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Shen Yun “a kaleidoscope of China”, Says New Zealand Business Director

Posted by Author on May 2, 2010


AUCKLAND, New ZealandShen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performed its third of four shows at the ASB theatre on Saturday evening, May 1.

Arthur Parken, a business director, said that Shen Yun had the most striking “color and costumes,” saying it was “visually quite stimulating.”

Shen Yun performers are trained in classical Chinese dance, a dance form that has a strict training program for perfecting bearing and form, jumps, turns, and flips. It has extremely demanding dance techniques.

Mr. Parken was particularly impressed with the skills of the dancers, saying, “The quality, the suppleness and the difficulty of the dances is something worth seeing, and they make quite difficult movements look very easy, and they are very light on their feet.”

Ancient legends and folkloric dances are brought to life by the Shen Yun dancers, and Mr. Parken enjoyed seeing the cultural aspects of the different regions of China.

He said Shen Yun was “a kaleidoscope of China, of movement and of color.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun Show Schedule in April 2010 (Asia, Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand)

Posted by Author on April 4, 2010


From Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Website

Tainan, Taiwan
Apr 1 – 4
Aarhus, Denmark
Apr 2 – 3
Regina, SK, Canada
Apr 3
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Apr 5
Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 5 – 6
Changhua County, Taiwan
Apr 6 – 8
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Apr 7 – 8
Linköping, Sweden
Apr 8
Kaohsiung County, Taiwan
Apr 10 – 13
Oslo, Norway
Apr 10 – 11
Chicago, IL, United States
Apr 10 – 11
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Apr 14
Dresden, Germany
Apr 14 – 15
Taichung, Taiwan
Apr 16 – 18
Vienna/Wien, Austria
Apr 17
Denver, CO, United States
Apr 17 – 18
Brno, Czech Republic
Apr 19 – 21
Omaha, NE, United States
Apr 20
Yunlin County, Taiwan
Apr 21 – 23
Milwaukee, WI, United States
Apr 23 – 24
Paris, France
Apr 24 – 25
Taipei County, Taiwan
Apr 25 – 27
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Apr 27 – 28
Auckland, New Zealand
Apr 30 – May 2
Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
Apr 30 – May 11
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Above: video of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ show in Europe in 2009. Video length: 11’21”

Related:
(video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (1)-  USA: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (2) – Canada: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video)  Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video)  Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (2)- Taiwan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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(video) Shen Yun in Australia, New Zealand 2009: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 13, 2010


Video length: 13’44”

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Related:
(video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (1)-  USA: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (2) – Canada: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (2)- Taiwan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video)  Shen Yun in Europe 2009: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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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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China Uses Prominent Americans to Influence U.S. Policies: Congressional Testimony

Posted by Author on May 15, 2009


Bill Gertz, The Washington Times, May 14, 2009 –

Chinese influence

China’s communist government has used its relationships with prominent Americans to further a propaganda effort aimed at influencing U.S. policies and softening economic sanctions, according to recent congressional testimony.

Those whose names, words or friendships have been invoked by China to influence the debate over sanctions include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former President George H.W. Bush, said Anne-Marie Brady, an associate professor of political and social sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ms. Brady testified before the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission April 30 that it is long-standing Chinese policy to exploit foreigners for global propaganda work.

“Historically, foreigners have been extremely useful in producing a wide range of propaganda materials, ranging from books, films and poetry, to public and private lobbying,” she said.

In 1989, Chinese President Jiang Zemin ordered foreign diplomats to step up influence operations after the Tiananmen massacre by gaining support from “prominent foreigners friendly to China,” she said. The goal was to influence Western governments into dropping sanctions imposed on China after the military crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

“Henry Kissinger and George Bush senior are commonly cited as being particularly helpful to blunt the effects of sanctions in this period,” Ms. Brady said.

“The foreign friends the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] has come to value most in the post-1989 period are prominent foreign figures that can bring commercial and political advantages to China and the Chinese oligarchy. Public agreement on China’s political positions is not required, though it might help business along a little.”

Ms. Brady did not provide further details on how figures like Mr. Bush or Mr. Kissinger are used in the propaganda efforts. But a U.S. defense official said the Chinese government invests vast resources in seeking out prominent Americans whose views coincide with many aspects of Chinese foreign policy. The Chinese can provide preferential business treatment and access to senior Chinese leaders as a way to enhance the standing of these former officials.

China’s government also limits criticism of China by blocking visits to the country by perceived opponents of China.

Asked about China’s efforts to block or remove U.S. sanctions, Larry Wortzel, co-chairman of the commission, said the Tiananmen-related sanctions remain important for U.S. national security because of growing Chinese military capabilities. “If the U.S. lifted sanctions, it would open the floodgates for European arms sales to China,” Mr. Wortzel said.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Kissinger said the former secretary of state was traveling and could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for Mr. Bush could not be reached.

Chinese Embassy spokeswoman Wei Xin did not address the points raised at the hearing in an e-mail response.

“China has solemnly stated on many occasions that China never does anything undermining the interest of others and China advocates cooperation between countries on the basis of fairness, justice, equality and mutual benefit,” Ms. Wei said.

Ross Terrill, a historian at the Harvard University Fairbank Center for Asian Studies, testified that China is using money to try to manipulate foreign opinions of China.

“A symbiosis occurs between Americans who benefit from business or other success with China and American institutions,” he said. “Money may appear from a businessman with excellent connections in China and it is hard for a think tank, needing funds for its research on China, to decline it. But the money may bring with it major Chinese ideological input into the program of the U.S. think tank.”

Ms. Brady also said China is working to plant Chinese propaganda in Western news media. “China’s propagandists try to get foreign newspapers to do China’s propaganda work; this is called ‘borrowing foreign newspapers,’ ” she said.

Beijing announced early this year that it will invest $6.6 billion in its media organs to increase news coverage. Xinhua, the official news agency that U.S. officials say is frequently used as cover for Chinese intelligence personnel, is increasing its foreign bureaus from 100 to 186. China also is setting up a new satellite television station to beam Chinese propaganda around the world. “As such this new initiative could well have a significant impact in strengthening China’s soft power internationally,” Ms. Brady said.

