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Chinese Communist Party's Disregard for Human Life Revealed in One Catastrophe after Another

July 25, 2020 | By Xing Min(Minghui.org)


While the CCP virus (the novel coronavirus named after the Chinese Communist Party) is still ravaging China, 26 Chinese provinces are being hit by severe flooding.

In a month of the ongoing flooding, there has been very little action or response from the Chinese communist government or reports by the state controlled media.

Some netizens asked on social media, “How can the mainstream media be collectively muffled while over ten million people are suffering? Why do the media keep focusing on news of the United States rather than reporting on the domestic flooding? Who is the central TV station serving?”

So far the only governmental assistance was the allocation of 150 million yuan to three provinces, which is about 0.5 to 2 yuan per capita in those regions and not even amounting to the cost of a single meal. The CCP propaganda has been using the pandemic as an excuse for not providing more rescue and emergency resources to combat the flood.

In early June, the Chinese government suspended debt repayment from 77 countries. According to the Global Times, China has loaned over six trillion yuan in the recent four years to developing countries in Africa. This figure is forty thousand times the money allotted to combat flooding.

Every level of government in China has a plaque hanging on their headquarter building that says “People's Government.” However, such plaques are merely a disguise, and they are truly the CCP's government that only serves the Party's interests. History has made this abundantly clear for all of us.

A Forgotten Dam Failure 45 Years Ago

A TV program by the Discovery channel in 2005 revealed a list of man-made disasters. At the top of the list was not the Chernobyl nuclear accident, rather it was the Banqiao Dam failure in 1975 that was rarely known to Chinese people.

According to Discovery, the Banqiao Dam in Henan Province collapsed due to heavy rain on August 8, 1975, flooding nine counties of an area 150 kilometers by 75 kilometers. Over 100,000 floating corpses were collected and another 140,000 died from the famine and plague that followed the flood.

At the time when the dam needed an emergency discharge, the local authorities telephoned their superior for permission but did not get a response. As disclosed by Ji Pomin, son of the then vice prime minister Ji Dengkui, when a local official called Deng Xiaoping (then Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army) and reported the urgent status, Deng’s family told the official that he had gone to sleep. They said that he wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t be woken up.

But Ji later found out Deng wasn’t sick or sleeping at that time. Instead, he was playing mahjong with others at the residence of Wan Li, another top CCP official, that night. Deng played until five o'clock the next morning.

After repeated urgent calls for permission for flood discharge went unanswered, the disaster finally came and the dam collapsed.

In addition to the unnecessary delay in the flood discharge, the dam had inherent flaws. The Banqiao Dam was one of the many that were constructed in the early 1950's as a product of the Great Leap Forward movement. Under the irresponsible policy, the dam was constructed in a rush with little quality control and lacked regular maintenance in the years after it was built. In times of urgent need, only five out of a total of 17 floodgates were able to lift properly and the rest were all rusted shut.

News of such a man-made disaster was suppressed by the CCP authorities. No memorial monument was built in the name of the perished. Instead, the government built one to praise and commemorate the feat of the CCP combating the flood.

Rescue That Came 72 Hours After Wenchuan Earthquake

A deadly earthquake took place on May 12, 2008 in Wenchuan County of Sichuan Province. While many people were watching closely the development of the situation, only 1,000 bare-handed soldiers arrived 42 hours later to rescue over a hundred thousand people who were buried under rubble.

Even toward the end of the most precious 72-hour period post earthquake, the total number of troops in the epicenter region was less than 10,000. In most instances, a minimum of three people are required on average to pull one out of the rubble.

About 79 hours after the earthquake, the military's engineering troops finally began to repair and restore the roads leading into Wenchuan County. Most of those buried had already died by then. Also, 34 out of 58 affected towns did not get any rescue personnel whatsoever.

Just like what had happened in previous disasters, the CCP ordered all media in China to praise the government for days after the earthquake. The deaths of over a hundred thousand Chinese people were somehow turned into another episode of glorifying the CCP's governance.

The CCP's Nature and Chinese People's Way Out

The CCP has never taken any responsibility for the man-made or natural disasters under its rule. They are very clear that if someone admits any wrongdoing, the CCP's perfect image would be blemished and their control would be breached.

What is the fundamental nature of the CCP? The Nine Commentaries on Communist Party has revealed it to us.

“The Communist Party does not hold universal standards for human nature. The concepts of good and evil, as well as all laws and rules, are arbitrarily manipulated. Communists do not allow murder, except for those categorized as enemies by the Communist Party. Filial piety is welcomed, except for those parents deemed class enemies. Benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness are all good, but not applicable when the Party is not willing or doesn’t want to consider these traditional virtues. The Communist Party completely overthrows the universal standards for human nature, and builds itself on principles that oppose human nature.”

“The Chinese traditionally believe in the unity of heaven and human beings. Laozi said in Dao de Jing (Tao-Te Ching), ‘Man follows the earth, the earth follows heaven, heaven follows the Dao, and the Dao follows what is natural’. Human beings and nature exist within a harmonious relationship in the continuous cosmos. The communist party is a kind of being. However, it opposes nature, heaven, earth and mankind. It is an evil specter against the universe.”

“The Communist movement was then introduced to China as an experiment, and the CCP has set itself above all, conquering all in its path, thereby bringing endless catastrophe to China.”

“To eliminate from our lives the iniquitous doctrines instilled by the CCP, to discern the CCP’s utterly unscrupulous nature, and to restore our human nature and conscience— this is the first and essential step on the path toward a smooth transition to a society free from the Communist Party.”

“Even though the CCP appears to possess all the resources and violent apparatus in the country, if every citizen believes in the power of the truth and safeguards morality, the evil specter of the CCP will lose the foundation for its existence. All resources may instantly return to the hands of the just. That is when the rebirth of China will take place.”

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles...25/186017.html
 
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U.S. Leads Free World in Curbing Chinese Communist Party's Influence

July 26, 2020 | By Minghui correspondent Wang Ying

From the U.S. to the U.K., from Canada to Taiwan, countries and regions around the globe have felt the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s threat to the free world. Among them, the U.S. government has been leading the effort to counter the CCP's influence.

When interviewed by The Hill on July 16, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized that the CCP had always failed its promises and, by doing so, endangered the world. He pointed to the coronavirus pandemic as an example. When he visited the U.K. on July 21, he applauded its decision to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and called on other countries to take similar actions. In a speech at The Richard Nixon Library, he reviewed missteps of U.S. administrations in the past several decades and expressed his wish for changes in China.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California on July 23, 2020.

Similarly, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke in Michigan on July 16 urging U.S. businesses not to bow to the CCP’s totalitarian regime.

Besides progress in the U.S., the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) was formed on June 5 with representatives from over 10 countries. In an announcement on July 19, the IPAC called for joint efforts to stop forced organ harvesting of and other brutalities against practitioners of Falun Gong, a meditation discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance that has been persecuted by the CCP since July 1999.

Securing Freedom

During his interview with The Hill on July 16, Pompeo said, “This is a Chinese Communist Party that is acting in a way that poses real threats to the world.” He said the threats include the CCP's intellectual property theft, failure to comply with the Paris climate accord, and many other actions that belie what it promised to the world.

The CCP's coronavirus cover-up is a case in point: “The Chinese Communist Party has prevented anyone from finding out the answer to that question [the source of the virus]. They denied access to the laboratory, they’ve – to the World Health Organization, anyone who wanted to talk about it who was inside of that laboratory, whether they were a journalist or a doctor, has been precluded from talking about that,” Pompeo said. “This is a result of the Chinese Communist Party hiding the data.”

During his recent U.K. trip, Pompeo held a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on July 21. Raab reiterated the need to collaborate with the U.S. and other countries in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and noted lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic. He also endorsed cooperation with other other Western countries on issues such as Hong Kong to stand up for their values. “We’re more influential, we have more impact when we work together,” he said.

Pompeo called on more countries to join this effort and “condemn China’s broken promises on the Sino-British treaty.” When answering questions from reporters, he said such efforts were not to confront China; rather, “the entire world needs to work together to ensure that every country, including China, behaves in the international system in ways that are appropriate and consistent with the international order... You can’t threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas. You can’t engage in cover-ups and co-opt international institutions like the World Health Organization.”

Speaking at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Los Angeles on July 23, Pompeo said previous U.S. administrations imagined engagement with China would produce prosperity, but “today we’re all still wearing masks and watching the pandemic’s body count rise because the CCP failed in its promises to the world. We’re reading every morning new headlines of repression in Hong Kong and in Xinjiang.”

It has been nearly 50 years since the engagement started. “And indeed, centrally, from the Secretary of State’s perspective, is America safer? Do we have a greater likelihood of peace for ourselves and peace for the generations which will follow us?” he asked.

He said Nixon hoped to change the CCP through collaboration. “The truth is that our policies – and those of other free nations – resurrected China’s failing economy, only to see Beijing bite the international hands that were feeding it,” he said. “We opened our arms to Chinese citizens, only to see the Chinese Communist Party exploit our free and open society. China sent propagandists into our press conferences, our research centers, our high schools, our colleges, and even into our PTA meetings.”

From businesses to Hollywood, from slave labor to other human rights violations being ignored, our universal values have been challenged. “I grew up and served my time in the Army during the Cold War. And if there is one thing I learned, communists almost always lie. The biggest lie that they tell is to think that they speak for 1.4 billion people who are surveilled, oppressed, and scared to speak out,” he said. “Quite the contrary. The CCP fears the Chinese people’s honest opinions more than any foe, and save for losing their own grip on power, they have reason – no reason to.”

That is why Pompeo called on the free world not to repeat the mistakes of the past. “And if we don’t act now, ultimately the CCP will erode our freedoms and subvert the rules-based order that our societies have worked so hard to build,” he said.

Barr: The Free World Should Not to Bow to the CCP

Speaking at the Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan on July 16, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he agreed with National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien that “[t]he days of American passivity and naivety regarding the People’s Republic of China are over.”

When President Ford visited China in 1975, people would not know China would one day emerge after the Cold War as a near-peer competitor of the United States. Not only that, but the CCP’s “aggressive” and “orchestrated” moves are harming the world he said, adding that American businesses have played a critical role and that China has dominated the pharmaceutical supply industry, hacked universities, and stolen intellectual property.

Furthermore, the CCP has bent the values of the international community. “Hollywood now regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party, the world’s most powerful violator of human rights,” Barr said.

“The CCP has launched an orchestrated campaign, across all of its many tentacles in Chinese government and society, to exploit the openness of our institutions in order to destroy them,” he concluded. “To secure a world of freedom and prosperity for our children and grandchildren, the free world will need its own version of the whole-of-society approach... Our freedom depends on it.”

Global Support

Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer said incidents over the past few years have shown a pattern of aggressive behavior by the CCP. “It is time for freedom-loving nations around the world to wake up to this reality, to work together to support each other in pushing back against these very assertive moves by the Chinese government in Beijing,” he said during a recent interview with Minghui.

Among all the suppressed groups in China, about 100 million Falun Gong practitioners have suffered tremendously for their belief since July 1999. On the 21st anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) issued a statement in support of Falun Gong. They condemned the CCP’s crime of forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and urged the world to help end the persecution.

Launched on June 5 with representation from over 10 nations, IPAC was established to foster collaboration between countries to handle the challenges posed by China on international rules, human rights, and national integrity.

“Over the past two decades the campaign against Falun Gong practitioners has resulted in the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of its followers, where they have been subjected to some of the most severe forms of torture,” wrote the statement, which also emphasized organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.

“Today we highlight the plight of the Falun Gong together with all religious minorities who have suffered from repression under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party,” the statement concluded. “We remind the world of the depravities they continue to suffer, and urge the world to stand up and speak out for an end to such repression, an end to impunity, and for justice, accountability, human rights and human dignity for all the peoples of China.”

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles...26/186041.html
 
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From the Soviet Union to the CCP, the Same Lies Continue to Harm People

July 26, 2020 | By Xin Ming and Xin Yan(Minghui.org)


During the Soviet famine of 1932-1933, starving people were shot for trying to steal grain from the local commune and “executed even for trying to pick up a few loose seeds on the ground,” explained Oleh Shamshur, ambassador from Ukraine to the United States, in 2006. He also cited the testimony of Mykhaylo Naumenko, who was 11 at the time, “From our village of 75 homes, by May 24, houses were empty because all the inhabitants had died.”

Some 30 years later, similar tragedies happened in China under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “One report, dated November 30, 1960, and circulated to the top leadership — most likely including Mao — tells how a man named Wang Ziyou had one of his ears chopped off, his legs tied up with wire, and a 10-kilogram stone dropped on his back before he was branded with a sizzling iron. His crime: digging up a potato,” wrote Frank Dikötter, a professor at the University of Hong Kong and author of Mao's Great Leap to Famine.

Dikötter spent several years in China between 2005 and 2009 examining hundreds of documents. He also read about a boy who stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village. A local official named Xiong Dechang forced the boy's father to bury his son alive on the spot. The father died of grief three weeks later.

Throughout the 20th century, more than 60 million people in the Soviet Union lost their lives due to wars, starvation, and political purges. In Communist China, as many as 80 million people have died of unnatural causes. Such facts, however, were tightly guarded as “top secret” because the knowledge being made public could threaten their totalitarian dictatorship.

