speak for Taiwan, not China,” he said.

DPP Legislator Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) asked if the government was trying to promote Taiwan’s agriculture or China’s……. (More from Taipei Times)

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Taiwan urged to export democracy to China

Posted by Author on June 1, 2009


REMEMBERING TIANANMEN:  A conference in Taipei yesterday heard calls for Taiwan’s government to initiate discussions on human rights issues during cross-strait talks

By Loa Iok-sin, STAFF REPORTER,The Taipei Times,Taiwan, Monday, Jun 01, 2009-

It’s about time for Taiwan to become an “exporter of democracy,” speakers at a conference on the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre said in Taipei yesterday, urging the government to discuss human rights issues during cross-strait negotiations.

“China has become an ‘exporter of authoritarianism — not because of any ideological reasons, but for its own national interests,” said Yiong Cong-ziin (楊長鎮), director of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Department of Social Movement.

“China has become strikingly similar to what it once criticized as ‘American imperialists,’” Yiong said.

He said that because of its need for oil and other raw materials, as well as for the access to the Indian Ocean, “China is providing support and weapons to authoritarian rulers in Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe.”

CRACKDOWNS

“As the Chinese government cracks down on Tibetan demonstrators in Lhasa, arrests Chinese human rights activists and even allows live organ harvest of Falun Gong practitioners, we cannot pretend that all these do not happen and we only focus on economic exchanges,” Yiong said.

“If we do, we would become a member of China’s ‘axis of evil,’” he said.

Taiwan should seek to become an “exporter of democracy” and bring up human rights issues — such as urging Beijing to give justice to victims of the Tiananmen Massacre — during cross-strait talks, he told the conference.

“Taiwan received much help from the international community — especially from international human rights groups—during our struggle for democracy,” former DDP legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) said.

Several Chinese democracy activists also attended the conference, which was organized by a Chinese democracy movement support group.

JUSTICE DELAYED

“We’re talking about commemorating the Tiananmen Massacre here, but it’s not just about remembering a historic event, because Tiananmen Square is not yet history,” Chinese democracy activist Xue Wei (薛偉) said.

“Justice is yet to be rendered even judged by the lowest standards, many Tiananmen Square demonstrators are still in jail or in exile,” Xue said.

“Remembering Tiananmen Square itself is a resistance to the Chinese Communist Party regime,” he said.

All the speakers expressed their concerns that less people seem to care about democracy in China today as the country evolves into a strong economic power.

“I’ve heard some people attributing China’s economic development to the iron-handed crackdown of demonstrators in Tiananmen Square,” former New Party legislator Yao Li-ming (姚立明) said. “That’s highly inappropriate.”

Yao said he was sorry that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) seems to have become more ambivalent about the the massacre since he became president.

“I understand that he may have other considerations as a president who represents the entire Republic of China,” Yao said.

“But I do expect him to make a gesture on June 4,” Yao said.

The Taipei Times

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(Photos) Taiwan: 6000 Members Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day

Posted by Author on May 13, 2009


By Ao Manxiong, Epoch Times Staff, May 10, 2009 –

More than six thousand Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, southern Taiwan, and did the five Falun Dafa exercises together, May 9, 2009 (The Epochtimes)

More than 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, southern Taiwan, and did the five Falun Dafa exercises together, May 9, 2009 (The Epochtimes)

PINGTUNG, Taiwan— May 13, 2009, is World Falun Dafa Day and the seventeenth anniversary since Falun Dafa‘s founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, began teaching in China. There will be celebrations all around the world.

Six thousand Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, in southern Taiwan, on the morning of May 9—lining up to form an image of Mr. Li’s book Zhuan Falun. The activity was to celebrate and commemorate the spread and blessing of Falun Dafa as well as to show their respect and gratefulness to Mr. Li.

May 9, 2009, over six thousand Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, Taiwan, and lined up to form the book Zhuan Falun.

May 9, 2009, over six thousand Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, Taiwan, and lined up to form the book Zhuan Falun.

Cheng Chi-Mei, organizer of the activity said, “Lining up to form the book Zhuan Falun is the first time practitioners in Taiwan composed the three Chinese characters ‘Li-Hong-Zhi’ and formed a three-dimensional Zhuan Falun book. Also, we have broken the record with the largest number of people joining in an activity of forming these Chinese characters……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Between China and a flu pandemic: EDITORIAL by Taipei Times

Posted by Author on April 28, 2009


Tuesday, Taipei Times, Taiwan, Apr 28, 2009 –

Amid reports that more than 100 people have died in Mexico from what is believed to be H1N1 swine influenza, 20 confirmed cases in the US and daily reports of possible cases in every corner of the world, Taiwanese health authorities have reacted with propriety: They have called for calm, reassured the public that the disease cannot be transmitted via food and heightened monitoring at ports of entry.

Fears of a pandemic and its impact on the global economy’s recovery sent most stock markets down yesterday, with the TAIEX dropping 2.99 percent. Economists in Australia, meanwhile, were saying that even a mild outbreak of swine flu could result in 1.4 million deaths worldwide and US$330 billion in lost production. (To put things in perspective, the Asian Development Bank said the cost of the SARS outbreak in 2003 for East and Southeast Asia was about US$18 billion.)

While it would be premature to call this “the big one” scientists have long been predicting, swine flu was responsible for three major pandemics in the past century — in 1918, 1957 and 1968.

Modern travel and the sheer number of people traveling daily have made it far easier for communicable diseases to spread. Given this, and in light of reports of possible outbreaks in countries such as New Zealand, which has ordered 50 people there to be quarantined, it is only a matter of time before cases start appearing close to home. In fact, it would not be a surprise if China already had some, which raises the specter, once again, of Chinese authorities’ tendency to muzzle reports of disease outbreaks — as it did in 2003.

The likelihood that an outbreak in China would go unreported is perhaps even greater today given the economic situation and fears of social instability. Confirmation of an outbreak and its consequences for the tottering economy would risk exacerbating social problems and undermine the Chinese Communist Party’s image as a totem of stability. Even if China had learned its lessons from 2003, institutional friction and the fact that information on disease outbreaks in China is a “state secret” means that by the time the information is made public, it may be too late to prevent the disease from spreading, especially in densely populated areas.

Aside from highlighting the urgent need for Taiwan to gain WHO representation, as well as the importance of direct connection to the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which Taiwan obtained earlier this year, the present scare raises questions about additional risks created by the recent rise in tourist arrivals from China and increases in the number of direct cross-strait flights.

While there is no question that checking body temperature at points of arrival is a necessary first line of defense, the short distance that needs to be covered for Chinese to travel to Taiwan means that by the time they arrive, people infected with swine flu may not have begun displaying telltale symptoms of the disease — sudden fever, coughing, muscle aches and extreme fatigue — and can remain contagious for as long as a week, the US Centers for Disease Control says.

Faced with so many uncertainties concerning China’s ability or willingness to be a responsible stakeholder when an epidemic occurs, and given Beijing’s poor track record, how would the Taiwanese government react? If the situation takes a turn for the worse and cases start appearing in China, would Taipei, given the position of dependence it has burdened itself with vis-a-vis China, be able to unilaterally suspend cross-strait flights?

Taipei Times

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