Another specialist, Jacqueline Newmyer, president of the Long Term Strategy Group, told the commission hearing that Chinese foreign-directed information operations are part of a broader Chinese strategy involving Beijing’s development. …… (more details from The Washington Times report: Inside the Ring)

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New Zealand Fonterra losts all $200 million investment in China joint venture

Posted by Author on November 27, 2008


3 News, New Zealand, Wed, 26 Nov 2008 –

The Fonterra board openly concedes that it has had a difficult time and that San-Lu will going to go down in history as a bad investment for them.

When Fonterra’s top brass fronted before the country’s dairy farmers there was not a lot of good news to deliver.

Firstly, Fonterra is now admitting it has lost all of the $200 million of investment in the San-Lu joint venture.

“For this reason it is increasingly likely that we will have to write off the remaining $62 million of value in our San-Lu investment,” stated Fonterra’s Chairman Henry Van Der Heyden.

Fonterra had a 40 percent stake in San-Lu, which collapsed due to the contaminated milk-powered controversy.

Fonterra’s management says it is reviewing what went so badly wrong and concedes it had limited control.

Not only has that investment been written off, but there are warnings about the global recession. Farmers should not expect big milk payouts in the future.

“In an environment when a global recession will impact on our payout to [farmers] into the future we will continue to aggressively reduce costs,” explains Van Der Heyden.

It is a worrying signal as Fonterra is New Zealand’s biggest company and our biggest exporter.

Consequently, where Fonterra goes, so too does the New Zealand economy.

The company says it has a three year business plan and is confident of an eventual rebound.

Fonterra’s Chief Executive expects his income of just under $4 million a year will reduce and the chairman and directors have decided to turn down a proposal to increase their fees.

3 News

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NZ firm said it had urged China company to recall the tainted milk powder on Aug. 2

Posted by Author on September 15, 2008


BBC News, 14 September 2008-

A Chinese firm accused of selling milk powder that has made babies unwell was warned in August over the safety of its product, its partner and co-owner says.

New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra said it had urged China’s Sanlu Group to recall the tainted powder six weeks before Sanlu took adequate action.

The Fonterra farmers’ co-operative owns a 43% stake in Sanlu.

More than 400 babies in China have been taken ill after using milk contaminated with the industrial chemical, melamine.

Melamine is used to make plastics and is banned from food. Ingesting it can lead to the development of kidney stones.

At least one child has reportedly died in China as a result of using the contaminated milk, which the firm recalled from sale on Thursday.

‘Severe punishment’

In a statement released on Sunday, Fonterra said it had urged Sanlu’s board to recall the milk powder as soon as it learnt of the contamination – on 2 August.

“From the day that we were advised of the product contamination issue in August, Fonterra called for a full public recall of all affected product and we have continued to push for this all along,” the statement said. …… (more details from BBC News)

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New Zealand Is Used in Free Trade Deal as ‘Foot in door’ For China

Posted by Author on April 1, 2008


By Charlotte Cuthbertson, Epoch Times Wellington Staff, New Zealand, Mar 31, 2008-

The looming Free Trade Agreement is being seen by some as a way for China to use New Zealand as a springboard for trade agreements with other western nations.

New Zealand Chinese Business Council deputy chairman Chris Lipscombe said the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China is “basically a story about economic growth” for New Zealand.

While for China, the opportunity will help them get a “foot in the door for a number of very important trade relationships with other parts of the western world,” he said on TV3’s Sunrise show Monday morning.

Green Party Trade spokesperson Keith Locke agrees, saying “they’re using New Zealand, first off as a liberal, democratic country… they think that’s something good for their political system… and it is a foot in the door to try and get other FTA’s with Western nations – with the idea that ‘if NZ can do it, they can all do it’.”

He said there is no benefit to either country, particularly New Zealand manufacturers.

Prime Minister Helen Clark will be in Beijing for the signing on Monday April 7. A delegation of 150 of New Zealand’s top businessman and politicians will also travel to China, drawing years of negotiations to a close.

Notably absent from the delegation was United Future leader Revenue Minister Peter Dunne, who announced on Friday that he would not travel to Beijing for the signing because of China’s “bloody crackdown” on Tibet.

“We support the FTA because we believe it is in the best long-term interests of New Zealand,” he told the Herald. “At the same time, we believe it is entirely proper to make our views publicly known about the Chinese government’s bloody crackdown on its Tibetan citizens.”

Human Rights Talks

While Helen Clark maintains she will be bringing up the issue of China’s poor human rights record, Mr Locke lambasts the process as “abstract” and “closed”.

“It will be done completely behind closed doors, comments should be more public, and it should be specific.”

Naing Ko Ko from the Free Burma Campaign said the Chinese Communist Party were trying to be the “modern colonisers” of the world.

He said they have their hands in the persecution of Falun Gong in China, the Tibetans, Burmese, Sudanese, and the people of Darfur.

Last Word

The Chinese embassy in Wellington had the last word over which New Zealanders could take part in the trip to Beijing.

Wellington-based journalist and New Zealand passport holder, Nick Wang, was on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) list of media delegates to go to Beijing for the trade deal signing.

He first presented his visa application to the Chinese embassy last week, and after paying for an urgent visa, was refused.

Mr Wang hit the headlines last year when he was denied entry to an event in Parliament at the behest of the Chinese officials attending the function. His Chinese-language newspaper has reported on democracy activities inside China, as well as human rights issues such as the persecution of Falun Gong.

Mr Wang said he was not given a reason for the visa refusal, and criticised Miss Clark for not protecting the the interests of New Zealanders.

“Helen Clark is wrong going into China to sign the FTA now. If she does not listen to public opinion then she loses the foundation of her job.”

Mr Wang was expecting to travel to Inner Mongolia to visit his parents after going to Beijing. He said no visa may mean he will never see his elderly parents again.

Content Still Under Wraps

The content of the FTA has not been released, although Miss Clark has indicated it includes labour and environmental standards.