Reflecting upon the lies of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), we can see many similarities to those told by the CCP, which is still deceiving both Chinese citizens and the international community. A case in point is the coronavirus outbreak: the CCP's cover-up has turned an epidemic into a global pandemic, killing more than half a million people worldwide.

The following are just a few of the communist parties’ big lies.

Domestic Disinformation

The Soviet Union experienced three great famines. The first one was during the Civil War of 1921, when the CPSU collected grain, destroyed rural productivity, and dampened farmers’ enthusiasm. Russia’s grain output fell by half, and 5 million people starved to death. Cannibalism was seen in many areas. The second famine occurred in 1929, when Stalin forced farmers to join collective farms and purchased agricultural produce at extremely low prices, while the price of grain sold to farmers was astonishingly high. That led to the deaths of 8 million people, including one quarter of the entire population of Ukraine. The third great famine took place during 1946 and 1947.

In addition to devastating famines, people in the Soviet Union struggled with shortages of daily necessities as a result of a decline in light industry, since top priority was given to heavy industry and the military. On top of all this, a great number of people were subjected to political purges and repression during the Stalin era, and everyone lived in fear. Meanwhile, the CPSU told people they were living lives of unparalleled bliss.

The CCP has told a similar lie throughout its reign. When more than 40 million people died from starvation as a result of the Great Leap Forward, the Party told the Chinese that they were better off than in other countries and that two-thirds of the world’s people were suffering in poverty. In China today, more than 600 million people are struggling on a monthly income of less than 1,000 yuan (around $140 USD). In fact, China ranked 92 out of 150 countries on the UN's World Happiness Report 2020, far behind Western countries.

The CCP also tells citizens that China is the safest place in the world and that only the CCP can protect them. Their propaganda is filled with exaggerated reports on issues in the U.S., such as shootings, riots, protesters, the severity of coronavirus infections, and so on. The fact is that 68% of the unemployed in the U.S. have received cash relief even greater than their salaries, and daily necessities are distributed to people in need of help for free.

If China is the safest country as the CCP claims, then why does the government refuse to arrange for Chinese students who got stuck overseas to return home? Why does it spend hundreds of billions on domestic “stability” and monitoring its own people? Without rule of law, freedom of speech, and freedom of belief, this kind of stability, brought about by heavy-handed suppression, is anything but.

Poor People Propping Up a Strong Nation

It’s true that the Soviet armed forces, especially when it came to nuclear weapons, surpassed the United States as the world’s strongest military power in the mid-1980s, but to suggest that the Soviet Union was prosperous and strong would have been a grave mistake.

To maintain its military supremacy, the Soviet Union committed more than 80% of its industrial investment into heavy industry, which had little to do with people’s livelihoods. People had to get up at 5:00 a.m. to queue up for daily necessities. People starved and farmers were exploited. This “empire” was built on a shaky foundation.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev once said that the past modernization at the expense of the people, the modernization to earn “face” for the country, the modernization for leaders’ worship of military power, the modernization to showcase “imperial glory,” and the development model by which the people became victims of the “national success ” were all proven to be the antithesis of “modern civilization.”

Regrettably, the lessons of the CPSU are still regarded as “magic weapons” by the CCP, which enthusiastically embraces the four so-called “modernizations” and believes that they are a reflection of China's prosperity and power.

While many people in China live in poverty, the CCP’s foreign aid has amounted to as much as 6 trillion yuan in the past four years, a truly astronomical figure. The CPSU also offered generous financial aid to other countries in order to export its “red revolution” while leaving itself with massive debts. The CCP is following in the CPSU’s footsteps today by promoting communist ideology globally at the cost of Chinese citizens’ standard of living.

The Inherent Corruption of Communist Leaders

Communist leaders such as Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and so on were often worshipped as “great saviors” with high morals. Although they opposed religious beliefs, they deified themselves. Their ruthlessness, cold-bloodedness and extreme selfishness, on the other hand, were carefully concealed and unknown to people in communist countries even today.

Ballerina Olga Lepeshinskaya was said to have been one of Stalin’s mistresses. In 2004, she said this of Stalin: “He could be very sweet and very nice, but that was probably just the impression he created. Because at his core he was a bad person - vindictive and angry.”

Vera Davydova was said to have been Stalin’s most favored mistress and was with him for nearly two decades. In her memoir Confessions of Stalin's Lover, she described how ruthlessly and deceitfully Stalin and his senior colleagues fought for power and how profligate and devoid of principles they were in their debauched private lives. She also described how her life was spared when Alexander N. Pskrebyshev, believed to be Stalin’s most trusted official, didn’t obey Stalin’s last order to throw her into a cage of wolves.

Both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were extremely indifferent when it came to human life, even the loss of millions. Engles wrote in The Magyar Struggle, “The next world war will not only cause the reactionary classes and reactionary dynasties, but also the entire reactionary people to disappear from the surface of the earth. That is also progress.”

Mao Zedong, the most influential Communist leader in China and hailed as the “great savior” of the people, in fact had his hands stained with the blood of tens of millions. He was ruthless to his comrades, ordinary people, and even his loved ones.

Yang Kaihui, Mao’s second wife, was captured by the Kuomintang (KMT) after Mao and his red army attacked Changsha. She was executed at the age of 29 after she refused to denounce Mao, leaving behind three young children.

According to historical records, Mao had many opportunities to save her by relocating her and their children to safety before the attack. But by then he had already taken up with another beautiful young woman, He Zizhen. It was believed that Mao ignored the immediate danger facing Yang and their children because he didn’t want them to interfere with his relationship with his new wife.

History repeated itself as Mao dumped his third wife, He Zizhen, ten years later. She was allegedly sent to the Soviet Union to be treated for mental illness. Mao married his fourth wife, Jiang Qing, who became very powerful during the Cultural Revolution but lost ground after Mao’s death. She was tried and jailed, and she committed suicide in 1991 while on medical parole. According to Mao’s personal secretary Li Rui, Yang described Mao as “a hooligan both in politics and in private life.”

Zhou Enlai, Mao’s right-hand man and China’s premier from 1954 until his death in 1976, was largely regarded by the Chinese people as a “nice premier” with integrity and high moral standards. However, when what he did behind the scenes was made known, especially during the Cultural Revolution, people were in total disbelief: Zhou was personally responsible for the persecution and even deaths of some of the most senior CCP officials, as well as people close to him, to save his own skin.

Take Ms. Sun Weishi for example. Ms. Sun was the daughter of a veteran CCP member, who also held a high-ranking position in the national government at the time and was a close friend of Zhou Enlai. Ms. Sun’s father was captured and executed in April 1927 when she was only five. She was later adopted by Zhou Enlai and studied in the Soviet Union. She became an accomplished artist. Mao’s wife Jiang Qing, who was said to be jealous of her talent, persecuted her. To protect himself, Zhou personally signed Ms. Sun’s arrest warrant. She was brutally beaten and abused and died several months later. When she died, her body was covered in bruises, her hands and feet were in shackles, and a nail had been hammered into the top of her skull.

In a way, it is not surprising that those “great” communist leaders treated their comrades and their family members so ruthlessly and cold-bloodedly. For them and many others in the system, “Party nature” far outweighed “human nature.”

The CCP Is Still Lying to the World Today

After the CPSU collapsed, former Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai Ryzhkov once described how Soviet officials worked: “We stole what was entrusted to our care, offered and accepted bribes... while indulging in our lies, we put medals on each others’ chests. Everyone did this, from top to bottom, from bottom to top.”

As Western countries wake up from the never-ending stream of lies churned out by the CCP, a coalition is coming together to hold the CCP accountable for the terrible loss of life and catastrophic social and economic destruction. That coalition is made up of countries that have fallen victim to the devastating pandemic caused by the CCP’s intentional cover-up of the outbreak and subsequent disinformation campaigns.

The CCP’s Hong Kong National Security Law has provided more reason for such a coalition, as more countries realize that the fundamental principles of freedom, peace, justice, human rights and the rule of law will never have a place on its agenda.

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles...26/186042.html
 
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Pompeo Speaks on How to Deal With China and the CCP

Conrad Black
July 27, 2020, Updated July 27, 2020


Secretary of State Michael Pompeo gave a seminal foreign policy address at the Nixon Library on July 23.

For those of us who knew and admired President Nixon it was a nostalgic occasion. And after Secretary Pompeo had delivered a thorough address on the problems and dangers and requirements of relations between China and the democratic world, the president of the Library, distinguished broadcaster Hugh Hewitt, struck a parallel between the Pompeo address and, as he put it, that of another secretary of state with a military background speaking to this secretary’s alma mater, Harvard University, when General George C. Marshall unveiled the Marshall plan there in 1948.

The secretary of state’s address was the last of a series of four by senior administration figures designed to attract public attention and the interest of allies to the complicated developing relationship with China. National security advisor Robert O’Brien, FBI director Christopher Wray, and Attorney General William Barr had all spoken on different aspects of Chinese relations in the last several weeks. It is now the principal foreign and national security preoccupation of the government and will remain so after the election, whatever its result.

Distinguishing China From the Soviet Union

Pompeo went to some lengths to distinguish what needed to be done with China from the containment policy that was devised and implemented in respect of the Soviet Union.

The USSR was never an economic threat and was never seriously integrated in the world economy, where much of the threat posed by China is precisely the theft of industrial and technological intelligence and the undermining and usurpation of much of the basis of the commercial prosperity of the West.

Where the Soviet Union required military containment including assistance against armed rebellions based on militant ideological differences in under-developed countries, the threat from China is a combination of economic and technological skulduggery and the gradual assertion of a sphere of military and economic influence over an ever-widening part of the world, gradually approaching the North American and Western European citadel of our democratic civilization.

In one of the questions afterwards, Hugh Hewitt presciently asked if there was a comparison to be made between President Nixon’s triangulation of Great Power relations with his historic visit to Beijing in 1972, and the current status of Russian-American relations. The secretary of state delicately implied that President Trump is exploring a relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin that could capitalize on a shared concern about the expansion of Chinese influence at the expense of both the former Soviet Union and Russia itself, and America’s East and South Asian allies.

Distinguishing the CCP From China

As is now the common practice of this administration, a distinction is made between China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Hewitt posed a question, based on a comment by the director of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haas, that this was a spurious distinction.

Pompeo replied that it is legitimate as the United States and the West generally want to stop dishonest Chinese commercial practices, intellectual property theft, and the intimidation of other countries, but not to impose an airtight segregation of China from the rest of the world.

Pompeo endorsed Nixon’s declared goal of bringing China back into the world and conducting useful relations with it, while updating President Reagan’s policy towards the Soviet Union, “Trust but verify,” to “Mistrust and verify,” while hoping to incentivize a reform of dishonest Chinese practices. He declared what is intended to be the Western policy to “engage and empower the Chinese people—a dynamic, freedom-loving people who are completely distinct from the Chinese Communist Party.”

The Chinese have no history of freedom in 4000 years, but in the present racially charged climate, it is justifiable to distinguish between one of the world’s ancient and eminent nationalities and its current official regime. The idea is to reciprocate the Chinese meddling and espionage and propaganda effort by inciting as much righteous objection to the totalitarian oppression of the Beijing regime as possible. There is no reason for us to continue to practice unilateral restraint in dealing with the Chinese threat.

Democratic Alliance Considered

The secretary of state lamented that Chinese intimidation has already effectively immobilized and intimidated several American allies, but he believes that most traditional American allies, once convinced of the seriousness of the United States in assisting all countries to resist unfair pressure from China, and as long as they understand that it is only dishonest conduct that is supposed, not any fundamental hostility to China itself, that the state of international resolution will rise steadily.

He raised the interesting point of creating an alliance of Democratic states. From my modest and completely unofficial podium, I have often suggested that NATO be reconstituted not as a North Atlantic organization, but as a defensive alliance of at least semi-democratic states all over the world, reciprocally guaranteeing existing frontiers and arrangements.

The logical cornerstones of such an alliance on the edge of the declared areas of Chinese expansionist ambitions are India, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and, if there is not an early improvement in Chinese conduct, Taiwan. Vietnam is not democratic and the Philippines and Thailand at the moment are playing footsie with Beijing. It is a fluid situation but by any calculation the United States and its reliable allies have the ability to assemble all the political, economic, and military strength needed to protect the legitimate interests of all associated countries.

Failed Hopes

The Secretary of State acknowledged candidly the failure of the long-standing hope that accommodation of China and indulgence of its idiosyncratic notions of international agreements would gradually lead to a policy of responsible compliance with agreed international rules.

He left conspicuously open the possibility that the CCP deliberately exported the coronavirus to the world to sow political and economic chaos amongst its chief competitors.

The secretary announced and encouraged relentless responses to Chinese human rights violations and the breaking of treaty obligations, including the Uyghurs and Hong Kong. (Tibet was not mentioned.)

And he was particularly critical of Hollywood: “the epicenter of American creative freedom and self-appointed arbiters of social justice,” for being obsequious “self- censors (of) even the most mildly unfavorable references to China.”

