Month: September 2011

  • Chinese TV Audience Angered over Fake Program

    Chinese TV Audience Angered over Fake Program

    By Rona Rui
    Epoch Times Staff
    Created: Sep 23, 2011 Last Updated: Sep 24, 2011
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    The fabricated ‘reality’ show ‘When Father Became Son’ aired on Shijiazhuang TV on June 29, 2011. (TV screen shot)

    A reality TV show in China has come under fire and was discontinued after being exposed as having been fabricated. Viewers expressed their anger and disillusionment with Chinese television broadcasting, saying the incident illustrates a serious lack of ethics in reporting. One blogger demanded that TV stations airing programs with false information should all be shut down.

    The TV segment, “When Father Became Son,” was announced as being a reality show featuring real people discussing their struggles in life.

    The show was produced by the Hebei Jiutian media company and broadcast on Shijiazhuang Channel 3 TV in the northern city of Shijiazhuang.

    The story line was promptly found to be fabricated, and the participants were exposed as being actors rather than everyday folks struggling with relationship issues.

    Under public pressure, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) took Channel 3 Shijiazhuang TV off the air for a month and revoked the production company’s license for three years. The TV station, however, was not reprimanded or fined.

    A notice by SARFT said the Hebei Jiutian media company began a reality talk show on Shijiazhuang TV Channel 3 that aimed to reflect the everyday lives of ordinary people. An episode that aired on June 29, “When Father Became Son” told the story of an ungrateful son who constantly insulted and bullied his father.

    The way the show was exposed, was quite ironic.

    Xu Feng, the young man who acted out the part of the disrespectful son, unexpectedly found his rise to stardom not quite what he had expected, and difficult to endure. Viewers, who thought this was all real, were quite upset with Xu’s bad manners and attitude towards his father. Not only was Xu verbally assaulted by countless bloggers, he was even beaten up in the street one day.

    Desperate to rid himself of his nasty, faked television persona, redeem his good character, and return to the normalcy of his former life, Xu confessed to media that he and the other people on the show were only acting, and that he was just a lowly security guard at some company.

    Fake Shows, Fake News

    Xu’s confession again drew a storm from netizens. One blogger said that TV stations airing programs with false information should all be shut down.

    “This is the reason why many people don’t want to be good people,” another blogger commented. “China’s TV stations are very irresponsible. Fake medicine commercials, fake shows, fake news—if they get money for it, they will broadcast anything.”

    The majority of people who expressed their opinions online seemed to feel that the TV station was to be blamed for the fraud, and that the production company was just made the scapegoat.

    A commentary by Xiao Yong, published by China West News, agreed with people’s assessment, saying without the TV station’s approval the show would not have aired. Xiao also said that punishment meted to a municipal TV station for disregarding the law and openly deceiving the audience, only scratches the surface of the problem.

    Indeed, there have been countless cases in the past years of news fabrication by Chinese media. According to a recent report by New Epoch Weekly, they are produced under the pretext of commercial interests, political achievements, and maintaining stability.

    A show called “Heaven’s Vengeance” was aired on July 11 by Party mouthpiece China Central Television (CCTV) Channel 12. The story line told of a man who had been murdered, and of his many girlfriends. A photo, said to be of one of the man’s girlfriends, was identified by a discerning viewer as an old photo of a Japanese porn star. News rapidly spread on the Internet, and CCTV quickly deleted the video.

    Another recent example is footage of a Libyan woman firing a gunshot into the sky last March. CCTV claimed it was civilians welcoming Gaddafi, while in fact it was the rebels who were celebrating the Libyan regime’s military personnel leaving Benghazi.

    The most serious case of Chinese media news fabrication may be the staged “self-immolation” in Tiananmen Square. Orchestrated by the regime in Jan. 2001, and aired nonstop by Chinese state TV, this fraudulent video became the centerpiece of the Party’s propaganda and persecution against the Falun Gong meditation group.

    Ma Xiaoming, a former reporter for Shanxi TV who has won numerous national and provincial awards for his news reporting, told New Epoch Weekly that the program “When Father Became Son” has seriously blurred the boundary between fiction programs and newsreporting.

    “Making false claims is so common in this society, and is a direct result of the ruling party’s advocating deception, exaggeration, and empty promises. The ruling party and the government are at fault,” Ma said.

    Since his interview with New Epoch Weekly, Ma has been reported missing.

    Read the original Chinese article.



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  • 企业化 更隐秘 原地沟油工揭

    企业化 更隐秘 原地沟油工揭惊人内幕

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    据《中国经营报》报导,2009年“300万吨‘地沟油’回流餐桌”的报导曾引起轩然大波。时间过去两年, 又出“地沟油”第一大案”,再次成为舆论的焦点。在利益驱使下地沟油祸害不止。







    《广州日报网络版》报导, 8月10日,北京市食品安全监控中心对浙江公安机关送检的油样出具了检测结论,指出中国“地沟油”第一大案的涉案格林公司,用地沟油生产的食用油,含有多环芳烃等多种有毒有害物质,其中有相当部份具有高致癌性,可称毒油。