Once signed in Beijing, the agreement will be under scrutiny in the Select Committee, who have 20 days to make recommendations—none of which the Government has an obligation to adopt.

The deal should bring in an additional $200 million to $400 million annually for the next 20 years, government estimates say.

Currently New Zealand imports $4.8 billion worth of goods from China per year, while exports sit at 1.2 billion worth, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The Prime Minister was unavailable for comment Monday.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: NZ Used in Trade Deal as ‘Foot in door’ for China – NZ China Business Council

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New Zealand Journalist Barred by China From Covering Secret Free Trade Deal

Posted by Author on March 31, 2008


TV3 News, New Zealand, Mar. 31, 2008-Journalist Nick Wang

A New Zealand journalist has been banned from travelling to Beijing next week to report on the government’s free trade deal with China.

Nick Wang, who puts out a newspaper in Wellington, says his visa has been turned down because China does not like him reporting the truth.

(photo:  journalist Nick Wang / from TV3)

It comes as Prime Minister Helen Clark is being accused of being too secretive about the details of the deal.

Wang is consistently arguing against the Chinese regime in his Wellington newspaper. He filled out the necessary forms and paid his money for the visa to travel to China and cover the story. But today the Chinese Embassy handed back his New Zealand passport – and told him he was not welcome.

Wang was meant to be part of the official New Zealand delegation – with other media, politicians and business people.

“I said you are wrong – this is a wrong decision,” says Wang. “I am a genuine New Zealand journalist.”

Wang was forcibly removed from the Beehive last year by Police when Chinese Government officials took offence at his presence during a Ministerial visit.

3 News asked the Prime Minister if she agree with this snub.

She replied: “We live in a country where we’re very open to media – China isn’t.”

Wang’s difficulties come as New Zealand prepares to sign a Free Trade deal with China next week and it will be New Zealand’s biggest deal in 20 years. However, Kiwis will not get to see the details before it is signed.

3 News asked members of the public in Wellington what they thought of the secrecy.

“I think it’s hugely important that we know more about it,” one man said. “I think we should know more. I don’t know why we don’t really,” said another.

Officials are more sensitive than usual and Ministers won’t say anything in case Beijing gets offended.

“It’s really the last remnant of authoritarian anti-democratic Government,” says Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

The deal is worth up to $280 million a year to businesses. New Zealand will also have to phase out tariffs on textiles, shoes and clothing coming here.

So will any Kiwis lose their jobs as result?

3 News understands New Zealand First will oppose the deal when it comes before Parliament next month. Peters, the Foreign Minister, can openly grandstand on this knowing there are few consequences with National and Labour voting for it – the deal will comfortably go ahead.

– Original report from TV3: NZ journalist barred from entering China to cover free trade deal

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New Zealand: Don’t Muzzle Our Athletes At the Beijing Olympics

Posted by Author on February 19, 2008


By JOHN MINTO, The Stuff, New Zealand, Monday, 18 February 2008-

It is time our sports officials gave up trying to say politics and sport do not mix.

It is precisely because they do mix that our Olympic officials are requiring New Zealand athletes at the Beijing Olympics to sign contracts by which they must “not make statements or demonstrations (whether verbally, in writing or by any act or omission) regarding political, religious or racial matters”.

This is an outrage. Why should New Zealanders’ freedom of speech be constrained when they travel to represent this country? Why should they be gagged because the host country for the Games has such little respect for human rights? Must we lower our democratic standards to the Chinese level?

Our Olympic officials say the ban has been in place for the last eight years and in any case, it is consistent with the Olympic charter. The ban attracted no controversy at the time of the last Games in Athens because the host country has an uncontroversial human rights record. But it seems clear the policy was put in place eight years ago for the very reason that Olympic officials looked ahead and saw the China human rights disaster looming.

It is a piece of verbal gymnastics for our Olympic officials to say the contract is consistent with the Olympic charter. The International Olympic Committee does not see it this way.

“Should a journalist ask an athlete a question, the athlete should respond as he or she sees fit,” says the IOC spokesperson, Giselle Davies.

Under criticism, the New Zealand Olympic Committee has begun one of those embarrassing backdowns. Instead of saying it made a mistake, NZOC communications manager Ashley Abbott is reported as saying athletes will not be muzzled. She says they will be allowed to express views on the regime in China if they want to.

“If one of our athletes were asked their feelings on an important issue, it would be absolutely their prerogative to answer as they see fit,” she says.

So why is the ban written into the athletes’ contract? The NZOC is reported as saying the contract simply offers athletes protection from comment on issues they felt would detract from their performance in Beijing. If anyone can work out what that piece of double-speak means, please let me know.

The question remains as to why athletes from around the world will be free to speak their minds, but New Zealand athletes will sign censorship contracts. Why is it that the sensitivities of the Chinese regime resonate so strongly in New Zealand? Why are we virtually alone in gagging our athletes?

It seems clear that one of the reasons is that among the crowd of countries attending the games, only New Zealand is negotiating a free-trade agreement with China.

This agreement is seen as a coup by the Clark government. It has been several years in the making, with negotiations finally ended and just a couple of months remaining while all the complex details are checked and rechecked before a classic photo opportunity is organised for Helen Clark to sign away yet more quality New Zealand jobs at the altar of the free market with the Chinese Premier.

It would be a disaster from the Government’s point of view if this went off the rails because a Kiwi athlete stirred controversy by pointing to the elephant in the room which is China’s abuse of human rights.

Politics have always mixed with sport at the Olympics. This year marks the 40th anniversary of possibly the most famous political statement made at any Games.

It was 1968 in Mexico at the height of the civil rights struggle in the United States. Black US athlete Tommie Smith won the 200m sprint in a world record time. When he stood on the winner’s podium alongside bronze medal winner John Carlos, they raised black gloved fists in a powerful symbol of resistance to racial oppression. Smith also wore a black scarf to represent black pride and black socks (no shoes) to represent the poverty of blacks in racist America. The iconic image of this brave duo will resonate down the centuries after their athletic prowess is long forgotten.