Pompeo declared that China “is increasingly authoritarian at home and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom everywhere else.” This is not obviously true, but it is certainly true that China is becoming much more efficient and formidable in its ability to control its own population and to discomfort countries that are inadequately submissive.

He concluded by asking “every leader of every nation to start by doing what America has done-to simply insist on reciprocity, transparency and accountability from the Chinese Communist Party.” It was an excellent speech presaging a very necessary adjustment to American and Western foreign and security policy.

Conrad Black has been one of Canada’s most prominent financiers for 40 years, and was one of the leading newspaper publishers in the world. He is the author of authoritative biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, and, most recently “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.”

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Pompeo Speaks on How to Deal With China and the CCP

Conrad Black
July 27, 2020, Updated July 27, 2020


Secretary of State Michael Pompeo gave a seminal foreign policy address at the Nixon Library on July 23.

For those of us who knew and admired President Nixon it was a nostalgic occasion. And after Secretary Pompeo had delivered a thorough address on the problems and dangers and requirements of relations between China and the democratic world, the president of the Library, distinguished broadcaster Hugh Hewitt, struck a parallel between the Pompeo address and, as he put it, that of another secretary of state with a military background speaking to this secretary’s alma mater, Harvard University, when General George C. Marshall unveiled the Marshall plan there in 1948.

The secretary of state’s address was the last of a series of four by senior administration figures designed to attract public attention and the interest of allies to the complicated developing relationship with China. National security advisor Robert O’Brien, FBI director Christopher Wray, and Attorney General William Barr had all spoken on different aspects of Chinese relations in the last several weeks. It is now the principal foreign and national security preoccupation of the government and will remain so after the election, whatever its result.

Distinguishing China From the Soviet Union

Pompeo went to some lengths to distinguish what needed to be done with China from the containment policy that was devised and implemented in respect of the Soviet Union.

The USSR was never an economic threat and was never seriously integrated in the world economy, where much of the threat posed by China is precisely the theft of industrial and technological intelligence and the undermining and usurpation of much of the basis of the commercial prosperity of the West.

Where the Soviet Union required military containment including assistance against armed rebellions based on militant ideological differences in under-developed countries, the threat from China is a combination of economic and technological skulduggery and the gradual assertion of a sphere of military and economic influence over an ever-widening part of the world, gradually approaching the North American and Western European citadel of our democratic civilization.

In one of the questions afterwards, Hugh Hewitt presciently asked if there was a comparison to be made between President Nixon’s triangulation of Great Power relations with his historic visit to Beijing in 1972, and the current status of Russian-American relations. The secretary of state delicately implied that President Trump is exploring a relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin that could capitalize on a shared concern about the expansion of Chinese influence at the expense of both the former Soviet Union and Russia itself, and America’s East and South Asian allies.

Distinguishing the CCP From China

As is now the common practice of this administration, a distinction is made between China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Hewitt posed a question, based on a comment by the director of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haas, that this was a spurious distinction.

Pompeo replied that it is legitimate as the United States and the West generally want to stop dishonest Chinese commercial practices, intellectual property theft, and the intimidation of other countries, but not to impose an airtight segregation of China from the rest of the world.

Pompeo endorsed Nixon’s declared goal of bringing China back into the world and conducting useful relations with it, while updating President Reagan’s policy towards the Soviet Union, “Trust but verify,” to “Mistrust and verify,” while hoping to incentivize a reform of dishonest Chinese practices. He declared what is intended to be the Western policy to “engage and empower the Chinese people—a dynamic, freedom-loving people who are completely distinct from the Chinese Communist Party.”

The Chinese have no history of freedom in 4000 years, but in the present racially charged climate, it is justifiable to distinguish between one of the world’s ancient and eminent nationalities and its current official regime. The idea is to reciprocate the Chinese meddling and espionage and propaganda effort by inciting as much righteous objection to the totalitarian oppression of the Beijing regime as possible. There is no reason for us to continue to practice unilateral restraint in dealing with the Chinese threat.

Democratic Alliance Considered

The secretary of state lamented that Chinese intimidation has already effectively immobilized and intimidated several American allies, but he believes that most traditional American allies, once convinced of the seriousness of the United States in assisting all countries to resist unfair pressure from China, and as long as they understand that it is only dishonest conduct that is supposed, not any fundamental hostility to China itself, that the state of international resolution will rise steadily.

He raised the interesting point of creating an alliance of Democratic states. From my modest and completely unofficial podium, I have often suggested that NATO be reconstituted not as a North Atlantic organization, but as a defensive alliance of at least semi-democratic states all over the world, reciprocally guaranteeing existing frontiers and arrangements.

The logical cornerstones of such an alliance on the edge of the declared areas of Chinese expansionist ambitions are India, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and, if there is not an early improvement in Chinese conduct, Taiwan. Vietnam is not democratic and the Philippines and Thailand at the moment are playing footsie with Beijing. It is a fluid situation but by any calculation the United States and its reliable allies have the ability to assemble all the political, economic, and military strength needed to protect the legitimate interests of all associated countries.

Failed Hopes

The Secretary of State acknowledged candidly the failure of the long-standing hope that accommodation of China and indulgence of its idiosyncratic notions of international agreements would gradually lead to a policy of responsible compliance with agreed international rules.

He left conspicuously open the possibility that the CCP deliberately exported the coronavirus to the world to sow political and economic chaos amongst its chief competitors.

The secretary announced and encouraged relentless responses to Chinese human rights violations and the breaking of treaty obligations, including the Uyghurs and Hong Kong. (Tibet was not mentioned.)

And he was particularly critical of Hollywood: “the epicenter of American creative freedom and self-appointed arbiters of social justice,” for being obsequious “self- censors (of) even the most mildly unfavorable references to China.”

Pompeo declared that China “is increasingly authoritarian at home and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom everywhere else.” This is not obviously true, but it is certainly true that China is becoming much more efficient and formidable in its ability to control its own population and to discomfort countries that are inadequately submissive.

He concluded by asking “every leader of every nation to start by doing what America has done-to simply insist on reciprocity, transparency and accountability from the Chinese Communist Party.” It was an excellent speech presaging a very necessary adjustment to American and Western foreign and security policy.

Conrad Black has been one of Canada’s most prominent financiers for 40 years, and was one of the leading newspaper publishers in the world. He is the author of authoritative biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, and, most recently “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/pompeo...p_3440807.html

Updated: https://youtu.be/rkqJprDLhhc

[Ellanjay’s comment]:
Mr. Black mentioned: "The Chinese have no history of freedom in 4000 years” which is debatable. For one thing, the Chinese had enjoyed the freedom of faith and religion for 5000 years before the CCP took power. Be it Buddhism, Taoism, or Confucianism, they coexisted peacefully and highly respected by most of the emperors of all the dynasties, which is totally in contrast to the CCP’s persecution of faith and religion. Even for the freedom of election, China had its moment, after the downfall of the Qing Dynasty, to have had elected the first government of the Republic of China, which was later defeated by the CCP in the Civil War.
 
Ellanjay
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https://youtu.be/lZs8jjK30dw

From Persecution of Falun Gong to Coronavirus Cover-up, Many Have Learned to Stand Up to the Chinese Communist Party

July 29, 2020 | By Zhong Yan and Yan Ming(Minghui.org)


The year 2020 has been unusual for China and the rest of the world. Starting with the coronavirus outbreak, the world witnessed how consistent cover-up by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) led to a global pandemic. So far, the disease has caused more than 16 million infections and over 640,000 deaths.

Wary of the harm brought about by the CCP, many countries have awakened to the CCP's brutality and lies, as well as its immediate threat to freedom. Among the many crimes committed by the CCP, the recently enacted National Security Law in Hong Kong was the latest evidence, while the persecution of Falun Gong is probably the worst human rights violation over the past two decades.

Falun Gong, also known as a Falun Dafa, is a meditation system based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Since July 1999, the CCP has targeted about 100 million practitioners with detention, imprisonment, torture, psychiatric abuse, and forced organ harvesting.

Aside from the harsh physical abuse, the CCP has also subjected practitioners to intensive brainwashing in attempts to force them to give up their faith. In addition, news media and the education system were mobilized nationwide to defame Falun Gong, with the 21-year-long hate propaganda turning a large number of Chinese against innocent Falun Gong practitioners and the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Realizing the severity of the persecution, over 600 leaders from about 30 countries recently issued a joint statement calling for an end to the persecution. The United States, in particular, has shown its support of Falun Gong practitioners in its religious freedom report and recent State Department announcements.

As nearly 200 countries continue to suffer from the coronavirus pandemic, China has experienced losses caused by flooding, locust plague, and other disasters. Given this situation, quitting the CCP organizations inside China and rejecting the CCP in the international community will benefit our society for the long term.

Support from Over 600 Officials in 32 Countries

July 20, 2020 marked the 21th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China. More than 600 officials from over 30 countries issued a joint statement on July 18 condemning the persecution by the CCP and calling to stop the brutality.

The list of signatories, available from Falun Dafa Information Center, consists of current and former ministers, senators, members of parliament, members of congress, and state-level lawmakers.

“The persecution of Falun Gong in China has been one of the harshest campaigns against a faith group in modern times,” the statement wrote, “We … urge the Chinese government to respect international norms and … to immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and to unconditionally release all detained Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.”

Among the signatories are 28 U.S. Senators and House Representatives. “Thank you for the kind invitation to participate in this years’ virtual Falun Gong rally,” stated Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington State, “I would like to express my most sincere support for the practitioners of Falun Gong. Let’s take a moment today to reflect on the persecution and those still suffering from the tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”

Australian Member of Parliament George Christensen said the CCP’s atheist ideology meant it was afraid of groups with spiritual beliefs. “They do not like Falun Gong, they do not like its practitioners, they do not like Christians, they do not like Buddhists, they do not like Muslim Uyghurs and there are reasons for that.” he said, “Half of them is because all of those [religious followers] hold that there is a higher power, a higher power than the Chinese Communist Party, they will not accept that, and that’s why there’s such persecution of people of faith including Falun Gong practitioners.”

Separate from the statement, the U.S. State Secretary Michael Pompeo issued a statement on July 20 urging to stop the suppression against Falun Gong in China. Similarly, U.S. Mission Geneva also tweeted the following in support, “On this day 21 years ago, the PRC pledged to eradicate the practice of Falun Gong. Today, we stand with this peaceful religious community and call for the release of the thousands unjustly imprisoned for their beliefs.”

Since July 2015, over 3.65 million criminal complaints from 37 countries have been submitted to China’s Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate against former CCP lead Jiang Zemin for ordering the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. In Canada, a list of human rights violators was recently submitted to François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, calling for an investigation of their roles in the persecution of Falun Gong and measures to be taken against them based on the Canadian Magnitsky legislation.

Dire Consequences

Since ancient times, people in China believe in the harmony of heaven, earth, and mankind. When people committed major wrongdoings, serious disasters often followed.

As the world yielded to the CCP, allowing it to push the communist ideology and other lies globally, the entire world suffers. The coronavirus pandemic is one example. Li-Meng Yan, a Hong Kong virologist who fled to the United States in April, said the CCP knew about coronavirus in December 2019, but chose to withhold the information.

The CCP influence also extended to Hong Kong. When Dr. Yan heard from her medical professional friends in mainland China about the human-to-human transmission on December 31, 2019, she notified her supervisor, but was told to keep quiet. As the situation in mainland China deteriorated, her friends said, “We can’t talk about it, but we need to wear masks.” She tried again telling her supervisor about this. “Keep silent and be careful. Don’t touch the red line,” the supervisor replied, “[Otherwise] we will get in trouble and we’ll be disappeared.”

Right now, the pandemic has infected nearly 200 countries. From July 13 to July 17, about one million infection new cases were identified in those four days alone. During a recent interview, Dr. Yan said, “I also want the U.S. people to understand how terrible this is. It is not what you have seen ... This is something very different... We don't have much time.”

Inside China, flooding has been threatening people's safety when the coronavirus pandemic is still out of control in certain places. Twenty-seven provinces are experiencing flooding including the Yangtze River and Huai River regions. China’s Ministry of Water Resources said that since June there are 433 rivers with water levels higher than alert limits. Among them, 33 have unprecedented high water levels.

The Three Gorges Dam, a costly political project in China that was once claimed to protect the Yangtze River region from flooding for 1,000 years, has been reported to discharge water numerous times recently, making the downstream areas even more vulnerable to flood damage.

International Community Rejecting the CCP

The CCP did not learn its lesson from the pandemic or flooding. Instead it ramped up its efforts to force a National Security Law on Hong Kong.

These serious actions have made world leaders more clear on the CCP’s damage to our society. FBI Director Christopher Wray recently spoke at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. on July 7 that “it’s the people of the United States who are the victims of what amounts to Chinese theft on a scale so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.”

For example, in 2017 the Chinese military hacked Equifax and stole the sensitive personal information of 150 million Americans. With situations like that, the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about once every 10 hours.

To achieve its goals of surpassing America and dominating the world, the CCP often steals American intellectual property and then uses it to compete against the very companies it victimized.

From talent recruitment programs like the so-called Thousand Talents Program, to military as well as non-state hacking, from data theft for artificial intelligence gathering to targeting key platforms as “consulting services”, “all of these seemingly inconsequential pressures add up to a policy-making environment in which Americans find themselves held over a barrel by the Chinese Communist Party.”