    《中国经营报》报导,平阴境内最早利用“地沟油”制造食用油的企业从2000年就开始生产,最大的企业每天产量120 吨,有三个产区,年产值2亿元以上。距离平阴200公里的临沂地区,也有不少生产食用“地沟油”的企业,其中一家每天产量超过80吨。另外,距离平阴100公里的菏泽也有企业生产食用“地沟油”。



    中港台时间: 2011-09-24 19:46:13 PM 【万年历】

  • Residents Forcibly Evicted & Homes Demolished in Cangzhou, Hebei

    Residents Forcibly Evicted & Homes Demolished in Cangzhou, Hebei

    From QQ:

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    In the morning of September 8th, in Shenzhuang (沈庄), a county in Huanghua City (黄骅市), Cangzhou (沧州), Hebei Province, a privately owned house was about to be torn down by force. The scene was filled with clouds of smoke and constituted a complete pandemonium. The two residents, a couple, climbed up to the roof; they would live with their home or rather die without it. On April 18th this year, the Residential Bureau of Huanghua City applied to the court, requesting to forcibly evict the 7 families who had refused to move from that region. On April 25th, the local court convened hearings, but didn’t make on-court verdict. The reason why the 7 families refuse to move is that they thought the evaluation process had no legal basis, and the compensation was too low. For now, the forcible eviction is in a stalemate. According to one of the residents of the 7 families, Li Aiyun (李爱云), when she requested the Residential Bureau of Huanghua and the Land Resource Bureau of Huanghua to release relevant information, she found such problems as flaws in the procedures of land requisition, housing demolition and resident relocation and the missing of approval documents of land property, etc. Photo is of the scene of forced demolition.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    ["live with the home, or die without it."]

    A Chinese couple stand on their roof to protect and protest their home being forcibly demolished.

    Enraged by the demolition, Shen Qizhi, a villager over 80 years old, went forward to reason [with the authorities] but was beaten down to the ground by more than 10 policemen. Now he’s hospitalized because of injury.

    Comments from QQ:

    腾讯恩施州网友 风逸:

    Even if the compensation is possibly already more than the house’s value, whether or not they have a place to live should be the primary consideration. Otherwise they end up having the compensation money but not being able to buy a new place to live, and with the old place already gone, that means there’s only the streets. The government is the stronger party, and it should take care of the weaker party…

    腾讯苏州市网友 烟:

    I see uniformed people in the photos, but were they there to protect the interests of the citizens or to “play the jackal to the tiger” [help the evildoers]? Instead of being the protectors of the people, they’ve stooped down to being the accomplices/thugs of a small group of interests???

    腾讯网友 James Bulloc:

    Do these beasts not know why the ordinary common people risked their lives to fight the devils [Japanese]!? It was to protect their homes!

    腾讯金华市网友 水清盈:

    Seeing that background of rising smoke, the woman’s expression of furious anger, it doesn’t seem like she’s on a roof, but like one of the five heros/warriors of Langyashan described in our elementary textbooks.


    The war of the age of peace/peaceful times! China-style sorrow!

    腾讯网友 褪色的谎言:

    Why do must these things be forcibly carried out??? Is there no better way? This is someone else’s property, how can you demolish it at will? For example, if someone were to sleep with your wife, would you be willing?

    腾讯郑州市网友 永不言弃:

    In the end our army was victorious, using 10 to 1 to capture the high ground!

    腾讯杭州市网友 桐庐春江:

    If you can forcibly demolish [people's buildings], then why can’t we forcibly build [buildings wherever we want]?! Poor farmers.

    腾讯网友 风卷云:

    Why are armed police involved in the forced demolition of a house, brother [referring to self] is understanding [this world] less and less.

    腾讯金华市网友 夏天的风:

    Sigh, for the development of the so-called city, how much tragedy must occur?
    Those so-called leaders at the top, those who say they serve the people, where are you now?


  • Chinese Woman Gives Birth In Toilet While Doctor Sleeps

    Chinese Woman Gives Birth In Toilet While Doctor Sleeps

    Chinese woman gives birth in toilet while doctor sleeps.

    From Youku:

    The following video is currently the most viewed video of the day on popular Chinese video sharing website Youku. It has accumulated over 1.2 million views and 2000 comments spanning 68 pages since it was uploaded less than 24 hours ago.

    On-duty doctor sleeps while woman in labor forced to deliver on toilet

    According to the Chinese news report above, this occurred at Nancheng People’s Hospital in Dongguan of Guangdong province in China where a woman had gone to have labor induced. The journalist rushed to hospital find the woman involved, “A Lan”, but discovered that she had already left the hospital. Another patient said she left two days before. When the journalist later found her, “A Lan” said it was the hospital who had her leave.

    “He said that someone will tell you to go pay the bill. After paying the bill, he then told me to go to the 6th floor where I was then given 800 kuai.”

    Several days before, A Lan’s came to the hospital accompanied by friends and family to induce labor.

    I think what I was doing [inducing labor] can be considered surgery. When I was already in a lot of pain, he should’ve helped me to the delivery room, and if the baby came out there then there’s nothing for me to say. I was completely out of strength, and he let me have the baby in the bathroom, and he didn’t even come when the baby came out.”