It may well be that Chinese organisations seize the opportunity, with the world spotlight on Beijing, to protest in the struggle for free speech and trade union rights.

If that happens, we should encourage our athletes to use their freedom of speech to actively support those in China who are denied the same rights. That is what we should expect a good athlete to do.

Original report from stuff.co.nz

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Human Rights Torch First to See Sun in 2008

Posted by Author on January 2, 2008


By Sarah Matheson, Epoch Times Staff in Gisborne, Jan 01, 2008-Gisborne District Councilor Andy Hall receives the Human Rights Torch for Gisborne on Monday.

The Human Rights Torch has come to the end of its journey in New Zealand, ushering in the New Year in style in Gisborne – the first city in the world to see the sun.

The Torch arrived in New Zealand on December 16 and travelled from Auckland to the Bluff, even travelling up the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Gisborne District Councilor Andy Hall received the torch on behalf of Gisborne (photo at right). He thanked the organizers for the opportunity to stand up for human rights and freedom.

“We are standing up for those who don’t have the ability to stand up tall in their own country,” he said.

Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) member, and Auckland barrister, Kerry Gore said the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese regime extend outside of China to other countries.

Burmese democracy advocate Naing Koko said the Chinese Communist Party continues to affect countries like Burma, Thailand, North Korea, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

“While people are celebrating the New Year we should not forget about the people suffering in the third world, particularly China,” he said.

He was particularly concerned about the persecution of Falun Gong.

Gisborne Christian Kahan Payne said he could not support the Olympics being held in China when so many human rights abuses happen there.

“There are many, many thousands of Christians in China being persecuted and robbed of their humanity, their organs being taken,” he said.

Waka Toa director Paku Kingi said she hopes the Human Rights Torch will encourage the Chinese regime to improve its human rights record.

“We hope that this will bring about some changes that have been promised to the people of China.”

Musician Cherry Gemstone played Ring of Fire and Diamond in the Rough for the crowd of about 200 people at the ceremony.

“There shouldn’t be an Olympic Games in a place where they are killing people like they are in China, it’s just so wrong.

“Killing is not a sport,” she said.

The torch started its global tour in Athens, Greece on August 9, one year out from the Beijing Olympics. It was launched by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong to highlight human rights abuses in China, and particularly the organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

The Torch now heads to Africa via Los Angeles.

Original report from The Epochtimes

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New Zealand: Falun Gong Takes Wellington City Council to High Court

Posted by Author on November 1, 2007


Media Release, Falun Dafa Association, via Scoop, New Zealand, 31 October 2007-

– Falun Gong brass band and dancers banned by WCC.
– Top human rights lawyer Tony Ellis files judicial review against Wellington City Council Bill of Rights breach.

The Wellington City Council’s (WCC) overturned the organiser’s decision to include Falun Gong’s brass band and dancers in the Cuba Street Carnival and the Chinese New Year Parade – by labelling Falun Gong as a “political group”.

The spiritual group said their entry into community parades intends to bring to life true, traditional Chinese culture and share the universal principles of Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance.

Former Deputy Mayor Alick Shaw, when pressed about the reasons behind the ban, said he could not deny that the Council wanted to maintain a good relationship with the Chinese Embassy due to sister city relationships with Xiamen and Bejing.

Falun Gong is currently applying to participate in the 2007 Christmas parade to be held on 18 November. Past applications to Christmas parades have not been accepted by giving variousreasons.

The WCC’s new policy to exclude Falun Gong from all Council-sponsored events has breached four major sections of the Bill of Rights Act including Freedom of expression and Freedom from discrimination in New Zealand, according to Mr Ellis.

Part of the claimreads that the WCC ban on Falun Gong is “unlawful in that it is an unreasonable limit on the rights and freedoms protected by the NZBORA (NZ Bill of Rights Act).

Press Conference in front of the Wellington High Court

What: Human rights lawyer Tony Ellis to filelawsuit against WCC for Falun Gong ban.

When: 2nd November, 2007 9:40am

Where: Wellington High Court, 2 Molesworth Street, Wellington

Background:

Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice for cultivating the mind and body. It is based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Dafa is rooted in traditional Chinese culture and thus has rich cultural content to share with communities.

Following Falun Gong’s introduction in China in 1992, its popularity soared and 70-100 million people were practising the exercises and meditation in parks all over China by 1999.

Because communism does not tolerate any other belief systems (including Buddhism, Christianity, etc), and fearing Falun Gong as a threat to his own legacy, then-leader Jiang Zemin launched a persecution campaign in 1999 that continues unstopped.

Today, hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are being illegally detained in concentration camps, detention centres, forced labour camps, brainwashing centres and mental institutions.

Please visit http://www.falundafa.org and http://www.faluninfo.net for more information.

Original report from Scoop

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China Blocks Mayoral Bid in New Zealand, Says Chinese Journalist

Posted by Author on October 6, 2007


DPA, via Earthtimes.org, Oct. 5, 2007-

Wellington – A Chinese New Zealand journalist who is standing for mayor of Wellington, the country’s capital city, claimed on Friday that Beijing’s embassy had stopped his advertisements appearing in a local paper that supports China. Nick Ning Wang accused the paper Home Voice of being funded by Beijing to “serve the interests of the Chinese Communist Party overseas” and stopping freedom of speech in Wellington.

Wang works for Capital Chinese News, a local Chinese language paper and New Zealand Asia TV.

His accreditation as a member of the press gallery in Parliament was suspended when he became one of of 11 candidates standing for mayor of Wellington in current municipal elections.

He said the Home Voice had cancelled his election advertisements saying it had no space, but had offered space to other non-Chinese candidates.

Wang said the paper was financially and politically supported by the Chinese embassy.

He said Home Voice always attacked the Dalai Lama, the Taiwanese democratic government, the Falun Gong religious movement and New Zealand Members of Parliament who had publicly supported Taiwan.

