No More Chinese Communist Party

July 30, 2010

Post-Cheonan dilemma: how to deal with China

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The Korean Times: China’s playing the staunch guardian role for North Korea in response to the Cheonan incident greatly antagonized South Koreans. Some of them saw it as a defining moment, revealing the true nature of the giant neighbor that failed to measure up to be a responsible global stakeholder.

Guy Sorman observes that the episode also left Seoul with a task of how to deal with the increasingly assertive and domineering superpower in the future. He yet adds that the problem of how to handle China is a global problem today.

The Western construct that China is an “irresponsible superpower” has found a new market in South Korea, which saw China shielding North Korea from the global outrage over the Cheonan incident.

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NEWSWEEK: Class Warfare In China

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When GQ pulled its Chinese-language magazine from newsstands, it wasn’t because of censorship. It just didn’t want to anger rich Chinese.

It wasn’t easy to cast this incident as yet another case of Chinese censorship. A day after it went on sale early this month, the July edition of the Chinese-language GQ was abruptly yanked from newsstands, apparently due to an article chronicling the pampered and hypermaterialistic lives of a bunch of rich 20-somethings; they belonged to the Super Car Club, obsessed over hot wheels and trendy clothes, and had fathers with tons of cash. Officially, the issue was recalled because the reporter behind the story allegedly taped and published quotes from interviews with club members that were supposed to be off the record, drawing ire from the club’s powerful president, who reportedly threatened a lawsuit.

July 28, 2010

Washington Post: Richard McGregor’s ‘The Party’ reveals the secret world of China’s communists

”   But McGregor points out that “Lenin, who designed the prototype used to run communist countries around the world, would recognize the [Chinese] model immediately.” Case in point: the Central Organization Department, the party’s vast and opaque human resources agency. It has no public phone number, and there is no sign on the huge building it occupies near Tiananmen Square. Guardian of the party’s personnel files, the department handles key personnel decisions not only in the government bureaucracy but also in business, media, the judiciary and even academia. Its deliberations are all secret. If such a body existed in the United States, McGregor writes, it “would oversee the appointment of the entire US cabinet, state governors and their deputies, the mayors of major cities, the heads of all federal regulatory agencies, the chief executives of GE, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart and about fifty of the remaining largest US companies, the justices of the Supreme Court, the editors of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, the bosses of the TV networks and cable stations, the presidents of Yale and Harvard and other big universities, and the heads of think-tanks like the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation.”

Full review is very interesting!

July 24, 2010

Cohn: Google makes evil empire blink

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The Star : “Don’t be evil.”

Google’s fabled corporate motto is coming in handy these days, inoculating the search engine giant against any riposte from China’s Communist leadership — which has strong ideas about what’s evil and what’s not.

The last time China’s rulers faced a direct challenge — albeit from a quasi-religious group called Falun Gong — they branded it “an evil cult.” And unleashed the full fury of the state’s powers to banish it. And crush it.

Adherents of Falun Gong were armed only with their finely honed “qi,” or inner energy. Google, by contrast, had algorithms in its arsenal, and enough marketing muscle to survive the threat of losing its mainland license.

China was prepared to imprison and torture Falun Gong members, but lacked the stomach to tie down Google’s global brand. China needed the idea of Google more than Google needed the lure of China.

Not many movements, or nations, have that leverage. What politician today can claim that China needs his country more than his own nation needs China? Not Canada, not Britain, not America. Not even Taiwan, which recently concluded a lucrative trade agreement with Beijing.

China blinked and yes, lost a little face, though the outcome is mostly symbolic. Google search results coming via Hong Kong will remain uncensored, but the bottom line is that China will still block those sites to mainlanders who click on the Internet links that pop up. But at least surfers will know they’ve been blocked in a transparent way, as opposed to having their search results vetted without them even knowing.

Stop the Inhuman Persecution of Falun Gong in China

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Hon. David Kilgour

Canad Free Press: July 20th will mark eleven years of inhuman persecution of the Falun Gong community by the Chinese party-state. It’s thus good to see so many Canadians of such varied cultural and religious backgrounds standing in solidarity today in our national capital. Officials in Beijing must end this horror begun in mid-1999. More and more people across the world are aware of this new crime against humanity and want it stopped now.

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We call for the government of Canada to urge the government of China to end the persecution of Falun Gong and to release all Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience immediately, including 12 with close Canadian ties.

July 19, 2010

Canada Free Press: Groups Call for Expulsion of Chinese Diplomat for Role in Foreign Interference

Requesting the government of Canada to declare Liu Shaohua, first secretary of the education section at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, to be persona non grata

Ottawa/Vancouver – This week, 17 organizations and individuals wrote to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon requesting the government of Canada to declare Liu Shaohua, first secretary of the education section at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, to be persona non grata for his role in mobilizing Chinese students and scholars to suppress Canadian protesters.

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Liu Shaohua was caught on tape asking Chinese students and scholars to fight a ‘political struggle’ during Hu Jingtao’s visit. He said “Falun Gong, Tibetan separatists, Uyghur separatists, and democracy people” were planning protests that would “sabotage” and “interfere with” Hu’s visit. He stated: “This is a battle that relates to defending the reputation of our motherland!” and whoever cannot come “must ask for leave from me.” He said the embassy will cover all expenses, but “do not talk about it outside.”