Wray also emphasized that he was not talking about Chinese people—who have contributed significantly. “When I speak of the threat from China, I mean the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party,” he explained, “China has a fundamentally different system than ours—and it’s doing all it can to exploit the openness of ours while taking advantage of its own closed system.”

The World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the WHO, adopted a resolution in late May that calls for impartial evaluation of responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Proposed by Australia and other countries, this initiative has been supported by 122 countries, as reported by The Guardian on May 18 in an article titled “Australia hails global support for independent coronavirus investigation.”

Australia is one of the earliest co-sponsors, and its foreign minister Marise Payne said the resolution includes the three main elements his government had sought. That is, the review should be “impartial, independent and comprehensive.”

“We’re not interested in blame; we’re not interested in any kind of witch-hunt; we’re just interested in learning,” said New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, adding that her country was also backing the motion.

Decommunization: A Global Trend

A New York Times article on July 17 discussed the possibility for the U.S. Government to ban the CCP members from entry. Although considered by some as a new initiative, it is actually a continuation of the thirty-year long decommunization movement that started over 30 years ago.

As communism collapsed in Eastern Europe in 1989, laws were passed in numerous countries to investigate communism members. One law from the Czech Republic in October 1991 banned all employees of the StB, the Communist-era secret police, from designated public offices.

Similar actions were taken in other countries. Germany has a federal agency known as the Stasi Records Agency that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the archives and investigating the past actions of the former East German secret police. Following the first lustration bill in 1992 and a new law in 1996, the lustration was handled by the office of the Public Interest, which was later replaced by the Institute of National Remembrance.

After Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published in 2004, over 360 million Chinese have renounced membership of the CCP and its junior organizations. The recent rejection by Western countries makes many Chinese people eager to separate themselves from the regime, said Global Service Quitting the CCP (Tuidang) Center coordinator Yi Rong.

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles...29/186085.html
 
petros
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I had the 9 commentaries DVD but never got it after loaning it out.

Everyone needs to see it.
 
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I had the 9 commentaries DVD but never got it after loaning it out.

Everyone needs to see it.

Still available on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMxax8obK-M
 
Ellanjay
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https://youtu.be/NFcU1CElsEE


Lessons to Learn from the Misfortunes of Wuhan

Aug. 3, 2020 | By Shu Chu (Minghui.org)


Wuhan is one of the most famous ancient cities of China and has a magnificent historical and cultural legacy. One of the most famous events to have taken place there was the Wuchang Uprising of 1911, which led to the downfall of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China––the first of its kind in Asia.

As a key transportation hub with a population of 11 million, Wuhan is also one of the economic hubs of Central China, earning it the nickname “China's Chicago.” It is home to over 350 research institutes, 1,656 high-tech enterprises, and numerous enterprise incubators backed by funding from 230 of the Fortune 500.

However, Wuhan has become a ghost town since the coronavirus outbreak. As the deadly pandemic has spread around the world, it has infected at least 15 million globally and accumulated a death toll of over half a million.

When we take a look at a few major events that have taken place in Wuhan during the reign of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), it may give us some clues as to how a once-glorious city devolved into a global epicenter of misfortune.

1958: Model City During the Great Leap Forward

After the Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957 that sought to take down intellectuals, then-CCP leader Mao Zedong had the ambition for China to surpass Britain and the U.S. in industrial output within 15 years.

In response to Mao's call and its manifestation in the Great Leap Forward movement of 1958, many CCP leaders, local cadres and reporters in China all scrambled to beat each other at fabricating impossibly high farming production figures.

For example, a single Chinese cabbage in Hebei was reported as weighing 250 kilograms. On August 13, 1958, People's Daily published a headline claiming that Macheng, a city near Wuhan, had a rice yield of nearly 37,000 jin per mu (110 tons per acre), about 90 times higher than actual output at the time.

The news was quickly reprinted in the Soviet Communist Party’s mouthpiece, Pravda. More than 100,000 people visited this “satellite field” to learn from the farmers' experience, including many experts from socialist countries such as the Soviet Union, East Germany, the Czech Republic, North Korea, and so on. China’s then-premier Zhou Enlai also went in person and had a film made of his visit.

How did this seemingly ridiculous figure come into being? It turned out that in order to beat another commune, which had reported a unit yield of 10,000 jin per mu, the Jianguo No. 1 commune decided to weigh the same baskets of rice again and again until they reached the 37,000-jin mark.

When a young man on an inspection team asked how they managed to grow so many rice plants at such high density, the team leader accused him of being “too fussy” and “running counter to the CCP central government and Chairman Mao.” The young man was pulled aside and criticized on the spot. He was later labeled as a rightist and punished.

This is similar to what happened at the beginning of the pandemic. When Dr. Li Wenliang in Wuhan shared coronavirus information on social media with his medical colleagues on December 30, 2019, he was immediately reprimanded by the authorities and punished for “spreading rumors.” Sadly, Dr. Li died from the infection later on.

Less than a year after Jianguo No. 1 Commune’s glorious moment, China was hit by a devastating famine as a result of the CCP’s preposterous policies and local Party leaders blindly following the party line. There was little grain left in the village, leaving people with no choice but to eat wild herbs and tree bark.

Gong Zhentang, a survivor of the tragedy, said to a reporter in 2019, “It was really terrible. The deaths were too many to count.”

According to credible statistics, about 45 million people in China starved to death during the man-made famine lasting from 1959 to 1962. CCP leaders have never apologized for their wrongdoings to this day.

1967: Unknown Number of Youngsters Perished in the Yangtze River

Mao called upon the Chinese youth to “temper themselves” in rivers and lakes in 1962. A keen swimmer himself, Mao went for his last swim in the Yangtze river on July 16, 1966, at the age of 73. To commemorate Mao’s swim in the Yangtze river, CCP authorities in Wuhan organized a “Crossing the Yangtze River” event on August 1, 1967.

For many, it would become a disastrous day.

Under Mao's cult of personality, he was hailed as someone beyond the gods. Young people, mostly from colleges and universities, participated in the river-crossing event with pride and honor.

Tens of thousands of spectators crowded along Hanyang's docks that day. It was blazing hot, and some people fainted from the scorching summer heat while bureaucrats made long speeches one after another. People started to panic.

Just then, the starting gun went off, and crowds of people rushed to get into the river. Thousands tried to get in at the same time from a 20-meter-wide entrance. A stampede began––some people were trampled to death, some were suffocated to death, some were pushed into the river and drowned.

A survivor recalled his ordeal later, “As soon as I jumped into the river, my head and shoulders were immediately pushed into the water by several hands. I instinctively pulled and kicked to try to come up to the surface, but I felt I was surrounded by hands, feet and bodies that were tangled in the water. Finally, I managed to raise my head above the water, but all my friends were nowhere to be seen. I could only see countless heads squirming in the water, like a pot of dumplings bobbing up and down.”

The freezing chamber of the Wuhan Meat Processing Plant was stacked with bodies from this event, and so were the hospitals and funeral homes. Nobody knows the exact death toll.

1999: Crimes Committed by Wuhan TV Station, Education and Medical Sectors

The CCP began to persecute Falun Gong practitioners on July 20, 1999. Wuhan TV Station spearheaded the CCP’s persecution policy; even before the formal launch of the crackdown, Zhao Zhizhen, then-head of the station, followed the Party closely and produced a defamatory program on Falun Gong. The 6-hour film was later used as brainwashing material by the CCP to slander Falun Gong and was broadcast nationwide to incite people’s hatred of the peaceful spiritual practice.

Countless people began to harbor resentment against Falun Gong as a result. This act by Wuhan TV Station, headed by Zhao Zhizhen, would lead to serious consequences.

Regrettably, the education sector in Wuhan also followed the CCP closely and actively participated in the persecution of Falun Gong as hatchetmen. For example, Wuhan University set up a so-called “Hubei Anti-Cult Association” on its campus, compiled teaching materials to smear Falun Gong, and pushed disinformation about the practice to international society. Countless people, especially young people, were brainwashed by the libelous textbooks and so-called research outcomes into blindly siding with the CCP.

Worst of all, Wuhan's medical institutions have actively participated in a crime against humanity–live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. According to a report by the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), Lin Zhengbin and more than 80 other doctors in Wuhan Tongji Hospital, as well as 48 others in Wuhan Union Hospital, had participated in forced organ harvesting. Investigators found in 2014 that Tongji Hospital alone performed nearly 3,000 kidney transplants, and by 2018, the number had reached a staggering 6,000, the most of any hospital in China. This atrocity still continues today.

In addition, Wuhan is one of the cities where the persecution of Falun Gong is most severe. There are over 60 brainwashing centers in its various districts, which in the past 21 years have persecuted tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners. These practitioners were beaten, chronically deprived of sleep, shocked with electric batons in sensitive areas, tied up in painful positions, and subjected to many other forms of physical torture and mental torment.

The 610 Office is a Gestapo-like organization set up on June 10, 1999, by the central CCP leadership for the express purpose of persecuting Falun Gong. It has branches at all levels of administration across China. The Wuhan 610 Office, the local police, and the judiciary have colluded to send practitioners to labor camps and prisons, and many of them have died from torture.

One of the victims was the 50-year-old Ms. Liu Lihua, director of the Hongshan District Farming Technology Service Center in Wuhan. Ms. Liu was persecuted numerous times for talking to people about Falun Gong and refusing to renounce her faith in Falun Gong’s principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”

First, she was detained for two years in Wuhan City First Detention Center and Hewan Forced Labor Camp, where she was tied onto a “death bed” and hung up in the air for doing Falun Gong exercises. She was later taken to another forced labor camp for a year, where she was beaten, forced-fed, and deprived of sleep for four months.

In April 2003, she was unlawfully arrested again by personnel from the 610 Office and taken to the Tangxun Lake Brainwashing Center, where she was further tortured. She became extremely weak and died on June 9, 2006.

Waking Up in the Face of Disasters

The coronavirus hit Wuhan first, and it hit very hard. The exact death toll in Wuhan and all of China still remain unknown due to the cover-up by CCP authorities. The official figure sits at over 4,000, but much evidence, including the number of urns released to families of virus victims, seemed to suggest a death toll of at least 60,000 in the city.

Many people have awakened because of the pandemic, both in China and abroad.

Tu Long, a young man born and raised in China in the 1990s, used to believe that as long as he didn’t say anything out of line and became an “obedient citizen,” he would be able to make his way upward. But his outlook completely changed after he learned the truth by reading information outside the CCP's firewall. Now, he can no longer keep silent, reported Voice of America on March 14, 2020, in an article titled “’I Have the Obligation to Speak for the Dead.’”

“When they expelled the ‘low-end population’ [migrant workers] in Beijing, I said to myself, I worked very hard. I’m not part of the ‘low-end population,’ I would not be expelled.”

“When they built the concentration camps in Xinjiang [for Uighurs], I thought, I’m not an ethnic minority, I don't have any religious beliefs, I would not be in trouble.”

“I sympathize with the suffering of the Hong Kong people, but I thought I would not go on the street to protest [for democracy], so it has nothing to do with me,” he said. “This time it hit my hometown. Many people around me had already gotten sick, some had died, so I couldn’t stand it any longer.”

Tu Long was angered by CCP officials’ behavior in dealing with the pandemic.

“Until today, not only did no [official] come out to apologize to the Wuhan people, they told us we should hate the United States, we should hate Japan, we should hate South Korea, we should hate Taiwan, and we should hate The Wall Street Journal. No one came out to take responsibility,” he said.

Tu Long found it absurd that officials started praising the CCP for its “wise leadership” and celebrating its “great success” when people were still sick and dying.

Tu Long also reflected upon himself when condemning the CCP: “The majority of Chinese, myself included, are not innocent. We condone [the CCP leadership] to do evil, and some have even assisted them in committing evil acts.”

What he said echos a well-known line by Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman and philosopher in the 18th century: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Tu Long represents a large group of people in China who no longer trust the CCP and are longing for freedom.

Internationally, a global coalition to hold the CCP accountable for its aggressive and criminal conduct is taking shape and expanding quickly. More and more politicians, business leaders, and other people have realized that the CCP would never abide by the same rules and values expected of a decent and responsible government, and that the “appeasement policy” taken in the past when dealing with the CCP would only lead to greater instability and chaos in the world. The CCP must be challenged directly, as they have come to realize.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong: “Twenty-one years of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is far too long, and it must end.”

More than 600 parliamentarians from 30 countries have also signed a joint statement supporting Falun Gong and calling on the CCP to stop the persecution.

Many people hold the view that this is not just an issue between Falun Gong and the CCP but a battle between good and evil and a test for us all. Perhaps when such a brutal persecution of the innocent comes to an end, it would be a turning point for Wuhan and China.

