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Canada’s Liberal Party Leader to meet with China’s ‘Human Rights Killer’

Posted by Author on July 9, 2010


By Jason Loftus & Matthew Little, Epoch Times Staff, July 8, 2010 –

TORONTO— Zhou Yongkang is not a name often in the news, unless your news diet includes a regular helping of Chinese state-run press. But on Monday, Mr. Zhou, who holds authority in the Chinese Communist Party for politics and law, managed to gain two separate mentions in the western media.

First was news in the New York Times and Forbes that under Mr. Zhou’s purview a U.S. citizen had been sentenced to eight years in a Chinese prison for purchasing a database of Chinese oil wells on behalf of the American consulting company that employed him.

Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to China, called for the release of Dr. Xue Feng, who was charged under a vague state secrets law and has reportedly been tortured during the two-and-a-half years since his arrest. Critics called the ruling “baffling” and politically motivated.

Second was a news release from the Liberal Party of Canada saying that as part of his trip to China this week Canadian opposition leader Michael Ignatieff would be sitting down with Mr. Zhou for a chat Tuesday morning in Beijing.

That prompted Epoch Times journalists to ask what exactly the Liberal leader planned to discuss with Mr. Zhou, who currently holds no position in the Chinese government itself but has earned a remarkable reputation as the heavy hand of the communist party.

As the minister of public security between 2002 and 2007, Mr. Zhou was responsible for the controversial security measures that included rounding up suspected dissidents and detaining them in the lead-up to the 17th Party Congress and Beijing Olympic Games.

“We must strike hard at hostile forces at home and abroad, such as ethnic separatists, religious extremists, violent terrorists, and ‘heretical organizations’ like the Falun Gong who carry out destabilizing activities,” Mr. Zhou was quoted during preparations for the Olympics. An excerpt of his speech appears on the top of an Amnesty International appeal.

Similar tactics are said to have been employed again ahead of the Shanghai World Expo that is now underway.

What’s more, Mr. Zhou advocates “striking hard” at these groups not only “at home,” but “abroad” too. Mr. Zhou was accused of having been behind a pro-Beijing mob that accosted and in some cases assaulted Falun Gong protesters in New York’s Flushing Chinatown for weeks in 2008.

The Epoch Times pointed this out to Mr. Ignatieff’s office, noting that he was preparing to meet Mr. Zhou just 10 hours after CSIS head Richard Fadden had testified in Ottawa on the topic of foreign interference in Canada.

Ignatieff’s office did not directly address questions sent via email this week both before and after his meeting with Zhou. Tibetan exiles in Canada are among those looking for answers.

As the communist party secretary for Sichuan Province between 1999 and 2002, Mr. Zhou earned the nickname “human rights killer.”

Exiled Tibetans have gathered 40,000 signatures on petitions bearing Mr. Zhou’s name, calling for the release of Tenzin Delek, a Tibetan community leader arrested under Mr. Zhou’s watch in Sichuan and given a heavy sentence eight years ago.

Mr. Delek is said to be in ill health while serving a life sentence handed down for “conspiring to cause explosions,” a charge his supporters say is without evidence and that he confessed to under torture.

Mr. Ignatieff’s riding is home to the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, which is the heart of Toronto’s Tibetan diaspora, the largest in the world outside of India according to Tenzin Lobsang, national director for Students for a Free Tibet Canada……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Are China’s Confucius Institutes in Canada culture clubs or spy outposts?

Posted by Author on July 9, 2010


Adam McDowell, National Post, Canada, Friday, Jul. 9, 2010 –

Before
McMaster University art history professor Angela Sheng leads a journalist on a tour of the year-old school of Chinese language and culture within the Hamilton, Ont., university, she invites him to sit for a cup of Kuan Yin tea, a Fujian Province specialty. After the tour, she suggests, they should catch lunch at one of her favourite local Chinese restaurants; in the meantime, would he like a Chinese calendar, or a VIP pass to the Institute’s spring gala? Between her chummy demeanour and the shock of fuschia through her hair, the director of the Confucius Institute at McMaster is more outgoing (and probably hipper) than the visiting-from-China faculty who work for her, but all are unfailingly polite and gracious.

Officially, Confucius Institutes are the Chinese equivalent of the Alliance Française or Goethe-Institut — the flourishing power’s catch-up response to European countries’ subsidized overseas language schools. At McMaster, students take courses in Chinese language and culture for credit; the Institute also organizes cultural events.

Last month, Brock University, based in St. Catharines, Ont., announced that this fall it will establish the third Confucius Institute in Ontario and the seventh in Canada, all established in the last five years. To China observers and counter-intelligence agents, the runaway expansion of Confucius Institutes represents a threat, both as an arm of Chinese “soft power” abroad and as a potential vehicle for intelligence gathering.

“I think there’s a concern from an intelligence point of view, definitely,” says Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a retired CSIS agent who served as Asia bureau chief during the 1990s and published a book last fall about foreign espionage in Canada.

Mr. Juneau-Katsuya, who last year co-authored Nest of Spies with Fabrice de Pierrebourg (which discusses the Confucius Institute), says he suspects the schools may have been in the mind of CSIS head Richard Fadden when he warned television viewers last month of the need to be wary of foreign agents cozying up to Canadians with an interest in China.

“These Confucius organizations have not come out of philanthropic ideals,’’ Mr. Juneau-Katsuya said in an interview. ‘‘They are part of a strategy. And they are funded and run by organizations that are linked to Chinese intelligence services.”

Confucius Institutes have spread spectacularly, with hundreds sprouting around the world since the program began in 2004. In an interview with the state-run newspaper People’s Daily in March 2009, worldwide Confucius Institute chief Xu Lin said he expects the 500th centre to open this year. Even the governing Office of Chinese Language Council International, also known as Hanban, seems taken aback by its own success.

The typical arrangement works like this: Hanban provides the funding, primarily in the form of sending Chinese nationals qualified as language teachers. Demand for Mandarin instruction at all education levels far exceeds what Canadian schools and universities can provide, making the instructors the keystone of the equation.

The Chinese government agency may also furnish the program with textbooks and online versions of courses for distance learning. Some Confucius Institutes organize educational trips to China. For its part, the host institution provides facilities, Canadian students eager to learn Mandarin, and the institute director — Ms. Sheng, for example, remains a McMaster professor. Ordinarily, the host institution is a college or university, but there are exceptions: In Edmonton, the program has partnered with the public school board to offer Mandarin lessons for elementary and high school students.

Unlike some other Confucius Institutes, the program at McMaster is integrated with the host university such that students receive credit for courses taken.

“The Confucius Institute at McMaster is like other Confucius Institutes worldwide. The number one objective is to provide instruction in Chinese language as a second or foreign language. And, concurrent with this program, to help students understand and better absorb the language, [we] provide cultural activities,” Ms. Sheng says. (She shares the Chinese government’s habit of referring to Mandarin, China’s majority dialect as “Chinese.”)

Ms. Sheng is grateful to senior administrators at McMaster for plugging the Confucius courses into the degree-granting system. “For the CI at Mac to be here, at an academic university, offering for-credit courses, is an enviable position,” she says.

Although the specifics of arrangements between China and host institutions are often not revealed, Brock disclosed that Hanban will provide US$150,000 in startup cash and up to US$100,000 in annual project funds to support the Institute there. It will focus on allowing teachers to certify as Mandarin instructors in Ontario schools, thus establishing a qualification program where none existed previously. Like many such documents, the Brock University press release portrays the arrangement as a prestigious coup for the Canadian institution.