– Original report from Earthtimes.org : Chinese journalist says Beijing blocks mayoral bid in New Zealand

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New Zealand MPs Discuss China’s Bloody Organ Harvest

Posted by Author on September 14, 2007


By Sarah Matheson, Epoch Times Staff in Wellington, New Zealand, Sep 13, 2007-

New Zealand Government officials met with Canadian dignitaries on Tuesday to discuss the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Green MP Keith Locke, Labour MPs Steve Chadwick and Russel Fairbrother, National MP Wayne Mapp, and independent MP Gordan Copeland, met former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour and International Human Rights Lawyer David Matas in a select committee room at Parliament House.

National MP Wayne Mapp said he hoped to raise China’s organ harvesting in Parliament on Thursday.

He said politicians feel there are a number of things they need a higher level of evidence about before they can act.

“One is the scale of the camp system in China, we know it’s extensive but we don’t know how big it is. Is it small or big?

“The second thing is the number of Falun Gong practitioners arrested without trial.

“The third thing is 3032 people tortured to death for practicing Falun Gong, we need to substantiated that.”

Mr Matas replied the details for each victim are in the appendix of the report he wrote with Kilgour called the Bloody Harvest.

Mr Kilgour then asked Mr Mapp if he had read the report. He said he hadn’t.

Mr Kilgour asked the MPs to table the report in Parliament. It is a revised report released in January that almost doubles the evidence of their first report.

Mr Mapp replied it would be better if they tabled the Bloody Harvest at a Select Committee meeting.

Auckland City Councilor and member of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) Cathy Casey also attended the meeting with the MPs.

“Last year I had my kidney removed and I know why people would go to China – it’s not their fault. There are 300-400 people on waiting lists in New Zealand for a kidney transplant,” Dr Casey said.

Auckland’s sister city – Guangzhou brought the city around $50 million last year, mainly through international students. Dr Casey said when the new mayor is elected she will ask him to raise the organ harvesting issue with his Chinese counterpart.

“What kind of society is this that we allow these atrocities to happen?” she asked.

MFAT meeting

Mr Matas and Mr Kilgour also met a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) official earlier on Tuesday.

Mr Matas and Mr Kilgour expressed their concern about the looming Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China to the MFAT official, because they said, a large number of goods from China are made in forced labour camps.

The MFAT official replied that a customs inspector in Beijing would ensure that no Chinese products made in forced labour camps would enter New Zealand.

Mr Kilgour said one customs official was “laughable”.

Fair Trade not Free Trade

Mr Kilgour asked 250 people at a public forum called Behind the Rise of China at Victoria University, whether they supported a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. Two people raised their hands in support.

The panelists raised concerns about the organ harvesting of Falun Gong, Internet repression, human rights abuses, the two China’s – the one perceived by Westerners and the one the Chinese people see, unsafe products from China, counterfeit goods, and the use of slave and child labour.

Amnesty International campaign manager Gary Reese said unfortunately the use of child labour was on the increase again in China.

“Labour rights are virtually nonexistent in China.

“There is only one union and it is sanctioned by the Government. It is not doing a good job,” he said.

Amnesty International estimates 250,000 people are detained in labour camps in China, and a 2006 US State Department report shows that more than 50 percent of the prisoners held in these camps are Falun Gong practitioners.

Mr Matas said getting statistics about executions in China is very difficult because the Chinese regime will not give them to outsiders.

“Amnesty International tabulates deaths from executions by tabulating newspaper reports. And there is no way newspapers document all executions,” he explained.

Mr Matas has been involved in investigating the Holocaust.

The Bloody Harvest report is available in 17 languages and provides 33 different kinds of evidence of state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China, Mr Kilgour told the MPs.

Evidence from the Bloody Harvest report

41,500 organs transplanted in China could not be accounted since 2001

There is no donor system in China – executed prisoners supply the Chinese organ trade.

A Chinese surgeon removed the eyes of 2000 Falun Gong practitioners, appendix 18.

Phone calls to 15 hospitals in China to inquire about the use of Falun Gong practitioners organs in transplant operations, appendix 14.

SOURCE: Bloody Harvest: Revised Report Into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China. Kilgour, D., and Matas, D. January 31, 2007. http://www.organharvestinvestigation.net

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China Suspected In New Zealand Government Computer Systems Hacking

Posted by Author on September 11, 2007


By HANK SCHOUTEN, The Dominion Post, Via http://www.stuff.co.nz/, New Zea;and, 11 September 2007-

Government computer systems have been hacked into by foreign governments, the country’s chief spymaster says.

Government departments’ websites have been attacked, information has been stolen and hard-to-detect software has been installed that could be used to take control of computer systems, Security Intelligence Service director Warren Tucker said.

In his first interview since taking up the post in November, Mr Tucker said there was evidence that foreign governments were responsible for the attacks.

He would not discuss what country was responsible but referred to comments by Canada’s security service about Chinese spying activities.

Russia and China have been implicated in attacks on the British parliament’s computer system.

Mr Tucker also noted the bungled attempt by Mossad agents from Israel to secure New Zealand passports in 2004.

China was accused last week of hacking into German Government systems and the Pentagon’s computer systems in the United States.

Mr Tucker said the SIS and its kindred agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, had responded to the cyber attacks by stepping up a security awareness campaign.

In some cases, departments did not even realise their computer systems had been breached.

Sensitive information had been stolen and attempts had been made to gain access to classified information.

In one attack, a department had been penetrated and a programme had been inserted to generate bogus but genuine looking e-mails. Mr Tucker would not name the department or elaborate.

But he said the SIS was stepping up its foreign intelligence gathering operations as part of a realignment of the service, which had just 166 staff when he took over but now has over 200.

“As we’ve stepped up our activities we’ve become more concerned about what we have found,” said Mr Tucker, who consented to the interview on condition that he would not be questioned about Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui.

Mr Tucker said the terrorist threat to New Zealand was low but rising – a reflection of overseas concerns about Islamic extremists and the radicalisation of some communities.

The service was engaged on issues of real concern to New Zealand. “The relatively small number of people we monitor are the sort of people you would want us to monitor and would be surprised if we didn’t.”