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles.../3/186171.html

https://pandemic.mp3mp4pdf.net/media-players/
 
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https://youtu.be/WUXm0PepVUQ

Steve Bannon and Jack Maxey are joined by Dr. Li Meng Yan and Lu De to discuss the latest on the coronavirus pandemic as the Hong Kong defector shares her knowledge of what is going on China around COVID-19.
Aired On: 07/29/2020

https://pandemic.warroom.org/2020/07...yan-and-lu-de/
 
Ellanjay
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https://youtu.be/lQGH98bLsiw


The Chinese Communist Party’s Cover-up of One Disaster after Another

Aug. 4, 2020 | By Shi Zhi and Qing Shan (Minghui.org)


“For any infectious disease outbreak in China, whether new or recurring, China's National Health Commission would know about it within six hours,” declared Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2019 at a major forum, “This is because we have established an effective, nationwide information submission system.”

Gao was not lying. After the Chinese Communist Party covered up the SARS epidemic in 2003, the WHO mandated that China establish an infectious disease reporting system, which was then listed as one of the accomplishments in the 2017 China State Council Information Office’s white paper titled “Development of China’s Public Health as an Essential Element of Human Rights.” This system was tested in July 2019 with more than 8,200 participants from 31 provinces and provincial-level cities. The test scenario was about how to respond should a virus break out in 2020.

A virus did break out. And the reporting system was turned into a water-tight mechanism to block information, suppress whistleblowers, and mislead the public.

A System Failure

According to news reports and scientific research, coronavirus infections occurred as early as December 1, 2019. By mid-December of last year, there had already been several cases of human-to-human transmission. On December 30, Wuhan Central Hospital received test results of coronavirus. Doctors reported to higher officials and passed on the information through social media.

But none of these communication channels worked. Because they sounded the alarm on the outbreak, Ai Fen, Li Wenliang, and other doctors were punished by the Wuhan police for “spreading rumors.” They were charged with “illegal acts of fabricating and spreading rumors and disrupting social order.”

China's National Health Commission and CDC both have branches at every level of government, with the former overseeing the latter. After the coronavirus broke out, the National Health Commission sent officials to investigate the situation in Wuhan on December 29. At that time, multiple hospitals were reporting cases of coronavirus.

On December 30, the Wuhan Health Commission sent a notice to healthcare workers, warning them of an unknown pneumonia, without mentioning the coronavirus. It also prohibited medical staff from discussing the information.

On January 3, 2020, the National Health Commission issued a policy (Document 2020 No. 3) with the following instructions:1) All regional governments and health commissions need to manage samples of coronavirus that caused Wuhan pneumonia according to regulations on “Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms (Type 2);”(2) Without authorization, no organization is allowed to provide test results to any other organizations or individuals;(3) all medical facilities must immediately stop any ongoing viral testing;(4) all medical facilities must destroy all samples from patients;(5) front-line doctors in Wuhan are not allowed to disclose any information about Wuhan pneumonia.

This series of events shows that the public did not know about the coronavirus virus outbreak because officials at each layer withheld information in order to follow the Party’s narrative—and punished anyone who dared to challenge that protocol.

China’s Internet Army

Disinformation is only part of the picture of China’s censorship and manipulation of information. Outside mainland China, the CCP heavily influences public opinion, especially on social media platforms.

An article from Radio Free Asia on April 28, 2020, reviewed three Twitter accounts over the past 100 days, including Hua Chunying (@SpokespersonCHN), Zhao Lijian (@zlj517), and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@MFA_China). Hua is the director of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Department and Zhao is her deputy director.

A total of 4,574 tweets were posted from the three accounts between January 1 and April 10. In January and February, the tweets mostly praised the CCP's success in combating the coronavirus and exuding “positive energy” (a slogan proposed by the CCP leadership since 2014), but there was no information about the ever-increasing confirmed cases.

Since February 20, these tweets changed from depicting China as an outbreak area to bragging about itself as the savior of the world. On March 12, one day after the WHO declared the coronavirus pandemic, Zhao tweeted that, “It might be the US Army that brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”

In fact, nearly 80% of the tweets posted by the three Twitter accounts were critical of the U.S. It is worth noting that Twitter is banned in China. While ordinary Chinese citizens could face jail terms for accessing such platforms, these CCP officials abused them to promote the CCP propaganda and attack the West.

The CCP has a massive internet army whose job is to mislead the public, both inside and outside China. In addition to paid staff, about 10 million volunteers were recruited to monitor the internet according to BBC News on April 7, 2015. A document from the Youth League [2015-9], a junior organization of the CCP, revealed that about 4 million of these volunteers were college students.

Tangshan Earthquake

The CCP cover-up and mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic is not the first time that the regime has downplayed disasters in the name of maintaining stability.

Another example is the Tangshan earthquake in Hebei, China, on July 28, 1976. With a magnitude of 7.6, Chinese authorities said that about 240,000 people died in the calamity. Experts believe the majority of the deaths could have been avoided.

Two weeks before the disaster, the Beijing Earthquake Office detected unusual signals and contacted the National Earthquake Bureau for immediate measures. The bureau did not reply until July 26. “The earthquake warning in Sichuan Province is already chaotic. Tangshan is close to Beijing, so think twice before messing things up!” replied an official.

Geng Qingguo from the Beijing Earthquake Office said that predicting earthquakes above a magnitude of above 5 was fairly easy even with technologies at that time, let alone the Tangshan earthquake that had a magnitude of 7.6. “Plus, 6 hours before the earthquake, there were already abnormal sound and light from the ground. Had the local residents been warned, the loss of life would have been significantly less,” he said.

The Disasters Continue

Many areas in China have been experiencing flooding since June. As water levels increased in the Chu River, one branch of the Yangtze River, officials gave the authorization to blow off two places on July 19 to discharge water. Although the goal was to protect Jiangsu Province, many places in Anhui Province were instantly submerged.

Similar things have happened in many areas. Yichang, the second-largest city in Hubei Province, was flooded on June 27. Local residents suspect officials intentionally discharged water to protect the Three Gorges Dam.

“If we’d been notified ahead of time about the discharge, the losses would have been much less,” one Netizen wrote. “The Party treats us like dirt. People’s lives mean nothing as long as the Party exists,” another one added.

Speaking at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on July 23, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said he grew up and served in the army during the Cold War. “And if there is one thing I learned, communists almost always lie. The biggest lie that they tell is to think that they speak for 1.4 billion people who are surveilled, oppressed, and scared to speak out,” he remarked.

“Quite the contrary. The CCP fears the Chinese people’s honest opinions more than any foe, and save for losing their own grip on power, they have reason – no reason to,” he explained, “Just think how much better off the world would be – not to mention the people inside of China – if we had been able to hear from the doctors in Wuhan and they’d been allowed to raise the alarm about the outbreak of a new and novel virus.”

But for too many decades, Western leaders have ignored this. “We can’t ignore it any longer. They know as well as anyone that we can never go back to the status quo,” he said.

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War Room Pandemic: Mother’s Milk (w/ Dr. Yan and Evan Sayet)

Raheem Kassam and Jack Maxey are joined by Steve Bannon to discuss the latest on the coronavirus pandemic as the proxy war over hydroxychloroquine heats up. Calling in is Dr. Li Meng Yan to give her insights HCQ. Also calling in is Evan Sayet to discuss his new short book on anti-socialism.
Aired On: 08/04/2020
 
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A Look Into History: Causes Behind Disasters

Aug. 5, 2020 | By Zhang Min (Minghui.org)


Stories from the past have helped to shape many cultural traditions of the world. And very often, they can help guide us out of desperate situations whenever we choose to view them through the lens of humility and sincerity.

Humanity has been no stranger to natural disasters throughout history. Floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones, and plagues, are often viewed as “acts of God,” “blameless misfortunes,” or are attempted to be explained away with a wide array of reasoning and theories.

In ancient China, one such explanation is that natural disasters often result as a consequence of gross injustices.

In ancient Chinese culture, whenever natural disasters occurred, emperors and court officials would reflect upon their governance and check to see if they had done something wrong, if there were cases of injustice that needed to be addressed.

Such a concept had become a common practice by the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 A.D.). In The Book of Later Han, a book that records the history of the Eastern Han period, there are a number of incidents during which severe droughts suddenly gave way to pouring rains after emperors redressed cases of injustice and released people who had been wrongfully jailed.

It was recorded for example, that the capital city suffered a severe drought in the sixth year of the Yongyuan era under the reign of Emperor He of Han (88 - 106 A.D.). The emperor decided to reopen cases where the convicted were given heavy sentences and allowed them to appeal for their innocence. Consequently, those who had been wronged earlier were rehabilitated, and justice was restored. Heavy rains poured down even before the emperor got back to the palace.

Another incident was also recorded: In the second year of Emperor An of Han (106 - 125 A.D.)’s reign, the empress-dowager redressed misjudged cases, and again, torrential rains fell in the drought-affected regions almost immediately.

The He Tu, which consists of cosmological diagrams used in ancient China, was said to offer clear indications for the causes of natural disasters. A locust disaster, for example, was said to be the result of the tyranny and greed of officials, who would have most likely put many innocent people in jail. In such situations, natural disasters would occur as warnings and punishments by the divine. When court officials reflected upon themselves and amended their wrongdoings, the natural disasters would disappear accordingly.

The Story of Zhou Qing in the Han Dynasty

This is a true story documented in The Book of Han.

It happened during the Western Han period (202 B.C. - 9 A.D.) in Donghai (today’s Shandong Province). There was a young widow named Zhou Qing, who continued to look after her mother-in-law for more than ten years after her husband passed away. Her upstanding character and filial piety earned her high praise from the local people. Her mother-in-law tried to persuade her to remarry a number of times so that she could make a new life for herself, but she always refused to and kept taking good care of her mother-in-law. In order to relieve the burden on her kindhearted daughter-in-law, the elderly woman committed suicide by hanging herself while Zhou was out. Zhou was heartbroken when she saw what had happened and wailed in grief. However, her sister-in-law accused her of killing her mother-in-law and reported her to the local magistrate office. The magistrate refused to listen to Zhou’s appeal for her innocence and ordered Zhou's execution. Even though the local people knew she was innocent, nobody stepped forward to seek justice for her, except for one prison officer, who later resigned in grief when the magistrate rejected his repeated appeals for Zhou. On the day of her execution, Zhou proclaimed her innocence to heaven, saying if she was not guilty, there would be snow in June and a three-year drought. Indeed, it snowed in June that year, and for the next three years, the region experienced a severe drought with no rain and little agricultural produce, devastating the locals’ livelihoods. When the new prefecture magistrate learned about Zhou’s case from the resigned prison officer, he realized that the three-year-drought was a form of punishment for the gross injustice done to Zhou and the silence of the local people. So, he immediately organized a memorial ceremony before Zhou’s tomb to sincerely redress her grievance and to apologize to her on behalf of the people. As he repented, dark clouds built up, and before the ceremony was finished, it began to pour. That year, the region had good weather for the crops, and the people enjoyed a prosperous harvest.

Consistency Is the Touchstone of Virtue

Even though it is understood that bad conduct and moral decline would result in disasters, people still make the same mistakes again and again.

Emperor Taizong of Tang, one of the greatest leaders in China’s history, wrote in Di Fan, a set of books, about how emperors should behave. In it, he included a line, which, translated, means roughly, “It is not difficult to understand good reasoning, but difficult to put it into practice, and even more difficult to always stick to it.”

Emperor Taizong of Tang also reminded his court officials of proper behavior: “As court officials, you should attend state affairs with intense conviction. If you don’t speak up when you see things that I did not do properly, how can you assist me? If you keep a blind eye, injustice would occur and would bring harm to the world.”

Emperor Taizong was always careful to use his power righteously and always encouraged his ministers to point out his shortcomings so that he could correct them. Under his incorruptible reign, the Tang Dynasty flourished economically, militarily and culturally, and was considered an exemplary model for all future emperors and a golden age in Chinese history. The people lived under peace and prosperity.

In contrast, the Ming Dynasty fared worst in terms of governmental corruption, with the abuse of power reaching an unprecedented level. Eunuchs gained unparalleled power over state affairs and established the first secret service in Chinese history, known as Dongchang (Eastern Depot) and Xichang (Western Depot), which had absolute power in the suppression of “unfavorable” court officials and commoners. People were living in fear and a large number of innocent people were wrongfully tried, tortured, convicted and died.

Correspondingly, the Ming Dynasty also suffered the most frequent natural disasters. According to historical statistics, out of the 276 years of the Ming Dynasty, at least 168 were recorded to have disease breakouts, and there had been 330 instances of plagues over the entire dynasty.

As usual, when there were severe droughts, floods, or earthquakes, emperors would tell their subordinates to speak up about what had gone wrong. The Ming court burned incense, offered sacrifices to the divine, and issued a rescript for penitence. However, it still ruled the people with an iron fist and was not above using violence to consolidate its power.

How could the divine possibly offer any help and protection in such circumstances?

History Keeps Repeating Itself

This pattern of injustice followed by a natural disaster of some sort can be found even in contemporary times. Let us take a look at the events which led up to the outbreak of SARS in 2003.

In 1992, Falun Gong, a spiritual practice based on the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” started to spread rapidly from Changchun in Northeastern China. Within seven years, the number of people practicing Falun Gong reached nearly 100 million in China alone.

However, due to the popularity of the practice and his fear of losing control of the Chinese people, then-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide crackdown on Falun Gong practitioners in July 1999.