Greg Finn, a Brock vice-provost and associate vice-president who was involved in bringing the Institute and the university together, recalls the suggestion coming both from a faculty member and the head of a visiting delegation from Brock’s Chinese partner, Minjiang University.

“They both happened fairly close to each other, actually, in terms of the suggestions coming forward both from the Chinese government official and the faculty member here at the university — independently of each other,” he says.

David Matas, a Winnipeg-based human rights lawyer who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year for his work investigating abuses in China, cautions that universities may get more than they bargain for after partnering with Hanban, suggesting Chinese consular officials lean on the universities to silence speakers whom that government considers nuisances.

“The Confucius Institutes are a problem of course because of money. The money becomes a dependency and the dependency is used for leverage in trying to get what [China] wants,” he says.

Mr. Matas says that when he and co-author David Kilgour travel for speaking engagements, “more or less wherever we go, the Chinese government tries to shut us up in various ways.”

He suspects universities with Confucius Institutes are especially susceptible to pressure. “In some places where we’ve gone, we’ve had last-minute cancellations at universities where they have Confucius Institutes … with no plausible explanation,” he says.

Last year, an Israeli judge found that a Tel Aviv University administrator had cancelled a show of artwork by Falun Gong members after the Chinese embassy asked him. The ruling said the administrator feared losing Confucius Institute classes, travel scholarships and conferences.

China has another stick to shake at Canadian universities, namely the threat of delisting them as recommended institutions for Chinese students heading abroad. In February, a few months after the University of Calgary awarded the Dalai Lama an honorary degree, the Chinese Ministry of Education started warning Chinese degree-seekers they could “face risks” if they decided to study there.

It is not known how many universities and educational bodies have been approached by Hanban and declined the opportunity to host a Confucius Institute. The University of British Columbia turned down an offer. Somewhat conspicuously, there is no Institute in Toronto, which has more residents of Chinese background than any other Canadian city…….(more details from National Post)

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Tons of Examples of China’s Tactics to Influence Canadian Officials (1)

Posted by Author on July 8, 2010


Canada Free Press, July 7, 2010 –

As victims of the Chinese Communist regime’s influence in Canada, Falun Gong practitioners’ experience in the past 11 years corroborate with the general comments of Mr. Richard Fadden, director of CSIS on foreign influence, and also match the patterns and tactics described by Mr. Chen Yonglin, a former Chinese diplomat.

In 2005, Chen Yonglin, First secretary and Consul for Political Affairs, defected from the Chinese consulate in Sydney and exposed the Chinese regime’s mandate for all Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide to influence government officials, mobilize Chinese students and the Chinese community, and control the Chinese media to influence public policy on China.

Chen revealed that the tactics include putting pressure on the officials of various western governments and exchanging political benefits by economic means. He stated that one of the most effective methods used to develop influence over political leaders is to provide them with all-expenses-paid travel to China and lavish entertainment while they are there. This method is common to all Chinese foreign missions in the west.

He stated they also regularly promoted the private business ties of some Australian political leaders, state and federal MPs, and members of local councils.

He also said, “The control of the overseas Chinese community has been a consistent strategic objective of the Chinese Communist Party so as to penetrate into the mainstream of the host country. It’s not just in Australia. It is done this way in other countries like the U.S. and Canada, too.”

More testimony from Mr. Chen can be found in the Affidavit (available upon request).

Some explicit examples in Canada are as follows:

In May this year, media reported [1] [2] that the Mayor of Ottawa, Mr. Larry O’Brien, upon return from a business trip to China, refused to proclaim Falun Dafa Day as he had done in previous years because he said he “made a commitment.” It was construed that he made a commitment to Chinese officials during his trip to China. City council later bypassed the mayor to proclaim Falun Dafa Day.

In 2009, at the Montreal Caribbean festival, Falun Dafa’s Tian Guo Marching Band was invited to join the parade. However, then Montreal City Councillor Mr. Marcel Tremblay asked the president of the festival to kick out the band right before the parade. The president refused. Mr. Tremblay had been an active participant of Chinese embassy-organized/participated events including some propaganda show [3] about Tibet denounced by many.

In 2005 the Globe and Mail detailed extensively how [4] the City of Toronto and many councilors are being targeted by the Chinese consulate and its agents to follow the Party line on how Falun Gong and other groups unfavoured by the communist regime should be treated in Toronto.

Chen Xiaoling, the Chinese consul general in Toronto, wrote to all 44 city councilors, including Mayor David Miller, threatening the city to comply not to hold a Falun Dafa Day. She wrote that if the motion is passed it “will have a very negative effect on our future beneficial exchanges and cooperation.” The motion did not pass.

In 2007, the mayor of Port Alberni proclaimed Falun Dafa Day, and then he received a letter from the Chinese Consulate General spreading hate propaganda towards Falun Gong and asking him not to proclaim Falun Dafa Day in 2008. Since then, the mayor has stopped issuing the proclamation.

These examples showed us a serious cause for alarm for all Canadian citizens that our cherished democratic values, freedom and principles of Canada can be eroded and sacrificed by foreign influence.

Similar situations have taken place around the world.

The unanimously passed U.S. 304 Resolution [5] calling on the Chinese regime to end the persecution and interference in the U.S. from Chinese officials.

Another example
[6] is happening right now in Germany where the German authorities are investigating a spy with links to the Chinese regime who was caught spying on Falun Gong.

A clear example
of the mobilization of students by the Chinese embassy occurred right on Parliament Hill on June 24 during Hu Jintao’s visit to Canada. Students, paid and bussed from different cities, appeared to be holding a welcome activity for the Chinese leader, but actually they were there to target other Canadians.

First secretary Liu Shaohua from the education department at the Chinese embassy was caught on tape telling Chinese students that they were going into battle against Canadians who sought to bring awareness to the horrific human rights environment in China during Hu’s visit. Yuan Pinghua, another organizer, continued: “Now in a word this is like waging war, so today we are mobilizing for war, having all of you raise your guard.”

It is unconscionable for a repressive government to use the freedom of a democracy to project abroad its persecution of its chosen victims. Democratic values do not require tolerance of this sort of behaviour.

When Mr. Fadden exposed this issue he in fact raised awareness of a threat that could seriously harm Canadian sovereignty and democracy if left unchecked. Actually, Canadian democracy is under subtle invasion from a totalitarian regime. This is the core issue deserving attention.

Mr. Richard Fadden has done a formidable service to Canada by bringing these threats from foreign regimes to the attention of the Canadian people.

Lucy Zhou
Falun Dafa Association of Canada
613-852-7494

More examples:

-from Canada Free Press

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Why other countries, such as China, pay for our politicians to visit (3)

Posted by Author on July 7, 2010


Brian Stewart, CBC News, Canada, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 –

Part 1 Part 2

Boondoggle phobia

This spreading phenomenon makes intelligence services nervous precisely because it’s so apparently out in the open. All the big political parties play the game and remarkably few admit that our security might be involved.

Still, I sense some MPs, perhaps most, feel uneasy about these trips.

As Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae described the phenomenon in a recent interview with The National Post: “Why do so many MPs go to Taiwan? Very simply: the government of Taiwan encourages people to come and finances the trip.

“Why do so few MP’s go to the Congo? Nobody’s going to pay them to go to the Congo. And it really is a problem.”

In fact much of the problem is that our MPs hunger after these trips because there is simply no real parliamentary budget for foreign travel anymore.

That is our insane system right now. In the 21st century, no budget to travel. Even MPs who need the expertise in foreign affairs have to wheel and deal to get on these junkets, like impoverished roadside hitchhikers.

We created this mess over the years by going into our usual moralizing routine whenever we would read of MPs and their travelling”boondoggles.”