The SIS had also moved to boost its security vetting of people entering New Zealand and to speed up security clearance processes for people handling sensitive Government information.

The scandal last year when a Beehive messenger leaked a Cabinet paper about the Government’s plan to open Telecom to competition had had a bearing on the initiative.

Mr Tucker, a former director of the Government Communications Security Bureau, told The Dominion Post he believed there was a need for the service to be more open, accessible and more closely aligned to the core values of New Zealand, which were integrity, trustworthiness, being upfront and a willingness to admit mistakes.

It was important for the SIS to be seen as an integral part of the machinery of government, and that its work was seen as necessary and important and that the service was trusted.

– Original report from stuff.co.nz : NZ spies uncover cyber attacks

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NZ: Urgent – Grave Concerns Chinese Man Deportation Tomorrow

Posted by Author on September 11, 2007


Press Release, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Via Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand,Tuesday, 11 September 2007-

The Australian government intends to remove this man “DP” to China tomorrow despite a UN human Rights Committee request to stay this removal pending their investigation.

This man has been in Australia for 10 years, 4 years in detention. His visa has been cancelled on the basis of an unsigned, undated Chinese Arrest warrant which would be dismissed in an Australian court.

* No identity confirmation

While the name on this warrant is the same as that of DP, the man held in the Australian detention centre, there is no corresponding data matching such as date of birth, address, occupation, educational level to prove that this man with a family name in the fourth most common name group amongst over one billion people, is the same man. An internal memo from the immigration department says of the conflicting address information – “Not an exact match, but clearly in the neighbourhood”. The Chinese Interpol “fail to give a date of birth for the man they are seeking.”

* No execution assurance received

In public correspondence, the Immigration department states that they have received assurances that this man will not be executed upon return. In an internal memo, “DIMA in Confidence” memo, dated 17 March 2006, an officer in the Removals Support Section DIAC Canberra writes “We have not been involved with the Chinese Embassy to secure an assurance that Mr Qi would be subject to the death penalty on his return and ‘were not aware that was an issue.’ ”

* No extradition treaty

Australia has no extradition treaty with China precisely because we do not trust their judicial system which is corrupt and arbitrary yet we are prepared to send DP back to a so-called assurance that he will not be executed. DP is a Catholic from a Catholic family and as religious persecution is rife in China, he was subject to the brutality of this persecution which precipitated his family getting him out of China. He arrived in Australia and was granted a business visa. The department has since ‘lost his entry documents’, removing the possibility of further identification with the Chinese exit information.

* No confirmation of crime

The department is preparing to send DP back to possible execution when there is no evidence that DP is the man wanted by the Chinese government for a serious crime. DP is highly respected by all who have met him, fellow detainees, visitors and guards alike. He has used his English skills to support and assist the Chinese detainees in Baxter, many of whom had no English and no interpreters were available. Those who know him cannot reconcile the man they have known for 4 years with the information that he is supposed to be a criminal.

Until now Australia has respected the requests of the United Nations Human Rights Committee albeit sometimes belatedly. On the last occasion a man was brought back from Dubai when pressed by the UN because of fears that he would be executed upon arrival in his country of origin.

* Breach of Conventions

“To send this man to China against the UN request would place Australia in breach of the International Conventions and put us alongside those human rights violating countries who have no standing and respect in the world community” says Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). “Does this government want to go into an election with blood on its hands?”

ENDS

Original report from  http://www.scoop.co.nz/

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New Zealand Human Rights Lawyer Calls to Boycott China Olympics

Posted by Author on September 11, 2007


TVNZ, New Zealand, Sep 11, 2007-

International human rights lawyers are calling for a boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympics over claims China kills Falun Gong practitioners to harvest their organs.

New Zealand human rights lawyer Richard MacLeod says next year’s Olympic Games are a prime opportunity for the world to take a stand.

He says New Zealander’s needs to take a lesson from the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

He says the world stood by and allowed those Olympics to take place when the world already knew about Nazi practices and we can’t let the same thing happen with China.

– Original report from TVNZ: Calls to boycott China Olympics

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China-made Blankets Recalled Across Australia and New Zealand

Posted by Author on August 23, 2007


AAP, Via Yahoo News, Wednesday August 22, 2007-

Chinese-made blankets found to contain high levels of formaldehyde have been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, the distributor says.

The recall comes amid rising global concerns about the safety of Chinese products.

The voluntary recall by Australian-based Charles Parsons came two days after the New Zealand government launched an urgent investigation after scientists found dangerous levels of formaldehyde in woollen and cotton clothes made in China.

A range of Chinese exports – from pet food ingredients to toothpaste – have come under international scrutiny in recent months.

Toy company Mattel recently issued two recalls of Chinese-made toys, including some distributed in Australia, due to lead-tainted paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed by children.

Formaldehyde – a chemical preservative that gives a permanent press effect to clothes and is also used as an embalming fluid – can cause problems ranging from skin rashes to cancer.

Charles Parsons decline to release the total number of blankets involved, but spokesman Mark Bilton said “there’s a lot” in Australia and about 800 in New Zealand.

Tests had shown the formaldehyde level in the “Superlux” label blankets was “above the European and US standards. There are no standards in Australia and New Zealand so it’s a voluntary recall,” he said.

Independent tests had revealed the chemical’s content was “less” that 1,500 parts per million – the maximum level permitted in Germany – but “we’ve decided not to get into those details,” Bilton said.

An official at China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, a quality watchdog, said the case was under investigation.

Meanwhile, New Zealand government research agency AgResearch said it was swamped by clothing companies wanting tests on Chinese imports.

Scientists testing clothes for NZ TV3’s Target consumer watchdog program discovered formaldehyde concentrations up to 900 times above the safe level.

Many companies had complained that they had no information about what constitutes safe levels of formaldehyde, said Lorraine Greer, AgResearch’s textiles division testing laboratory manager.

The New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs said it would start a program to test for formaldehyde in clothes next week as part of its probe, while acknowledging the country had no standard for formaldehyde levels in textiles – a concern of retailers.