“The biggest danger of Liu Shaohua is that he is selling to the people a version of reality which is extremely wrong and extremely dangerous” said Mr. Michael Craig, Chair of the China Rights Networks, “When a diplomat encourages hate against a group of people in Canada, he is acting against the diplomatic rules”.

“The Chinese Embassy tried to influence public opinion by rallying these foreign students to make Canadians think that the Canadian Chinese community on a whole supports the Chinese communist party, but they do not. Many immigrants from China came here to seek freedom away from the totalitarian regime”, said Grace Wollensak from the Falun Dafa Association of Canada.

From June 23 to June 25, the embassy hired students tried to block the protesters banners on the roadside. At 2 a.m. on June 23, about 200 of them arrived outside the Westin Hotel where Hu was to stay. They moved to occupy the protesters’ area, cover the Falun Gong banners with red flags,  push away Falun Gong practitioners and attempted to monopolize the entire area. One Falun Gong practitioner was hit in the head. On the parliament hill, their loud chanting included derogatory and threatening words such as “strike down Falun Gong.” The Canadian protesters felt very much threatened and intimidated.

Maggie Hou, a human rights activist who was jailed for her work in China, said: “I was assaulted and intimidated and called a ‘traitor’ by the Chinese Embassy recruited crowd for holding a sign that reads ‘Do not be fooled by Communist Party and learn the truth of China’.”

“The targets of these rallies and hate slogans were Canadian citizens, and the demonstrators attacking these Canadians were mostly Chinese citizens, acting completely under the direction of a foreign power. This situation is an affront to Canadian sovereignty and must be stopped”, said Clive Ansley

“There is more than enough evidence to justify expulsion of this official”, wrote David Matas and David Kilgour in their own letter, “Repressing democratic protest in Canada is an abuse of the embassy and consular functions as set out in the Vienna Convention” “The embassies and consulates of non-democratic states should not take advantage of democratic freedoms to attempt to expand their repression abroad. China should not be abusing Canadian freedoms to undermine Canadian democracy.”

techeye.net: (China) Wants to stop flow of communication as it ramps up censorship

Read more: http://www.techeye.net/internet/china-puts-more-blocks-on-social-media-report#ixzz0u8mw2fKD

NetEase.com runs a microblogging service similar to Twitter. It’s been down in China since 7PM Tuesday and a notice posted on the site says that it’s “under maintenance”. Sohu.com’s microblog also got shut down earlier this week with the posted notice saying that it’s in “testing mode”. This comes as Chinese officials have made another run at clamping down on the world wide wibble – as Nick Farrell reported, it wants to make the internet its propaganda machine.

Twitter and social networking is a dangerous game for governments who want to keep the flow of information coming directly from them, as proved by the dodgy elections over in Iran. Instead of having to rely on sporadic reports, the nation took to Twitter to air grievances and post pictures of what was actually going on. This made it difficult for Mahmoudnejad to keep convincing people with state-run media that all was fine and dandy and it was just a small group of pro-Western, unIslamic dissenters that were rebelling.

BBC: No room to talk in ‘stable’ Tibet

…..ours was a highly controlled tour.

We had a set programme, minders watching us everywhere, and few opportunities to talk to Tibetans freely.

Everywhere we had a police escort, and we passed huge military convoys rumbling along the mountain roads. It gave the impression China is nervous about its hold on Tibet.

“People here know that they are now enjoying the best conditions they’ve ever had in Tibet – so local people love China, they love the Communist Party”

We were taken to the Tibet University, a group of modern buildings with the Chinese flag fluttering high above them.

But when we tried to stop some Tibetan students to talk to them security guards came running across, shoved between us, and shooed the students away.

At the Jokhang, Tibet’s most important Buddhist temple, I was followed round by at least four plain-clothes security men……….

The Chinese government wants its own Internet

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The inquirer: An internal memo that accidentally ended up on the party’s website detailed a plan to use the Internet in order to “create an international public opinion environment that is objective, beneficial and friendly to us.”

Wang Chen – a man with more Chinese government credits to his name than Lord Mandy – continued by claiming that the effort to engineer the Internet would help in “assisting in our diplomatic battles and safeguarding our national interests.”

Although much of that might seem like the crazy ramblings of a tin-pot dictator, Chen’s speech takes a sinister turn when he says the Internet has “increased the government’s capabilities in social management.” According to Chen, Chinese government agencies at all levels “have gradually built mechanisms to guide public opinion through integrating the functions of propaganda departments,” with the Internet being just another tool for the rulers to use towards that goal.

Wang also references the need for filtering content by claiming that access to foreign websites can result in “all sorts of harmful foreign information to appear on our domestic internet”. All of this points to the Chinese government creating their own intranet in order to push its ideals into the minds of its populace.

July 14, 2010

Guy Sorman: Darkness in Beijing

The Chinese regime persecutes defenders of freedom.

We must listen to Liu Xia and deal with the Chinese regime as we once dealt with the Soviet Union. We didn’t confuse the Russian people with the Soviet Communist Party; we did business with the USSR because trade benefited the Russian people; we supported Soviet dissidents because they embodied Russia’s enduring soul and its future. In the same way, let us realize that the Chinese people are not to be confused with the Chinese Communist Party. Let us recognize that Liu Xiaobo, Hu Jia, and Wei Jingsheng represent the dignity and the honor of China—and, we may hope, its future.

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