    What happened was that on September 13th, A Lan received two injections to induce labor but did not feel the pain of contractions until the morning of the 15th two days later. At that time, her friends and family went to find the doctor but could not find him after several tries.

    It was especially painful at that time, so I told the ayi [hired help] to call the nurse. I said I couldn’t take it anymore.

    A Lan recalls that because it was so painful, she herself kept pushing wanting to give birth herself. In her pushing, he water broke and she bled. Around 6am, she felt like going to the toilet and had her friends and family help her to the restroom.

    Not a single person came, and we even asked for him. He simply stood there saying it wouldn’t be that quick. At the time, I was in unbearable pain, I said I might as well just die.

    Other patients in her room also attest to no doctors showing up at the time, and a nurse said the doctor was sleeping, that A Lan’s circumstances were normal and to have her hold on/bear with it a little longer. Before A Lan went to the restroom, the other patients had already seen that she had bled a lot. The nurse had the ayi change the sheets.

    Comments from Youku:


    No wonder there are doctors who get stabbed 17 times. After watching this video, everyone will understand the attackers.


    The 800 kuai can’t be taken! Take it and you’ll look like you’ve agreed to a settlement. You should refuse to accept it and then sue the hospital where no matter what happens you’ll probably at least get several tens of thousands. This very narrowly could’ve been the loss of two lives. 愤怒


    …The teachers, doctors, whatever these days…I’m speechless…


    Medical ethics has already been lost for many years.


    800 [RMB] to settle it, simply no morals.


    It’s corrupt everywhere… So these kind pf people are supposed to be our angels in white [doctors]? The “red envelope” probably wasn’t sufficient.


    This world, the result of not giving [the doctor] a “favor fee” [bribe] is the doctor’s indifference. Fuck this absolutely evil world, shouldn’t doctors have a conscience!!!


    This child will grow up and ask his mother, “Mommy, where did I come from?” The mom will reply: “Child, you came from the toilet!”


    Doctor stabbings will continue to occur.


    In today’s society, no one can be trusted. One must rely on themselves.


  • International Chinese Culinary Competition Gets Cookin’ in Times Square

    International Chinese Culinary Competition Gets Cookin’ in Times Square

    By Yi Yang
    Epoch Times Staff
    Created: Sep 22, 2011 Last Updated: Sep 23, 2011
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    Authentic Kung Pao Chicken (Amal Chen/The Epoch Times)
    NEW YORK—The aroma of freshly prepared Chinese food permeated Times Square when the biggest Chinese culinary event in New York City kicked off on Thursday morning.

    The heart of Manhattan was transformed into the royal kitchen of the Tang Dynasty for the Fourth Annual International Chinese Culinary Competition, hosted by the New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD).

    Thirty-one contestants from around the world competed in five regional categories of traditional Chinese cuisine: Szechuan, Shandong, Cantonese, Huiyang, and Northeastern.

    Five stations were set up for the contestants, and there were seven rounds of competitions from morning to evening. Contestants had 45 minutes to prepare one self-selected dish and one standard dish in their regional category. Each round began and ended with the sound of the gong.

    The finished dishes were presented to the judges, who evaluated each dish according to appearance, aroma, and taste.

    After a second day of competition on Friday, the gold winner from each category will take away $10,000, the silver $3,000, and bronze $1,000.

    Hosts began each round by introducing the contestants, the judges, and the standard dishes. With the sound of the gong, the contestants began chopping, slicing, and boiling away.

    The chefs carefully prepared their dishes with their cleavers under the pagoda-like cooking stations, while staff members dressed in traditional Han couture whisked the prepared food away to the judges. An LED screen projected the contestants’ progress and showed video clips about Chinese culinary arts.

    Though facing a time limit and hundreds of eyes, the chefs were surprisingly calm.

    “I feel as calm as usual,” said contestant Chen Zuozhen. “I finished the two dishes within 20 minutes.”

    Chen was part of the Cantonese division and chose the steamed pork ribs with black bean sauce as his self-selected dish.

    Last year’s gold medal winner Jiang Rong Yi serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at the Fourth Annual International Chinese CulinaryCompetition, being hosted by the New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television in Times Square on Thursday and Friday. (Amal Chen/The Epoch Times)
    Although the contestants come from different parts of the globe, they all share a common passion for Chinese culture and have extensive experience in the Chinese culinary arts.

    Matthew Babbage, one of the rare Western contestants, has 30 years of cooking experience. He prepared a Szechuan dish, Kung Pao Chicken, a dish that he says usually is not prepared authentically in America.

    “I wanted to prepare [Kung Pao Chicken] the way it’s supposed to be,” explained Babbage. “I’ve always admired China and the Chinese, and what better way to learn about China than through food?”

    Of the 31 contestants, 23 made it into the final rounds, which will happen on Friday. Last year, only 17 had qualified for the finalcompetition.

    Ma Lijuan, director of the Nine Competitions, said that the results of the competition were satisfying and this year’s contestants were more skilled in general. She added that some of the most talented chefs from Asia were not able to attend because of their visas, and one chef had injured his hand on his flight to New York.

    “This year’s competition was very successful,” said Ma. “Many people worked very hard all night to prepare for this, and it was worth it.”

