Although discreetly out of sight to foreigners, the communists are still running practically everything.
But one of the responsibilities of being one of China’s 83 million Communist Party members is to obscure the power of the party from foreigners.
At the Changchun Railway Vehicles factory I asked the manager of the huge bullet train fabrication plant whether his was a ”patriotic” cause. He replied in the affirmative and then volunteered: ”We not only work for Changchun Railway Vehicles but for the country. We always do political education on loving the country and loving the party. In fact we have a Communist Party branch in this workshop. I’m a member, and 80 per cent of managers are members. To make sure our workers don’t get bored we organise activities, like education on how to love the country and love the party. It helps the workers integrate and improve their communal spirit.”
State-owned companies have made huge strides in efficiency and profitability but they are still owned and controlled by the Communist Party. And given that the profits last year at just two Chinese state-owned companies, China Mobile and PetroChina, far exceeded the combined profits of China’s 500 largest private companies (218 billion yuan), it’s fair to say that the party directly dominates big business in China.
Read more here: Chen Guangcheng, 38, was let out of jail Sept. 9 only to confront a regime of round-the-clock video surveillance, constant plainclothes police presence outside his home and monitoring or blocking of his and his relatives’ cell phones. If he is allowed to go anywhere, he’ll have a plainclothes police “escort.”
Such surveillance, called “soft detention” (ruan jin) in Chinese, is what happens to activists whom the Chinese state deems not dangerous enough for jail but too dangerous to be left to their own devices. The treatment can last years, even decades.
The methods are illegal according to China’s own laws, Chinese lawyers and rights activists say, and show how far authoritarian China still is from protecting citizens’ rights that now exist only on paper.
Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas accuses the Chinese regime of continuing a bloody harvest of much-needed human organs, killing up to 10,000 death-row inmates and political prisoners each year. But he accepts the scale of the problem is all but impossible to prove.
”Straight up, the allegation is people are being killed and their bodies cremated, so there is no corpse,” he told The Age yesterday. ”It’s done in a hospital, in a closed setting, so there are no witnesses, just perpetrators and victims. The documentary record is all Chinese internal records, so you’re not going to get any documents.”
// But Mr Matas insists rudimentary evidence of the crimes can be found by those determined enough to search.
He has co-written a series of reports since 2006 investigating the organ harvest and believes the trade is now servicing a growing local market for transplants.
All websites are to properly report on demonstrations in Hong Kong
August 30, 2010
The purpose of the demonstrations in Hong Kong (over the hostage tragedy in the Philippines) is not pure. (Those demonstrations) are releasing dissatisfaction towards the mainland. All websites are to properly report on demonstrations in Hong Kong, and not allow themselves to be taken advantage of by anti-mainland sentiment in Hong Kong.
Do not report the story “Secretary General of Vietnamese Communist Party holds multi-candidate elections”
August 30, 2010
It is forbidden to report on democratic steps taken in Vietnam: the Secretary General holding multi-candidate elections, direct elections for the National Assembly, and the requirement starting in April for all National Assembly representatives, legislators, and high-level government officials to report their property.
Central Propaganda Bureau: All media outlets are to recall reporters sent to Yichun
August 28, 2010
Other than reporters from CCTV, Xinhua, People’s Daily (Renmin ribao), Heilongjiang Daily (Heilongjiang ribao), and Yichun Daily (Yichun ribao), reporters sent from other media outlets are all to be recalled from Yichun.
Regarding Gao Yaojie in Southern Weekend
August 26, 2010
All websites are to delete the report on Gao Yaojie in Southern Weekend (Nanfang zhoumo).
Submitted by Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group
As in previous years, allegations of severe human rights violations in China were a significant component in reports presented at the 13th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, held in Geneva from March 1-26th. Three UN Special Rapporteurs detailed ongoing violations of Falun Gong Practitioners’ human rights in their annual investigations and conclusions to the UN. The Rapporteurs included Manfred Nowak, whose mandate is to investigate torture; Asma Jahangir, whose mandate is freedom of religion and belief; and Margaret Sekaggya, who investigates the status of human rights defenders around the world.
All three Rapporteurs sent numerous appeals to the Chinese government concerning Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetans, Christians, Uyghurs and those who have sought to defend their legal and human rights. Their reports can be downloaded from the UN official web site:http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/13session/reports.htm . (Document Numbers: Manfred Nowak, A/HRC/13/39/Add.1, A/HRC/13/39/Add.5; Asma Jahangir, A/HRC/13/40/Add.1; Margaret Sekaggya, A/HRC/13/22/Add.1).
Vancouver – Members of the Falun Gong spiritual group have gathered today at the Vancouver Convention Centre to protest against what they say is China’s killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.
The Falun Gong are manning a table inside the venue where the International Congress of the Transplantation Society is taking place.
Practitioners say they are appealing to the Congress to help stop the illegal harvesting of organs of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
David Matas who was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his intensive investigation over a four-year period into the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China will speak at the Congress on Ending Abuse of Organ Transplantation in China. His work had culminated into a book called “Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs” which was published in late 2009.
From the Huffington Post — The leader of China’s ethnic Uyghur minority, Rebiya Kadeer, was recently banned from entering Taiwan for three years. Kadeer, a human rights advocate and spokesperson for millions of China’s repressed Uyghurs, had been invited by a Taiwanese arts organization to attend screenings of The 10 Conditions of Love, a documentary about her life story.
Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) government claimed its rejection of Kadeer was “based on security needs.” Ostensibly, the KMT was pressured by the Communist Party in Beijing. The party has long tried to delegitimize Kadeer’s campaign to expose the severe human rights violations that China commits against its ethnic Uyghurs. Chinese authorities have called Kadeer a “terrorist”–a term they frequently use to describe human rights advocates.
Until now. Richard McGregor’s new book, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, should be required reading for anyone wanting to do any kind of business in China. Understanding the Party is fundamental to success — and to survival, as McGregor describes in chilling prose.
His narrative unfolds like Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, in which Matthiessen tracks the mysterious cat through the Himalayas.
As we travel with McGregor in search of his “beast,” as he calls the Party, we see mostly the bloody trail of its mauled victims, from 35 million starved to death in the Great Leap Forward to students massacred in Tiananmen Square.