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The Handover Fist of Hong Kong

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Protests in Hong Kong are not an unusual occurrence. The local population, and transient expats who make their home there, have a very strong feeling of what they expect their lives to be like and are not afraid to voice their opinions when these feelings are slightly tickled. They have no fear, unlike on the Mainland of China, because for over 100 years their rulers were not tyrannical dictators…just your regular form of dictators.

A brief history of the former British colony is required understand that although Hong Kong people are a very free population, they have never really had Universal Suffrage.

“Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). Originally confined to Hong Kong Island, the colony’s boundaries were extended in stages to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and then the New Territories in 1898.” [1]”

Seems simple enough.
Why was the British colony simply handed back to China then? If you consider the vulgarity of the way in which the British Empire seized control of Hong Kong Island during the First Opium War (because the Qing Dynasty refused to import Opium having witnessed the destructive effect it had on the people – how dare they not allow the import of a lethally addictive substance), then it would be only fair to hand back what was stolen. However, whilst the Brits grew up, politically (to a degree) over the decades, the rulers of China steadily declined in terms of their ability to govern with fairness.

Fast forward to the era of Margaret thatcher (the Iron Lady) meeting Deng Xiaoping (who ruled with an iron fist) when the leasing of the New Territories of Hong Kong was agreed to be honoured by handing the country (which is how it is perceived by the population) back to China. This move has never been understood by T610, as what was just a rock when conquered, had grown to become one of the leading cities in Asia. To just hand it back without a struggle, when the Falklands (which was still just a rock) was fought over, just doesn’t make sense.

In the years prior to the agreed handover date of July 1st 1997, many Hong Kong families left to start their lives in countries such as the UK, Canada, the US and Australia – hence the proliferation and growth of China Towns around the world (which have played their own roles since the persecution of Falun Gong brought human rights in China to the forefront once more in the post-Tiananmen Square Massacre years).

The people of Hong Kong have always wanted to have the right to vote for their leader in a democracy. Such a plight has been championed by people such as Albert Ho (a Transmission 6-10 interviewee) and a host of others e.g. Martin Lee, Long Hair, Seto Hwa etc. The British failed to deliver democratic reform to Hong Kong prior to the handover (which must have been part of an agreement made with the CCP), and their chances of ever receiving Universal Suffrage look slim in the face of a CCP who look determined to stay in power for as long as they can – hence the annual protests.

T610 apologises for a lack of time to dedicate to the project  currently.

This blog, once completed, will go into detail about the following topics:-

  • The aspects of ruling Hong Kong which the CCP have control over and are not allowed to interfere with
  • The subtle manner in which all the tricks of the dictatorial trade are slowly being implemented in Hong Kong without the people realising e.g. controlling the press and influencing education
  • How Falun Gong has thrived and yet suffered in Hong Kong before and after the handover.
  • What the future holds for the Special Administrative Region

REFERENCES:
1  – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong

What is Falun Gong

Monday, May 13th, 2013

In the year 2013, on May 13th, Falun Gong will be celebrating both the date that the teachings were first expounded in public, and, the birthday of founder Master Li Hongzhi.

If this blog was being written in the year 1996 (four years after the first public lecture), it would probably be along the lines of a celebration for the fact that Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) had swept the nation of China to become the most popular form of Qi Gong (to put it simplistically)  in a country basking in a revival of temporarily lost forms of thought (courtesy of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution) and expressions of spirituality.

If this blog were being written in 1998, with full knowledge of what was happening behind the scenes of Chinese Communist Party closed door meetings, it would probably include, in addition to the above, a more sinister twist to the tale whereby concerns about the practice being under surveillance and scrutiny would be addressed.

1999. May 13th. One month from this date the infamous 6-10 Office would be established to destroy Falun Gong by any means necessary – at home and abroad.

May 13th 2000. Protests for a peaceful resolution with the Chinese government would be a major part of the blog, alongside details of the spiritual group in terms of its teachings and methodology of practice.

2001. The Self-Immolation incident would take centre stage as an example of the propaganda campaign at its most brutal.

2007. The previous 5 years of blogs might focus on the incarceration, torture and murder of an unknown number of practitioners of Falun Gong. If written well, then such a blog may also divulge information on the efforts being made to attain freedom within China by those brave enough on the Mainland to not roll over (or should that be under) the well oiled machine that is CCP suppression. However, it undoubtedly would be, to the majority, about the recent discovery that practitioners were being kept in concentration camps so that their organs could be harvested to sell to the rich in China, and to medical tourists from abroad. It may have ended with a glimmer of hope being that the Olympic torch would shine a bright light over the darkness that is modern-day China, exposing crimes not just against Falun Gong, but many other suppressed and marginalised peoples across what was once a proudly spiritual nation.

Unfortunately, 21 years since the first lecture, any commentary about Falun Gong becomes incredibly complicated. With the group so poorly represented in Western media due to truly appalling journalism, corruption and complicity with the CCP, almost every piece of information requires a further explanation to counter the pervasive propaganda that has spread from the Mainland into Chinese communities around the world…..and into the minds of Westerners who have gotten used to thinking that they don’t have to think about what they are told – if it is in black and white, spoken about on the radio or shown on TV, it must be true!

62 years have gone by since Master Li was born in Jilin province [Insert: in 1994 Li changed his date of birth from the official date (which officially varies) of July 1952, to May 13th 1951. This was an auspicious date in history, as it was the birthday of Buddha Sakyamuni. The CCP claimed Li wanted to present himself as a reincarnation of the enlightened one. Li states himself to be an enlightened being, but not a reincarnation of Sakyamuni, and in his wisdom points out that many criminals would also have been born on May 13th so the date itself is not what is important…the truth, however, is always important. Insert within the Insert: The CCP counter-claimed that they have a sworn testimony of a midwife who assisted in his difficult birth, as it required the use of synthesised oxytocin – the counter claim being that oxytocin was not synthesised until 1953 [1].]

The inserts shall be dispensed with, for now, as you can see just how complicated even the most simple detail becomes when there are more than one account of events….wait…another thought…to the best of my knowledge it isn’t a requirement for a being to reincarnate over and over again on the same date.

Add several accounts of events in the form of propaganda, and the whole things just becomes a mess, with a reader (are you still there?) being left completely confused owing to the fact that a straightforward story just cannot be threaded together about Falun Gong.

So, as is the case with almost all blogs on the Project T610 website, this will be a work in progress. Over time each blog shall be added to and then cross-referenced with other existing commentaries to create a web effect of what is a very complex topic.

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Despite dozens of lectures on the practice of Falun Gong being presented by its founder, Master Li Hongzhi [Insert: the term ‘Master’ is merely a means to formally recognise a person who has achieved great prowess in a given field. Much like a Maestro in Western music. In Asia the term is very much used in a plethora of disciplines from arts, martial arts and spiritual practices. It does not dictate worship, as might be the connotations to a Westerner….but only if said Westerner were reading about a group which was accused of being a “cult” might that interpretation be applicable. This insert is required to clarify a simple word, as the context has been altered by both propaganda and the propagation of dross by poor journalism – ok ok I really will try and desist with the inserts], the cultivation practice can be summarised by the three core precepts:
Zhen – Truthfulness
Shan – Benevolence or Compassion
Ren – Forbearance or Tolerance

The following blog represents an understanding of Falun Gong by T610 (blimey…has this really only just started on the titled topic??!!). Out of respect for the Master of Falun Gong (and no…that is not said in a creepy worshipy way, it is in recognition that if there is a creator of something, no-one else can ever have as deep an understanding of it than whomever does the creating – that should be obvious…shouldn’t it?) the phrase “an understanding” really is appropriate. T610 has not reached the dizzy heights of enlightenment, nor plunged to the depths of true self-knowledge enough to claim even a hint of wisdom (well…maybe just a little bit of wisdom), so an understanding is all that can be presented as all those who study Falun Gong will acknowledge that their own comprehension changes over time.

You know what. I am just going to go ahead and write a blog titled “The controversies, claims and counter-claims about Falun Gong, its adherents and their struggle for freedom”. It can then be referred to without resorting to relentless inserts.

Where were we? Even I, in my finite proficiency at narrating this story, have managed to get lost already.
Counter-claim to the statement of my knowledge being finite…it is better that from here-on in you just trust me that I am not trying to deceive you in any way (i’ve done my research). What is presented is the truth to the best of my knowledge. There. A disclaimer….should you ever feel the need to counter what is claimed.

If you scan to the bottom of this page, you will realise that, in a simplistic manner, it is very easy to explain what Falun Gong is. The associated Missing Fragment of Transmission 6-10 can also be watched:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c6PqTaL28B4

WHAT IS FALUN GONG?:

“Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced self-cultivation practice
of the Buddha School. ” [2].

It is a practice of both mind and body, in that alongside improved morality, exercises of both a meditative and Qi Gong method are practiced.

The aforementioned precepts form part of a concept known as Xinxing (virtue). Improvement in the state of this is pivotal to success.

“Xinxing encompasses how to deal with the two matters of gain and loss. “Gain” is to gain conformity to the nature of the universe. The nature that comprises the universe is Zhen-Shan-Ren. A cultivator’s degree of conformity to the nature of the universe is reflected in the amount of his or her virtue. “Loss” is to abandon negative thoughts and behaviors, such as greed, the pursuit of personal gain, lust, desire, killing, fighting, theft, robbery, deception, jealousy, etc.” [4]

The concept of abandoning attachments forms a part of Loss and Gain. It is a requirement of true practitioners to abandon the need (to provide my own explanation) for everything and anything – including any dependency for practicing Falun Gong itself – which may have brought them to study it in the first place…considered to be a fundamental attachment e.g. the relieving of physical ailments.

THE EXERCISES:
The four standing exercises and the meditation are incredibly easy to learn. The movements are simple and there is no focus on breathing techniques – with minimal demands on focusing attentions towards specific parts of the body. Mastering the exercises is more a function of the mind and controlling the myriad of thoughts that crop up when one tries to empty the mind for meditation.

“…a Great Way is, as a rule, simple and easy to learn.” [3]


1 – Fo Zhan Qianshou Fa (Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms)

Designed to acquire energy and open up all the energy channels, thus removing blockages and facilitating circulation. The 8 movements are repeated 3 times in total to complete the exercise.

Movement 5

2 – Falun Zhuang Fa (Falun Standing Stance)
The challenge of this exercise is in the holding of positions (four in total) for prolonged periods of time. Fatigue is released when the exercises is completed. It also increases wisdom and strengthens supernatural powers. Each position is only held once, but for a minimum of 3 minutes each – with seasoned practitioners holding them for over 10 minutes.

3 – Guantong Liangji Fa (Coursing Between the Two Poles)
In this exercise the energy of the body is mixed with that of the Universe. Pathogenic black Qi is expelled. The top of the head and under the feet are opened up during the process of purification. The two sets of movements (done 9 times each) are repeated 3 times to complete the exercise.

4 – Falun Zhoutian Fa (Falun Cosmic Orbit)
The body’s energy is circulated over a large area, going through both the yin and yang sides repeatedly. All the meridians of the body are opened up, which are gradually connected – returning the body to its original state. The circulation is done in a composed manner and repeated 9 times and the entire process is done 3 times to complete the exercise.

5 – Shentong Jiachi Fa (Reinforcing Supernatural Powers)
As the name suggests, the meditation is to strengthen supernatural powers & abilities and Gong. Originally this method was kept a secret from everyday people. The mind is kept empty, but not going into a state of trance – maintaining consciousness. The longer the exercise is done for in terms of duration and repetition, the greater the results.

Exercises 1, 3 & 4 only last around 10 minutes. 2 & 3 can last 30 minutes and a lot longer when proficiency is attained. In an ideal world my exercise routine per day would be around 2 hours. This may sound like a long time to spend doing something, but the reality is it is just the length of a film – such as Transmission 6-10. There is a sense of purpose in doing the exercises. One is trying to achieve something rather than passively experiencing something external – which is very what many of us find ourselves doing in the modern world when faced with stresses and pressures. I find these exercises to be a more proactive approach that is also relaxing and invigorating.

EXPLAINING TERMS:
The term “cultivation” is perhaps a little unknown in the West. Most orthodox religions and spiritual practices embrace similar precepts to truth, compassion and tolerance, but with the singular aim of becoming worthy enough to enter a positive rather than negative afterlife. Religions and spiritualism in the East have a greater tendency to encourage people to transforms themselves into becoming higher-level beings. I suppose a very simple way to explain the difference would be for a Catholic to instead of living a life with the intention of entering heaven, to endeavour towards becoming an Angel – literally transform themselves into a higher level being.

This is the concept of nirvana (a term you may be more familiar with). To become enlightened. Buddhism and Taoism believes that higher levels of consciousness can be achieved if one lives a certain way and practices meditation and/or Qi Gong in a certain way – of which there are many variants. Moral conduct must be improved alongside the abandonment of all attachments to an earthly life (which does not mean a seeking for death, as suicide is forbidden), whilst tempering a desire for supernatural abilities.

Morality goes beyond merely being a good person, as it might be described today. The concept of what is a good person has changed over the millennia. In ancient times a good person certainly would not be the man or woman who would stop at nothing to provide for their family (which might be the case today e.g. trampling over colleagues to win a promotion, it would be more the man or woman who could forbear the suffering of not having, and yet still do the best that they could.)

Attachments can be anything. I might be attached right now to completing this blog before a deadline. If I were to fold my legs to meditate right now I can guarantee that the first thing on my mind would be this very piece. Beyond the mundane and obvious attachments (especially those deemed immoral) are ones which in the West could be considered absurd e.g. abandoning the attachment of love. This is certainly something that requires a great deal of explaining (perhaps personal experience of it) to truly comprehend. It is something that Western journalists have failed to acknowledge as being a spiritual endeavour and therefor find themselves questioning the very motives of the practice. This shall be tackled in more detail within a future blog, but, for now, if you imagine the number of broken hearts suffered in a lifetime: after many months of mourning the loss of a loved one (through the parting of ways or the passing of a life) and all the anguish it creates, it is inevitable that eventually we come to terms with our loss…now imagine being able to do that in an instant – and yet remain capable of love throughout the relationship and in readiness for the next. It is a very thin line to tread, to be able to walk this earth, living a full life, and yet not require anything to the left or right of your path to the extent where it become a distraction of the mind.