At the end of 2000, the “China Anti-Cult Association” (CACA) organized an anti-Falun Gong “one million signatures” campaign, originating from Beijing University on January 11, 2001. The CACA distributed 100 hundred-meter-long petition scrolls to various places, and the local CCP departments organized the local people to sign these petitions. As of February 26, 2001, the organizers claimed that the number of signatures had exceeded 1.5 million.

Those who signed the petition included relatives of Falun Gong practitioners who had benefitted from the practice both physically and mentally themselves, as well as their neighbors, friends, colleagues, classmates––many of which knew that Falun Gong is good, but signed the petition to toe the Party line.

In March of the same year, the CACA representatives took the signatures to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in order to deceive more people in the international community.

Although the 610 Offices, the police, courts and public prosecutors played a key role in the persecution of Falun Gong, those who signed anti-Falun Gong petitions could not absolve themselves from the blame of aiding a tyrant in his draconian rule.

With the momentum gained by the “one million signatures” campaign, the CCP was able to intensify the persecution of Falun Gong on a broader scale. To date, several millions of innocent practitioners have been subjected to unlawful arrests, detention, forced labor, imprisonment; thousands of them have died as a result of torture, and many more were killed for their organs.

In addition to physical persecution, the rounds and rounds of propaganda campaigns put out by the CCP to demonize Falun Gong as a cult only added magnified the hatred against the peaceful, virtuous practice in the general public.

While such a gross injustice was raging across China, SARS broke out in 2003. For many Chinese who were well-versed in Chinese history, it was a divine warning to people to stop such crimes against humanity.

Many people panicked and started to reflect upon themselves in fear. However, as soon as the epidemic subsided, they forgot the pain and continued with their wrongdoings. The persecution of Falun Gong continued.

In 2007, a new persecution campaign to force families to sign the “Reject All Cults” family commitment card was launched in Guangxi Province, which soon spread all over China. Residents were encouraged to monitor and report on each other; some people even reported their own family members, who were then sent to brainwashing centers to be “transformed.”

In August 2011, the central 610 Office launched a nationwide promotion of the “Guangxi experience.”

In 2013, the CCP carried out another nationwide brainwashing campaign to defame Falun Gong, mainly targeting family members of Falun Gong practitioners, women in rural China and primary and secondary school students as their brainwashing victims.

On September 22, 2017, the CCP conducted an online signature activity, urging netizens to sign to “Say No to Cults.” A large number of people who did not know the truth about Falun Gong fell victim to the brainwashing activity, and at the same time helped the CCP commit further crimes.

After the devastating coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan 2020, many have regarded it as another warning to human beings. People have realized that humanity is in a critical moment of history, and everyone is facing, among other things, a test of conscience.

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The Chinese Communist Party’s Global Ambitions

(Chapter 18 of "How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World")

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Chinese Communist Party’s Ambition to Replace the United States and Dominate the World

a. The CCP Has Always Aimed for World Domination
b. World Domination Requires Defeating the United States
c. The CCP Has a Multi-Pronged Strategy to Subvert and Contain the United States
d. The CCP Incites Anti-US Hatred to Prepare for War With America
e. The CCP No Longer Conceals Its Intentions in the Sino-US Relationship

2. Communist China’s Strategies for World Domination
a. One Belt, One Road Initiative Is Territorial Expansion Masked as Globalization
b. The CCP’s Great Periphery Strategy Aims to Exclude the US From the Asia-Pacific Region
c. Divide and Conquer in Europe Serves to Create a Split With the United States
d. The CCP Exports the ‘Chinese Model’ to Colonize Africa
e. Advancing Into Latin America Encroaches on America’s Backyard
f. Communist China Flaunts Its Military Ambitions

3. ‘Unrestricted Warfare’ With Chinese Communist Characteristics

a. The CCP Promotes Party Culture Worldwide
b. United Front Work Aims to Disintegrate the Free World From Within
c. Unrestricted Economic Warfare Is the CCP’s Heavy Weaponry
d. The CCP Uses the Masses for Espionage
e. Unrestricted Warfare Takes Many Forms

4. The ‘China Model’ and Its Destructive Impact

5. Lessons Learned and the Way Out
a. The Policy of Appeasement Was a Grave Mistake
b. Why Did the West Get China Wrong?
c. What Is the Way Out?
References



Introduction

The beginning of the twentieth century saw the Soviet communists seize power in Russia through violent force. The success of this revolution, in turn, paved the way for the communist specter’s primary actor — the Chinese Communist Party.

The CCP was established in 1921 by agents of the Far Eastern branch of the Communist International. Over the several decades that followed, the Soviet Union played a major role on the world stage, confronting the Western democratic camp in the Cold War. Westerners took the Soviet Union and its satellite communist regimes in Eastern Europe to be the archetypical communist adversary. Meanwhile, the CCP regime had ample time for its establishment and maturation.

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, leaving the CCP regime alone on the world stage. Communist China took a new, non-confrontational approach, enticing the rest of the world to engage with its capitalist market economy while retaining a totalitarian political system. Therefore, many Western scholars, entrepreneurs, and politicians did not regard the CCP as a communist party, but rather considered it a variant at most .

This could not be further from the truth. The CCP has brought the defining characteristics of communist ideology — deceit, malice, and struggle — to the apex, creating a regime that employs the most pernicious and insidious methods of political intrigue developed over thousands of years of human history. The CCP seduces people with profits, controls them with power, and deceives them with lies. It has cultivated its demonic technique to the point of mastery.

China is home to five thousand years of history and a splendid traditional heritage, which have earned that ancient land and its people respect and admiration from people around the world. The CCP has capitalized on these positive sentiments. After seizing power and taking the Chinese people captive, it muddled the concepts of the Chinese nation and the CCP regime. It presented its ambitions under the camouflage of China’s “peaceful rise,” making it difficult for the international community to understand its true motives.

But the essential nature of the CCP has never changed. The Party’s strategy of economic engagement is simply to use the “nutrition of the capitalist body” [1] to strengthen its own socialist body, to stabilize its rule, and realize its ambitions, rather than to enable China to see true prosperity and strength. In practice, its methods disregard basic moral ethics and universal values.

The countries that mankind has founded exist on the basis of their founders’ wisdom and faith in the Divine. Human society must follow the standards of conduct laid down by the Creator: to maintain high moral character, protect the right to private property, and adhere to universal values. The economic development of a normal society needs to be supported by corresponding moral standards.

But the CCP’s Party-state has followed a diametrically opposite path, creating a fast-rising economic abomination that has encouraged severe moral degeneracy. The evil specter’s motivation for arranging China’s “economic miracle” is simple: Without economic strength, the CCP regime would have no persuasive influence with which to dictate its terms to the world. These arrangements are not to benefit China or the Chinese, but to play on people’s worship of money and wealth so that the world will align with the CCP in economic cooperation and international affairs.

Internally, the Communist Party rules through tyranny and the most ruthless aspects of the capitalist system. It rewards evil and and punishes good, making the worst individuals into society’s most successful. Its policies magnify the evil side of human nature, using atheism to create a state of utter degeneracy in which people have no moral qualms.

When operating abroad, the CCP regime advocates the ideology of “Chinese characteristics,” meaning communism, and offers powerful economic incentives as a lure to have the people of the free world let down their guard, abandon moral principle, and turn a blind eye to the CCP’s vast abuses of human rights and its persecution of religion. Many politicians and corporations in Western countries have betrayed their values and compromised themselves in the face of profit, aligning themselves with the CCP’s practices.

Western countries hope they can help the CCP make a peaceful transformation, but while China has indeed undergone a degree of superficial modernization and westernization, the Party never changed its underlying nature. Over the past few decades, the practical result of engagement has seen the CCP successfully and peacefully undermine the moral obligations of the United States and corrupt the public will.

The CCP is the main arm of communism and thus the greatest threat worldwide. The communist specter’s aim in strengthening the global power of the CCP is to spread its poison to all corners of the earth and ultimately to have people betray tradition and the Divine. Even if the Party’s schemes for world domination are not directly successful, it will still have achieved the underlying purpose: to part people from their moral values. It does this by tempting people with economic interests, manipulating them with financial traps, infiltrating their political systems, intimidating them with military force, and confusing them with its propaganda.

Faced with such great danger, we must carefully examine the CCP regime’s ambition, strategy, tactics, and goals.
 
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CCP's Global Ambition
1. The Chinese Communist Party’s Ambition to Replace the US and Dominate the World
a. The CCP Has Always Aimed for World Domination




The CCP is not satisfied with being a regional power. It wants to control the world. This is determined by the Party’s inbuilt characteristic of tyranny. By its very nature, the Communist Party opposes heaven, earth, and tradition; it resorts to violence to smash the “old world” and aims to destroy all states, nations, and classes with the feigned goal of “liberating all humanity.” Its unchanging mission is one of constant expansion until the world is united under communist ideology. Its doctrines and practice are by definition globalist.

But because traditional culture was once quite powerful, communism has at times had to adopt a gradual and roundabout approach. In the Soviet Union, Stalin claimed the need for “socialism in one country;” more recently, the CCP has adopted “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Unlike the political parties that share power or hold power by rotation in Western democracies, the CCP has uncontested authority. It sets its strategic goals in the scope of decades or centuries. A few years after the Party established itself in 1949, it rolled out the slogan “surpass Britain and catch up to America” that prefaced the Great Leap Forward. Later, owing to unfavorable domestic and international situations, the CCP assumed a low profile for decades.

After the Tiananmen Massacre, the international community boycotted the Chinese regime. In response, the Party evaluated the situation and concluded that it was still unable to compete directly with the United States. Therefore, it took the path of hiding its strengths and biding its time, rather than attempting to take the lead on the international stage. This was not because the CCP had changed its goals, but because it adopts different strategies according to the circumstances in its struggle to ultimately establish world hegemony.

It can be said that the communist specter used the ancient Chinese strategic feint of “openly repairing the plank roads while secretly advancing via the hidden route of Chencang.” The first communist superpower was the Soviet Union, but its ultimate role ended up being to aid the rise and maturation of the Chinese communist regime.
 