Well some were and some weren’t, but at least they were Canadian boondoggles.

Now MPs are so afraid to use taxpayer dollars to study the world, they prefer the dole of other countries.

For a developed nation like Canada this is in equal parts shabby and shortsighted.

The solution is pretty simple: Parliament should first discourage, perhaps ban, all such free trips.

Then it should vote an annual and substantial budget to send MPs on serious study tours about issues that count. Let a committee work all this out in public.

Few problems of international security are ever easy to fix. This one is.

If we do nothing, those ugly suspicions of influence, and of shadowy favours given and received, will inevitably creep still further into our political system. (END)

Part 1 Part 2

– from CBC News

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The Seduction of China’s Red Carpet
Canadian Spy Master Criticized by Alleged China Front Organization

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Why other countries, such as China, pay for our politicians to visit (2)

Posted by Author on July 7, 2010


Brian Stewart, CBC News, Canada, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 –

<< previous

Another country’s dole

“Sponsors wouldn’t pay for travel without an expectation of getting something back,” says Errol Mendes, a constitutional law professor at the University of Ottawa.

What these sponsors want, above all, is influence on our politics, trade relations and international positions. For our politicians to proclaim otherwise, as some do, carries naiveté into the realm of fantasy.

China is a relentlessly generous host and deserves special mention because the federal government and CSIS have both publicly acknowledged that it is the most aggressive nation spying on us by a substantial margin.

The Conservatives have long vowed to crack down on Chinese espionage, although much of that talk was before the recent thaw in business relations.

That said, Israel and Taiwan, both very active in the world of espionage, are well up there with China at least in terms of courting potential supporters with trips.

According to the federal ethics commissioner, the Canada-Israel Committee paid more than $160,000 to host 14 MPs on one-week trips to Israel in 2009.

The committee, at least, is openly registered in Ottawa as an Israeli lobby group and it is important to note that there is nothing illegal, corrupt or against the rules of Parliament in accepting such favours from any foreign nation.

The practice is just thoroughly “reprehensible,” as Senator Colin Kenny, the former chair of the Senate committee on national security and defence, puts it in a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen defending Richard Fadden.

“Fadden did Canadians a service,” Kenny argues, “by pointing out that too many Canadian politicians are effectively on other countries’ dole.”

‘China junket’

In fact, the issue of dubious foreign favours being lavished on our politicians is a scandal waiting to happen. Just look at what’s happened elsewhere.

Two years ago, the British media had a field day when it was revealed that former London mayor Ken Livingstone enjoyed an all-expense paid, $35,000 week-long trip to Beijing, including business class travel and $1,700 a night hotel room complete with, as one newspaper described it, “rainforest show and bath master to prepare the bath and fill it with heavily oils.”

A staunch defender of China’s human rights record over the years, Livingstone was the mayor who allowed tough-minded Chinese security officers to run alongside the Olympic flame as it passed through the city, a strong-arm role he later admitted was “a mistake.”

A far stormier scandal is currently raging in Australia over political freebies and foreign influence.

Last year the Australian government came under sustained fire when its defence minister disclosed he had received, while in opposition, two free trips to China paid for by a business concern with close ties to Beijing.

Now, it has been revealed that a quarter of Australian MPs have taken free overseas travel worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, paid for by foreign governments and lobby groups, with China the most popular destination……. (to be cont’d)

<< part 1 part 2 part 3

– from CBC News

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The Seduction of China’s Red Carpet
Canadian Spy Master Criticized by Alleged China Front Organization

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Why other countries, such as China, pay for our politicians to visit

Posted by Author on July 7, 2010


Brian Stewart, CBC News, Canada, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 –

I have no idea whether CSIS director Richard Fadden’s concerns about any growing foreign influence on Canadian politics are valid or not.

I do believe, however, that an extraordinary number of Canadian public officials are acting in ways that are inappropriate, risky and just plain dumb in accepting lavish favours from foreign nations with questionable motives.

Especially at a time when all Western intelligence services seem to agree that global espionage is now more prevalent than even during the Cold War.

Most cases are not as dramatic as the recent Russian spy scandal in the U.S., but spying nations are increasingly aggressive in trying to recruit local “agents of influence” to advance their own economic and political objectives.

In the process, there are many favours that foreign capitals bestow on our politicians in the hunt for some future advantage.

These can range from discrete political support in local ridings, funnelled through sympathetic associations or business leaders, to glamorous hospitality junkets.

The most obvious is the all-expenses paid fact-finding trip in which one is “treated like an emperor,” according to a recipient of one such China junket, former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan.

I doubt we have any clear notion how many of our elected officials revel in the hospitality of countries like China, Taiwan, Israel and a dozen others with powerful Canadian agendas.

As just the very tip of the iceberg, 53 MPs last year — many accompanied by spouses — accepted more than $432,000 in travel costs paid for by foreign governments or their lobby groups.

Heavily courted

Provincial and municipal figures are also heavily courted this way, a point made by the CSIS director in his controversial interviews with CBC.

Let’s be clear here: None of these trips are offered without the hope of influencing our politicians.

They are carefully planned, often by the host nation’s intelligence arm. The generous host always seeks long-term relationships and “understandings.”

We should also be clear that we’re not talking about the normal and proper diplomatic courtship on the cocktail circuits or routine state visits.

We are talking about free flights, hotel rooms, banquets and tours costing tens of thousands of dollars in many cases, which go well beyond what elected officials should be pocketing……. (to be cont’d)

-From  CBC News

Part 2 Part3

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Article Review: China Spies in Canada– steal industrial secrets, engage in propaganda war

Posted by Author on July 6, 2010


(The following article was published in 2007 regarding China Spies in Canada)

John Turley-Ewart, via The National Post, Canada, May 02, 2007 –

The extent of China’s spy network in Canada has attracted some attention recently following the director of CSIS, Canada’s spy agency, admitting that China is “pretty much” at the top of the list of countries with foreign spies operating here.

Indeed, Jim Judd, CSIS’s chief suggested that about 50% of CSIS’s time is spent tracking China’s operatives in our country. Much of that spying may well be aimed at stealing industrial secrets that, if successfully executed, undermines economic growth in Canada and costs our country both jobs and huge amounts of money. Such espionage deserves serious attention and is not what one expects from a friendly government.

Yet the threat from Chinese operatives in Canada goes beyond theft and has involved the spread of hate as well. Specifically, the Chinese are engaged in a pogrom-like action against Falun Gong practitioners in China and have promoted fear and hatred of Falun Gong here in Canada among the Chinese community.

The result can be seen when law-abiding Canadians who stroll into Chinese malls in Canada wearing Falun Gong T-Shirts are told to leave because of the shirts.

Freedom of speech is a right in Canada, but China’s officials  would prefer it was otherwise. Indeed they encourage Chinese-Canadians to shun and silence fellow Canadians who practice Falun Gong.

I wrote about this a few years ago.

Beijing’s mandarins declared Falun Gong a “cult” in the 1990s and outlawed it in 1999. Since then China’s government has been  arresting and imprisoning Falun Gong practitioners and are accused of violating their human rights.

I recall some years ago the Chinese ambassador to Canada coming to the Post and distributing his government’s anti-Falun Gong material to our editorial board with a gusto that was alarming.

Readers should keep in mind the Chinese spies are not just trying to undermine economic growth in Canada by stealing our industrial secrets, they are also engaged in a propaganda war against Canadians who practice Falun Gong, a war aimed at generating hate for those practitioners and ultimately diminishing their rights as Canadian citizens.