What are supernatural powers then? In the West we conjure up images of people flying through the air, or walking through walls….reading minds and disappearing in a mist. All of these powers, and more, are said to lay dormant in the human being – a remnant of an evolved state that has long since come to pass as man has become ever more dependent upon the material world for survival and, uhumn, progress.

In Eastern spiritual practices, the body is considered to be a small cosmos or universe. As such, it is a vastly more complex, diverse and complete state of being than Western science acknowledges to be the case (for it only examines a thing on the surface on its most physical plane of existence). If one acknowledges that there is more to a human being than meets the eye, then a new world of possibilities has to be taken onboard. This is too deep a subject to be explored in this blog, but for now it should be mentioned that Quantum Physics and Quantum Mechanics is slowly catching up with what Masters of many spiritual practices around the world, and throughout time, have been saying all along. Stating that is not enough to appease an atheist, but for now it will have to do. As for those who consider themselves to be religious, if one believes in an afterlife, then one acknowledge the above to be the case. If the above is the case, then one should also concede that there could be even more to that which you currently believe. Yes…all teachings claim to be an ultimate understanding of life, death and the Universe (there is an explanation for that too), but if suspension of the dogmatic view of “that which I already believe is everything there is to believe in” is achieved, then you can easily take accept the concepts of spiritual practices that come from differing cultures – with their own unique lineage of evolution and richness.

The Falun – Master Li Honzhi
“The rotating Falun has the same qualities as the universe, and is the universe’s miniature. The Buddhist Falun, the Daoist Yin-Yang, and everything of the Ten-Directional World are reflected in the Falun. The Falun provides salvation to the practitioner when it rotates inward (clockwise), since it absorbs a great amount of energy from the universe and transforms it into Gong energy. The Falun provides salvation to others when rotating outward (counter-clockwise), for it releases energy that can save any being and rectify any abnormal condition. Being in the presence of someone who practices thus benefits a person.” [2]

WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME:
Freedom.
It may seem, at first, that there are a lot of restrictions on a path towards enlightenment (give up this, don’t do that, abstain from this and go nowhere near that), but on a deeper level (a level that is only really explored when one begins to internalise thoughts and focus truly on the ‘self’) it can be extremely liberating – especially of negativity that holds us back in so many ways.

I do enjoy such things, like the board game Go (which only has one move that can be made… placing a piece on the board), that are so seemingly simplistic, yet mastery can take a lifetime of dedication.

It is, perhaps, in the meditation exercise where the profundity of Falun Gong is experienced in its entirety. As one quietens the mind in order to reduce thoughts to the minimum of being self-aware that one is practicing, an inevitability is that a myriad of thoughts flood the brain. Some may be pressing matters, whilst others might be that which is very important to a person, grievous or joyous memories…others are just simple daily matters. In my understanding, if we take Xinxing to simply mean virtue (an expression of truth, compassion and tolerance) which is necessary in mastery of loss and gain, it becomes the only way in which one can truly quieten the mind – as one takes total control over any thought patterns, for nothing is deemed so important to disturb the quietness. It is said that we only fall asleep when there is a moment of peace in the mind. Imagine the number of restless nights when the labours of the next day or a personal problem has kept you awake. Suddenly it is the next morning because for a fleeting moment you had let go of everything…now imagine having done that, and yet, remained awake and conscious of yourself. It isn’t an easy thing, but the benefits are well documented.

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Not to make light of the situation faced by practitioners of Falun Gong in China, but the opening of this blog was written in the manner with which it was, to help the reader realise that what could be something very simple, has been warped almost beyond recognition by the self-serving; be they the CCP or those in the West that choose profit over people.

“Someone who cultivated in a high-level Daoist practice once said: “I don’t want the things others want, and I don’t possess the things others possess; but I have things others don’t, and I want things others don’t.” An everyday person hardly has a moment when he or she feels satisfied.” [4] Master Li Hongzhi

THE WEST (The Greater Good)

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

This blog has been released on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of United Nations. The significance of the event was to create a union of member states who were committed to maintaining peace and security within the world. From there, the framework of the United Nations would evolve. China was one of the original 26 signatories.

Why mention ‘the west’ at all in a project about Genocide in China? The opening segment of Transmission 6-10 mentions the three key spheres of Politics, Economics and Media. Since the conclusion of WWII (and the creation of the United Nations), the dawning of the technological age and the proliferation of capitalism, very few countries remain isolated from international consular interaction, economic trade and the media which reports on the two – and more…or rather should do.

Furthermore, western democracies (in particular the United States of America) have placed themselves on pedestals of exemplary freedom…championing their ideology in diplomacy, conflict and the court of public opinion (the arena which most interests T610).

The blogging of Phase 2 has become complicated by the fact that so many subject matters interact with one another (a web of information for the informational world wide web). With this said, the following blog (and this rings true for all others) will be an introduction to The West, to be fleshed out with references to other blogs as and when they are released.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Relations with China (we are chiefly talking about with the USA here) thawed during the Cold War (1945-1991), when Richard Nixon brought the Mainland in to the fold from its self-imposed frozen isolation. In the early 1970s China was seen as the perfect ally (despite wars with other communist nations e.g. Korea and Vietnam, against the frostbite bitter enemy that was the USSR. Chairman Mao (whom the West were already aware was a tyrannical dictator) met with the then US President. It was the first time that diplomatic ties had been established between the two. Since then, nothing has changed. Nixon hated Communism, but he saw an opportunity to maintain world peace. Subsequent presidents have huffed and puffed about this that and the other grievance they have with the way the nation of China is managed by its unelected government, but, apart from a year of sanctions post-Tiananmen Square Massacre, never have any political muscles been flexed in their direction. Well, considering most meetings take place behind closed doors, one can only assume that bare-chested brazened brawn pumped squaring off has taken place between the two Titans of the modern world.

The Cold War was a very long engaged standoff, which engulfed the entire globe. The USSR sought to spread communism, and the West (primarily the USA) did everything they could to prevent that. Two ideologies were battling it out. Both had huge and technologically advanced nuclear military might. Fortunately neither were stupid enough to press the red button…fingers merely hovered menacingly over them.

The colonies of former empires were up for grabs in South America and Africa. What better way to curry favour with a nation than to supply them with weapons (a practice still popular today – nutrition, medication and education might have helped prevent many an atrocity and conflict since).

Previous to when Nixon met Mao, China (the Mainland) had allied itself with the USSR, which meant that the USA was allied with Taiwan. That all changed. The Sino-Soviet Split flipped China’s alliance over to the USA, which maintained ties (and arm sales) with Taiwan. The reason for the estranged relations between China and the USSR came down to a divergence in ideological interpretation of Marxism. Despite the Cold War, the USSR was contemplating a world where capitalism and communism coexisted. China, under Chairman Mao, saw only the eventual domination of his own political thought…Maoism. Strange then that the USSR continued to conflict with the US, and China became friends with “the land of the free”!

Two bullies on the playground were no-longer bullying from the same perspective. The USA saw an opportunity as much as China did, when it came to cosying up against the USSR. Sparing would continue for many years between all three super-powers because none of them saw eye to eye with the other. You could say that the Cold War led to Cold Fusion (which is itself a theory that defies conventional understanding and yet could be the answer to many a problem).

CURRENTLY

So we live in a world where everyone is seemingly happily coexisting. The communists (with capitalist traits) do business with the capitalists (with fascist traits – that will be explained in a future blog) whilst former communist nations trade with everyone and anyone. Wars are now fought for raw materials more than they are over ideologies (smaller nations still squabble over land – there will always be those who want more).

Trade has become the biggest link between The West and China over the last decade. It is a relationship with which everyone (well, nearly) is happy. China produces products at remarkably cheap rates, due to their massive (and massively under paid – the unhappy) labour force, and we buy it all (very happily). It is a win-win situation. Leading economies have become so symbiotic that one props up another, which props up the other. 2008 showed what a house of cards has been built when the US economy nearly imploded. Had China called in its lending to the United States, the USA would have gone in to financial meltdown. This would, however, have had a negative impact on the Chinese economy also, as China very much relies on an income from exports to the US. This does not stop China from dangling a particularly harmful threat in the face of any US action which it takes displeasure to (most China related headlines include a reference to them not being thrilled about something). The other side of the coin being that whenever the US hints at displeasure with China (the times they mention human rights), the threat is ushered.

If China sold its ownership of US National Debt (not all at once) the theory is as follows:

“It’s more likely that China would slowly begin selling off its Treasury holdings. Even when it just warns that it plans to do so, dollar demand starts to drop. This hurts China’s competitiveness, as it raises its export prices, so U.S. consumers start buying U.S.-made products instead. China must further expand its exports to other Asian countries, and increase domestic demand, before it can call in its U.S. debt holdings.”

Hillary Clinton famously stated “How do you deal toughly with your banker?”.

T610 does not quite understand this. With so much of what the West consumes being manufactured in China, how would it be possible for Westerners to then simply purchase everything from the US or even the EU when they are not currently being manufactured there? Example. Our beloved Apple products. Not really very logical is it. So let us pretend that exports from China rise in price, to the point where it is no-longer economically practical to manufacture there (considering the shipping involved etc). Would this not lead to greater manufacturing taking place outside of China (in more affluent nations or in some other poor nation plundered for its cheap ‘people power’). With metals, minerals, woods and plastics (derived from oil, which is largely imported) being the primary raw materials in manufacturing, China remains competitive.

MILITARY MIGHT

The rise of China’s armed forces has alarmed most observers. More alarmingly, they are still about 20 years behind the US in terms of their utilised technology and numbers of mechanical war mongering machines. They only dwarf the USA in terms of personnel (some twice as many). If push came to shove, the US (in this make believe war the use of chemical and nuclear weapons has been switched off) would easily win. Especially with their superior number of allies and strategic placement. Why would these two juggernauts ever go to war with each other when everything seems so comfortably dependent?

THE MEDIA

Western media’s role in the persecution of Falun Gong should be one of accurate reporting, so as to inform the world about the atrocities which are occurring in China. However, the reporting has been minimal at best (just go to the BBC website and search for Falun Gong or Falun Dafa), and is very rarely accurate. The news that does filter out is more often than not nothing more than spin, or even propaganda. This phenomenon has made it that much harder for practitioners of Falun Gong to inform the public themselves – they have found themselves in the unenviable position of not only having to stand up to the all powerful CCP in China, but engage in acts of counter-spin and counter-propaganda in the West…just to try and save lives!

As The Media will become a blog in its own right (later this year) the most important thing to note here is that mainstream media is not as free from political and financial influence as you would hope that it is. Put simply, the process of governing a nation in the modern era has become so infused with economics that in order to stay in power, political parties are aligned with media outlets. In turn, these businesses (and that is what they are…their main concern being that of profit making rather than reporting) rely heavily on advertising to fund their operations. A large number of these advertisers (and indeed the media outlets themselves – check out Rupert Murdoch’s empire) do business in China. Think back to Hillary Clinton’s quote and it quickly becomes obvious that to run story after story about the horrors of Genocide in Mainland China will lead to advertisers feeling pressured to disassociate themselves with the media in which their products are placed.

The internet, of course, is a massive resource of information, yet we still rely heavily upon our media to tell us what is happening in the world. We have come to believe that their reports are accurate and without bias. Neither of these things are true and never has a story made such a scenario so glaringly apparent than in the Falun Gong story. Project T610 should NOT be one of the most comprehensive sources for information…it should be the likes of CNN, the BBC, The Times etc etc!

Even issues which relate directly with Falun Gong, such as the case of abducted and tortured lawyer Gao Zhisheng and human rights campaigner Hu Jia, make no mention of the persecution.

Considering the amount of evidence which has been put forward to the media, governments and the United Nations, it can only be surmised that they simply do not want to talk about the subject – there are explanations for this, which will be divulged throughout the blogging of 2013.

THE UN

With many an affiliate such as the World Trade Organisation, World Health Organisation and World Psychiatric Association having evidence submitted to them, along with voiced concerns by diplomats, member states etc etc, you would expect that the United Nations has played a major role in ensuring that the Genocide in China be ended immediately. Almost 14 years since the persecution began, the UN have hardly begun to fulfil their obligations to support and safeguard the rights of Falun Gong practitioners to live in peace – this abject apathy has played a major role in the deaths of an unknown number of human beings. It is completely unforgivable, and so, you guessed it, the UN will be getting its very own blog in the not too distant future.

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To summarise, for now, the Western involvement does not end with the above. To be included, for when this blog is concluded, are human rights organisations and the International Olympic Committee.

Over the coming years, T610 will endeavour to complete blogs on the great many subjects which comprise the story of Falun Gong. As so many of these subject matters overlap one another, previously posted blogs will have to be tweaked so as to limit the duplication of information. Links between them all will be created so that the reader (you) can easily navigate from one subject to another. The final result will be a comprehensive thesis about the persecution of Falun Gong…something which was not possible within the constraints of creating the documentary.

Once Phase 2 of Project T610 has been completed, informing others will take priority. You can start that yourselves right now, by informing others about Transmission 6-10 and encourage them to watch the documentary.

Related to:

Blog: What is Falun Gong

Blog: Nothing New Since Nixon Met Mao

Missing Fragment: East Meets West

Taiwan: A tale of two foes

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

(1) “The Battle of Yangxia led by Huang Xing would be the major engagement in the uprising. These events served as a catalyst to the Xinhai Revolution, which led to the collapse of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China (ROC).”

As per usual with significant events in human social history, violence was involved with the overthrowing of dynastic rule in China. The savagery did not end with the deposing of China’s last emperor, Puyi. Two fractions came to the fore trying to claim sole control over Mainland China and its empire.

Fast forward a few years and familiarise yourself with two rightful rulers: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC). In a civil war, there is one victor, and one also-ran. In this case though, the also-ran (ROC) kept on running, jumped on a ship, arrived on an island, claimed it as their own and have been beating drums and throwing stones ever since.

Not to make light of the whole bloody situation, because hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost over the ongoing issue of who is the rightful ruler of China. If one were to exercise pure logic, it would be easy to suppose that those who remained on the Mainland were the rightful rulers – the PRC. However, the conflict persists, and has brought the entire global community in to the fray. It isn’t truly over yet because, seemingly, there never was a victor. The past 63 years have merely been a stand-off between the PRC and ROC.