At least 100 items of children’s and adults’ clothing and babywear imported from a range of countries would be included in the testing, Ministry General Manager Liz MacPherson said.

“As part of the investigation, New Zealand will look at standards and testing regimes overseas,” she said.

“Neither New Zealand or Australia currently has a standard for formaldehyde levels in textiles.”

The blanket recall comes after New Zealand cut-price retailer The Warehouse issued a recall of children’s pyjamas made in China last weekend after two children were burned when their flannelette pyjamas caught fire.

– Original report from Yahoo News : Chinese-made blankets recalled

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

Posted by Author on August 19, 2007


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auckland mother Raewyn Rasch said the findings were horrifying.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Audio: Speeches, by NZ Human Rights Groups, at Joint Rally on China Abuse

Posted by Author on July 20, 2007


Sound of Hope Radio Newtwork (SOH), Jul.19, 2007-

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, 19TH JULY- For the first time in New Zealand history an event was jointly organised by Amnesty International, the Green Party, Friends of Tibet and Falun Gong. Each group spoke about their individual concerns over the human rights abuses in China.

The event started off with a large road march and motorcade through the heart of the Capital city, with torture displays and organ harvesting displays on the back of trucks exposing the hideous crimes committed today by the Chinese Communist Party.

Later that day outside New Zealand’s parliament buildings a number of VIP speakers outlined their concerns about the NZ Government’s attitude to China’s human rights abuses.

Speakers included Ced Simpson from Amnesty International, Claire ClarkPeter Dunne from Friends of Tibet, United Future Leader, Keith lock of the Green Party, members of the NZ Falun Gong movement and former Chinese diplomat and currently outspoken critic of the Chinese Government – Mr Yonglin Chen.

A recording of the speeches is available at the top of this page.

– Original report from Sound of Hope : Human Rights not for sale March and Rally

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China kidnapped New Zealand Resident – Chinese Defector

Posted by Author on July 18, 2007


China dissident makes kidnap claims“, TVNZ, New Zealand, Jul 18, 2007-

Police are being called on to investigate claims by a former Chinese diplomat that thechen YongLin Chinese government kidnapped a New Zealand resident two years ago.

Chen Yonglin (photo right) , who is in New Zealand to campaign against Chinese human rights abuses, was a diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Australia in 2005 when the alleged kidnapping took place.

“I know there’s one case, a kidnap case…happened in New Zealand I know, but if necessary the New Zealand intelligence service interested in I may talk with them about the details,” says Yonglin.

He says a woman with New Zealand residency was kidnapped by the Chinese government and taken from New Zealand back to China on a state owned ship.

Yonglin made similar accusations in Australia shortly after he defected in 2005 and was granted a protection visa.

He says there are around a thousand spies working in Australia for the Chinese Communist Party and believes they are active in New Zealand too, monitoring human rights activists and infiltrating groups like Falun Gong.

Amnesty International spokesperson Gary Reese says he is not surprised by the claims.

“Amnesty International for many years now has been monitoring, researching the Chinese government’s activities and abuses of human rights and it’s actually entirely consistent with information we have, we know that they have done kidnappings before,” he says.

But the alleged kidnapping has taken the Green Party by surprise and they want something done.

“I will make sure that the police are aware of this and do investigate what appears to be a very serious accusation,” says Green Party MP Keith Locke.

Attempts to contact the Chinese embassy have so far failed, and the New Zealand government says it has no knowledge of the kidnapping.

However, the Prime Minister’s office is urging Yonglin to report what he knows. Yonglin says he won’t publicly release the name and motive for the crime until he has taken it up with New Zealand police.

More reports on this topic:

Epoch Times: Kidnap Case Exposed by Chinese Defector
Monsters and Critics.com : Chinese defector alleges 2005 kidnap of New Zealand resident
Stuff.co.nz : ‘China kidnapped NZ resident’ – defector

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Human Rights: Not Made in China? Increased Chinese Pressure on NZ Freedoms

Posted by Author on May 3, 2007


Press Release: Amnesty International, from http://www.scoop.co.nz

The Amnesty International nation-wide tour, featuring a Chinese ‘Lion Declaration’, continues its launch of the ‘Human Rights Reform in China’ global campaign to halt appalling human rights violations occurring on a massive scale in China. Recent events involving Chinese authorities limiting freedom of expression in New Zealand mean that the message of human rights abuses is now more relevant than ever.

The six week tour is travelling the length of the country, from Invercargill to Kaikohe, carrying the message of Chinese human rights abuses to 31 cities and towns throughout New Zealand.

The tour is grabbing local media headlines all around the country. Seven mayors have already signed the Lion Declaration, either in person or through their deputies (the mayors of Invercargill, Kaikoura, Marlborough, Hutt City, Palmerston North, Masterton and South Taranaki).

“During our travels around the country”, said Gary Reese, “it has become apparent that many Mayors are not aware that in China it is the local governments that are carrying out many of the grave human rights abuses. Unlike in New Zealand, these Chinese local governments are part of the national government.”

One of the key justifications for this international campaign is China’s growing global influence. And a number of recent events suggest that the Chinese government is now attempting to influence important freedoms in New Zealand. “Even in NZ,” said Gary Reese, “Chinese authorities have impacted on freedom of expression and freedom of the media”. Amnesty International has documented eight incidents where there appears to have been an attempt by Chinese officials to limit freedom of expression in NZ. These incidents include:  March 2007: Two NZ journalists barred from a photo opportunity involving Chinese Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan.  April 2007: Mayors of Auckland and North Shore City pressured by the Chinese Consulate not to attend a performance by a Chinese touring group because it contained Falun Gong members.

Amnesty International’s campaign takes place against the background of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that is currently being negotiated between China and New Zealand. “We do not have a position on the FTA,” Gary Reese says, “but it seems likely that NZ’s trade and economic interests with China are the primary reason for New Zealand officials allowing important freedoms to be undermined.”