The National Post, 2007

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We need to get real about spies– China’s interference in Canada
The Seduction of China’s Red Carpet
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Canadian Spy Master Criticized by Alleged China Front Organization

Posted by Author on July 4, 2010


By Matthew Little, Epoch Times Staff, July 4, 2010 –

TORONTO— Canada’s chief intelligence official Richard Fadden met outraged cries after comments in a CBC interview last month that foreign countries were cultivating influence over Canadian officials. But at least one of the groups decrying the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is allegedly a front organization engaged in exactly that kind of activity in Canada.

On Friday, two staunchly pro-Beijing groups, the National Congress of Chinese Canadians (NCCC) Pacific region, and the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, organized a press conference in Vancouver and issued a joint statement saying Fadden needed to elaborate on his comments or risk painting all Chinese with the same brush.
The groups asked Fadden to come speak with them and explain his comments and hear about the ramifications his comments had in the Chinese community. They also said his comments could damage Canada-China relations.

Both groups purport to represent the interests of Chinese Canadians, with the NCCC representing itself as an umbrella organization of Canadian organizations across the country that works to promote unity among Chinese Canadians and help them integrate into Canadian society.

But the NCCC has a history that casts its intentions in a questionable light, with some accusing it of working as a front organization advancing the interests of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Epoch Times called several of the groups executives but messages were not returned.

Chen Yonglin was the first secretary at the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia, until he defected in 2005. He revealed documents showing how consulates in Australia and around the world cooperate and use front organizations to suppress dissident groups.

The NCCC and its equivalents in other countries are at the top of a pyramid of groups set up by the Chinese embassy and consulates in Canada charged with working to control and influence the Chinese community and Canadian government, said Chen. He noted that the group was founded to push Canada to thaw diplomacy with China following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Chen says the NCCC regularly lobbies the Canadian government to take positions favourable to the Chinese regime and also works to rally Canadian Chinese towards those positions.

The NCCC’s ties to the Chinese regime are long and well-documented. They include having executive members with ties to state-controlled Chinese media, and businesses that rely on a close relationship with the Chinese consulate.

But it is the work of the NCCC in Canada that raises concerns for Canadian intelligence personnel, said Michel Juneau-Katsuya, former head of the Asia desk for CSIS and author of Nest of Spies. Juneau-Katsuya said the group has long been suspected by many intelligence organizations around the world of being a megaphone for the Chinese regime. The group, and its Canadian head, Ping Tan, have taken Beijing’s position against Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, and the Tiananmen Square massacre, among other issues.

In Canada, the NCCC purports to represent 280 Canadian Chinese organization but has never been able to accurately list them and has ignored repeated requests from the Epoch Times to do so. It has also been unable to provide a position it has taken on a sensitive topic that differs significantly from the Chinese regime.

When the Beijing Olympics in 2008 encountered controversy and the crackdown in Tibet made world headlines, the NCCC Pacific region was among the groups joining rallies denouncing “biased” western media and the Dalai Lama.

The Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver organized similar demonstrations before the Games. Its president, Mike Jang, whose name is signed to the statement the groups issued Friday, at that time organized groups against the criticisms China was facing and called on overseas Chinese to be on guard against the “Dalai group and international anti-China forces” to “expose and attack their conspiracies at any time.” The April 2008 ally denounced western media’s “inaccurate” reports and Tibetan separatists while proclaiming support for the Games.

Both groups have consistently echoed the regime’s attempt to instill communist China rhetoric and nationalism within Chinese Canadians on matters concerning Beijing’s interests.

The NCCC came to national attention in 2005 when it tried to collect $2.5 million in compensation from the federal government for the head tax charged to early Chinese immigrants.

The Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC), which Juneau-Katsuya has said is not suspected of being a front organization, lobbied against that payout.

While the NCCC claimed that it represented Chinese Canadians across the country, including major Chinese organizations such as the CCNC, in scrutiny surrounding the deal it was revealed that the NCCC did not represent the broad number of Chinese Canadians it claimed and the CCNC said in a letter to the federal government that the NCCC had exaggerated claims of support.

The Conservatives later axed the large payout to the NCCC and paid monies directly to Chinese Canadians impacted by the head tax.

Efforts by the Chinese regime to use Chinese diaspora around the world to advance its interests have been documented by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. In its 2009 report to congress, the commission noted the work of the China United Front Work Department……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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We need to get real about spies– China’s interference in Canada

Posted by Author on June 27, 2010


By L.N. (Len) Giles, Vancouver Sun, Canada, June 26, 2010 –

The director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Richard Fadden, should be given top marks for calling a spade a spade, albeit in a gentle and diplomatic manner. He was painting a realistic picture for a naive audience that has little or no understanding of the world of political and economic espionage or foreign interference.

It is interesting to note that those who cry foul the loudest are usually those in business or public office who see themselves in the limelight and on the “cutting edge” of international relations and understanding. At least that is how they like themselves to be seen, and they are mortified when someone suggests that their activities may not be in Canada’s best interests. There are cases in which those kinds of relationships, when closely examined, are shown to be instances of Canadians being manipulated and groomed by foreigners to support long-term political or economic initiatives, which in the end “give away the farm.”

A number of local politicians in Metro Vancouver accepted an all-expense paid junket to China in the spring of 2007 without, it seems, giving any consideration to the appropriateness of their actions. This is a classic example of the kind of influence Fadden was talking about.

CSIS is an agency of the Government of Canada with a mandate to protect the interests of all Canadians. It is not a sinister organization aiming to harass Canadians in their legitimate day-to-day activities. People do unwittingly or willingly come under the influence of a foreign power. It is a fact of life and Canadians need to be attuned to that reality.

Surrey

Giles spent 27 years in the RCMP and CSIS.

Vancouver Sun

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Rights Defenders, Hu Supporters Flood Canada Parliament Hill for Chinese Leader’s Visit

Posted by Author on June 25, 2010


By Arnaud Camu, Epoch Times Staff, June 25, 2010 –

OTTAWA— Some came to contest, some called for the end of persecution. Some were rowdy, and some came peacefully. This was the scene at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday as hundreds flooded the Canadian capital for the visit of Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

While rights defenders like Falun Gong practitioners as well as Taiwanese and Tibetan activists stood together, hordes of Hu supporters gathered together—the two were separated by fences on both sides of the Hill.

Despite heavy rain, many Falun Gong practitioners performed Falun Gong’s exercises in silence as a way to protest the Chinese regime’s persecution of the group in China.

“We are against the persecution, the human rights violations. We come here to give voice to people in China who have absolutely no voice. Millions of them. They are suffering in the labour camps, the jails, and from the tortures,” said Falun Gong spokesperson Grace Wollensak.

On the other side of the Hill, busloads of Chinese demonstrators celebrated Hu’s arrival by waving flags and playing Chinese communist patriotic music.

The Epoch Times reported that a Chinese Embassy official in Ottawa on June 18th ordered 40 to 50 Chinese students on state scholarships in Canadian schools to travel to Ottawa—all expenses paid—on what he called a “political struggle” against Falun Gong, Tibetan, and other rights activists.

Witnesses told New Tang Dynasty Television that at least twelve buses left Montreal’s Chinatown, less than two hours from Ottawa, at dawn. A Chinese individual who didn’t want his name revealed said they were told not to speak to Westerners in detail about the purpose or planning of their trip to the capital.

But the students’ hope of seeing the Chinese leader eventually proved to be in vain. Hu Jintao’s motorcade entered Parliament Hill from a side entrance and Hu entered a government building from a back door, leaving his supporters in the rain.

But the inclement weather did not deter the human rights defenders. Tens of them continued meditating peacefully on the grass.