Before we get in to the conflict more deeply, T610 would like to state that it is possibly high-time that both parties decide that they are quite incapably running their own nations, to not bother with trying to run the others. Let bygones be bygones (seeing as how a couple of generations have been born between then and now) and just concentrate on evolving one’s own nation in to becoming fully integrated members of the global community (which itself needs to get sorted – that is another blog though). Neither nation has, so far, managed that. One more glaringly than the other, and yet, they remain an integral part of the United Nations – how can that be the case? Good question. It will be answered next year! You can bet your bottom dollar that, well, money is involved.

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(2) “The date of the uprising, October 10, widely known as Double Ten Day (Chinese: 雙十節), is celebrated as the National Day (Chinese: 國慶日) of the Republic of China.[11] It is one of the most important national holidays in Taiwan.”

So there you go. We can now affiliate the acronym ROC with Taiwan (an island). Perhaps you have heard of the place. Perhaps you thought it was a country – you thought wrong I am afraid. That leaves the PRC being associated with Mainland China.

October 10th is also revered on the mainland (it should now be coming clear as to why the term ‘mainland’ is used), but less so, as the closer connection resides with the ROC.

T610 is already confused. Lets call the PRC “China”, and the ROC “Taiwan” (two separate countries – just lost a lot of friends stating that) because it is easier…and you probably already figured out that things were about to get complicated.

(3) “In December 1949, Chiang evacuated his government to Taiwan and made Taipei the temporary capital of the ROC (also called the “wartime capital” by Chiang Kai-shek).[56] Some 2 million people, consisting mainly of soldiers, members of the ruling Kuomintang and the intellectual and business elites, were evacuated from mainland China to Taiwan at that time, adding to the earlier population of approximately six million. In addition, the ROC government took to Taipei many national treasures including China’s gold reserves and foreign currency reserves.[57][58][59]

Socialism. Communism. Nationalism. Anti-Communism. Whatever the KMT truly was, they initiated martial law on Taiwan in May of 1949. (4) “It was not repealed until 1987,[61] and was used as a way to suppress the political opposition in the intervening years.[62] During the White Terror, as the period is known, 140,000 people were imprisoned or executed for being perceived as anti-KMT or pro-Communist.[63] Many citizens were arrested, tortured, imprisoned and executed for their real or perceived opposition to the Kuomintang. Since these people were mainly from the intellectual and social elite, an entire generation of political and social leaders was decimated.”

Well that sounds very familiar to the what was happening on the mainland. Suffice to say, neither party claiming the soul of China had any regard for the souls that inhabited it. Taiwan has progressed a lot since those days. China remains somewhat backwards in its regard to the sanctity of life.

In fact, Taiwan has become and example, not a shinning one but more of a dull but realistic one, of how China could one day become a democracy and shed the, well, blood-shedding tendencies that are executed (poor use of words) in order to maintain order.

The HONOURABLE ALBERT HO – Transmission 6-10 Missing Fragment T610 10-10:

“People in Taiwan, when they have received education, when they have been able to see the outside world and understand how democracy functions so well in the western countries, and when they are given the chance, they have lived up to the expectations of all those people who believe in democracy. So I believe…people in China could be able similarly to perform as well as the people in Taiwan.”

So what is Taiwan’s international status. That isn’t straight forward. I suppose a phrase to describe it could go something like this:

Taiwan is officially an unofficially recognised sovereign state.

How has such a mess occurred?

THE MESS:

If Taiwan sought to be recognised as an independent nation (and in the eyes of the UN they have tried…more on that later), seemingly all the problems would be resolved. This is complicated by two points.

1 – Many in Taiwan still wish to take control of Mainland China.

2 – Mainland China very much intends to take control of Taiwan.

How, or who, can solve this issue?

Lets continue first.

(5) “Because of its conservative financial approach and its entrepreneurial strengths, Taiwan suffered little compared with many of its neighbors from the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.”

The economy of Taiwan is stable and has been thriving for years. In part, they have the Japanese to thank for that by introducing industrialisation, infrastructure, sanitation, health and education systems. Possibly they have little else to thank them for.

(6) “In the 1970s, Taiwan was economically the second fastest growing state in Asia after Japan.[69] Taiwan, along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore, became known as one of the Four Asian Tigers. Because of the Cold War, most Western nations and the United Nations regarded the ROC as the sole legitimate government of China until the 1970s.”

Once again we hit a situation where the right to rule China comes to the fore. Suffice to say, for now and to wrap this up neatly before this blog is completed, the problem does not rest solely on the shoulders of the PRC and ROC. It involves every other nation on the planet – give or take a few – because it is the United Nations (typical it seems) who are the root of the impasse. They chopped and changed their minds, backing one horse and then another (as did the US) to confuse the whole situation to the point we have reached today.

How does all of this relate to Transmission 6-10 and the story of Falun Gong? So many ways you wouldn’t believe! The subject of Taiwan takes one down a rabbit hole in to a warren of related issues.

*The remainder of this blog will be released in December, the month that Chiang Kai-shek (leader of the Kuomintang) evacuated his government to Taiwan*

Teachings from Tibet

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

*This blog is currently being refined, in terms of layout and pictures only*

The crisis in Tibet was discussed as part of Transmission 6-10 because it is a situation that most people are, to a small degree, at least aware of. It is a Genocide in the quintessential meaning of the term. A truly tragic horror that has been perpetrated against a people of peace, who, to the greatest degree, are near powerless to oppose.

Up step the rest of the world to face Goliath on behalf of a spiritual nation with a population of less than 6million. Not so. Unfortunately. Despite the indisputable fact that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) oppose any form of organised faith.

Human Rights Torch Relay speaker Cur Swah:
“China’s persecution of anyone who dares to stand up and oppose the Chinese Communist Party is systematic. They torture you, they imprison you. In Tibet, mere possession of the Dalai Lama’s photo will land you in prison for a period of maybe 10, 15 years…”

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As a case study, the Tibetan resistance offers and example, warning and rational that Falun Gong has found itself treading in the uncomfortable footsteps of. Will it take another 62 years for freedom to be found?

As with any report about China, the facts and figures all have to be taken with a pinch of salt. This is a government savvy at the art of propaganda. It is part of their political DNA. It is what put them power and maintains their position as subjugating rulers of the worlds most populated nation.

At first, in the wake of WWII and in the absence of truly scrutinising Western nations, the CCP took control of Tibet through typically ruthless tactics. Since then, an estimated 1 million Tibetans have needlessly lost their lives – that from a very small number of people to start off with!

Tibet was once a very isolated country, not only by virtue of its geographical location, but also due to its lack of desire to progress in tune with industrialised countries. Spiritual faith has always been the social and cultural bedrock. It is what defines them. A definition that is now being systematically watered down by a multitude of sinister mechanisms.

THE SYSTEM:

Violence was the first method employed to take control of the indigenous population. Nothing new there. All countries with empire aspirations have done as such. Violence never really worked though. The people of Tibet, despite the fleeing of their leader in to exile, stayed faithful to not only the Dalai Lama, but everything that he represents…everything that they believe to the core of their being – their souls if you like. That is their DNA.

Two sets of principles, which couldn’t be more polarised, found themselves existing on the roof top of the world. One simply wanting to exist how it always had done, and probably never stopped to think things would be any different. The other wanting change…needing change…for their own preservation as conquerers.

Enter the West. No. Not the USA, UK, nor the UN or any other goliath going toe-to-toe with the CCP for the freedom of a marginalised and forgotten people. It was down to David. Not just one David though. Many stepped up, and put themselves in to the foray, with, you guessed it, mere stones against an Arsenal that consists of many weapons – some more subtle than others.

If you cannot get away with killing 6 million people (Hitler tried that and almost succeeded, were it not for intervention – too late for those who perished – of Western military might), how do you get rid of them when trying to ‘convert’ them has also failed? One way is the population transfer. And this is where it gets complicated.

What do you do when a drink is too strong? You dilute it. The same principle applies here. You have several million people who all are of an alike mind. Introduce and equal and growing number who think entirely differently (and who are already under your control) and fairly rapidly the concentrated mass has become a cocktail. The CCP have instigated this by opening up Tibet to a migrant work force, who, get dispensations for their sacrifices. (1) “The incentives for Chinese immigrants include altitude allowance, remoteness bonus, tax concessions, leniency on work permits, fewer hours, longer holidays and greater market opportunities than in China. Professional and official wages are the highest in China and include over 30% bonuses.” Sounds good right?

This army, so to speak, of workers has to do something once they are in Tibet, which until recently was merely seen as land devoid of an industrialised economy. Well it turns out that Tibet is not without natural resources. (2) “The exploitation of Tibet’s rich mineral endowment, said to comprise over 40% of such resources potentially available to China, is accelerating worker migration.”

The consequences being manifold – in favour of the CCP but not without their troubles. Cocktails do not always sit well in the stomach! To keep things easily digestible, lets continue down the track of how the the Chinese government has kept its desire to eradicate Tibetan culture chugging along.

Railroads. The plunder has to be transported. One could argue that it would be better for the Tibetan people if their rightly owned resources remained ‘in-house’. Environmentalists would argue that these minerals would be best of un-mined. I suspect the Tibetans really couldn’t care less about them one way or another! (3) “The 1,142km (710mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was inaugurated on 1 July 2006 by party general secretary, president Hu Jintao: the first two passenger trains were “Qing 1” (Q1) from Golmud to Lhasa, and “Zang 2” (J2) from Lhasa.[1] This railway is the first to connect the Tibet Autonomous Region to any other province…” It is now easy to get the goodies out of Tibet and to the industrialised east coast.

More jobs. More people. More infrastructure. More benefit for Tibet right. Wrong!

Incidentally, Ethan Gutmann pointed out that if things can be taken out of Tibet, they can also be trundled in to Tibet – he mentioned the word “tank”. That is an interesting thought, considering the riots which broke out prior to the Beijing Olympics of 2008 (which Tibetans were banned from entering despite one of their national animals being used as a logo and profit making merchandise). More on that later though…we are nearly railroading ourselves here in terms of topic. I warned you it was complicated.

(4) “Beijing’s new policy of population transfer into Tibet threatens the very existence of Tibetan culture, religion and national identity…which in turn disenfranchises them from the future political process.” This is by virtue of their dwindling numbers in relation to the migrant mainlanders. “According to a senior Western diplomat who visited Lhasa in mid-1993, the Chinese people “now dominate new economic activity in Tibet.””

Dilution at its most dastardly. It is true to state, however, that the illiteracy rate in Tibet has dropped markedly under CCP rule. However, what is the point in being able to read and write when your main task in life is to be faithful to your beliefs in a subsistence economy? Now the question is, what language is being taught? (5) “…the Chinese language is the principal medium of teaching and Chinese is required for most jobs. This gives new settlers an immediate advantage, apart from any purely racial advantage they may have in dealings with the Chinese authorities who dispense most of the jobs, residence permits and trade privileges.”

The cocktail becomes a little more opaque. The fluids are settling within an ornate receptacle. One fluid is quickly sinking to the bottom.

Average income has risen for local Tibetans too. They have not been truly left behind when it comes to modernisation. If that was what they wanted it would be great. Since the health system has improved, it also has to be pointed out that infant mortality rates have dropped and the average lifespan for Tibetans has increased (apart from for those who now, with alarming regularity, protest by way of self-immolation).

Surely now would be a great time for Goliaths around the world say enough is enough – “Never again”. Well, when the mining industry promises to be worth $128billion, who better to get in on the spoils than the West?

(6) “Relatively speaking, there really aren’t that many Canadian mining companies in Tibet; but even one is, perhaps, one too many, given China’s colonial aspirations for the region. The Chinese government literally wants to wipe Tibet from the face of the Earth… The country has already been wiped from many of National Geographic’s maps and Google Maps.”


(7) “We would urge National Geographic to urgently reassess its current presentation of place-names in Tibet and revert to a more neutral, politically balanced Romanised Tibetan version, rather than the politically motivated Chinese versions, which of course are the fabrication of China’s regime. As NG places such importance on balance and objectivity and strives to avoid political bias, surely Romanised Tibetan place names are less controversial and also more accurate in terms of the cultural, ethnological and historic reality of towns and villages in Tibet.”

Yep. We in the West sure do know how to put up a struggle for the underdog.

Actually…we do. Just not the governments, NGOs and global organisations such as the United Nations etc etc. There are numerous charities that fight the good fight. Credit to them. Largely self-funded by means of donations, they sure do pack a punch and make a lot of noise outside embassies, parliaments and establishments.

Herman Salton had this to say in his interview on the subject of Tibet:
“…it has such a huge international appeal, and international importance that by shutting down dissent within China is not enough. You need to tackle it internationally, and how do you tackle it internationally? Well, basically by using business as a sword…and this is not only China doing it by the way, it’s every country, but when you have an authoritarian regime it is more obvious, because you can see it is politically motivated.”

So the protest has gone global. Westerners stand side-by-side with Tibetans who live in exile (where they are free to carry a photo of the Dalai Lama and learn their own language…how unfortunate that they are also free to be exposed to the Western philosophies of materialism and vices which barely even existed in Tibet…until the brothels were built in Lhasa for the migrant workers to enjoy).

Herman Salton also spoke about the forms which protests take internationally and the CCP’s attitude towards them:
“Falun Gong has been particularly targeted I think, partly because of its success and the numbers…protests from Tibet, they are very vocal, but they are limited in numbers, whereas people from Falun Gong, you have them anywhere in the world, and therefore it is more difficult to control.”

So how do you control a bunch of people making a lot of noise (or in the case of Falun Gong, deafening silence…which causes waves)? Coercion goes a long way (the subject of another blog), but really, you just have to get other governments to see things your way – or you could, I guess, bribe them through business…whichever works!

All these people (Falun Gong, Tibetans, Tiananmen Square Massacre survivors, dissidents of all descriptions) are trying desperately to get the West to realise that they are being literally eliminated. In a world where information is spread in the blink of an eye, rather than by winged messenger or sandal-footed marathon runner, you would think that is was easy peasy to get your message out there. Journalists are a dime-a-dozen, but they don’t make the decisions. Media moguls such as Murdoch do – and they have financial interests in Mainland China.

Herman Salton:
“…the American media is not part of the American government, so from the public opinion point of view, you certainly have a situation of being proactive, partly because of the history of the United States and a country being fond of its religious freedom. So obviously they feel this very very very intensely. And that is why, for example, the Tibet thing is a huge issue in the United States.”