    The chefs who were selected for the finals were excited for the day ahead of them.

    Sayuki Kandama from Japan, who had prepared a Northeastern dish, stir-fried julienne pepper and potato, said that he was “very excited” about becoming a finalist and that he was confident of his performance tomorrow.

    This year’s competition featured a 9/11 charity event to commemorate fallen heroes who participated in the ground zero rescue, which took place after all the chefs had completed. The event included the “Lightning Wok Kung Pao Chicken Challenge,” where celebrity chefs were invited to prepare Kung Pao Chicken, a classic Szechuan dish, for tables of guests followed by a 10-course Forbidden City feast prepared by past winning chefs and the celebrity chefs. All money generated from the event will go to 9/11 families.

    Among the celebrity chefs were Greg Grossman, a 16-year-old prodigy, Sargent Cosmo Lubrano from the Sargent Benevolent Association, and Jiang Rong Yi, who was a gold medal winner of last year’s culinarycompetition.

    “It’s an unbelievable experience to be able to cook in the middle of Times Square,” said Grossman. “The cooking set up is amazing and it feels like home.”

    Grossman started working at professional kitchens when he was 8 years old. One year ago he began working with more Asian chefs and learned more about the art of Chinese food.

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    In connection with the competition, NTD will hold a silent auction, Han Couture Fashion Show, and reception on Sunday, followed by a 10-course “Emperor’s Banquet” prepared by the winning chefs from at Pier Sixty in Manhattan.

    With the goal of “reviving 5,000 years of culture in a single bite,” NTD, an individual nonprofit television station, launched the competition in 2008 to change the world’s perception of Chinese food.

    The competition is part of a series of nine competitions held by NTD. Other competitions include the Han Couture Competition and Violin Competition.

  • Chinese Ballet at Kennedy Center Extols Violent Revolution

    Chinese Ballet at Kennedy Center Extols Violent Revolution

    By Matthew Robertson
    Epoch Times Staff
    Created: Sep 23, 2011 Last Updated: Sep 23, 2011
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    A scene from “The Red Detachment of Women,” where women wield rifles and knives in pursuit of the landlord villains. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people were violently killed in the Party’s land reform campaigns, which are glorified in the ballet. (
    WASHINGTON—Audiences at the prestigious Kennedy Center are being asked to applaud a ballet that celebrates a movement that went on to murder hundreds of thousands.

    The Chinese National Ballet is performing on Sept. 22-24 “The Red Detachment of Women,” which glorifies the history of the communist land reform campaign in China, while concealing the reality of the violence that suffused it.

    In 1931 Mao Zedong, head of the communist-controlled regions, signed off on a policy of land reform that would “Rely on the poor peasants and hired laborers, make allies of the middle-peasants, exploit the kulaks and exterminate the landlords.”

    What followed in the 1930s, 40s, and into the 50s, was mass violence directed at “class enemies”: torture, arson, live burials, smashing and theft—a reign of terror designed to impose the political will of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on villages across the country. Hundreds of thousands were killed.

    Acts I and II from “Red Detachment” performed at Kennedy precede a scene from “Swan Lake” and the Chinese nationalist favorite “Yellow River.”

    “They used this play to trick the Chinese people, and now they’re tricking Americans,” says Wu Fan, editor of China Affairs and co-author of an open letter that opposes the performance.

    “They’re bandits and arsonists attacking wealthy people, taking their property and splitting the profits, and they’re portrayed as heroes,” he said in a telephone conversation. “Americans would not stand for a ballet that made Hitler seem glorious. Why should they accept one that makes Mao heroic? Both are mass murderers.”

    The “Red Detachment” is a flagship of the CCP’s revolutionary operas, infamous in China because eight of them were the only operas permitted in the country during the Cultural Revolution, from 1966-1976. It is most well-known for being performed for President Nixon when he visited China in 1972.

    The open letter, sent to media, politicians, and the Kennedy Center, argues that the performances are part of the CCP’s comprehensive approach to Western nations, which conceals hostility and a desire for dominance, while engaging in spying, propaganda, and infiltration.

    A landlord from the ballet cowers as one of the revolutionary woman soldiers hardens her face and strikes a pose with her pistol. Land owners were a class to be struggled against and mercilessly eliminated in the early years of communist insurgency and rule in China. (
    Organizations that signed the letter include Washington Forum, the United League for Democracy in Laos, and the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights for Vietnam—all groups opposing communism in one way or another.

    The thrust of the activists’ complaints is echoed by academics. As Xing Lu, a China scholar, writes in her book: “Hatred permeates every model opera.” The basic message of these operas, Xing Lu writes, is that those designated as villains must be eliminated through violent struggle so a new society can be established.

    The plays are meant to foster a “deep hatred for all class enemies and love for the Communist Party,” Xing Lu writes. The “Red Detachment” is the epitome of the genre. It eulogizes communist ideology and showers hatred on class enemies.

    The “Red Detachment” is adapted from historical events during the early 1930s, telling the story of how a victimized peasant girl joined a woman’s detachment in the CCP’s red army and overthrew the landlords on Hainan Island, off the south coast of China.