“It’s really nothing compared to what people in China suffer,” said Wollensak. “We still have the freedom—that’s precious. To be in the rain is really nothing in my opinion.”

Albert Lin, a pro-Taiwanese independence supporter and Ryerson University Physics Professor said, “[The rain] is a good challenge, and yet we can see why Hu Jintao would not dare even to come out and say hello to people, to show how people feel about his administration. That is a head of state? What kind of head of state is that?”

Lin also voiced disappointment in the Canadian government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party.

“They are pursuing democracy and human rights and yet they don’t side with the people who are pursuing democracy and human rights […] They do not support it universally—the democracy movement, such as the Tibetans, the Uyghurs and the Taiwanese people.”

“I definitely see a trend of them completely going against what they’ve done before when they first came into power,” said Rignam Wangkhang, a student at Queen’s University who came to show support for the Tibetan cause.

“It’s pretty shocking the complete 180 that they’ve done in terms of human rights in general and Tibet as well.”

Upon assuming power in January 2006, the Harper government had made the promotion of human rights and democracy a priority in its dealings with China. Most notably, Harper stated publicly at the November 2006 APEC meeting in Singapore that the Canadian government would not trade human rights “for the almighty dollar.”

But with eight Conservative cabinet members visiting China in the last year, each saying little or nothing about the state of China’s oppressed, some worry Harper’s stance has softened.

However, during a conference call with reporters on Monday, Harper’s communications director, Dimitri Soudas, said the PM will raise the topic of human rights with Hu “in a frank and respectful way.”

The Epochtimes

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Photos: Canada hotel erects a eight-foot high wall in main entrance for Hu Jintao– to block vision of protesters

Posted by Author on June 24, 2010


See how a dictator is isolating himself from the people, and you will know what’s difference between free world and dictatorship.

“The Westin Hotel in Ottawa has erected a roughly eight-foot high cream-coloured, wooden wall in front of its main entrance on Colonel By Drive for the “safety and quiet enjoyment” of visiting Chinese leader Hu Jintao and his delegation, says the hotel’s General Manager John Jarvis.” (The Epochtimes)

The Great Wall has been moved from China to Canada !

The Westin Hotel in Ottawa, prior to the arrival of Chinese leader Hu Jintao (above). The same hotel shown in Google street view without the wall placed in front (below). The hotel manager says the wall was erected for the "safety and quiet enjoyment" of Hu and his delegation. (Top -Lin Yue/The Epoch Times & Street View/Goolge maps)

Detail story from the Epochtimes

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Chinese rights activist banned from Canada Parliament Hill after protesting communist party head’s visit

Posted by Author on June 24, 2010


By Louisa Taylor , The Ottawa Citizen, Canada,  June 24, 2010 –

OTTAWA — A Chinese human rights activist has been banned from Parliament Hill for a year after she tried to demonstrate against the visit to Ottawa by Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday.

Wenzhuo Hou, who goes by the first name Maggie, said Thursday she went to the Hill to wave several signs critical of the Chinese Communist Party. When she arrived on the lawn around 10 a.m., there were already hundreds of people gathered, almost all of them supportive of the president’s visit, Huo says. Protestors representing the Falun Gong, a religious group highly critical of the Chinese government, were on the west side of the lawn, but Huo decided she wanted to get closer to the crowd of supporters. She had three signs on which she had printed several slogan in Chinese, including ‘Do not be fooled by the Communist Party,’ and ‘The Chinese communist regime kills children, forces evictions, and tortures.’

“I wanted these people to realize they are brainwashed by the Chinese government,” said Huo, a human rights activist from China and a member of the China Democracy Party. “But some people in the crowds were very upset with my presence. They insisted I leave. Some of them pushed me, and one man swore at me.”

RCMP officers asked Huo to move to the west side, where the Falun Gong protestors were standing. Huo says she is not a member of the Falun Gong.

“The police were upset with me and said ‘We cannot protect your security, so you have to leave,’” Huo said.

“I challenged them. This is public space, I have the right to be here. I didn’t want to upset the police so I left.”

Huo says she moved to just inside the east gate on Wellington Street and held her signs aloft there. The RCMP again asked her to leave and she did, but she returned, at which point an RCMP officer told her she was under arrest. He handcuffed Huo and put her in a police cruiser.

“Then they told me there would be no criminal charges, but they gave me a piece of paper that says I am prohibited from going to Parliament Hill for a year, and failure to comply could lead to a fine of $2,000.”

A spokesman for the RCMP confirmed that officers gave Huo a “No Trespass” order.

“She was arrested for her own safety — she was about to be in trouble with the other people,” said Sgt. Stéphane Turgeon. “She did not comply with orders to leave to keep the peace, so we issued her with that notice and she was escorted from the premises.”

“I think that is very unfair,” said Huo. “All I did was try to convey some messages to fellow Chinese people. I didn’t attack them, I didn’t provoke them, I was just there in a public space saying I believe something different from them.”

Huo returned to Parliament Hill Thursday afternoon, but said she would stand and stood on the street, but moved onto the lawn again after another RCMP officer told her she couldn’t stand on the street.

“He told me to go up on the lawn, so I did.” said Huo, adding that if she is fined, she will point out that she was follwing instructions from the RCMP.

Huo had similar encounters outside the Westin Hotel Thursday, when pro-China supporters became upset at her signs there.

Huo, who has taught courses at the University of Ottawa on human rights in China, says she has been in numerous demonstrations in front of the Chinese embassy and on Parliament Hill before without incident.

The Ottawa Citizen

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Tape record: Chinese embassy describes welcome Hu Jintao event as “political struggle” against human rights advocates, will pay for all cost of 3,000 passionate supporters’ hotels, food and traveling

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010


Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, Canada, to Chinese students in Ottawa on Friday June 18, 2010.  Click Here.

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Cabinet ministers in two Canada provinces are under the control of foreign governments including China, CSIS says

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010


CBC News, June 23, 2010 –

Canada’s spy agency suspects that cabinet ministers in two provinces are under the control of foreign governments, CBC News has learned.

Several members of B.C. municipal governments are also under suspicion, Richard Fadden, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told CBC News in an exclusive interview.

“We’re in fact a bit worried in a couple of provinces that we have an indication that there’s some political figures who have developed quite an attachment to foreign countries,” Fadden said.

“The individual becomes in a position to make decisions that affect the country or the province or a municipality. All of a sudden, decisions aren’t taken on the basis of the public good but on the basis of another country’s preoccupations.”

He said the politicians and public servants see it as a long-standing relationship and have no idea they are being used.

“There are several municipal politicians in British Columbia and in at least two provinces there are ministers of the Crown who we think are under at least the general influence of a foreign government.”

Fadden said the agency is in the process of discussing with the Privy Council Office the best way to inform those provinces there may be a problem.

“We’ll do the same with the public servants. I’m making this comment because I think it’s a real danger that people be totally oblivious to this kind of issue.”

Fadden warned that foreign regimes — through universities and social clubs — will develop a relationship with people who have a connection to the homeland.

“You invite somebody back to the homeland. You pay [for] their trips and all of a sudden you discover that when an event is occurring that is of particular interest to country “X,” you call up and you ask the person to take a particular view,” Fadden said.

At least five countries are surreptitiously recruiting future political prospects in universities, he said. Middle East countries are also involved.

But China is the most aggressive, funding university clubs that are managed by people operating out of the embassy or consulates, Fadden said in a recent speech to Canadian police chiefs and security experts in Toronto.

Chinese authorities also organize demonstrations against the Canadian government in respect to some of Canada’s policies concerning China, Fadden said.