This is where I disagree. How many of you know that, even though the One-Child policy is not enforced in Tibet (which looks great in the papers overseas), women are forcibly sterilised and given forced abortions – neat way to counteract an official leniency.

We are back on the subject of population. People. Human beings. You may have heard of such a species. A complex specimen at best. Nevertheless, chances are you have encountered one or two in your time on Earth and are well versed in their psychological and emotional construct. The CCP indoctrinates Mainland Chinese into believing that Tibetans are essentially a backward populace who require saving from themselves. That sort of belief really helps when you send 7million missionaries to do the job for you.

(8) “Manchuria now has a population of 75 million Chinese to some three million Manchus; Inner Mongolia has about 8.5 million Chinese to two million Mongols and East Turkestan has seven million Chinese to about five million Uygurs.”

Those missionaries now go by train. With them, travel tourists. The industry is thriving in Tibet. Even Hollywood characters with newly developed supernatural powers (the film ‘Chronicles’) express a desire to visit such a unique culture.

(9) “Some would claim that the Western Development Strategy is a ‘champion’s march’ to develop “the economically backward regions of western China,” as China Dialogue recently put it.

Others would strongly disagree with that assessment, including the international network Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), who describes the strategy, launched in 1999, as “[a] politically motivated plan designed to further consolidate control over Tibet through economic rather than military means.””

Oops. Forgot that one. The culture is being destroyed. Better fix that quick!! In Tibet you can; look like a Tibetan; sound like a Tibetan; go about your day as a Tibetan, but you aren’t really allowed to be a Tibetan. That sort of thing happens in Disney Land – those horrifyingly large cartoon characters are not a new form of humanoid…they have people inside of them pretending.

When the Panchen Lama was kidnapped and a CCP selected successor put in his place, the government pulled of one of the most stunning pieces of gamesmanship in this contest. The Panchen Lama discovers the successor to the Dalai Lama (viewed as being the embodiment of evil to Beijing – “religion is poison” and all that). I wonder who he will choose, seeing as how he doesn’t have the supernatural ability to fulfil his role – quite sure he will be given a nod in the right direction…now there’s a good boy.

The next generation of Tibetans may well no nothing of their ancient heritage. If they do not, then they will have been indoctrinated into thinking along the lines of their Mainland Chinese ‘handlers’. If that happens, it could be “job done” in the eyes of ruling elite in Beijing, which is currently controlled by Hu Jintao, who rose to notoriety when he enforced brutality upon Tibet, where he was Party Secretary, in 1988.

The lineage of the Chinese Communist Party does not appear to be in as immanent peril. The new leader will more than likely follow the lead of the previous. That is how it was with Jiang Zemin and Mao Tse Dong.

(10)LHASA, April 11 (Xinhua) — The Tibetan Autonomous Regional Bureau of Statistics has published the findings of census in the region, which shows Tibetans comprise at least 92.6 percent while Hans never exceeded 6 percent since 1959.”

The Xinhua News Agency is not a reliable source of information. It is Party-controlled. The above statistic may simply have neglect to include migrant workers…migrants on the Mainland are equally neglected by statisticians.

We are back to talking about people once more. Jests aside, as this is a very serious subject, people are being killed by the CCP as this is being read. No-one can deny that who knows anything about China. Where does this all come in to affect with regards to Falun Gong? Example. Warning. Rational.

Practitioners of Falun Gong are being eliminated in a more obvious manner. They are just being killed. Those who are not incarcerated do their level best to inform others about the atrocities. They are trying everything that they can within their belief system. Tibetans have been doing it for decades. They are battle fatigued. The West has ignored their cries for help. In desperation, youths are setting fire to themselves to get the attention of the media. It does make headlines, but it doesn’t make a difference. The self-immolation protest supposedly by Falun Gong practitioners have been proven to be a yet another CCP method to turn the people of China against a population they want rid of. Is that happening in Tibet now. T610 does not know. If it continues though, the flames will be fanned for the world to look upon Tibetans as extremists. If you ever read an article that suggests as such, consider for more than a fleeting moment the 50 years of hell they have been subjected to. Pity them, don’t point a judgemental finger at them, because, you simply have not been informed about what is going on over there which has driven them to this point. That is the rational of protest. The example is obvious. The warning is, well, a warning. The road to freedom for Falun Gong may be very long and treacherous, but giving up is not an option. You won’t find Falun Gong practitioners going to extremes in the same sense as the poor Tibetans have been, as suicide goes against their teachings, but it does make one wonder…how on earth will all of this end, when hardly anybody gives a damn?

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So what is it that the Tibetan people have to complain about? Here is a quick run down:

The invasion of their country.

Forced exile of their spiritual and political leader.

The destruction of ancient monuments.

The subjugation of their people.

The slow eradication of their culture.

Margenalisation in their homeland.

The raping of their ecosystem for the profit of their foreign rulers.

Forced sterilisation and abortions.

Oh, let us not forget torture and brainwashing.

This, it is imagined, must undoubtedly lead to a life of misery for the masses – but at least they get to live longer!

Nothing New Since Nixon Met Mao

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Four decades ago today, Richard “Tricky Dicky” Nixon departed China. The dignity of diplomacy still rides a forgotten luggage carousel at Anchorage airport, Alaska, where he arrived (1). Frozen in time and no-one brave enough to touch it.

An awful lot has changed since Nixon met Mao. But one thing remains the same. Chinese people, under the leadership of the CCP, are being oppressed…a lot are slaughtered. Right now, whilst this is being typed on a computer largely manufactured in China (life as we enjoy it as usual), the horrors of the Holocaust are being repeated…the difference is, we know it is going on!

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The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. (2)

Those are principles which the US has never been shy about espousing the virtues of to others. Wars have been waged in their honour. Dictators deposed. Communism opposed (indeed, Chinese communist ideology is the antithesis of this ethical code). Richard Nixon had forged a career challenging communism. Why then, did he meet the man responsible for more deaths than WWI and WWII combined? The priority was geostrategic, for both parties. A case of “my enemies enemy is my friend”. The enemy being the USSR.

The passage of time has rendered his reasoning insignificant. What has happened since is of huge significance…at least for those who care about the right to be human.

After the rise and subsequent fall of Hitler’s Fascist regime, Communism became the next foe. The Korean war of 1950-1953. Vietnam war 1955-1975

John F. Kennedy – US President, 1961-1963:

“Burma, Thailand, India, Japan, the Philippines and obviously Laos and Cambodia are among those whose security would be threatened if the Red Tide of Communism overflowed into Vietnam.” (3)

The threat feared most was to the supremacy of America. The Cold War’s Cuban Missile Crisis almost brought the world to a nuclear end. Which, had it happened, would have made every decision ever made a questionable one. The purpose of this piece is to propose that world leaders have gotten the basics of their jobs wrong…they are getting away with their imperfect decision making because we don’t know enough about what is going on. Those who do know enough, simply don’t care enough.

International politics is a complex and tricky subject. The positions that leading politicians are placed in is unenviable (picture a plate juggler at a circus…walking a tightrope…a lion at one end and a tiger at the other). Alliances are forged, and frequently forsaken. The truth is, what binds nations together has never been about you or I as people. Nor the greater global society in terms of what it means to be human. It has always been about peace and economics (political philosophy hasn’t played the role it should). True, we all benefit from peace. Economics, however, and we as consumers (maintaining economies), is what it really comes down to. Purchases lead to profits. Profits (taxation) lead to political stability and military proliferation (the ability to maintain peace). Political stability allows a nation to move forward without the constraint of inner turmoil. Politicians use the press to ensure that the people who vote them into power (if that is what really happens in a democracy), are informed, just enough, in just the right way, to remain subservient to this agenda. When you are a Super-Power, this all becomes increasingly important.

Although racial segregation was only flushed out of the US in the 60s, South Africa was marginalised by the international community for their archaic approach to what it meant to be human. In 1968, the UN proposed ending all cultural, educational and sporting connections based on a philosophy. The USA was a major influencer. The Olympic Games of Moscow 1980 saw the USA boycott due to Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan (a country they eventually invaded themselves). Human rights abuses in Iraq, Latin America, Burma, Zimbabwe, Sudan etc have all been condemned and confronted. Or have they?

June 4th, 1989. Tiananmen Square became the focal point of international scrutiny in the same year a wall dividing East and West Germany crumbled due to public pressure and persistence for freedom. The massacre (mere incident is the term used today) took place under the watchful eyes of the Western world. Oppression in China was caught on camera for the first time, and couldn’t be ignored. People, the general population, knew what was going on and voiced an opinion.

Dr Chan Hing-Lin – Professor of Economics, Hong Kong:
(Transmission 6-10 interviewee)

“…they were not allowed to export the US high technologies because they fear that they use that technology to develop their military power. But these kind of sanctions becomes less and less significant as China enter into the WTO. Also, many international companies, multinational companies, want to invest in China and use China as a manufacturing basis for their goods selling in the West.”

Sanctions were ustilised as a method to express a growing concern that the CCP was not living up to the expectations of its United Nations partners. An organisation of which it was a founding member in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust (Correction – The country known as Taiwan was a founding member. Their contribution was ripped up when the West favoured The People’s Republic of China over the Republic of China – told you it was complicated). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the foundation upon which this global organisation was forged – significantly contributed to by China’s P.C Chang – or was he from Taiwan?!

A decade after the 1989 massacre came a peaceful vigil, held by practitioners of Falun Gong, outside the Communist Party compound of Zhongnanhai in Beijing. The desire for freedom from oppression was once again being expressed by the people of the world’s oldest and largest civilisation. 13 years later and their silent protest has not been heard. China (PRC) remains an integral part of the United Nations, despite continuously opposing the forum’s ideology (most recently with regards to Syria). Yet China is on the rise. Its economy is booming. The West watches in alarm as their power grows without signs of slowing, whilst its internal policies are unanimously deplored, but only debated with a whimper.

Jonathan Mirsky (Transmission 6-10 interviewee), Journalist & China Historian, describes this phenomenon as “China Magic”. When did the magician first roll up sleeves to deceive a willingly beguiled audience (as the juggler walked the rope)?

40 years ago, the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, met the dictator of China, Mao Zedong. The clandestine talks (code name: Polo One) were organised by Henry Kissinger under the radar of key allies, such as Britain (who subsequently objected). Staunchly anti-communist, the year before his election, Nixon wrote in the magazine Foreign Affairs, “There is no place on this small planet for a billion of its potentially most able people to live in angry isolation.”

After decades of ‘engagement’ with China, a new quote could read: “There is no place on this small planet for a billion of its potentially most able people to live in tyranny.” It would have been true in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and since the 90’s the only thing that has changed is there are an extra 300,000,000 (approximately the population of the US) living in such conditions.

The above statement may seem extreme…false even. Unfortunately, it isn’t. Commercialisation is an illusion of content (the magician on stage for Act Two).

Virtually no Westerners had entered China during the 50’s, and a few carefully chaperoned journalists were shown around in the 60s. Prior to Nixon’s trip, the US table tennis team toured the country by virtue of a chance encounter between a top American player and his Chinese counterparts. They were greeted by signs such as “People of the world unite and defeat the U.S. aggressors and all their running dogs!” (guess they forgot to take that one down). The Chinese team then toured the US, bringing an end to the trade embargo on Chinese goods in the States (which had lasted 21 years). This all sounds very friendly and what the world required. A coming together of formerly hostile nations. Under Deng Xiaoping, China was demonstrating (try searching that on www.google.cn) a genuine desire to change.

“Ping-pong” diplomacy became the catchphrase. A term that Mao Zedong is reported to have loved. Perhaps he forgot this quote of his:

“Regard a ping pong ball as the head of your capitalist enemy. Hit it with your socialist bat, and you have won the point for the fatherland.”

The frost (if you haven’t watched the film Frost/Nixon, do so) between the fatherland and the land of the free was thawing. The 70 million dead Chinese citizens were forgotten. China joined the United Nations in 1973 whilst Nixon was still at the helm. Jimmy Carter (Nixon’s successor after Ford) bestowed the honour of Most Favoured Nation {special} on China. Anti-Soviet crusader, Ronald Reagan, deepened ties by allowing military sales to Beijing. It took several thousand new deaths for the US to reconsider the blossoming relationship. George H W Bush (former Chief of the US Liaison Office in the People’s Republic of China) was hit with a double whammy. The collapse of the Soviet Union saw the USSR become less of a threat to China, and the Tiananmen Square incident saw the movement for human rights take centre stage. So much so that the CCP saw this as a direct attempt by the US to bring down their communist rule.

With America being decades head in terms of technological, societal and economic superiority, an opportunity arose to make money from Deng’s capitalistic reforms of the 90s. Nixon was brought down by Watergate. President Bill Clinton came to power in the wake of Chinagate (an alleged effort by the People’s Republic of China to influence the domestic policies of the United States, before and during the Clinton administration, involving fundraising practices).

Al Gore was his Vice President. Could that be why China got off so incredibly lightly in An Inconvenient Truth (despite building two power stations…per week).

In the year 2000, President Clinton granted the PRC with PNTR (Permanent Normal Trade Relations) {extra special}. Both economies were booming. Happy days. Except, of course, for the practitioners of Falun Gong who were being systematically eradicated. In that year, Falun Gong was mentioned 80 times in the US Department of State report on human rights in China. The year before (when the persecution officially began), the group was mentioned 97 times. Fast forward to the latest report, that of 2011, and regardless of the indisputable fact there is a Genocide taking place, Falun Gong was mentioned a mere 10 times in the 126 page review. Conversely, China’s share of the US trade deficit in non-oil goods, for the same period of time, has risen from 26% to 83%. Could there be a correlation? Gore likes his graphs…..take a look at this one:

On the eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (the right to hold them being given under the premise of improved human rights and press freedom), then President, George W Bush, said “America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents and human rights advocates and religious activists…” A day later he was attending the opening ceremony. Not exactly firmly opposing. This is what “ping-pong” diplomacy really is. A game of quotes that appease a passively compassionate public that principles do indeed still play a part in politics.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/2514873/Beijing-Olympics-George-W-Bush-attacks-China-on-human-rights-ahead-of-Games.html

Note the above link. Bush attacks. More of an underarm serve than a smash!

How have things faired under current US leadership?