    The sinologist Simon Leys explains what land reform, carried out in various regions from the 1930s until the early 1950s, entailed: “By the fall of 1951, 80 percent of all Chinese had had to take part in mass accusation meetings, or to watch organized lynchings and public executions,” he writes.

    The crowd was expected to roar in unison when the accusations were read out. “These grim liturgies followed set patterns that were once more reminiscent of gangland practices,” he says, with the purpose being to “ensure collective participation in the murder of innocent victims.”

    The airbrushed version of one such history, on which the “Red Detachment” ballet is based, went from novel to ballet to film and then into ballet as commissioned by Jiang Qing, Chairman Mao’s wife.

    Jiang was czar of the arts and guardian of revolutionary ideology in China during the Cultural Revolution, and personally made sure the performances were sufficiently red. She added rouge to the cheeks of the female lead and ordered that red flannel be used for collar tabs. She also made a Party representative the protagonist of the play, ensuring it would “present correctly the relationship between the army and the people.”

    The Kennedy Center at night. (Lisa Fan/Epoch Times)
    The depictions of females engaging in violence (in the play they wield rifles and large knives, strike aggressive poses, and kill landlords without mercy, for example) were anathema to prevailing notions of femininity in China at the time.

    Scholars have suggested that such imagery may have contributed in no small part to a culture that saw young female Red Guards run rampant during the Cultural Revolution, torturing and killing their school teachers, ransacking houses, and brutalizing other supposed “class enemies.”


    Along with the ballet format, acting techniques are pulled from Beijing opera and Chinese folk dances, and the music is meant to be clear and simple so as to communicate the message effectively. The dumbed down messages also had the useful outcome of “enforcing the uniformity of thought characteristic of… totalitarian societies,” Xing Lu writes in her book.

    As simple messages are repeatedly drilled into people’s minds through performances like “Red Detachment,” “the range of word choices became smaller and smaller, the Chinese worldview became narrower and narrower,” Xing Lu says. “Especially when singing became automatic, lyrics and music exercised a hypnotic power to take away the ability to think.”

    According to a number of scholars who have written about the play, the story finishes with the protagonist vowing to follow Mao’s motto that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

    The play will be performed in the theater named for former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Perhaps it is best that this staunch anti-communist is not around to hear the refrain “Communist ideology is the truth, the Party leads the way” sung in the theater that bears his name.

    The Kennedy Center could not be reached at press time.


  • China Update – September 23, 2011

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    In This Issue

    Government Scholars Interpret Hu Jintao’s July 1st Speech [Featured Report]

    Qiushi: Advocating Courses on Communist Party History in Universities [Briefing]

    People’s Daily: The U.S. Arms Sales to Asia Will Likely Increase [Briefing]

    Huanqiu: We Hope Gary Locke Can Focus on His Work as “Ambassador to China” Briefing]

    FE1Government Scholars Interpret Hu Jintao’s July 1st Speech
    Hu Jintao gave a speech on July 1, 2011, at the Conference to Celebrate the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) 90th Anniversary. Outlook Weekly, a publication under Xinhua, published a collection of articles in which government think tankers explained their interpretation of important quotes from Hu’s speech. [1] Their views cover using economic expansion (instead of adjusting income distribution) to solve the income disparity in China, maintaining social stability, and strengthening the party’s leadership. The following are translations of select summaries from these articles. [Full Text]
    China Update - September 23, 2011  

    BR1 Qiushi: Advocating Courses on Communist Party History in Universities

    Qiushi published an article that advocates enforcing a requirement that, as a means of fostering loyalty, students at institutions of higher education in China must take courses on Communist Party history. “The Party history materials can enrich the content of ideological and political education.” Such courses, according to the article, will help students establish a firm belief in communism, patriotism, nationalism, and revolutionary traditions.

    Source: Qiushi, September 22, 2011

    BR2 People’s Daily: The U.S. Arms Sales to Asia Will Likely Increase

    An article on the People’s Daily website anticipates an increase in U.S. arms sales to Asian countries. “The large sale of arms to Taiwan once again shows that U.S. arms exports are an important part of its Asia Pacific strategy. In recent years, the United States has increased its arms exports to the Asia Pacific region and, in particular, to ASEAN countries. Further it is trying to bundle its weaponry systems with these countries’ need for munitions so as to serve its own strategic goals.”

    Source: People’Daily Online, September 23, 2011

    BR1 Huanqiu: We Hope Gary Locke Can Focus on His Work as “Ambassador to China”

    Recently, Chinese media have paid a lot of attention to Gary Locke, the new U.S. Ambassador to China. The media have highly praised him for his humble and simple lifestyle, which is in sharp contrast to Chinese government officials. For example, he flies economy class, has no servants, carries his own backpack, and buys coffee with a coupon.

    Huanqiu (Global Times), a state media under Xinhua, published an article on the media’s attention, warning against “inappropriate” reports about Mr. Locke. The article stated, “They are gradually becoming like ‘Paparazzi,’ reporting on Locke. His every little action is packaged as ‘high moral trivia.’” The article criticized such reports as being ignorant of common international ways. It continued, “For Mr. Locke’s part, he should purposely avoid being a ‘star’ in the Chinese media. As a matter of fact, he may have unintentionally cooperated (with the media), perhaps out of his own preferences, or out of his ‘new tasks’ at the U.S. Embassy in China. He seems to enjoy this ‘moral show’ in the Chinese media, although he is very clear that he is not as ‘humble’ as reported on China’s Internet.