“A number of countries take the view that if they can develop influence with people relatively early in their careers, they’ll follow them through,” Fadden said. “Before you know it, a country is providing them with money, there’s some sort of covert guidance.”

Fadden said he is concerned that too much of the agency’s resources are focused on fighting terrorism and not counter-espionage. That concentration leaves more chances to steal Canada’s sensitive technology and trade secrets, worth billions of dollars a year.

“The difficulty I have, as does everybody, is you have to balance where you allocate resources, but it most definitely is as serious problem, and if I had to guess, I’d say it was going to get worse,” Fadden said.

– CBC News: Some politicians under foreign sway: CSIS

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Tape record: About 3,000 people’s cost, including hotels, food and travel, will be paid by Chinese embassy to welcome Hu Jintao as “political struggle”

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010


By Jason Loftus, Epoch Times Staff, June 23, 2010 –

Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to students at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Friday, June 18, 2010, on The Epochtimes webpage at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/37885/

Beginning today, expect to see throngs of flag-waving Chinese on Parliament Hill and lining the streets of Ottawa where Chinese leader Hu Jintao will visit the next three days. According to an official at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, staff there have been working late into the night and spending lots of money to ensure Mr. Hu is met with a crowd of passionate supporters, not those protesting human rights abuses.

The Epoch Times
has obtained a recording of a speech given Friday by Mr. Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to a crowd of between 40 and 50 students receiving Chinese state-scholarships to study there. Those students, Liu says, must attend the welcome events for Hu.

In the recording, Mr. Liu says the embassy is covering hotels, food, travel, and clothing for what he estimates will be 3,000 people who will welcome Mr. Hu Wednesday through Friday, coming from as far away as Waterloo, Ont.

The expenses easily total in the hundreds of thousands, based on Liu’s comments. But Mr. Liu describes it as “little money,” in light of the “political struggle” the Chinese regime is waging, the goal being to overshadow human-rights advocates who plan to protest during Hu’s visit.

“Originally, we did not expect the situation to be so complex,” Liu said. “Falun Gong, Tibetan separatists, Uyghur separatists, democracy people have already moved onto Parliament Hill […] This is a battle that relates to defending the reputation of our motherland. The embassy and authorities inside China have a very high requirement.”

“These last few days, everyday, we have been busy until 11 p.m. or midnight,” Liu explained.

All Expenses Paid

Liu began his more than 15 minute address with a name-by-name roll call, to which each student replied, “Yes.”

“This time, for you, all the expenses will all be paid by us,” Liu said. “You do not talk about it outside. Do not talk about it to anyone, except to people in this circle.”

Liu said students who were not on state-sponsored scholarships also had their expenses for the trip covered.

“For our country this is such little money. In my view this is a struggle, a political struggle.”

The “political struggle” Liu refers to appears to be the presence of groups protesting human rights abuses in China. Liu makes reference to Tibetan, Uyghur, and democracy activists, but focuses mainly on Falun Gong, a spiritual group persecuted by the communist regime in China.

“We will take the east part of Parliament Hill,” Liu says. “Falun Gong will take the west of the square. We should have 3,000 people. In terms of quantity, we should be able to surpass them.”

iu says when Hu visited in 2005 and was met with protesters, officials in China were furious. He complained that during that visit, Canadian authorities did not co-operate with Chinese demands regarding the protesters, but this time he says there were some limited guarantees.

“Some parts cannot be guaranteed because this country is particular about so-called freedom. It does not care. It says, ‘we are a free country.’ So we are still negotiating. Falun Gong has already occupied three locations.”

According to several sources, including Chinese students themselves as well as online notices on bulletin boards, all Chinese students will be provided with transportation, meals, and free T-shirts. Some have said there have been promises of $50 per day compensation as well.

Mr. Liu criticized those who talked about cash rewards.

“Some people said something on the Internet like, ‘go to the Chinese embassy to get money’ . . . That’s not good at all. Some people are inexperienced and didn’t realize this.” (to be cont’d)

Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to students at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Friday, June 18, 2010, on The Epochtimes webpage at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/37885/

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Canada PM must talk human rights with China: coalition

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010


CBC News, Canada, June 22, 2010 –

A coalition of Canadian human rights groups is urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to use the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao as an opportunity to urge China to improve its human rights record.

“Increased prosperity [in China] must not be mistaken for increased human protection,” the group argues in a letter to Harper. The letter details human rights violations against Uyghurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, democracy activists and human rights lawyers.

President Hu Jintao arrives in Canada Wednesday for an official visit and will stay for the G20 meetings on the weekend…….(More detals from CBC News)

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David Matas: Lessons From the Holocaust, Organ Harvesting in China

Posted by Author on June 21, 2010


By Fany Qiu & Michelle Yu, Epoch Times Staff, June 20, 2010 –

Men of conscience often face tremendous challenges in life. Driven by their hearts, when exposed to injustice and evil, they cannot turn away; despite the risks, they choose to do what they believe is right.

Oskar Schindler, the heroic figure portrayed in the 1993 Spielberg film “Schindler’s List,” is a historic example of a person who risked everything to save nearly 1,200 Jewish workers from certain death during Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution” genocide targeting European Jews—the Holocaust. The brave Schindler risked life and limb to stand against tyranny and follow his conscience.

Canadian David Matas is also a man of conscience. Although he does not find himself living and surviving daily while surrounded by oppressors, he has seen evidence of great tyranny. His determination to expose unspeakable evil may potentially save hundreds of thousands from the clutches of one of the most oppressive regimes in human history.

Matas, along with former Canadian government official David Kilgour, published “BLOODY HARVEST—Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.” In the report, they summarize their shocking investigation into a modern-day mass genocide:

“We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centers and ‘people’s courts,’ since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”

This conclusion was reached after months of documented, investigative research, and the eventual report released in July 2006. A subsequent 2007 revision of the report, and recently published book “Bloody Harvest,” include new evidence collected by the two authors in ongoing efforts to expose the mass killings.

How does one investigate crimes committed by a communist regime that controls the very flow of information and stifles transparency? “The allegations, by their very nature, are difficult either to prove or disprove,” Matas and Kilgour stated in the “Difficulty of Proof” section in their 2007 report.

Mr. Matas elaborated on this assertion in a recent interview with The Epoch Times. “What was difficult was to figure out a method to approach the issue when there are no corpses [according to the allegation, the victims’ bodies were cremated], no crime scene, no records, no independent media, no human rights NGOs working within the country.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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City Council Bypasses Mayor to Proclaim Falun Dafa Day in Ottawa

Posted by Author on June 14, 2010


By Pam McLennan, Epoch Times –

OTTAWA
— Ottawa City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a motion to proclaim June 9 as Falun Dafa Day. What makes this noteworthy is that the councillors had to sidestep Mayor Larry O’Brien to approve what should have been a routine proclamation.

The original request, made in April, was for the city to declare May 13 Falun Dafa Day in Ottawa, which coincides with World Falun Dafa Day.

However, after the city’s protocol office informed the Ottawa Falun Dafa group that the mayor would proclaim the day, O’Brien refused to sign.

Both acting mayor Michel Bellemare—who temporarily replaced O’Brien while he faced bribery charges—as well as former mayor Bob Chiarelli had granted the proclamation in two previous years. O’Brien had also issued a proclamation himself in a previous year.

The mayor had recently returned from a trade mission to China where at least one deal with an Ottawa technology business was signed.

Although initially O’Brien did not explain why he wouldn’t sign the proclamation, he eventually stated that it was “in the interest of maintaining and developing a continuing stronger economic relation with a country that’s going to be important to our future,” according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Councillor Alex Cullen told the Citizen that when he asked the mayor why he would not sign the proclamation, O’Brien answered, “I made a commitment.”