The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9083333/Barack-Obama-tells-Xi-Jinping-China-must-improve-its-human-rights-record.html

“US President Barack Obama told Chinese leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping on Tuesday that Beijing must play by the same trade rules as other major world powers, and vowed to keep pressing China to clean up its human rights record.”

Xi Jinping must be having nightmares about the kind of “pressure” he could be facing in the near future!

Nixon’s visit to China was heralded as “the week that changed the world”. The world has changed. There is a supposed (I say supposed because it is debatable – the money is still all here, just in different places) global recession. With American companies so reliant on cheap manufacture in China to reap massive profits and keep prices low enough to sustain continued consumption, the dependence on China remaining in the grip of an oppressive regime (who are willing and able to build two power stations a week to facilitate the factories at the expense of mother earth – the fatherland wears the trousers) has never been so high.

The Honourable Albert Ho – Lawyer and legislator, Hong Kong
(Transmission 6-10 interviewee)

“Even the most powerful county, such as the USA, would have to think twice or thrice, before she could impose sanctions on China, not to mention intervention.”

So economic sanctions are a no go to enforce the kind of change that President Barack Obama is so forcefully for. What about intervention then?

The Pentagon concluded that although there is “some ambiguity over the conditions under which China’s [no-first-use] policy would or would not apply…there has been no indication that national leaders are willing to attach such nuances and caveats to China’s ‘no first use’ doctrine” (5) With the People’s Liberation Army being substantially larger than that of the “world’s police” (and equally equipped), there is no chance of military force being brought to the table. (6) No-body wants that anyway.

Consider also the new space race. Despite the Obama administration looking to scale back expenditure on NASA (particularly afflicting the Mars missions), can they really relinquish control of space? China, again, may be decades behind, but they went from fission-to-fusion in the arms race faster than any other nation. (7) They have the resources and the desire to reign supreme, not only in this world, but others.

Dean Cheng – research fellow at the Heritage Foundation (a conservative public policy think tank):

“We don’t know enough about the Chinese space policy system and the very heavy military element that permeates the Chinese space program.” (8)

Think Ronald Raegan’s Star Wars (thinking about George Lucas’ is much more entertaining) and the financial burden such an undertaking would have on the already flailing US economy. Despite repeated calls for the Yuan to be more reasonably valued, to ease imbalances between the economies of China and the US, the Chinese Communist Party currently owns 26% percent of all foreign-held U.S. Treasury securities. A debt that is too large a figure to bother writing down. Fortunately, somebody else did…here. The CCP could quite simply bankrupt the USA. Realistically, that wouldn’t happen. The relationship is symbiotic.

Dr Chan Hing-Lin – Professor of Economics, Hong Kong:
(Transmission 6-10 interviewee)

“…people start to worry if they sell those bonds, then the currency of the US dollar will drop if they sell out all the $US they have. And in order to keep the $US high, then the US Government has to keep up the interest rates. When they have to raise the interest rates the economy will get into trouble. So people in the US worry that one day China will sell on a massive amount of the US bonds…But I think China would not do that because they want to keep the interest rates low, in order the US consumer will buy the goods they export to US.”

Hilary Clinton – United States Secretary of State:
(remember that title when the State Department’s human rights profiles are discussed)

“How do you deal toughly with your banker?”

Her husband formally separated the MFN status from human rights. (9)

So. These are the paramaters by which ping-pong diplomacy is played out. Peace (the military aspect) and economics (your way of life, which sustains the government). It works out well for both the US and China…why change?

Dr Chan Hing-Lin:

“I think they are dependent because the US have moved out a lot of the productions to China. I heard about WalMart – which is one of the most significant supermarkets in the US – 10% of the export from China to the US were ordered by the WalMart…”

More than 70% of WalMart products are made in China.

It should come as no surprise to those who have read this far, that if you were to browse the 26 page U.S Department of State notes on China, this is the only reference to Falun Gong:

“The government also severely restricts the activities of groups it designates as “evil cults,” including several Christian groups and the Falun Gong spiritual movement.”

Ethan Gutmann – Investigative Journalist:
(Transmission 6-10 primary interviewee)

“If you were to ask yourself “what is the number one issue in China, for the last 6 or 7, 8 years?” Was it the Olympics? No. The economy? Not really. Taiwan? No. It’s Falun Gong!”

So why the only reference? Why a reduction of mentions in reports on human rights abuses in China? Why is Genocide in arguably the world’s Super-Power not front page news on a daily basis? The answer is shockingly simple. You might, just might, out of conscience, buy less crap if you knew the truth! The crap not merely being products, but the pontifications of politicians.

…….T61016T…….

Should philosophy dictate political foreign policy? It meant something, domestically at least, to the Founding Fathers of the American constitution. It meant something during the establishment of the United Nations. The absence of an ethical base has to be more complicated. It cannot be this obvious. There must be more going on that only those of higher levels of consciousness can comprehend. The surface reality is unconscionable.

Whose responsibility is it to champion the people? The United Nations? Most certainly so! But the UN is comprised of global leaders for their respective nations. So the burden of responsibility must rest on the shoulders of those who are elected (well that isn’t the case for communist China of course). Yet those who are elected to govern their countries seem incapable of making decisions guided by morality (fundamental ethical principles). Then, perhaps, it is up to those who put them in power to begin with. That is you!

Dr Charles Lee – survivor:
(Transmission 6-10 interviewee)

“…in America, the principle in this country is freedom of religion, freedom of, you know, press. But if the US people, the US capitalists, help those people, the communist regime in China, they are selling these principles…”

The world could be a different. It really could be a better place. What if manufacturing returned to the nations that consumed the products produced? No more unemployment. Far less pollution from unnecessary transportation. Sure, sacrifices would have to be made. We would all pay a lot more for everything – what price is currently being paid in ethical currency? The deficit in that case would be beyond computation. What if wars were not waged on lies (which cost billions that could be used to fully realise a sustainable way of living) about WMDs (Want More Diesel)? What if……..that is another blog!

*T610 does not vote. Never has done and will continue to not vote until governments place principles at the pinnacle of political decision making.*

±The State Department reports are repetitive in nature, both in each addition and from one year to the next. The figures sited are not considered a statistical analysis, but representative.±

Financial Times – terrible reporting

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

A comment on the following report: Rmb: Falun Gong’s new voice

This article is one of the best examples one could find about Falun Gong. It has everything to be expected:

  • Significant date un-recognised – released 12 years to the day from when Falun Gong was officially banned in China and the Genocide began. The worst case of human rights abuses since the Holocaust (and taking place in arguably the world’s most powerful nation).
  • Factual inaccuracy – there are absolutely no “breathing exercises” (unless, of course, the mere act of breathing is considered exercise) in Falun Gong, which sets it apart from other forms of Qi Gong. As other commenters have noted, previous articles are equally fictitious.
  • Outdated information – the initiative of writing on currency was abandoned years ago when it was pointed out to practitioners of Falun Gong that defacing money was a criminal act. Making it the focal point of a story in the present, to the extent of using the phrase “…lately it has turned to…” is also entirely inaccurate. It is equally possible that a few practitioners do still do this, but since there is no organisational structure, it is imprecise to describe any actions as being collective. T610 does not have a definitive understanding of this particular method of counter-propaganda (let us not forget that this is exactly what it is), so looks forward to being provided evidence beyond the simple statement that Beyondbrics has discovered its re-emergence.
  • Derogatory remarks – that the Chinese woman on the end of the phone was sleepy is completely irrelevant. Unless, the report continues to commend her for volunteering to be available 24hrs a day to help circumvent the deaths of innocent people.
  • Ignorance – the postulation that utilising 1rmb notes will not reach the rich and powerful as suggestive that the initiative was not well thought through (writing on 1rmb coins would be considerably more difficult), ignores the fact that the downfall of almost every oppressive regime has been by the hands of the meek, and not the overtly mighty. There are more poor people in China than rich. If your objective is to inform the masses, then employing the means to which are available to them makes perfect sense.
  • No context – considering few people in the West know anything about Falun Gong (apart from the plethora poor reporting) or the persecution, the average reader will learn only what is stated within the article. The linked article (significantly released on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the 610 Office) contains all of the above negligence – save for a brief mention of the abuses (ignoring the organ harvesting). Would the entire article not make greater sense if the reader were to be informed that the practitioners of Falun Gong are struggling for their lives in the world’s most brutal and unopposed dictatorship (100million dead Chinese over the past 6 decades can testify to that)?

T610 has amassed dozens of equally poor reporting (newspaper articles, radio shows, TV programs) from around the world since 1999. Over the course of the next 12 months, these articles will be deconstructed and exposed so that the World Wide Web can contain some real information about the persecution in China.

Is the journalist to be blamed? Considering the pool of information available for research is about as dry as a Gobi desert watering hole, the answer is perhaps “no”. Now consider that, being based in Beijing, research would have been conducted from within an internet bubble of tightly controlled blockades, and the word-on-the-street would be tainted by unabated state propaganda, the answer becomes even more obviously “no”. However, the linked article contains dialogue from an interview with Falun Gong’s unofficial spokesman. A better source could not be found! It really does not take a monumental amount of effort to properly research even the most complex of stories before putting pen to paper. Considering the journalist has been the “Beijing bureau chief for the FT and has been a correspondent covering China since 2003”, the piece can easily be described as Western propaganda. Prove that statement to be wrong. On a subject matter as grave – do please pardon the pun – as Genocide, T610 would rather have its knowledge base categorically proven incorrect, than correct.

It has become clear over the past complete Chinese zodiac cycle, that there is a media cartel in operation (just look at the Murdoch empire and its dealings within Asia and the West), to stifle genuine disclosure of the situation in China. The directive is dictated by political initiatives, which in turn, are dictated by economics. Fitting that this article was published by the Financial Times. Shame that morality is not the primary starting point.

If you want to know the truth about what has been happening in China, the freely available film Transmission 6-10 is a good place to start (Zek Halu – above – being present in the documentary) for the tip-of-the-iceberg. This is the biggest story of the 21st century. One would expect it to be treated as such by those who forge a career in the industry of informing a global population.

Overall the piece is entirely pointless. Sometimes it is better to say nothing, than to state the wrong thing.

June 4th 1989: Part 2

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

The Mechanisms of Control

June 5th 1989. The dust had settled on Tiananmen Square. What had caused it had not gone unnoticed, yet, eventually, it served to cover up the foundations of governance in Mainland China. Once more, tyrannical dictatorship had won the battle, and utilising all the mechanisms of state power, the war was being won too.

Foreign press representatives were banned from the country, to maintain at least a modicum of reputation in the eyes of the world. The discerning observer would, of course, note that the necessity of this move merely exacerbates the problem – political thinking under the CCP is extremely insular.

On the 9th of June, Deng Xiaoping made his thoughts on the events public for the first time. He stated that the true objective of the protesters was to “…establish a totally Western-dependent bourgeois republic…” and “…the entire imperialist Western world plans to make all socialist countries discard the socialist road and then bring them under the monopoly of international capital and onto the capitalist road.” There is some truth to this second analysis.

He went on to recognise the martyrdom of the People’s Liberation Army soldiers who had lost their lives in the struggle to maintain social order on behalf of their leadership. These sentiments were echoed throughout state-controlled media publications – once rogue reporters had been dealt with. Two news anchors who reported the event for the 7:00 pm show on June 4th for China Central Television were fired because they showed their sad emotions. Within a year, 150 films were banned; 8% of publishing companies, 12% of newspapers and 13% of social science periodicals were shut down. 32 million contraband books and 2.4 million video and audio cassettes were seized. In the internet era, similar censorship protocols are in place as you read this. In January 2006, Google removed information from their their Google.cn site on topics such as Taiwan independence, Tibet, Falun Gong, and the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Transmission 6-10 interviewee Matt Whitticase, of Free Tibet Campaign had this to say:

“French Tourism ministry, in a pamphlet, advised French businessmen and French hoteliers never to mention the ‘Three T Words’: Tibet, Taiwan and Tiananmen, because they didn’t want to offend Chinese people. This is a direct attack on our democratic principles and norms that we’ve built up over hundreds of years. And the view that we have to literally bow down in front of China and accept its anti-democratic processes is an extremely worrying one for the future of democratic societies in the west.”

Google did the right thing. Eventually. In January of 2010, they rescinded their co-operation with the CCP by moving their headquarters to Hong Kong. Freeing themselves from Party control.

The democracy movement of 1989 did not just occur in Beijing. It spread throughout the country. The West’s focus was Tiananmen Square, simply because that was where the journalists were stationed. What happened elsewhere escaped the global general population’s attention. Protests. Riots. Killings. It really was a threat to Communist Party rule. So much of a threat that Western observers foresaw the collapse of the Party as being imminent.

In the wake of the atrocities, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank suspended loans to China (now the West is actually in financial debt to the Chinese government). Foreign Direct Investment ceased. An arms trade embargo was put in place (which was objected to by the then leaders of Germany and France – Gerhard Schröder and Jacques Chirac) by the United States and European Union. In response, the Chinese government increased its defence spending from 8.6% in 1986 to 15.5% in 1990. They did, to their credit, also invest in non-lethal forms of crowd control.

In the interests of maintaining peaceful relations with China, many Asian nations remained silent on the massacre. Most notably, India went as far as curtailing broadcasts on the subject so as to appease the CCP – Matt Whitticase was right! Not surprisingly, North Korea, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany supported Deng Xiaoping’s campaign to crush freedom.

The campaign also sought to eradicate sympathisers within the party itself. A lack of unity was exposed in the buildup to the use of military action. General Secretary, at the time, Zhao Ziyang (instrumental in the development of economic reforms) opposed the use of force. His stance was countered by Li Peng’s intention to flex the muscles. Zhao Ziyang was placed under house arrest, and remained there until his death in January of 2005. His crime? Compassion!

The economic reforms did lead to economic growth. The prosperity of China on the global scene meant the government regained the support of the people. The support of the people is heavily manipulated. 300 million citizens of China still live in poverty. They don’t count though, as they dwell in rural areas and are easily kept in check. The demographics that are the most important to control are the workers – they are happy, thanks to massive Western reliance on manufacturing – and the intellectuals. Artists come and go….just ask Wei Wei!