    “The U.S. ambassador should focus on the development of Sino-U.S. relations and resolve misunderstandings, not play a character in the internal conflicts within China’s media so as to interfere with Chinese media in a sneaky (but really smart) way and increase the misunderstandings and suspicion between China and the U.S. … Those Chinese media that actively report Gary Locke’s ‘moral show’ should also have more self respect and dignity. They can find other angles for criticizing the corruption and bureaucracy of China’s government officials. To overly beautify a foreign ambassador in China, particularly when his China task is ‘quite complicated,’ is very inappropriate. … We hope Gary Locke can focus on his ambassador’s job in China. To those Chinese media: don’t have any illusions about [Mr. Locke]‘s identity.”

    Source: Huanqiu, September 22, 2011


  • Falun Gong News Bulletin: September 23, 2011

    Falun Gong News Bulletin: September 23, 2011

    Monitoring Falun Gong-related Developments in China and Beyond

    Quote of the month: “I’m going to die here. They beat me everyday.”
    - Ms. Ding Zhenfang to her husband when he visited her in 2010 at Liaoning Women’s Prison where she was held for talking to people about Falun Gong. On August 1, 2011, Ms. Ding died in custody.



    Images smuggled from China in August-September 2011

    This photo gallery features 10 photos smuggled from China in August and September 2011 and obtained by the Falun Dafa Information Center. The images, sent abroad via the internet at great risk to the senders, provide a unique first-hand glimpse at both the reality of persecution faced by Falun Gong practitioners and their continued faith despite the repressive environment. The images included range from samples of Mid-Autumn festival greetings sent from China to Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi, to the entrance sign of a local brainwashing center, to a series of photos of victims and their families taken before they were detained and, in some cases, killed, including one of a 24-year-old woman who died earlier this month.

    * FDIC, “Images smuggled from China in August-September 2011”


    Thousands in China send Mid-Autumn festival greetings to Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi

    Thousands of greeting cards were sent this month via Falun Gong’s Minghui website to the founder of Falun Gong Mr. Li Hongzhi in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival. The greetings, which typically represent collections of Falun Gong students in a variety of geographic regions, provide insight into the resilience of the Falun Gong community in China, despite over a decade of suppression. The Mid-Autumn Festival is, along with the Chinese Lunar New Year, one of the most important holidays in China and often a time for reunion with friends and family. This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival greetings also included many submissions sent by non-practitioners of Falun Gong, including from current and retired public security personnel, military veterans, journalists, and lawyers. See this bulletin’s photo gallery for samples from Chongqing, Shanghai, and Shandong.

    * FDIC, Photo gallery

    Jamestown China Brief: “The 610 Office: Policing the Chinese Spirit”

    In its September 16 issue, the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief included an article on the 610 Office, described as a “plainclothes CCP-based extra-ministerial security force focused on suppressing the Falun Gong spiritual group.” The piece, authored by researchers Sarah Cook and Leeshai Lemish, analyzes the 610 Office from the perspective of the CCP’s tradition of arbitrarily creating “leading groups” that operate at the behest of top cadres. The authors argue that the agency is “a CCP-based, rather than a state-based, security organization” that highlights the “revival of the use of security agencies to enforce ideological compliance. Moreover, they say, “the 610 Office signifies a systemic arrangement by CCP leaders to avoid the reach of legal reforms when dealing with a perceived existential threat to their power. The willingness and ability of CCP leaders to take such actions has implications not only for how we understand the trajectory of rule of law development in China, but also for how we might anticipate the regime responding to present and future threats to its security.”

    * China Brief, “The 610 Office: Policing the Chinese Spirit.”


    Six new cases of Falun Gong deaths from torture documented

    At least six additional Falun Gong practitioners died from abuse in custody between June and August 2011, according to reports compiled by the Falun Dafa Information Center. Several of the victims died after being released in poor condition from long-term abuse in custody. On the other hand, in one case, a schoolteacher was killed within less than a month from when she was taken into custody. These cases bring to 49 the total number of deaths known to have occurred since January. The following is a list of the known victims, though given the difficulty of obtaining information, the actual death toll is surely higher. A more detailed account of each case is provided at the corresponding link.

    •    Mr. Guan Zhenyuan, 58, from Gansu, was a father of two who died on June 2, 2011 after 8 years of torture.
    •    Mr. Pan Benyu from Heilongjiang died on July 17, 2011 as a result of prolonged torture
    •    Ms. Huang Tao, 55, from Yunnan never recovered from forced labor and died on July 28, 2011
    •    Ms. Zhuang Shuling, a schoolteacher from Heilongjiang, died on July 30, 2011 only 25 days after being taken into custody.
    •    Mr. Feng Qi, 48, from Anhui was tortured to the point of disability and passed away on July 31, 2011
    •    Ms. Ding Zhenfang, 62, a bookstore owner from Liaoning died on August 1, 2011 from nonstop beatings at a women’s prison