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Three Gorges Dam: A Costly Political Project with an Uncertain Future
Aug. 12, 2020 | By Zhang Zhongmin(Minghui.org)
Regions along the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, have experienced severe flooding this summer. Hubei Province, still reeling from the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, was hit by floods in late June; Jiangxi Province raised the flood-control response from Level II to Level I, the highest flooding warning, on July 11; further downstream, Xinanjiang Dam in Zhejiang Province opened all nine of its floodgates to discharge water on July 8, leaving 300,000 people in danger.
Adding to the complexity is the water discharge from Three Gorges Dam, where three floodgates were opened on July 7 to protect it from damage, reported Taiwan News on July 9. Once celebrated as a high-profile political project, Three Gorges Dam was claimed to rein in major floods that occur once every 10,000 years, as reported by Xinhua on June 1, 2003,
Within several years, however, its function was downplayed. Chinese authority announced in May 2007 that the dam was able to withstand floods that happen once every 1,000 years, In October 2008, the term was quietly reduced to floods once every 100 years.
The changes in tones highlight the project’s over-hyped benefits versus its high price. Constructed between 1994 and 2003, the Three Gorges Dam cost over 200 billion yuan (or $32 billion) with millions of people relocated. Despite the huge sacrifice from the Chinese people, Chinese media hardly mentioned any drawback of the project, let alone long-term economical, social, and ecological risks.
Li Rui, the former vice-minister of Water Conservation, was a strong opponent of the project. His last article about the project was written in April 1996, two years after the project started. He was then told to keep quiet on this matter by then Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin.
When his book On the Project of Three Gorges Dam was published in Hong Kong, he wrote, “I have said all I could say. My sincere heart could be seen by both the divine and mankind.” Worried about the dam’s future, he also told his granddaughter, “If the Three Gorges Dam causes major issues one day, please remember that your grandfather was always against it.”
An Exception to the Great Leap Forward Movement
One of the most comprehensive reviews about this project was Li Rui’s article titled “The History of Three Gorge Dam that I Know of.”
When Mao Zedong visited the Yangtze River in 1953, Lin Yishan from the Ministry of Water Resources suggested building a major dam to resolve the flooding issue in the region. Mao agreed with the idea and, as he swam in the Yangtze River in June 1956, he wrote a poem of blocking the river with high dams for a “high flat lake.” People’s Daily followed closely and proposed on September 1, 1953, to finalize plans for the Phase 1 project.
Li Rui, chief of General Administration of Hydro-power, opposed the idea since Lin’s plan to build a 235-meter high dam would submerge about 10 cities including Chongqing with the relocation of over two million residents. He also consulted experts in this field, who confirmed his concerns.
Li Rui wrote an article in 1956 and submitted it to People’s Daily, but then-premier Zhou Enlai didn't allow it to be published on the grounds that this project was supported by Mao. Nonetheless, Li Rui and some other experts published several low-profile articles on this matter.
During a high profile meeting in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province in January 1958, both Lin Yishan and Li Rui presented their ideas to the Politburo. After Lin advocated for the dam project, Li shared his concerns. His main points were:
* Yangtze River has immense and rapid water flow, resulting in a strong self-cleaning ability. If a dam were to be built, it would have damaged the river's self-cleaning ability and possibly lead to a worse flood outcome.
* Yangtze River has many tributaries especially in the provinces of Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, and Jiangxi, with about 50% of the water coming from downstream of the proposed location of the dam at Three Gorges. Therefore, even if the dam were to be built, it could do very little to prevent flooding in the downstream of the dam.
* Lin argued that the dam would help prevent and control flood, such as the largest flood in recent history that happened in 1870 in upstream Chuan River in Sichuan Province. Li countered that embankment remains the major flood prevention method, and even if the dam were there in 1870, due to its location, it would not have prevented that largest flood in upstream Chuan River.
* A dam of 200 meters or higher would require relocation of over one million people, which is not a trivial matter.
* A high profile dam could easily become a target during wartime.
Mao supported Li Rui’s arguments, especially the last one, and dismissed the dam idea. At later Politburo meetings that year, such as the one in Chengdu in March and another one in Beidaihe in August, “Numerous resolutions were passed for the Great Leap Forward movement, the one related to Three Gorges [of not building a dam] was the only outlier. It was probably the right decision made in those meetings,” recalled Li Rui.
As the political movement advanced, however, Li Rui and some other officials were targeted in 1959 for not keeping up with the Party. Li Rui was stripped of all titles and sent to rural areas to do hard labor. His daughter initially abandoned him because he had been declared an enemy of the state, but later helped him after the Cultural Revolution was over in 1976.
When Li Rui returned to Beijing in January 1979, he was appointed a Vice Minister of Water Resources and Electric Power Ministry. By then, he learned that Gezhouba Dam, another project on the Yangtze River, had been built in 1970. Due to major issues, however, it was delayed by two years and was not fully completed until 1988.
A Political Project
Deng Xiaoping visited Three Gorges in July 1980 after he regained power and an official told him that a dam there would allow 10,000-ton ships to arrive in Chongqing from the ocean. “This was cheating since even downstream bridges in Wuhan and Nanjing only allow 5,000-ton ships,” Li Rui wrote in his memoir.
Nonetheless, Deng specifically told then-premier Li Peng in February 1984 to launch the project. Sun Yueqi from the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and other officials explored the area extensively multiple times and wrote numerous reports to oppose the project. These reports were collected in a book and published in early 1989, which was soon banned when the Tienanmen Square Massacre took place months later.
The Three Gorges project team then produced a documentary and showed it to top Party leaders in 1991. Wang Zhen, one of the veteran generals and then Vice President of China, contacted Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and Li Peng to start the project. Since then, opponents were removed from nearly all forms of discussions.
The project was finally approved in a rubber stamp process by the National People’s Congress in 1992. Those with objections were barred from the meetings and the discussions focused on how to build it instead of evaluating its risk and benefits. Moreover, top leaders including Jiang Zemin specifically asked attendees to support this political project. Still, only 67% of the attendees voted yes for this project.
Scientifically Unjustified
Scholars who objected to the Three Gorges project also faced serious consequences. Huang Wanli, who received a master's degree in hydrology from Cornell University and then a doctor's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 1930s, had conducted comprehensive research of both the Yellow River and Yangtze River. Four years after becoming a professor of Tsinghua University in 1953, he was labeled as a Rightist by Mao Zedong and targeted for being unwilling to align with the Party’s tone.
Huang found that the Chuan River, a branch of the Yangtze River, had pebbles and grit in the bed. Were a high dam to be built, migration of pebbles—about 100 million tons per year—would be trapped and extend backward upstream. This would ruin adjacent farmland and turn large areas in Sichuan Province into swamps, not to mention irreversible ecological damage and impairment of river transport.
Despite his reputation, Huang was mistreated all along during numerous political campaigns. It was not until 1998 that 87-year-old Huang was allowed to teach graduate students in Tsinghua, three years before he passed away.
When interviewed by the Voice of America in July 2019, Huang’s daughter Xiaolu said her father had written 6 letters opposing the dam. “If they give me half an hour, I can convince top leaders why we should not build it,” Huang once said. But the CCP never gave him the opportunity.
Li Rui had observed the same darkness in the CCP political system, which he described as “correct opinions are rejected while incorrect ones are favors. Similarly, capable people are suppressed and incapable ones are promoted.

Defying Nature
Pan Jiazhen, former Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, used to be a strong opponent of the Three Gorges Dam. He once listed 20 harms of the project, such as submersion of land and forest, relocation of a large number of residents, potential earthquakes, loss of cultural heritage sites, a decline in water quality, and potential collapse of the dam.
Pan, however, later became the technical chief of the project. He gave three reasons, all of which were political, for why he turned from an opponent to a strong advocate of the dam project. First, “Science can solve all problems and mankind will conquer nature.” Second, 20 drawbacks of the dam could not be an excuse for not following the Party lines. Third, opposing voices to the dam were mainly from the so-called anti-China forces. “On behalf of the Chinese people,” Pan declared “I would never allow the river to run at will without constraint.”
Wang Weiluo, an expert of Three Gorges Dam, revealed in his book that the project was a deal between former CCP leaders Jiang Zemin and Li Peng. Li helped Jiang to arise as top CCP leader during the Tienanmen Square Massacre in 1989, while Jiang in turn advocated for the project on behalf of Li, who was in charge of electricity in China.
Shortly after being appointed the top CCP leader, Jiang visited the Three Gorges for the project and silenced both Li Rui and Huang Wanli for expressing different opinions. Under Jiang's influence, the National People’s Congress approved the project in 1992, but with an unprecedented low approval rate.
Data released by China’s National Audit Office in June 2013 showed at least 76 corruption cases related to the Three Gorges Dam project. There were 113 people involved with a sum of 3.4 billion yuan (or $490 million). Inspection officers and the National Audit Office acknowledged that the project had become a tool for high officials to turn public lands and other resources for their own profits.
Furthermore, the dam, which generates about 20 billion yuan (or $2.9 billion) worth of electricity per year, has been privatized, although its earlier investment came from public funds. That is, after contributing tremendously to the project including forced relocation, ordinary people not only didn't receive discounts on electricity fees as promised early, but they instead had experienced more frequent droughts, high temperatures, flooding, and earthquakes.
Safety Becoming a Big Concern
Huang Wanli, who knew well the drawbacks of the dam, once predicted 12 consequences of the dam. The first 11 were: the collapse of downstream banks, affecting voyage, the issue of residents' relocation, silting problems, poor water quality, lower electricity generated, abnormal climate, frequent earthquakes, spreading of schistosomiasis (a disease), the deteriorating of the ecological environment, and upstream flooding. All of them later became reality. The last prediction was, when the risks exceeded benefits, the dam would be blown off.

Google maps of Three Gorges Dam: left taken in 2009 and right was taken in 2018
One comparison of Google maps of the dam taken in 2009 and in 2018, was recently circulating online, which drew broad concerns. The earlier image in 2009 showed the dam was straight, but the later one in 2018 showed a severely deformed structure. Chinese authorities gave several explanations, but none of them made much sense. The situation is more suspicious when considering what the Chinese authority said in 2010, “The dam has limited capability of handling flooding. Better not count too much on it.”
It was also worth noting that despite such a high-profile project, no top CCP leaders attended the ceremony upon its completion in 2009. No official certificate of completion was issued for the project, either. Netizens believed that this was because no one wanted to be held responsible for the time bomb.
To some degree, such cover-ups by the CCP officials are similar to what happened during the corona-virus outbreak in China. After a series of political campaigns that targeted intellectuals(1950s), destroyed cultures (1960s-1970s), suppressed a democratic movement (1980s), and persecuted religious groups (such as Falun Gong practitioners), the CCP did not spare China’s lands and rivers, either.
Sanmenxia Dam, a major project on the Yellow River, was also politically based and it started in 1957. Because of opposing the project, Huang Wangli was attacked by the CCP for decades. Zhang Guangdou, a strong advocate who manipulated numbers for the project to pass, was instead constantly promoted. Within two years after the dam was completed, problems surfaced in 1962 making Mao Zedong so disappointed that he talked about blowing up the dam. But proven facts did not change the fate of Huang and Zhang, and the CCP did not openly admit the project was a mistake until 2004.
Beside dams, Pan and Zhang also followed the Party line closely in other aspects. Pan was Vice Chairman of China’s Anti-Cult Association (an organization of the CCP that facilitates the persecution of Falun Gong) while Zhang was also a key member of the organization.
As the CCP continues to harm the Chinese citizens, and now the people of the world as seen in the coronavirus pandemic, one may find rejecting the CCP is a major step for our society to go back to normal.
http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/...12/186307.html
 
Ellanjay
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Three Ways to Counter the Chinese Regime Without a War

Commentary by Wang He
August 11, 2020




The year 2020 has marked the beginning of a new phase in the “cold war” between the United States and the Chinese communist regime.

Following U.S. sanctions against human rights violators in Xinjiang came the removal of Hong Kong’s special trade status, and formal denial of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) hegemony in the South China Sea. And now the conflict has intensified with the closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston, and successive China policy statements by high-ranking U.S. government officials. All these events have taken the international community by surprise.

But are there ways to bring down the CCP? There are, for sure. And I believe American policymakers have long been aware of them.

Taking Down the Internet Firewall

First, dismantle the CCP’s Great Firewall to gain internet freedom for the Chinese people.

In the mid 1990s, when China was connected to the global internet, the surveillance and blockade started almost simultaneously. Known as the “Golden Shield Project,” the CCP’s firewall has long been notorious. In addition, on June 1, 2017, Beijing’s draconian cyber security law was implemented to block VPNs, delete posts, ban users, and arrest people. China has become the world’s number one “state behind the wall.”

The CCP’s cyber wall not only deprives the Chinese people of their freedom of speech and freedom of thought, but also seriously endangers the world.

An article commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall published by Radio France Internationale on Nov. 11, 2019 pointed out that, if the world fails to see that the visible Berlin Wall has transformed into an even more vicious invisible (internet) firewall in China, then any rhetoric about freedom is empty.

One of the most important reasons for the raging coronavirus pandemic around the world is the CCP’s concealment and fraud, and its internet blockade. This has become the consensus among the United States and the international community. The United States can no longer ignore the CCP’s cyber wall.

Michael Pack, the new head of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), waited two years for Senate confirmation of his nomination and finally took charge of the agency last month. He immediately fired the top leadership at each of the agency’s news outlets, such as the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, that are known to be severely infiltrated by the CCP. A USAGM spokesperson said, “Mr. Pack understands the scale and nature of the threat posed by opponents of freedom of expression, and that is precisely why he considers bolstering firewall circumvention as a top priority of his tenure at USAGM.”

Radio talk show host and former White House strategist Steve Bannon made it clear on his War Room broadcast program “Pandemic EP166” that tearing down the firewall is phase one of how to destroy the CCP and begin the liberation of the Chinese people.

In the May 8 program, Bannon interviewed Michael Horowitz, the CEO of 21st Century Initiatives and the former general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget under the Reagan Administration. Horowitz stated, “It is technologically feasible for us to bypass the Chinese firewall, it won’t take a lot of money, but it’ll take a Manhattan project effort.”

Horowitz went on to say: “The U.S. has lined up a major American University to assign its key information technology and computer security experts to work with…the State Department or the Board of Broadcasting Governors. The experts and government believe that the chances are substantial and that we can take down the firewall before the election.”

The United States has unlimited funds from three billion dollars worth of accounts to tear down the firewall, according to Horowitz.

There is another item of encouragement regarding dismantling of the CCP’s firewall. On June 13, SpaceX completed its ninth bulk Starlink launch, carrying 58 Starlink broadband satellites. According to astronomy news website Space.com, the goal of SpaceX’s Starlink project is to provide users around the world with constant, high-speed internet access. The company plans to achieve this by launching a massive constellation of broadband internet satellites. Users on the ground would then operate a small terminal—no bigger than a laptop—to gain internet access.

This accomplishment could very likely become the terminator of the CCP’s firewall.

In general, technically breaking down China’s firewall is highly plausible as demonstrated by the success of circumvention software, such as Freegate and Wujie. It is merely a political decision.

For example, during the Obama administration, on July 31, 2015, the New York Times stated that Washington had decided to retaliate against China’s hacking of government computers and information of 21.5 million people. Pursuing internet freedom was within the scope of retaliation.

Also, in 2016, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the first time listed Chinese internet censorship as a trade barrier. In 2018, USTR reported to Congress on China’s WTO compliance, saying the CCP’s engaging in “extensive blocking of legitimate websites is affecting billions of dollars in business.”

However, concrete actions are yet to be seen.

Taking down the Great Firewall will bring great change to China. As one netizen has commented, “Leave the rest to the Chinese people, as long as the firewall is dismantled.”

Sanctioning CCP Human Rights Violators

The second way to bring down the CCP is to comprehensively publicize and sanction Chinese communist officials who have committed human rights violations by freezing their overseas assets.

Accountability, the ability to hold individual human rights violators responsible for their actions, is one of the basic principles of international human rights law and international criminal law. It is never right to cover up personal crimes under the pretext of orders from a superior, national interests, institutional systems, etc. Applying this principle, comprehensively sanctioning CCP officials for their human rights violations will bring great results.