Jumping to the present day and then looking backwards. The current leader of the CCP is Hu Jintao. Hu deployed 1,700 armed police to Lhasa (capital of Tibet) as unrest in the region grew as the 30th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, drew nearer. When riots did occur, the armed police suppressed the subjugated Tibetans with brutal force. This occurred merely months before the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Unsurprisingly, Hu Jintao immediately gave his support to central government for their use of force on June 4th.

Hu Jintao succeeded Jiang Zemin. As mentioned in Part 1, Jiang was not shy of acting the dictator before his time either. It was Jiang Zemin who banned Falun Gong and initiated the worst of human rights abuses in known history. That an equally maniacal political figure should take his place is just evidence that the CCP intend to see the persecution of Falun Gong through to the end. It has been almost 12 years since the banning of the spiritual group on July 20th 1999. They have not given up their struggle for freedom, and the difference between Falun Gong and the protestors of 1989 is that they are dispersed in great numbers around the world, are organised, have financial means, and, can make use of technology that didn’t exists 22 years ago.

The computer that this is being written on was manufactured in China. The one you are reading this on was probably also manufactured there. Go ahead and look at almost anything these days and you will find at least a component that was manufactured in China. We in the West cannot live without the efforts of the Chinese workers – who are horrendously underpaid. We have a lot to give thanks for. We can also thank our governments for taking advantage of a dictatorship that cares not for its own people. But wait….what does that make us? Yes. It makes us all party to genocide. It is as simple as that. We elect our governments. They make decisions on our behalf. They trade massively with China despite knowing how the CCP treats its people. Oh. On second thoughts. You probably have absolutely no idea what is really going on in China. There is a simple reason for that. No-body has told you. Who would you expect to hear information from? Your media. Well…your media is hiding something from you. Perhaps, as is the case in any dictatorship, they are afraid that if you know too much, you may have an opinion on matters that is in stark contrast to the ruling elite. Sounds like we might also be living in a form of dictatorship. Control. Manipulation. Censorship. Coercion. It all exists just as much in the West as it does in China……which is why in Part 1, T610 points out that the West is just more subtle in how it ‘handles’ us.

Political liberalisation in other communist countries around the world was affected by the massacre – the first televised incident of its kind. Communist nations felt a greater sense of destabilisation, and in China, that meant re-structuring the party itself to ensure that dissent within the ranks would not hinder future monopoly of power. Prior to the protests, the President held a symbolic role. To prevent the authoritarian Moaist dictatorship, true power was spread between the Premier, the General Secretary and the President. Paramount power has been enjoyed by both Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao. It has also been wielded to the full extent of Maoist dictatorship.

Rather than face investigation (with 30,000 communist officers deployed to carry it out), several ambassadors took the opportunity to claim political asylum in their host nations. Four million people were investigated over their roles in the protests. One million government officials were scrutinised.

The focus of the investigation was not, as what one would expect, to discover who had ordered the killings or done the actual killing. It was to discern who had gotten in the way of the utilisation of the full armoury of tyranny. Those responsible never faced administrative or criminal sanctions. The United Nations requested that the State conduct a full and impartial investigation (they said the same thing about Organ Harvesting). Did it not occur to the UN that it was the State themselves, and no period of time lapse would make a difference, who had carried out the massacre – and from their perspective, rightly so. The United Nations was established after WWII to safeguard human rights. As an organisation, they have actually not achieved that…..China is not an exception in this regard.

Time has passed since 1989. A lot of it. In 2006 American broadcasters interviewed four enrolled students at the Peking University and showed them a picture of Tank Man. None of the four knew what the photo was about. The mechanisms of control work well.

Tiananmen Square is Massive (440,000m² – that is 63 UK football fields). It is the largest city square in the world. 1 million people had taken to the streets during the uprising of ’89. In Hong Kong, 1.6 million people (from a population of just 6million) echoed the sentiments of their Mainland counterparts in revulsion at the behaviour of their soon to be rulers. Since the hand-over of control from Britain to China, Hong Kong remains the one place where vigils are annually held. Mainland China has all but forgotten the incident – or rather, they have been trained to. Under Operation Yellowbird, some dissidents found refuge in HK. The people of Hong Kong long feared CCP rule, which led to many families moving overseas to the US, Canada and Australia prior to 1997.

Wherever Chinese people live in the world outside of the Mainland, the sacrifices their countrymen and women made have not been forgotten. The 20th anniversary of the Massacre was commemorated by them. In China, measures were taken to ensure that no such commemoration could exist. The internet was heavily censored and foreign journalists were denied entry to the square…just in case. Dissidents who resided in Beijing were forced to stay at home, or told to leave the city.

Political change is no-longer in the minds of the Chinese people. The country ‘feels’ more free. It ‘feels’ to be a greater part of the global community (the Beijing Games of 2008 helped with that). Those who can seriously rock the boat, rather than tread water along side it, ‘feel’ more prosperous. China has changed, in their eyes. T610 thinks otherwise, and believes that the West has played a major part in ensuring that. But that’s another blog!

Incidentally. Got to www.wikipedia.org and type in Tienanmen Square Massacre. Make note of the page title you are directed to!

June 4th 1989: Part 1

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

On the 22nd anniversary of the June 4th Massacre (Tiananmen Square Massacre), have 2 decades of ‘progress’ led to tangible changes for the people of China?

The simple answer is an emphatic “no”!

The reasons are a lot more complex.

Echoing the release of Transmission 6-10 missing fragments T610: 4-24/25, this blog will be published in 2 parts. The first being an outline of the events leading up to and encompassing June 4th 1989; the second a dissection of their ramifications.

Part One – The Mechanisms of the Movement

The students of 1989 could not have imagined that their own government would open fire on what was a peaceful demonstration – though large in number. The duration of seven weeks (from the death of former CCP General Secretary Hu Yaobang, which sparked the pro-democracy movement) is probably more telling than the numbers involved. For a dictatorial government to lose control of its own capital city centre, for such a length of time, showed surprising restraint. Or, did it show surprising amounts of consideration for the best course of action. Your own opinion would depend on your thoughts of whether a dictatorship can be a form of government that represents the people or not. It is the opinion of T610 that a dictatorship serves only itself.

In the late 1970’s President Carter of the USA entered into ‘normalising‘ negotiations with China, in an attempt to bring the largest Asian nation into a more global setting. This would be the first direct political tethering of China and the West. A union that would one day lead to a symbiotic relationship.

China was opening up. The people were being rewarded with greater freedoms and exposure to the rest of the world – which left them yearning for more. This brought with it a dilemma for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as economic evolution had the potential for internal revolution.

Deng Xiaoping (CCP leader in the year of 1989) had lived and studied in the West. His political thoughts led to the development of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics – a capitalist/market economy system, with centralized control and a one-party state. Deng was a close comrade of Mao Zedong (founder of the CCP), and although was not selected to be Mao’s successor, his vision of the future ensured a political career at the highest levels of leadership. As a key ally to Mao, Deng was a part of the brutal campaigns which almost destroyed China between the 1950s and 1960s (the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution).

The context here is that violence and power cannot be separated. In Mainland China, this persists in the present.

Hu Yaobang (a protege of Deng Xiaoping) died on the 15th of April 1989. He had been purged from the CCP in 1987 for his role in inciting the December 1986 student demonstrations. Seen as a cult hero in the eyes of reformists, his sudden death united the students once more. Mass mournings soon led to pleas to have his good name restored; which transformed into calls for greater freedoms and, eventually, a movement for democracy.

On the eve of Hu Yaobang’s funeral, 100,000 students marched on to Tiananmen Square before it could be closed. The dissatisfaction of this youthful and energetic demographic was a direct result of failed economic reforms. Inflation was up to 18.5% in 1988. Intellectuals – so despised by Mao Zedong – were heralded as being a guiding force for the future of China. To aid this, the number of universities expanded, along with student enrolment. From 1977 to 1988, the number of universities rose from 400 to 1,975. The student population of the same years grew from 625,319 to 2,065,923. Yet job opportunities became increasingly sparse, especially in the face of a growing culture of nepotism. Traditional labours and blue collar work were back in vogue. White collar trainees would have to stain their shirts red, for their opinions to be heard.

The context of the events of June 4th 1989 are more compelling than the events themselves. Which is not to make light of the thousands (the exact number unknown and widely debated – an anonymous Chinese Red Cross official has gone on record claiming 5,000 deaths and 30,000 wounded) who died, but rather to point out that the ’89 movement was not an isolated incident….not by a long shot. The Chinese population have always had a tendency to gather together and oppose their leadership or invading forces – going back to the 1898-1901 Boxer Rebellion against overseas imperialist influence…..and going back way beyond that to times of feudal rule and the era of Warlords.

The students were too young to recall the horrors of previous decades of violent suppression. They were emboldened by at least a sense of liberalisation, and, perhaps, had been exposed to the Democracy Wall protests of 1978-1979. They were certainly exposed to ideas of Democracy that were brought back by Chinese nationals visiting the US. But it wasn’t just the students.

This is something that is little known in the West. The general population of Beijing – manipulated by State-run media to the contrary – were sympathetic to the protestors. General workers also joined the movement. This was a massive gathering of a great many people from a wide range of backgrounds. They were leaderless in terms of a single voice, and directionless in terms of a single objective, but they were certainly a threat to ‘social stability’ in the eyes of the ruling elite.

The threat wasn’t just from the outside. It was inside the Party itself. There was a lack of cohesion amongst CCP government officials on what was the best course of action to deal with the unrest. There was descent amongst military leaders to the point where armies were hand chosen to move in to secure the city.

War.

It wasn’t a massacre. It was a war in the middle of China’s capital. Encouraged to be non-violent by those with microphones – which they were until the last moments – the students fought back. After weeks of encampment, (including hunger-strikes) Martial Law was declared on the 20th of May. Troops were moving in to the city. The students set up barricades to block their progress. Tanks were met with fire bombs. Soldiers were pulled from their armoured vehicles and beaten to death. There was nothing peaceful about the demonstrations once the leadership of the CCP had decided that brutality was the only way to end the uprising – no surprises there.

Unsurprisingly, however, was the swiftness with which Tiananmen Square itself was cleared. The military had been ordered not to open fire, but given a deadline of 6am on June 4th to clear the square. In a typically Oriental dedication to the task at hand, the square was cleared by 5:40am. Orders being peripheral to results.

The CCP claim that no-one died in the Square itself. What they continue to deny is that the killing of largely unarmed people took place on the surrounding streets. Western correspondents have confirmed both of these assertions – yet both remain contestable.

The Sino-Soviet summit was taking place in May of ’89. Reporters from all over the world had turned up in Beijing to cover the events. Russian reformist Mikhail Gorbachev was in town. You couldn’t write a better script to set up such a colossal event that had global and long-lasting ramifications. Had Western press not been there, this blog would barely exist. We simply wouldn’t have known half of what really happened. In the days of the Great Leap forward it was only when bodies – some of which had been cannibalised – floated into Hong Kong harbour from across the border with China, that the rest of the world realised something terrible was happening to the world’s oldest civilisation.

Camping in tents, singing songs, building statues (The Goddess of Democracy). That is what the students were up to when the tanks rolled in. One man stood in front of them. Bags of shopping in his hands. He climbed to the turret of the machine which had tried to manoeuvre around him. Apparently he spoke to the soldiers inside. What happened to him is unknown. Most compelling was a speech to the President’s Club in 1999 by Bruce Herschensohn (former deputy special assistant to President Richard Nixon) reporting that “Tank Man” was executed 14 days later. The unknown rebel was named as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century by Time Magazine – you’d think we would know more about him if he were alive.

Control.

In politics it is always about control. The West is no different. The task is just set about in a wholly more subtle manner. We would all be on the streets brandishing pitch forks – ok…iPads these days, with very menacing apps – in the name of justice if we knew half the truth of what is really going on around us on ‘our behalf’.

It goes way beyond the constraints of a blog to fully divulge all that took place in Beijing that year. What should be noted is that the protests, and eventual riots, were not limited to the Capital City. Former CCP leader Jiang Zemin was literally ‘blooded’ by the events of 1989. In 1999 he started a new campaign of terror. Elevated by virtue (poor choice of word) of his crushing attitude towards the student sympathising press of Shanghai (the city for which he was Party Secretary), and the quelling of unrest on his own streets, Jiang Zemin’s hard-line stance towards opposition won him many admirers and supporters.

Transmission 6-10 interviewee Chen Yonglin was amongst the students in 1989. He later became a CCP Member and employee of the State. His empathy for peaceful change in China would never escape his mind though. When his time came to decide what was more important to him, a career or his fellow man, he sided with humanity and returned his philosophies to be in line with his student days of freedom fighting – fighting in a cognitive manner.

The students didn’t throw the first brick. Nor did they throw the last. Rather, the bricks they left behind – much like the Democracy Wall – were wrapped in messages of hope for future generations to draw inspiration and strength from. Embedded in the very paving of Tiananmen Square, they have been trodden over by millions since June the 4th of 1989. The next population of people to take their cause to the public were Falun Gong practitioners. They too have been quashed.

For their part, the Chinese government felt they were losing control of the people. One way to deal with it – a tried and tested method – is to get rid of the people who you think are not controllable. Intellectuals. Artists. The Bourgeois. Religious. Spiritual. Student. It doesn’t really matter who you are if you are not ‘in line’.

Student leaders from 1989 either died in protest, were executed or sentenced to long prison terms – some managed to escape. Members of the CCP who were sympathetic to their cause were ousted. Workers who joined the protest were ‘disappeared’. The events were swept under the carpet for historians to one day discover and dissect.

Dissection is the focus of Part 2.

New two part lost fragment released.

Monday, April 25th, 2011

T610: 4-24 Tianjin, June 4th and Zhongnanhai pt1

T610: 4-25 Tianjin, June 4th and Zhongnanhai pt2

April 25th 1999. 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners peacefully appeal in Zhongnanhai, the central government compound in Beijing. Many thousands more are reported to have tried to travel there, but were stopped. What happened in Tianjin to trigger these events, and just what were the consequences, in the wake of the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre?

China’s Jasmine Revolution

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The Jasmine Revolution.

A name at the forefront of media coverage in 2011. Tunisian uprisings ousting their President. Egyptian uprisings with the same effect. Increasing unrest in Jordan, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen. And now our eyes turn to Libya.