When councillors learned that O’Brien had refused to sign the proclamation, several expressed their surprise, and Cullen stepped forward to table a motion to proclaim Falun Dafa Day.

“We’re talking about people who are residents here in the city of Ottawa who contribute to our community and I don’t understand why he [O’Brien] would change his mind,” Cullen told The Epoch Times.

O’Brien was not present at the council meeting on Wednesday when councillors unanimously passed the motion.

Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, is a spiritual practice founded on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance that was first introduced to the public in China in 1992.

The practice rapidly grew in popularity and some members of the Chinese communist regime saw it as a threat. In 1999, then-leader Jiang Zemin declared that he would “eradicate” Falun Gong, and adherents in China have been persecuted ever since.

Over the years, Falun Gong practitioners have expressed concern that the communist regime has constantly tried to influence overseas governments not to support Falun Gong in their countries. Like Cullen, many officials stand their ground and refuse to comply.

The motion was seconded by Councillor Peggy Feltmate, who said she was “very pleased that [the councillors] have recognized the contributions to the community of the Falun Dafa—Falun Gong—group.”

She disagreed with O’Brien’s refusal to sign the proclamation.

“We are a legitimate, elected-by-the-people government, with the right to make our own decisions,” she said. “I feel that it is very disappointing that [the Chinese regime] tried to influence in Canada what we think and how we act.”

“The mayor should not be coerced into doing or not doing something by any outside government,” said Jim Watson, a former mayor of Ottawa and a mayoral candidate in the upcoming municipal elections in October.

“Human rights should always trump economic development. This is a matter of human rights, the right to proclaim a day in recognition of Falun Gong, and Mr. O’Brien made the wrong decision by folding to some kind of pressure by someone outside of our own country,” Watson said.

“I don’t know who [O’Brien] made a commitment to. I don’t think it was very wise of him to do so,” agreed Cullen.

The Epochtimes

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China Steps Into Toronto’s Mayoral Race: expenses-paid trip toward one candidate

Posted by Author on June 12, 2010


David Rider, The Toronto Star, Canada –

The Chinese consulate
seems to be stepping into Toronto’s mayoral race by sending one candidate — George Smitherman —to speak at an “international mayors’ forum on tourism” in central China.

The four-day, expenses-paid trip starting Thursday, which includes a side trip to World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, is raising eyebrows because Smitherman has never held city office.

“The Chinese consulate is showing favouritism toward one mayoral candidate and that’s not very diplomatic,” said rival Giorgio Mammoliti, adding: “If Smitherman wants to go to China and pretend to be an expert on tourism, so be it.”

Smitherman’s spokesman Stefan Baranski said, “The Chinese government invited him and will be paying for his trip. . . . He will be speaking about his passion for Toronto, why it’s such a vibrant world city (and worthy of visiting) and in support of the over 400,000 people who speak Chinese who live in Toronto.”

According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association, the four-day International Mayors Forum on Tourism in Zhengzhou is “a grand tourism event with the most prospective and global cooperative significance that has appeared in the world tourism circles in recent years.”

Asked if he is concerned about accepting a junket from a government criticized for its human-rights record, Baranski relayed this statement from Smitherman: “As a gay man, the promotion of human rights are in my DNA. I am going to China at the request of the Consul General to speak to a municipal conference and hear the best and most innovative tourism strategies from cities around the world. It will also afford me the chance to build stronger ties and respectful relationships with our counterparts.”

Earlier, Baranski said, leaders of Toronto’s Chinese community honoured Smitherman by giving him the name “Shih Thern-Min, which symbolizes his desire to revitalize the city and make it work for people.”

Rob Ford’s campaign manager, Doug Ford, also questioned why China would single out Smitherman: “You don’t take free trips when you’re running for office. It’s not ethical, it smells bad. It smells like ‘pay to play,’ like a return to a culture of corruption” at city hall, he said.

Fellow candidate Rocco Rossi also responded with scorn: “That’s what you do when everyone’s attacking your incompetent transit plan — you disappear and you try to change the channel on the discussion.”

The press office at China’s Toronto consulate asked for and was sent the Star’s questions in writing but has yet to respond.

The Toronto Star

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Canadian senator praises ‘expression of spirituality’ in Shen Yun

Posted by Author on May 9, 2010


TORONTO— After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Canon Theatre on Sunday afternoon, Conservative Senator Consiglio Di Nino said the spirituality and values portrayed in the show are something the world needs more of.

“It’s beautiful. There was a lot of great dancing, a lot of singing, very colourful—the colours are just so beautiful,” he said.

New York-based Shen Yun seeks to revive the spiritual essence and traditions of ancient China through classical Chinese dance and music.

“I think the expression of spirituality is also of some value,” the senator said.

“Obviously the Falun Gong people don’t have many opportunities to let the world know that their fundamental freedom of religion, of practising their spirituality, is denied to them, so this is one of the ways they’re doing it. Good for [them].”

Of the 20 pieces in the show’s 2010 program, there are dances representing the folk traditions of China’s diverse ethnicities, tales of heroic legends, legends from China’s divinely inspired history, and two dances that deal with the persecution of Falun Gong under China’s authoritarian regime.

A spiritual discipline rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, was outlawed by the regime in 1999. A campaign of persecution has been waged against its adherents ever since.

Senator Consiglio was critical of the Chinese regime “who demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with them.”

“It seems to me that they demonize anyone that they perceive to be a threat, whether it’s the Falun Gong practitioners, whether it’s the Tibetans or the Uighurs, or any organized religion,” he said.

“I think the Chinese people fundamentally are very good people who practise good values. The fear I have is that with the government’s repression of these issues, it may not improve the values or those principles that I think are very important. But I think the Chinese people will eventually solve the problem because fundamentally, they are very good people.”

He added that he believes the worldwide economic crisis “is related to just abandoning values and principles of spirituality.”

“A lot of it has to do with not practising some of the basic fundamental values that I think are important in life, so we have to be cognizant that what we do we should do for all of us instead of just for me.

“I think [the show] does give that message.”

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Is ‘Number One,’ Says Ontario’s Former Lieutenant Governor

Posted by Author on May 8, 2010


TORONTO— Shen Yun left one of Toronto’s most distinguished citizens with memories he said he will carry with him forever, after the Saturday evening performance at Canon Theatre.

“It’s wonderful, beautiful, unforgettable. It’s a wonderful expression of Chinese culture that brings mountains to you, blue water, lovely girls with silk, and dancing in the clouds,” said Lincoln Alexander, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and Canada’s first black Member of Parliament.

Mr. Alexander praised the agility of the dancers and particularly complimented Shen Yun on its trademark animated backdrops for the effect they brought to the show.

“I really liked all the backdrops, how they brought different scenes in, people coming out of the mountains onto the stage, which is very tricky, but it’s unforgettable, beautiful, and I’ll never forget it.”

“I liked the women dancing with the shawls, they always seemed to be dancing on clouds, like the white clouds are there and they are in the middle of it—very, very, very, very believable.”

Mr. Alexander made his mark on the Canadian political scene when he was first elected to Parliament in 1968. He held his seat until he resigned in 1980 to serve as chairman of the Worker’s Compensation Board. From 1985 to 1991 he was Lieutenant Governor, the first black person to serve as a vice-regal, representing the Queen, in Canada.

He has been appointed to the Order of Ontario as well as the Order of Canada. He served as Chancellor of the University of Guelph from 1991 to 2007 and was named Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation in 2000.