On Dec. 23, 2016 the “Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act” was signed into law, and on Dec. 21, 2017 the United States used it to slap sanctions on Gao Yan, a former police chief of Beijing’s Chaoyang district, over the death of an activist in custody. It was the first time the Trump administration took this kind of specific action in response to a human rights abuse in China.

On Aug. 2, 2017 President Trump signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.” The State Department used it the first time on Sept. 20, 2018 to impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD), the military branch responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in “significant transactions” with Russia’s main arms exporter.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is another U.S. law for sanctioning CCP criminals by imposing “property and visa-blocking sanctions on foreign persons responsible for gross human rights violations in Hong Kong.”

This year, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 and the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020, laid a legal foundation for comprehensive sanctions against CCP human rights violators.

In terms of law enforcement, on July 9, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four current or former government officials in connection with serious rights abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The designation included Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party Secretary of Xinjiang, and Zhu Hailun, a former Deputy Party Secretary of Xinjiang. Also designated were the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB), as well as the current Director and Communist Party Secretary of the XPSB, Wang Mingshan, and the former Party Secretary of the XPSB, Huo Liujun.

This action was being taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption,” which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Simultaneously, the State Department also placed additional visa restrictions on Chen Quanguo, Zhu Hailun, and Wang Mingshan, and their immediate family members.

The sanctions were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S. government to target human rights violators worldwide by freezing any of their U.S. assets, banning U.S. travel, and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.

On July 7, U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo also announced the implementation of visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials who are “substantially involved in the formulation or execution of policies related to access for foreigners to Tibetan areas,” pursuant to the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018.

Previously, on June 26, Pompeo announced visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who were believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy. The visa restrictions were to fulfill President Trump’s promise to punish CCP officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms, and this was enacted prior to the CCP having unveiled the full text of the Hong Kong national security law.

And even prior to this, on June 11, the members of the Republican Study Committee’s National Security & Foreign Affairs Task Force recommended that the Department of the Treasury impose sanctions on key CCP leaders, including Luo Huining, the director of the Hong Kong liaison office, Han Zheng, a member of the seven-person elite Politburo of the CCP and also Xi Jinping’s “point man” on Hong Kong affairs, Xia Baolong, the head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and others.

The above examples show that the Trump administration has stepped up its use of comprehensive sanctions against CCP human rights abusers. The effect and impact on the communist dictators and their followers is incalculable.

Quit the Party and Travel Ban

The third way to bring down the CCP is to ban all CCP members from entering the United States unless they publicly declare their withdrawal from the CCP.

On July 15, a New York Times report said: “The Trump administration is considering a sweeping ban on travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families.”

The article went on to say: “The presidential proclamation, still in draft form, could also authorize the United States government to revoke the visas of party members and their families who are already in the country, leading to their expulsion. … Counting party members as well as their families, the ban could technically bar travel to the United States for as many as 270 million people, according to one internal administration estimate.”

The next day, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters in a press briefing regarding the ban, “So, I have no announcements on that front, but rest assured we keep every option on the table with regard to China.”

The travel ban rattled the CCP and created huge panic in the communist regime.

The Chinese people were greatly encouraged and rejoiced. Not only did mainland netizens strongly support the passage of this ban, they also provided suggestions for Trump to increase the sanctions. In Google’s Chinese search, the term “withdraw from the party” soared.

It is generally anticipated that the consequence of such a travel ban will be the severance of diplomatic relations or worse.

The current U.S. Immigration Law prohibits communist members from immigrating to the United States, but it does not prohibit communist members from entering the country.

However, the United States has recently begun to impose visa restrictions on some Chinese citizens, including senior CCP officials who participated in the suppression of Uyghurs, Chinese journalists working in the United States, and some employees of Chinese technology companies that “violate human rights,” such as Huawei.

In early June, the United States also announced that it would no longer issue visas to foreign students related to the Chinese military, and that visas already issued would also become invalid. In addition, the U.S. government plans to impose visa and economic sanctions on CCP officials involved in suppressing Hong Kong’s freedom.

In terms of operations, it is not difficult to ban the entry of communists. The Trump administration has already distinguished the CCP from the Chinese people. The key now lies in the Trump administration’s recognition of the nature of the CCP and holding the opportunity and the timing. When this move is made, it will set the tone for the new China-U.S. cold war.

In conclusion, I believe the effectiveness of these methods mainly relies on the political will and leadership of President Trump.

Here I’d like to point out that critical to the success of the three methods is to promote the awakening of the Chinese people. The Chinese people are the protagonists in overthrowing the Chinese communist regime. American politicians have made it very clear: the CCP is not afraid of the United States, but of the Chinese people. It’s the Chinese people’s hearts that the CCP and the United States are fighting over.

If the Chinese people don’t awaken, then no one can save them. The help from the United States and the international community’s forces of justice cannot replace the Chinese people’s will to help themselves.

What is encouraging is that more than 360 million Chinese nationals have publicly declared that they have quit from the CCP and its affiliated organizations, the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers. The Chinese people’s awakening and the supporting actions from the international community, led by President Trump, will open a new page in history for China and the world.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/three-...r_3456433.html
 
Ellanjay
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CCP's Global Ambitions

1. The Chinese Communist Party’s Ambition to Replace the US and Dominate the World

b. World Domination Requires Defeating the United States


Since World War I, the United States has been the most powerful country on earth and serves to maintain international order. Any country that wants to overturn this order must bring down the United States, so in terms of overall strategic considerations, America is the CCP’s main enemy. This has been the case for decades, and the Party has never stopped preparing for an all-out offensive against the United States.

In his book The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, Michael Pillsbury wrote that China has a long-term strategy to subvert the U.S.-led world economic and political order and to replace it with communism by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the Communist Party’s rise to power in China. Pillsbury notes that in the TV series Silent Contest, produced by the National Defense University of China, the ambition to compete with the United States is laid out clearly: The CCP’s process of realizing its “great cause” of dominating the world “will inevitably run into constant wear-and-tear and struggle with the U.S. hegemonic system.” “It is a centennial contest, not to be shifted by the human will.” [2]

The CCP’s global strategy is centered on countering the United States. Arthur Waldron, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a China expert, stated at a Senate hearing in 2004 that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is the only army in the world that is dedicated for anti-U.S. operations. [3] In fact, apart from the PLA, most of the CCP’s diplomatic relations and international activities have the United States as their direct or indirect target.
 
Ellanjay
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The Reality of Communism in China: Poverty, Inequality, and Corruption

Aug. 14, 2020 | By Shi Chuan(Minghui.org)


Some people in Western society were misled by the claim that communism is a system of equality despite its tyrannical ruling. When looking into facts and uncensored statistics, however, one would find it a brewery of poverty, inequality, and corruption.

Below is an analysis using China as an example. I hope it will help people recognize the nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and distance themselves from the totalitarian regime and its human rights violations and religious persecution.

The Issue of Poverty in China

China Society for Human Rights Studies recently published a report to promote China as being far superior to the United States which was said to see half of the American families struggling to maintain their basic life. The statement is untrue but could mislead Chinese people once parroted through various CCP-controlled news media.

According to per capita nominal GDP for 2019 released by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, the per capita GPD for the United States was over $65,000 and about $10,000 for China.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced in May that about 600 million Chinese citizens have a monthly income of 1,000 yuan (or $144) or less. A research report published by Beijing Normal University in 2019 supported Li's claim. The report sampled 70,000 people and inferred that 43% of the population (or 600 million) has a monthly income of less than 1,090 yuan. Among them, 220 million have a monthly income of less than 500 yuan (or $72).

The Number Game of Gini Index

The CCP is known to manipulate numbers to support its narratives. After the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976, for example, Chinese authorities first reported a death toll of 655,000, but later lowered it to 240,000. The sudden drop in the number of coupons distributed (which was a necessity at the time to buy fabric or food), on the other hand, indicated a population decline of at least 550,000 people, a figure that was more on par with the initially announced higher death toll.

Another example was the man-made famine in 1959-1961. The CCP never announced the death toll and in fact treated the topic as a taboo for researchers. Frank Dikötter, chair professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong, conducted independent studies and concluded the death toll was at least 45 million in his book Mao’s Great Famine.

Similarly, the Gini index, an indicator of income inequality, also remains a mystery in China. In 1978, China reported a Gini index of 0.3, which climbed to 0.4 by 1994. There was no official announcement of the Gini index between 2002 and 2011. In 2012, the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) abruptly reported all numbers between 2002 and 2012, and claimed the index had dropped from 0.479 in 2003 to 0.474 in 2012.

But these numbers received broad skepticism. In a report in The Atlantic in January 2013 titled “What China's Newly Released Inequality Data Really Means,” Xu Xiaonian, a professor of economics and finance at China Europe International Business School, was cited as saying these data were like “a fairy-tale that no one would dare to write.” He was further cited as writing on social media, “A journalist called me and asked me to comment on today's macroeconomic figures. Wouldn't I be sick in my head to comment on such false figures?”

A Gini index of above 0.4 is often considered inequality that could lead to political instability and social conflicts. After this number reached 0.41 in China by 2000, NBS stopped releasing such data. A research team at the University of Michigan analyzed 7 nationwide surveys in China and calculated Gini indices based on them. The results were published in May 2014 on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) with a title of “Income inequality in today's China.”

Numbers from these 7 surveys ranged from 0.483 to 0.611, with an average at 0.54. Given the information censorship in China, the real number could be much higher. But even 0.54 would put China the highest Gini index among major countries in the world.

“Holding back data have been in the [Chinese] government's interest, an attempt to avoid drawing attention to a reality that an increasing number of Chinese find frustrating,” reported an article on Quartz in April 2014 with a title of “China is hiding how bad income inequality.”

Corruption: When Cash Is Measured in Tons

The real Gini index could be higher because senior officials have large sums of unreported income. Wei Pengyuan, former director of the coal department at the National Energy Administration, was investigated for corruption in May 2014. Since a large amount of cash was found at his residence, local banks provided 16 money counters, among them 4 were damaged onsite because of the heavy use. In the end, the money was determined to be 230 million yuan (or $33 million).

Lai Xiaomin, a business executive and senior economist, was the Party chief and chairperson of the board for China Huarong Asset Management. Among all the fortune he accumulated through corruption and bribery, some of it was kept in his numerous safes. After he was investigated in April 2018, officials found 270 million yuan (or $39 million) of cash in his residence, with a total weight of about 3 tons (or 6,600 pounds).

Besides high officials, offsprings of senior political officials—known as princelings—also accumulated large amounts of assets, which are deposited both inside China and overseas. Deutsche Welle, a German public radio, reported in April 2012 that 2,900 Chinese princelings owned a fortune of about 2 trillion yuan (or $320 billion at that time). They had controlled many industries, especially finance, foreign trade, and real estate. “Among 3,220 Chinese people with fortunes of over 100 million yuan, only 288 are not offspring of high officials,” wrote the report.

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles...14/186337.html
 
Ellanjay
#170
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CCP's Global Ambitions

1. The CCP’s Ambition to Replace the US and Dominate the World

c. The CCP Has a Multi-Pronged Strategy to Subvert and Contain the United States

The CCP has taken a comprehensive approach toward succeeding in its attempt to dominate the world. In ideology, it competes with the United States and other countries where there is freedom and democracy. It uses forced technology transfers and intellectual-property theft to close the tech gap and boost its economic confidence. Militarily, it engages in a silent rivalry against the United States by means of asymmetrical and “unrestricted warfare” in places like the South China Sea. It backs North Korea, Iran, and other rogue regimes to impede the United States and NATO.

In diplomacy, the CCP regime has promoted its “great peripheral strategy” and the One Belt, One Road plan. It has very quickly expanded its international influence, including neighboring countries as well as countries in Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Latin America, in an attempt to build an international coalition, develop a Chinese-led sphere, and isolate the United States.

The CCP has multiple methods to accomplish these goals. It established the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 1996, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in 2015, and the “16+1” cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries in 2012. It cooperates keenly as part of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), and vigorously promotes internationalization of its currency. It seeks to control the formulation of industrial standards (such as those used for the proposed 5G cellular networks) and to dominate public discourse.

The CCP regime has taken advantage of the democracy and freedom of the press that exist in the United States and other Western countries to carry out united front operations, spread propaganda, and engage in espionage. This is its attempt to manipulate the United States as much as possible and impose bloodless change from within.

Using these tactics, CCP agents bribe U.S. government officials, congressmen, diplomats, and retired military officers. The Party uses economic interests to guide American capitalists to lobby for the Chinese communists and to influence U.S. policy on China. It forces high-tech companies to cooperate with the CCP’s internet censorship and Great Firewall, coerces and incentivizes many in the overseas Chinese communities to serve as fifth columnists, and infiltrates Western think tanks and academic departments. It manipulates these institutions into exercising self-censorship on sensitive topics, effectively adopting the stand of the Communist Party. Chinese companies, which are controlled or influenced by the CCP, have been investing heavily in Hollywood.

While developing its influence in various countries to envelop and contain the United States on one hand, on the other, it establishes hidden strongholds on American soil so that it can undermine the United States from within. It has built an extensive network of agents and has fostered splits in U.S. society, posing a serious internal threat.