Amnesty has invited Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard, and Councillors, to sign the ‘Lion Declaration’. The Mayor’s response, received on Monday 30th April, was that it would be “inappropriate for [the Mayor] to become involved at this time.” “On the contrary,” says Mr. Reese. “As Auckland City Council has a Chinese sister city relationship and due to the recent attempts by Chinese authorities to restrict the Mayor’s own activities, now is as appropriate a time as ever for NZ councils to speak out on human rights issues.”

Friday 4th May – Auckland (City) 2pm: Lion visits Auckland City Council, 1 Greys Avenue, Auckland. Midday – 4pm: Interactive stall – Aotea Square.

Resources Available: 1. Images of Chinese Lion; individual victims; torture instruments etc. 2. New Amnesty International Report, issued on 30th April: “China: Repression of Activists Overshadows Death Penalty and Media Reforms.”

original report

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Video: Why Does China Consulate Interfere With Chinese Culture Show

Posted by Author on April 13, 2007


You may heard that traditional Chinese culture was deadly destroied by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during a 10-year period of Culture Revolution started from 1966.

Even till today, CCP’s efforts to against traditional Chinese culture still not stopped.

Here’s the news: Chinese officials in New Zealand are exerting pressure on sponsors and VIPs in attempts to block support for an international Chinese cultural show – Divine Performing Arts, which is hosted by independent TV network NTDTV, held at The Civic Theatre in downtown Auckland on Thursday, April 5, 2007.

Here’s an video report about the incident on Youtube:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOba7Hs6nhE]

Some facts about the Culture Revolution:

During the Culture Revolution, “Starting in August 1966, the raging fire of the “Casting Away the Four Olds” burned the entire land of China. Regarded as objects of “feudalism, capitalism, and revisionism,” the Buddhist temples, Taoist temples, Buddha statues, historical and scenic sites, calligraphy, paintings, and antiques became the main targets for destruction by the Red Guards.

Take the Buddha statues for example. There are 1000 colored, glazed Buddha statues in relief on the top of Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace in Beijing. After the “Casting Away the Four Olds,” they were all damaged. None of them has a complete set of the five sensory organs any more.” On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party – Part 6

* Note: “Four Olds” – old ideas, old culture, old customs and old habits

Question: Why is Communist China so aggressively against Traditional Chinese culture?

Brief answer: the Communist theory opposes traditional Chinese culture. The traditional Chinese culture is an obstacle to the CCP’s dictatorship and challenges the legitimacy of the CCP rule.

Then: What is the traditional Chinese culture? What is the Communist Party’s Philosophy? Why and how did the CCP destroied traditional Chinese culture?

Here’s a great youtube video made by NTDTV answer all the above questions which is produced original from On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party – Part 6

Also, some words are extracted from the Nine Commentaries and are put under the vidoe for your reference.

First half Second half of the video

 

Detail answers:

First, The “philosophy” of the Communist Party completely contradicts the authentic traditional Chinese culture.

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

“Traditional culture respects the mandate of heaven, as Confucius once said, “Life and death are predestined, and wealth and rank are determined by heaven.” [20] Both Buddhism and Taoism are forms of theism, and believe in the reincarnation cycle of life and death, and the karmic causality of good and evil.

The Communist Party, on the contrary, not only believes in atheism, but also runs wild in defying the Tao and assaulting heavenly principles.

– Confucianism values family, but the Communist Manifesto clearly promulgates abolition of the family.
– Traditional culture differentiates the Chinese from the foreign, but the Communist Manifesto advocates the end of nationality.
– Confucian culture promotes kindness to others, but the Communist Party encourages class struggle.
– Confucians encourage loyalty to the monarch and love for the nation. The Communist Manifesto promotes the elimination of nations. ” – extract from On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture

Second, Traditional Culture Is an Obstacle to the CCP’s Dictatorship

“Loyalty in traditional Chinese culture does not mean blind devotion. In the eyes of the people, the emperor is a “son of heaven”—with heaven above him. The emperor cannot be correct at all times.

Therefore there was a need for observers to point out the emperor’s mistakes all the time.

The Chinese chronicle system had historians record all the words and deeds of the emperor. Scholastic officials could become teachers for their sage kings, and the behavior of the emperor was judged by the Confucian classics.

If the emperor was immoral—unenlightened to the Tao, people might rise up to overthrow him, as was the case when Chengtang attacked Jie, or in King Wu’s removal of Zhou. [23] These uprisings, judged from traditional culture, were not considered violations of loyalty or the Tao. Instead, they were seen as enforcing the Tao on behalf of heaven.

The dictatorial CCP could by no means accept traditional beliefs such as these. The CCP wanted to canonize its own leaders and promote a cult of personality, and so would not allow such long-held concepts such as heaven, Tao, and God to govern from above.

The CCP was aware that what it did was considered the most heinous and enormous crime against heaven and the Tao if measured by the standards of traditional culture. They were aware that as long as the traditional culture existed, people would not praise the CCP as “great, glorious, and correct.” Scholars would continue the tradition of “risking their lives to admonish the monarch,” “maintaining justice at the expense of their lives,” and place the people above the rulers. Thus, the people would not become CCP puppets, and the CCP could not force conformity on the thoughts of the masses. ” – extract from On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture

Third, Traditional Culture Challenges the Legitimacy of the CCP Rule

“Traditional Chinese culture believes in God and the heavenly mandate. Accepting the mandate of heaven means that rulers have to be wise, follow the Tao and be attuned to destiny. Accepting belief in God means accepting that authority over humanity rests in heaven.

The CCP ruling principle is summarized as, “Never more tradition’s chains shall bind us, arise ye toilers no more in thrall. The earth shall rise on new foundations; we are but naught; we shall be all.” [27]

The CCP promotes historical materialism, claiming that Communism is an earthly paradise, the path to which is led by the pioneer proletarians, or the Communist Party. The belief in God thus directly challenged the legitimacy of the CCP’s rule. ” – extract from On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture

For the details about traditional Chinese culture, the Communist Party’s Philosophy, why and how did the CCP destroied traditional Chinese culture, please watch the following youtube video:

First half Second half

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