Yet something equally significant is taking place. In the wake of a series of mass protests in 2010, The Jasmine Revolution is currently unfolding in China, inspired by what happened in Tunisia. Only last week, it was reported that “hundreds of police maintained heavy security at several busy commercial sites in China’s capital…for the fifth week of planned ‘Jasmine’ rallies against the government.” The article went on to say that large areas of the arranged protests sites have been cordoned off, with heavy police presence.

However, the protests purposefully differ from the open rallies seen in the Middle East. The SCMP reported that people are urged to meet at designated sites to“gather near fast-food restaurants, take a stroll, or eat at the restaurants”. Another SCMP article reported the organisers saying that this stage of ‘strolling’ could take “a few weeks, a couple of months, a year or even longer”; the second stage would include “holding a jasmine flower and [using] mobile phones or music players to play [the folk song] Such a Beautiful Jasmine”. Organisers declared the third stage as “when the street-walking revolution is irreversible”; it would involve people criticising the government openly and without fear.” “It was almost the embodiment of the ancient Taoist philosophical concept of wu wei, best translated as”active non-action”.

The first anonymous call to action on the 19th February appeared on Boxun, a US-based website run by overseas dissidents, and later on Twitter. It urged for the protests to begin on the 20th, and continue every week thereafter, which they have. Both websites are blocked in China, so “the only Chinese who will get the message will… be those who use proxies to circumvent the government’s fire walls.” Both sites were subsequently attacked, forcing fresh protests to be organised via sites like Facebook.

The Chinese regime were quick to react. “China deployed a SWAT team, attack dogs and scores of plainclothes security agents in central Beijing,” reported the WSJ at one site, while AFP reported up to 100 leading lawyers and activists missing since the protests began. Given our knowledge of how the regime treats these people, this is a serious concern. AP found that searches for “jasmine” were blocked on China’s largest Twitter-like microblog, and status updates with the word on popular Chinese social networking site Renren.com were met with an error message and a warning to refrain from postings with “political, sensitive … or other inappropriate content.” The foreign media reporting on the ground were also targeted directly, including beatings and detention.

Critical minds are suggesting a double-edged sword. One web article, reported in The Epoch Times, highlighted concern that, stricken by the possibility of revolution, these organised protests were faked by the regime to bring leading dissidents and activists out into the open, so that they can be identified and silenced, mirroring Mao’s ‘Hundred Flowers Campaign‘ in the 1950’s.

However, a core member of the Jasmine Revolution group, speaking in email interview with The Epoch Times, highlighted that the heavy-handed reaction by the regime is actually favouring the protests. “For example, an open letter the organizers sent to China’s youth on March 5 resulted in blockades of university campuses by security forces across the country. “This unusual treatment almost certainly antagonizes the young energies and triggers their curiosity to explore the cause…””.

“I will be back next Sunday, and the Sunday after that,” said one beaming youth, clearly within earshot of police officers. “We have to make our voices heard.”

One conclusion that can be drawn from The Jasmine Revolution in China is that, regardless of who ignited it, the people who are turning out to demonstrate represent a real desire for the dictatorial regime to be removed. Many people that Transmission 6-10 has interacted with see that the only real change in China has to come from within. Transmission 6-10 frequently highlights Western apathy towards China’s abuse of it’s people, so this stance towards ‘change from within’ can largely be agreed with. Will this revolution bring change to China? Even in light of the massive upheavals happening in the Middle East, only by keeping informed of these unfolding events will we ever know.

One of the demonstration meeting places is outside KFC in Shenyang city, Liaoning province. Transmission 6-10 concludes this blog with the sobering reminder of the story of Mr. Shi Hongbo, a Falun Gong practitioner who died from torture on the 28th February 2011. His 75 year-old mother said, “Shi’s death reaffirms Liaoning province’s reputation as one of the deadliest regions of China for Falun Gong practitioners. Beneath the veneer of Dalian’s growing metropolis, Shi endured torture the horrors of which are nearly impossible for many of us to fully comprehend.”

There is a very real need for change.

PROTEST AND REVOLUTION

The Jasmine Revolution. A name at the forefront of media coverage in 2011. Tunisian uprisings ousting their President. Egyptian uprisings with the same effect. Increasing unrest in Jordan, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen. And now our eyes turn to Libya. (http://jasminerevolutionarabworld.com/)

Yet something equally significant is taking place. In the wake of a series of mass protests in 2010 (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/48458/), The Jasmine Revolution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Chinese_protests) is currently unfolding in China, inspired by, what happened in Tunisia. (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china/tunisias-uprising-an-inspiration-for-chinese-49712.html) Only last week, it was reported that “hundreds of police maintained heavy security at several busy commercial sites in China’s capital…for the fifth week of planned ‘Jasmine’ rallies against the government.” (http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1627420.php/Beijing-screens-more-jasmine-sites-but-no-sign-of-protest) The article went on to say that large areas of proposed protests sites have been cordoned off, with heavy police presence.

However, the protests purposefully differ from the open rallies seen in the Middle East. The SCMP reported that people are urged to meet at designated sites to“gather near fast-food restaurants, take a stroll, or eat at the restaurants”(http://topics.scmp.com/news/china-news-watch/article/Fresh-call-goes-out-for-Beijing-jasmine-rallies). Another SCMP reported the organisers saying that this stage of ‘strolling’ could take “a few weeks, a couple of months, a year or even longer”; the second stage would include “holding a jasmine flower and [using] mobile phones or music players to play [the folk song] Such a Beautiful Jasmine”. Organisers declared the third stage as “when the street-walking revolution is irreversible”; it would involve people criticising the government openly and without fear.” “It was almost the embodiment of the ancient Taoist philosophical concept of wu wei, best translated as”active non-action”. (http://topics.scmp.com/news/china-news-watch/article/The-flowering-of-an-unconventional-revolution)

The first anonymous call to action on the 19th February appeared on Boxun (www.boxun.com), a US-based website run by overseas dissidents, and later on Twitter. It urged for the protests to begin on the 20th, and continue every week thereafter, which they have. Both websites are blocked in China, so “the only Chinese who will get the message will… be those who use proxies to circumvent the government’s fire walls.”(http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110223/china-jasmine-revolution-protests-sunday). Both sites were subsequently attacked, forcing fresh protests to be organised via sites like Facebook.

The Chinese regime were quick to react. “China deployed a SWAT team, attack dogs and scores of plainclothes security agents in central Beijing,” reported the WSJ at one site (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703933404576170152436754150.html?mod=googlenews_wsj), while AFP reported up to 100 leading lawyers and activists are missing since the protests began (http://www.chinaaid.org/2011/03/us-concerned-over-disappearance-of.html). Given our knowledge of how the regime treats these people, this is a serious concern. AP found that searches for “jasmine” were blocked on China’s largest Twitter-like microblog, and status updates with the word on popular Chinese social networking site Renren.com were met with an error message and a warning to refrain from postings with “political, sensitive … or other inappropriate content.”(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_china_jasmine_revolution). Gmail also reportedly had intermittent blocks, sourced back to China (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2382310,00.asp). The foreign media reporting on the ground were also targeted directly, including beatings (http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/28/getting-harassed-by-the-chinese-police/) and detention.

Critical minds are suggesting a double-edged sword. One web article, reported in the Epoch Times, (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china/aborted-chinese-jasmine-revolution-a-trap-say-analysts-51732.html) highlighted concern that, stricken by the possibility of revolution, these organised protests were faked by the regime to bring leading dissidents and activists out into the open, so that they can be identified and silenced, mirroring Mao’s ‘Hundred Flowers Campaign’ in the 1950’s. (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Hundred_Flowers_Campaign).

However, a core member of the Jasmine Revolution group, speaking in email interview with the Epoch Times, highlighted that the heavy-handed reaction by the regime is actually favouring the protests. “For example, an open letter the organizers sent to China’s youth on March 5 resulted in blockades of university campuses by security forces across the country. “This unusual treatment almost certainly antagonizes the young energies and triggers their curiosity to explore the cause…”” (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china/chinas-jasmine-revolutionaries-say-things-going-according-to-plan-52780.html).

“I will be back next Sunday, and the Sunday after that,” said one beaming youth, clearly within earshot of police officers. “We have to make our voices heard.” (http://topics.scmp.com/news/china-news-watch/article/The-flowering-of-an-unconventional-revolution).

A clear conclusion can be drawn from The Jasmine Revolution in China. Regardless of who ignited it, the people who are turning out to demonstrate represent that there is a real desire for the dictatorial regime to be removed. Many people we have spoken to see that the only real change in China has to come from within, and as Transmission 6-10 frequently highlights Western apathy towards China’s abuse of it’s people, this can largely be agreed with. Is this what will bring change? This can’t be answered yet, and only by keeping track of these unfolding events will we know.

For the many complex and encompassing reasons that people may join this revolution, Transmission 6-10 concludes this blog with the sobering reminder of the story of Mr. Shi Hongbo, a Falun Gong practitioner who died on the 28th February from torture. His 75 year-old mother said, “Shi’s death reaffirms Liaoning province’s reputation as one of the deadliest regions of China for Falun Gong practitioners. Beneath the veneer of Dalian’s growing metropolis, Shi endured torture the horrors of which are nearly impossible for many of us to fully comprehend.” (http://www.faluninfo.net/article/1124/?cid=84). There is a very real need for change, and to truly mean “Never Again.”

China: The Global Paradox

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

In January 2011, Hu Jintao, leader of the Chinese Communist Party, visited the USA to hold talks with the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama. To place an important perspective to this meeting, the current Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, resides incarcerated in Jinzhou Prison for “his part in creating Charter 8, a document calling for greater freedoms and democratic reforms in China.” Ultimately, Hu Jintao holds responsibility over Liu’s freedom, or lack thereof.

So, what were the reasons for the meeting of these two world leaders? The discussion of the meaning of peace, human rights and freedom of press? If you followed the western media, the impression given was that Obama was outspoken about human rights in China; highlighting that “there are areas where we disagree”. But how far did those discussions delve into the deep and widespread problems in China? Did Hu really go to the US to talk about these issues? It seemed that the visit was more about building stronger ties, and this means one thing: $45 Billion worth of export trade deals. So we can be pretty certain Liu will remain in prison.

To contrast, at the beginning of Hu’s visit, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher expressed on CNN: “…the trouble is we’ve been dealing with these people [CCP] as if they’re Englishmen, or Belgians… when in reality, this is a gangster regime that murders they’re own people… there’s no freedom of speech, freedom of press, there’s no freedom of assembly…what you have is the ongoing repression of religion. People like the Falun Gong, who are people who believe in nothing more than a yoga, a meditation, are being thrown into prison by the thousands, and there’s all sorts of evidence to suggest they are being beaten to death in order to steal their organs and sell their organs. It doesn’t get more ghoulish than this, but that also doesn’t touch bases with the suppression of the Tibetan people, and the Uighars, and many other groups in China…the Chinese government is a gangster government…and it should be treated as an adversary, as an anti-democratic adversary.”

So why is there such a disparity in how Rohrabacher would expect the West to deal with a regime like this, and how it actually interacts with it? In addition, if you have watched Transmission 6-10, you will understand just how bad the situation in China really is; in summary, mass Genocide. Would Obama have entertained Adolf Hitler with a view to “building stronger ties”? Perhaps a strong statement for those who are yet to watch Transmission 6-10, but for the lives of those whom have been lost, and the families which have been destroyed in truly horrific circumstances, the stance that human rights in China is a side ‘issue’ that requires resolving is an insult at a best.

One argument is that only through strengthening ties with China can it possibly lead to a change in the regime. To stoke the flames of this debate, let’s agree with this stance. A massive move to build a relationship was to award Beijing with the 2008 Olympic Games, done on the pretext of two very specific promises from the CCP; that they would improve human rights and freedom of press. An incredible promise from the CCP, and an equally incredible achievement from the West for inspiring this change. The IOC recognised it as an opportunity to give an honour to China in return for positive change. Yet, these promises were not kept, and the 2008 Olympics began to parallel the ‘Genocide Games of 1936‘. When it became painfully clear that these promises were empty (literally painful for many millions of Chinese people who suffered a pre-Olympic crackdown to silence them) , the IOC turned around and stated that the Olympics had nothing to do with politics (as if the right to be a human being was a political issue).

…it was an enormous public relations scam…and they got away with the imprisonment of people who were attacking the Chinese record on human rights inside China. Men like Hu Jia, who went to jail for saying “hey wait a minute, what kind of a country is this which is putting on the Olympics in the way that it is, but at the same time it oppresses its own people.” But the fact is, to a great degree, with most people, the Chinese got away with.Jonathan Mirsky, Transmission 6-10 Source.

But, critics to this standpoint would highlight that during his visit to the US, Hu Jintao himself expressed that the country “faces many challenges in social and economic development. A lot still needs to be done in China on human rights.” In the past, Hu Jintao himself has also promised “[China] will continue to make government affairs public, enhance information distribution, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of foreign news organizations and reporters, and facilitate foreign media coverage in China….” So was this another monumental gesture by the regime in recognising that change is needed, or another example that the West is failing to learn from it’s past mistakes? Fresh reports are emerging that the blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng and his wife, who have worked against forced abortion and the one child policy, have been severely beaten by Chinese police. This is does not bode well.

The answer becomes even more apparent when we learn that Hu’s speech about human rights was censored by Mainland Chinese State (government controlled) media . In short, they did not want Chinese people to be aware Hu had raised human rights. Does the CCP want real change, or simply portray this desire for change in order to appease critics? However, this may not be the most important question here. Regardless of whether the CCP wants to change, which evidently it does not, does the West really want the CCP to change, or simply to profit from the business opportunities with it? Aren’t both appeasing critics with hypocrisy?

According to a survey in June 2009, the U.S. Treasury owed China $757 billion in long-term debt. According to Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton said of this fact, “how do you deal toughly with your banker”?

The paradox deepens.

In January 2011, Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang visited the UK on a trade mission (mirroring a similar visit to China in November 2010 by the British government with an entourage of leading UK business representatives), securing deals worth over £2.6 Billion. He met with Foreign Secretary William Hague, banqueting at The Royal Courts of Justice. Hague said, “it was a great pleasure to have welcomed Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to the UK…I see this visit as another important step in cementing the UK and China as “Partners for Growth” and continuing to build our trade and investment relationship.” Yet, The Guardian reported William Hague revealing that in the very same month, “China… penetrated the Foreign Office’s internal communications in the most audacious example yet of the growing threat posed by state-sponsored cyber-attacks…” Is this building “partners for growth?” One individuals response to these cyber-attacks highlighted that the UK is probably doing exactly the same to China. Probable yes, but rather than beginning to answer this paradox, this only strengthens the question, “what is really going on?”