    Bo Xilai intensifies Falun Gong crackdown in Chongqing

    In recent weeks and months, the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in Chongqing has intensified under the direction of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) head Bo Xilai. According to information obtained from CCP insiders, Bo apparently seeks to capitalize on the crackdown to advance his political ambitions and show that he is capable of wiping out Falun Gong in his jurisdiction. Bo already has a long track record of directing attacks on Falun Gong practitioners in Liaoning province where he previously served as a top CCP official. Although Falun Gong practitioners in Chongqing have been persecuted since 1999, recent months have witnessed an intensification of the campaign against them with the following features:

    • Increased abductions: According to records collected by Minghui, the main Chinese-language Falun Gong website, during 2009, there were 188 cases of Falun Gong practitioners in Chongqing being abducted because of their beliefs. By comparison, during the first seven months of 2011, already 224 detentions have been reported.
    • Physical and psychiatric torture at brainwashing centers: In recent weeks, Chongqing authorities have reportedly set up 13 new brainwashing centers for illegally holding Falun Gong practitioners and trying to force them to renounce their beliefs. Several local residents sent to these makeshift detention facilities report being served strange smelling water, which caused intestinal disorders, numbness, nightmares, and slowness of the mind indicating to them that it had been laced with some kind of psychiatric drug. Physical torture has also been reported.
    • Cutting off utilities: Police have been cutting off electricity and water supplies to practitioners’ homes in an effort to force them to surrender and be taken into custody for “transformation.”

    Hunan woman sentenced to seven years in prison for reading Falun Gong literature at friend’s home

    A court in Hunan province recently ordered that 61-year-old former bank employee Ms. Xiang Huaixiang be sent to a prison camp for seven years because she practices Falun Gong. Ms. Xiang was abducted by security agents on July 19, 2010, while gathering in private with eleven other elderly practitioners to read Falun Gong teachings and share their spiritual understandings. Suddenly, agents from the 610 Office and police raided the home and detained them. Four of the practitioners were released because they were over 80 years old, but others remained in custody. Between November 2010 and April 2011, Ms. Xiang had four sham trials, including one at which a court-appointed lawyer pleaded guilty for her against her will. At the last trial, a judge from Suxian District Court in Chenzhou announced she would be sent to prison for seven years. In 2000, Ms. Xiang’s daughter, Ms. Chen Lijuan was detained for practicing Falun Gong and rendered mentally unstable due to the torture she suffered in custody.  She never recovered and died in 2004. She was only in her 20s. For a photo of the elderly Ms. Xiang, see photo gallery.

    Brainwashing center opened at Anhui University of Science and Technology

    In August 2011, Chinese Communist Party officials and 610 Office agents set up a center for forcibly converting Falun Gong practitioners at the Anhui University of Science and Technology hotel. At least seven Falun Gong practitioners have reportedly been held there over the past month. In one case, Mr. Zhang Jinguo, an employee of Huainan internal revenue service, and his wife were tricked into going to the center on August 4, and held there. In several other cases, practitioners were reportedly taken to the hotel in an ambulance. The center is one of countless such makeshift detention facilities across the country where Falun Gong practitioners are pressured to renounce their belief, often with physical and psychiatric torture. The centers numbers have increased as part of an intensified three-year campaign to “transform” Falun Gong practitioners launched in 2010.

    * See photo gallery for photo of outside of the center.
    * On the transformation campaign, see FDIC report and analysis from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China


    Urgent Appeal: Elderly woman facing imprisonment for distributing Falun Gong DVDs

    A 72-year-old woman from Heilongjiang province could be brought to court for a sham trial and potential imprisonment at any time, simply because she practices Falun Gong and distributed DVDs about it to others. Ms. Zhang Hongyi was abducted by police in March 2011 while she was handing out DVDs related to Falun Gong and human rights abuses at a bus stop in Mudanjiang. Several days later, police raided her home, confiscating books of Falun Gong’s spiritual teachings and two computers. Police attempted to detain her longer term but the detention center refused to accept her because of her advanced age. Since then, Zhang and her children have been repeatedly harassed and called in for questioning. The family recently discovered that on August 12, Gao Lianshun from the procuratorate had sent an indictment to Xi’an District Court, which has accepted the case. Given the CCP’s record of illegally imprisoning Falun Gong practitioners, Zhang and her family fear she could be sent off to a prison camp for years. The Falun Dafa Information Center calls on press freedom groups and democratic governments to raise Ms. Zhang’s case with the Chinese authorities, pressuring them to drop all charges and allow her to exercise her rights to freedom of belief and expression without fear of reprisal.

    Indonesia radio station manager sentenced to jail for broadcasts on human rights in China

    On September 6, a judge in Batam, Indonesia handed down a six-month jail sentenced to the manager of a radio station that had aired broadcasts about human rights in China, including the persecution of Falun Gong. Gatot Machali, manager of Radio Era Baru, was also fined 50 million rupees ($5,800) and has said he will appeal the decision. Press freedom groups have strongly condemned the trial and sentencing, urging the Indonesian government to resist CCP pressure to silence critical voices within its borders. The entire case has been marred with concerns of selective enforcement and fears that the charges result from Chinese pressure, including a 2007 letter from the Chinese embassy to Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanding closure of the station and noting Machali by name. Reporters without Borders wrote immediately to the Indonesian President and Minister of Law and Human Rights asking them to intervene on Machali’s behalf. Radio Era Baru is an affiliate of Sound of Hope, a radio network founded by Falun Gong practitioners with the mission of providing uncensored news to Chinese audiences around the world.