After watching the show, Mr. Alexander reflected on the broad impact the Chinese civilization has had on the world.

“When you think of 5,000 years and the Chinese culture is still affecting us, even as of today.

“I think what people will take away [from the show] is the fact that the Chinese are very powerful people, and that their thinking still affects the world and they’re a group of people who don’t give up under any kind of adversity.”

He described Shen Yun as a “beautiful expression” of that culture.

“The dancing was just out of this world, you couldn’t help but try to imitate what they were doing. They are strong of body and nimble of foot.”…… (The Epochtimes)

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Fair to say Montreal publisher Crescent Chau acted as agent of China, Canadian judge finds

Posted by Author on May 8, 2010


By Matthew Little, Epoch Times Staff, May 8, 2010 –

Epoch Times journalists
acted in the public interest and made no fault in probing whether a Montreal newspaperman was acting as an agent of Beijing when he took the unusual step of publishing special editions devoted entirely to demonizing groups persecuted by the communist regime in China, and then distributing them across Canada.

On April 29, Justice Catherine Mandeville sided with The Epoch Times’ Montreal publisher, dismissing a defamation claim by Crescent Chau, publisher of La Presse Chinoise.

“This is a case of the biter complaining about being bitten,” Justice Mandeville said in her ruling, adding that it was fair to suggest that Chau was acting as an agent of Beijing.

The articles expressed “legitimate concerns and constitute an opinion which is drawn from a factual premise and not made for the purpose of abusively attacking the reputation of Mr. Chau,” the court found.

The issue began in late 2001 when Chau published the first of four special editions of his newspaper, which usually numbers at most 4,000 copies per week in Montreal and Ottawa and sells for 60 cents.

This time, however, Chau found the resources to print more than 100,000 copies and distribute them free of charge in Chinese communities coast to coast.

The papers had no advertisements or news, just articles denouncing and calling for the elimination of the Falun Gong meditation practice, which has been subject to violent suppression in China since 1999.

The articles in Chau’s special editions repeated the Chinese regime’s most malicious, unsubstantiated charges against Falun Gong practitioners—that they engage in bestiality, vampirism, murder, and suicide. These are exactly the same virulent fabrications state-run media in China have been broadcasting since the practice was outlawed in 1999—charges that multiple government bodies and rights groups say are propaganda used to justify the repression.

The Epoch Times examined Chau and his business and wrote several articles detailing his actions. The paper interviewed a former high-ranking Chinese diplomat who suggested Chau was working on the behalf of the Chinese regime.

Chau sued The Epoch Times for libel, seeking nearly a quarter million dollars in damages.

But the judge found that Epoch Times journalists had “acted reasonably and committed no fault,” noting that the reporters had reviewed testimony made before the European Parliament and U.S. House of Representatives, interviewed a former Chinese diplomat with insight into Beijing’s influence of overseas media, and spoken with members of the Chinese community in preparing their stories.

The judge noted that Chau described his own role as an agent of the Chinese regime.

“In fact … during a forum for news agencies in Beijing [Chau] described his duty as a publisher of an overseas Chinese media, saying that he has ‘… the responsibility to maintain a positive image of its motherland, to defend the dignity of the Chinese nation and to unswervingly promote and facilitate the spirit of national revival,’” Justice Mandeville wrote, in reference to one of Chau’s speeches uncovered by an Epoch Times reporter.

“Mr Chau … believes that it is part of his responsibility to defend the position of the PRC government. The [Epoch Times] articles raised that his opinions on Falun Gong but also on Tibet and many other subjects are identical to that which the PRC’s government advocates.”

The court also found that, though Chau had denied being an agent of Beijing, his explanations for how he funded his special editions were “to say the least, nebulous.” Justice Mandeville said Mr. Chau had offered three different explanations.

She added that The Epoch Times had an essential source in Chen Yonglin, a former consul at the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia. Before defecting to Australia, Chen said his responsibilities included monitory and participating in efforts to suppress Chinese dissidents in Australia.

Chen supported this claim with a document from the Chinese consulate in Sydney.

Titled the “Special Anti-Falun Gong Working Group Division of Labour Table” and dated February 7, 2001, it lists the responsibilities for members of the anti-Falun Gong team, which included the heads of all sections at the consulate.

For example, the head of the political affairs department was responsible for “recommending” anti-Falun Gong articles from state-run media in China for use in Chinese-language media overseas and writing anti-Falun Gong articles for publishing in Chinese-language media.

Chen said it was likely that Chau was acting on Beijing’s behalf.

The stories Chau complained of, published in 2007, were merely several of many reports The Epoch Times carried that probed the Chinese regime’s efforts to influence media, community, and student groups in Canada. It’s an issue that has concerned the Canadian government.

In 2006, The Epoch Times uncovered that Ottawa had sent home Mr. Wang Pengfei, the second secretary at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, after he was caught collecting information on Falun Gong practitioners in Canada and inciting students to help him. The Prime Minister’s Office later confirmed the report. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shen Yun ‘A voyage of discovery’ , says multimedia production company owner

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


WINNIPEG, Canada— Wendy Smith and Michael Lloyd said they were taken on a journey of discovery to ancient China after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall on Thursday evening.

Co-owners of the multi-media production company Calico Underfoot Advertising International, both enjoyed Shen Yun’s repertory of China’s rich heritage portrayed in classical Chinese dance and music.

As creative director of Calico, Mr. Lloyd has a history in production and is the recipient of two Gemini nominations for excellence in television for “The Guess Who Reunion Concert” and “It’s A Living,” both while working with CBC.

Ms. Smith, whose previous work on Sesame Street earned her a Gemini award, is the company’s president.

They were both impressed with the opening piece titled The Emperor Ushers in a Glorious Age that tells the story of divinely inspired culture being established on earth.

“It looked great. It was ethereal, the dry ice and fog, the colour and the costumes,” Mr. Lloyd said.

“It was very welcoming and full of praise. It was also gentle and beautiful,” said Ms. Smith.

She also liked Dance of the Dai that celebrates the Dai people’s spiritual connection to water.

“The one with the women with the water, that was so beautiful. I felt relaxed and at peace. I felt in harmony and a part of nature. I loved everything about it, all of the emotions,” she said.

Mr. Lloyd said he could see in the show “the genesis of all western Culture coming out of China.”

“In one dance alone I saw Native American Jingle Dress dancing, mixed in with Russian dancing, American Hip Hop dancing, and Irish Highland Dancing. It all came out of China—I just saw that [tonight]. … Nothing has been around as long as Chinese culture.”

“Everything was all there from ancient gods to modern religions, oppression, death, rejuvenation—it’s all there,” Ms. Smith added.

“This is the first time we have seen a traditional Chinese performance and in it we saw so many symbols—the beginnings of all of the other kinds of dance we have seen from Europe, to North America and South America; there were bits of everything there. And Chinese culture is much older than ours, much, much older.”

“It’s the truth, a fact, and it’s nice to see it done properly,” Mr. Lloyd interjected. “It’s visible, you can see it,” he said, adding that he could see the origin of other dances in classical Chinese dance.

Ms. Smith agreed that classical Chinese dance, arguably the richest in the world, “encompasses every kind of dance”

“It all came from China,” said her husband. “When you talk about traditional in terms of Chinese culture, it is ancient culture. When we in the West say traditional, we mean just recently, within the last 500 years.”

“It was beautiful. What a beautiful opening, all of the costumes, and the backdrop was lovely. All of the singers were very good and we enjoyed them very much,” Ms. Smith summarized.

“This was a voyage of discovery for us, a real discovery.” (The Epochtimes)

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