    * Reporters without borders
    * Jakarta Globe
    * Freedom House

    Video showing cyber attack on Falun Gong removed from state-run TV

    After catching the attention of the international community, a video clip that inadvertently admitted Falun Gong websites are a target for military cyber attacks has been removed from state-run China Central Television’s (CCTV) website. Cybersecurity analysts and international media took notice of the clip because it was a rare admission by the CCP that the many cyber attacks originating from China against human rights groups, government departments, and businesses in the United States and Europe indeed have official backing. The clip is still available on the U.S.-based video-sharing website YouTube.

    * The Washington Post
    * YouTube clip from CCTV program


    U.S. Confucius Institutes import discrimination against Falun Gong

    Confucius Institutes that are located at U.S. universities are indirectly importing the CCP’s employment discrimination against Falun Gong practitioners, according to a recent investigative report by The Epoch Times. The paper discovered that the hiring policy used to choose which Chinese are sent to teach at such institutes, non-profit cultural centers sponsored by the Chinese government, explicitly cites the following qualifications: “Aged between 22 to 60, physical and mental healthy, no record of participation in Falun Gong and other illegal organizations, and no criminal record.” Disturbingly, when reporters brought this policy to the attention of administrators at 9 U.S. universities hosting Confucius Institutes, the latter expressed little disapproval, asserting instead the CCP’s right to vet institute teachers according to its own criteria, even if those would be illegal in the United States. Other commentators, including legal experts and religious freedom advocates, viewed the hiring practices as unethical and clear religious discrimination. One Canadian pundit took his critique a step further saying, “That would be like if in the 1930s, if we had a German Institute in universities saying you have to be healthy, 22 to 60, and ‘No Jews Allowed.’”

    * The Epoch Times

    Urgent Appeal: Chinese refugees in Korea facing imminent deportation

    A young Chinese couple who practice Falun Gong and live in South Korea are facing imminent deportation back to China, which would put them at risk of illegal imprisonment, torture, and death. On September 6, immigration officials raided the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jin Jingzhe, and detained Mr. Jin, taking him to a protection center for migrants. The couple had applied for asylum and their application was rejected, part of a pattern in South Korea in recent years. Despite being a signatory of the UN Convention against Torture, which forbids deportation of people to a country where they would face torture, the Korean government, under possible pressure from the CCP, has sent 10 Falun Gong practitioners back to China since 2009. In July 2011, three Falun Gong practitioners were repatriated. The Korean Falun Dafa Association has submitted a complaint about the matter to the office of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the UN High Commission for Refugees. Roger Helmer, a member of the European Parliament, wrote on September 9 to the South Korean Ambassador in the United Kingdom, voicing his concern for the couple and requesting assurance that Korea would fulfill its international obligations to asylum seekers. According to The Wall Street Journal, at least 23 members of the U.S. congress have also written to the Korean government.

    * FDIC
    * The Epoch Times
    * The Wall Street Journal

    Swiss musician dedicates album to Falun Gong persecution victims

    Swiss musician and activist Michael de Salem released his debut album “Something Getting Wrong” last month. An avid environmentalist and human rights activist, he has dedicated the album to exposing the suppression Falun Gong practitioners face in China. De Salem was reportedly deeply touched by the story of a Chinese family who lost their lives as a result of the persecution. The song entitled “Higher” on the debut album was written especially for Falun Gong victims in China who have “suffered tremendously for simply wanting to improve their lifestyles and attain higher levels of consciousness.” The album is available for sale in record stores and online shops such as Amazon.

    * PRWeb


    Petition urges U.S. Senators to co-sponsor Falun Gong Resolution

    A new petition launched in early September on is urging U.S. Senators to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 232. The resolution, introduced on July 13, 2011 by New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, aims to recognize the continued persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, call for an immediate end to the campaign against them, and take note of the Tuidang movement whereby Chinese citizens renounce their ties to the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliates. The Falun Dafa Information Center encourages readers to sign the petition or otherwise reach out to Senators during the month of September to urge them to co-sponsor the resolution.

    * petition
    * Text of Senate Resolution 232


    Since 1999, the Chinese Communist Party has carried out a widespread, brutal campaign of persecution to eradicate Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual and qigong practice, whose adherents in China still number in the tens of millions. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese who practice Falun Gong remain in captivity, rendering them the single largest group of prisoners of conscience in China (article). The United Nations, Amnesty International, Chinese human rights lawyers, and Western media have documented Falun Gong torture and deaths at the hands of Chinese officials (reports). In its annual report released in early 2011, Amnesty International stated that Falun Gong practitioners who refused to renounce their beliefs “are typically tortured until they co-operate; many die in detention or shortly after release.” The Communist Party’s campaign and its implementation are in violation of Chinese law and, contrary to common reporting, Falun Gong was not banned as an “evil cult.” (analysis

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