Vice-Premier Li also visited Germany as part of his trade visit in Europe, where he sealed $11.3 Billion worth of trade deals. A few weeks later, German federal prosecutors say they have indicted a man for allegedly spying on the Falun Gong movement, in Germany, on behalf of China’s intelligence service. This man is almost certainly part of the 6-10 Office system. “Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a part of the 6-10 Office system, majorly in propaganda role, as a propaganda machine overseas.Chen Yonglin, Transmission 6-10 Source.

Increasingly we are seeing that the further the West delves into it’s ‘engagement’ with the CCP, the sharper the double-edged sword becomes. With trade and investment, the West also has to deal with the glaring fact that the CCP is still, at heart, a dictatorship, and will continue to use all of the tools of one. The partnerships and relationships it seeks with the West are not friendly, and as these windows of evidence suggest, are actually contrary to the “promotion of peace”. Transmission 6-10 believes that only by drawing together many seemingly disparate pieces of information, can one truly open a window into what is really going on in the West’s ‘relationship’ with China.

Transmission 6-10 also predicts that as the West’s ‘relationship’ with China grows stronger, so will evidence of the paradox it creates, so long as information remains obtainable. Given the track record of Western media, it is only by connecting the dots can anyone gain a truer picture of what is really going on in the world.

It isn’t the stance of the T6-10 team that there is an easy solution to all of this, but governments have a responsibility to upholding the most basic moral principles of humanity. The unpalatable truth is that we are all, in part, to blame. We all like to be able buy a plethora of ‘made in China’ products at affordable prices, and we all want our economies to prosper. The CCP provides these ‘opportunities’, but at great cost, both to ourselves and in reality, to the Chinese people.

China: A Global Paradox

In January 2011, Hu Jintao, leader of the Chinese Communist Party, visited the USA to hold talks with the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama. To place an important perspective to this meeting, the current Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo (linked http://www.liuxiaobo.eu/ ), resides incarcerated in Jinzhou Prison for “his part in creating Charter 8, a document calling for greater freedoms and democratic reforms in China.” (linked http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/06/chinese-writer-liu-xiaobo-transferred-to-prison-camp.html ). Ultimately, Hu Jintao holds responsibility to Liu’s freedom, or lack thereof.

So, what were the reasons for the meeting of these two world leaders? The discussion of the meaning of peace, human rights and freedom of press? If you followed the western media, the impression given was that Obama was outspoken about human rights in China; highlighting that “there are areas where we disagree”. But how far did those discussions delve into the deep and widespread problems in China? Did Hu really go to the US to talk about these issues? It seemed that the visit was more about building stronger ties (linked http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12223965 ), and this means one thing: $45 Billion worth of export trade deals. (linked http://www.batangastoday.com/hu-jintao-us-state-visit-update-china-and-us-export-firms-agreed-on-45-billion-worth-of-trade-deals/9068/). So we can be pretty certain Liu will remain in prison.

To contrast, at the beginning of Hu’s visit, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (linked http://parkerspitzer.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/19/congressman-chinas-hu-a-gangster/) expressed on CNN: “…the trouble is we’ve been dealing with these people [CCP] as if they’re Englishmen, or Belgians… when in reality, this is a gangster regime that murders they’re own people… there’s no freedom of speech, freedom of press, there’s no freedom of assembly…what you have is the ongoing repression of religion. People like the Falun Gong, who are people who believe in nothing more than a yoga, a meditation, are being thrown into prison by the thousands, and there’s all sorts of evidence to suggest they are being beaten to death in order to steal their organs and sell their organs. It doesn’t get more ghoulish than this, but that also doesn’t touch bases with the suppression of the Tibetan people, and the Uighars, and many other groups in China…the Chinese government is a gangster government…and it should be treated as an adversary, as an anti-democratic adversary.”

So why is there such a disparity in how Rohrabacher would expect the West to deal with a regime like this, and how it actually interacts with it? In addition, if you have watched Transmission 6-10, you will understand just how bad the situation in China really is; in summary, mass Genocide. Would Obama have entertained Adolf Hitler with a view to “building stronger ties”? Perhaps a strong statement for those who are yet to watch Transmission 6-10, but for the lives of those whom have been lost, and the families which have been destroyed in truly horrific circumstances, the stance that human rights in China is a side ‘issue’ which requires resolving is an insult at a best.

One argument is that only through strengthening ties with China can it possibly lead to a change in the regime. To stoke the flames of this debate, let’s agree with this stance. A massive move to build a relationship was to award Beijing with the 2008 Olympic Games, done on the pretext of two very specific promises from the CCP; that they would improve human rights and freedom of press. An incredible promise from the CCP, and an equally incredible achievement from the West for inspiring this change. The IOC recognised it as an opportunity to give an honour to China in return for positive change. Yet, these promises were not kept, and the 2008 Olympics began to parallel the ‘Genocide Games of 1936’. When it became painfully clear that these promises were empty (literally painful for many millions of Chinese people who suffered a pre-Olympic crackdown to silence them) , the IOC turned around and stated that the Olympics had nothing to do with politics (as if the right to be a human being was a political issue).

“…it was an enormous public relations scam…and they got away with the imprisonment of people who were attacking the Chinese record on human rights inside China. Men like Hu Jia, who went to jail for saying “hey wait a minute, what kind of a country is this which is putting on the Olympics in the way that it is, but at the same time it oppresses its own people.” But the fact is, to a great degree, with most people, the Chinese got away with.” Jonathan Mirsky, Transmission 6-10 interviewee.

But, critics to this standpoint would highlight that during his visit to the US, Hu Jintao himself expressed that the country “faces many challenges in social and economic development. A lot still needs to be done in China on human rights.” (linked http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12230982 ). In the past, Hu Jintao himself has also promised “[China] will continue to make government affairs public, enhance information distribution, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of foreign news organizations and reporters, and facilitate foreign media coverage in China….” (linked http://impunitywatch.com/?p=5846 ). So was this another monumental gesture by the regime in recognising that change is needed, or another example that the West is failing to learn from it’s past mistakes?

The answer starts to reveal itself when we learn that Hu’s speech about human rights was censored by Mainland Chinese State (government controlled) media . In short, they did not want Chinese people to be aware Hu had raised human rights. Does the CCP want real change, or simply portray this desire for change in order to appease critics? However, this may not be the most important question here. Regardless of whether the CCP wants to change, which evidently it does not, does the West really want the CCP to change, or simply to profit from the business opportunities with it? Aren’t both appeasing critics with hypocrisy?

According to a survey in June 2009, the U.S. Treasury owed China $757 billion in long-term debt. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt). According to Wikileaks (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/04/wikileaks-cables-hillary-clinton-beijing), Hillary Clinton said of this fact, “how do you deal toughly with your banker”?

The paradox deepens.

In January 2011, Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang visited the UK on a trade mission (mirroring a similar visit to China in November 2010 by the British government with an entourage of leading UK business representatives), securing deals worth over £2.6 Billion. He met with Foreign Secretary William Hague, (linked http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=News&id=533076482 ) banqueting at The Royal Courts of Justice. Hague said, “it was a great pleasure to have welcomed Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to the UK…I see this visit as another important step in cementing the UK and China as “Partners for Growth” and continuing to build our trade and investment relationship.” Yet, The Guardian (linked

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/04/chinese-super-spies-foreign-office-computers ) reported William Hague revealing that in the very same month, “China… penetrated the Foreign Office’s internal communications in the most audacious example yet of the growing threat posed by state-sponsored cyber-attacks…” Is this building “partners for growth?” One individuals response to these cyber-attacks highlighted that the UK is probably doing exactly the same to China. Probable yes, but rather than beginning to answer this paradox, this only strengthens the question, “what is really going on?”

Vice-Premier Li also visited Germany as part of his trade visit in Europe, where he sealed $11.3 Billion worth of trade deals (linked http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3229c2ae-1cf3-11e0-8c86-00144feab49a.html#axzz1DE2ThcFo ). A few weeks later, German federal prosecutors say they have indicted a man for allegedly spying on the Falun Gong movement, in Germany, on behalf of China’s intelligence service (linked http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gA_38Xg0ZmkVJ8GCMQ9TZ3I8Gimg?docId=5812067 ). This man is almost certainly part of the 6-10 Office system. “Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a part of the 6-10 Office system, majorly in propaganda role, as a propaganda machine overseas.” Chen Yonglin, Transmission 6-10 Interviewee.

Increasingly we are seeing that the further the West delves into it’s ‘engagement’ with the CCP, the sharper the double-edged sword becomes. With trade and investment, the West also has to deal with the glaring fact that the CCP is still, at heart, a dictatorship, and will continue to use all of the tools of one. The partnerships and relationships it seeks with the West are not friendly, and as these windows of evidence suggest, are actually contrary to the “promotion of peace”. Transmission 6-10 believes that only by drawing together many seemingly disparate pieces of information, can one truly open a window into what is really going on in the West’s ‘relationship’ with China.

Transmission 6-10 also predicts that as the West’s ‘relationship’ with China grows stronger, so will evidence of the paradox it creates, so long as information remains obtainable. Given the track record of Western media, it is only by connecting the dots can anyone gain a truer picture of what is really going on in the world.

It isn’t the stance of the T6-10 team that there is an easy solution to all of this, but governments have a responsibility to upholding the most basic moral principles of humanity. The unpalatable truth is that we are all, in part, to blame. We all like to be able buy a plethora of ‘made in China’ products at affordable prices, and we all want our economies to prosper. China provides these ‘opportunities’, but at great cost, both to ourselves and in reality, to the Chinese people.

Torrent download now available

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

In December, Transmission 6-10 received an email from ‘Martie’; “I noticed that you put on your website that this documentary is being made freely available. I was wondering if you would mind if it was distributed via file sharing? If so I would like to do this…” Thanks to Martie, Transmission 6-10 is now available as a torrent download.

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Lawrence Solomon: China’s coming fall.

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Recent article in the National Post by January 22, 2011 – 12:27 am

Like the Soviet Union before it, much of China’s supposed boom is illusory — and just as likely to come crashing down

In 1975, while I was in Siberia on a two-month trip through the U.S.S.R., the illusion of the Soviet Union’s rise became self-evident. In the major cities, the downtowns seemed modern, comparable to what you might see in a North American city. But a 20-minute walk from the centre of downtown revealed another world — people filling water buckets at communal pumps at street corners. The U.S.S.R. could put a man in space and dazzle the world with scores of other accomplishments yet it could not satisfy the basic needs of its citizens. That economic system, though it would largely fool the West until its final collapse 15 years later, was bankrupt, and obviously so to anyone who saw the contradictions in Soviet society.

The Chinese economy today parallels that of the latter-day Soviet Union — immense accomplishments co-existing with immense failures. In some ways, China’s stability today is more precarious than was the Soviet Union’s before its fall. China’s poor are poorer than the Soviet Union’s poor, and they are much more numerous — about one billion in a country of 1.3 billion. Moreover, in the Soviet Union there was no sizeable middle class — just about everyone was poor and shared in the same hardships, avoiding resentments that might otherwise have arisen.

In China, the resentments are palpable. Many of the 300 million people who have risen out of poverty flaunt their new wealth, often egregiously so. This is especially so with the new class of rich, all but non-existent just a few years ago, which now includes some 500,000 millionaires and 200 billionaires. Worse, the gap between rich and poor has been increasing. Ominously, the bottom billion views as illegitimate the wealth of the top 300 million.

How did so many become so rich so quickly? For the most part, through corruption. Twenty years ago, the Communist Party decided that “getting rich is glorious,” giving the green light to lawless capitalism. The rulers in China started by awarding themselves and their families the lion’s share of the state’s resources in the guise of privatization, and by selling licences and other access to the economy to cronies in exchange for bribes. The system of corruption, and the public acceptance of corruption, is now pervasive — even minor officials in government backwaters are now able to enrich themselves handsomely.

This ethos of corruption is captured in a popular song in China, I want to marry a government official, whose lyrics explain why an official makes for a good matrimonial catch: “He has power, a car and house; He only needs to drink tea and read the newspaper during work; He never spends his own money on cigarettes and alcohol; He can get free food every day; He can get promoted by only kissing his boss’s ass.”

If the corruption were limited to awarding contracts to friends and giving mines, power plants, and other public assets to relatives, the upset among the poor, who would realize some trickle-down benefits, would be constrained. In fact, the corruption deprives the poor of their homes, livelihoods, health and lives.

Take golf courses, a status symbol among China’s new rich. To obtain the immense tracts of land needed near urban markets, developers have been cooking up deals with local officials that see land expropriated and typically tens of thousands of residents and businesses evicted per golf course, generally with unfair compensation. Although the construction of new golf courses is officially banned, thousands more are expected to be built in the next few years.

Golf courses aside, countless other real estate developments abetted by officialdom likewise wipe out entire communities. Then there are resource projects such as hydro dams that can displace numerous people and businesses — the Three Gorges Dam alone displaced several million people.

The corruption extends to the enforcement of regulatory standards for health and safety, which few in China trust. In recent years China has endured a tainted milk scandal and a tainted blood scandal, each of which implicated corrupt officials in widespread death and debilitation. In a devastating 2008 earthquake, some 90,000 perished, one-third of them children buried alive in 7,000 shoddily built “tofu schools” that skimped on materials. Nearby buildings for the elites that met building standards, including a school for the children of the rich, were largely unscathed.

The government tries to tamp down the outrage over the abuses inflicted on the public by banning demonstrations and censoring the Internet. But it is failing. Year by year, the number of demonstrations increases. Last year alone saw 100,000 such protests across the county, directly involving tens and indirectly perhaps hundreds of millions of protesters.

China is a powder keg that could explode at any moment. And if it does explode, chaos could ensue — as the Chinese are only too well aware, the country has a brutal history of carnage at the hands of unruly mobs. For this reason, corrupt officials inside China, likely by the tens of thousands, have made contingency plans, obtaining foreign passports, buying second homes abroad, establishing their families and businesses abroad, or otherwise planning their escapes. Also for this reason, much of the middle class supports the government’s increasingly repressive efforts.

What might set off that spark? It could be high unemployment, should China be unable to control inflation or the housing bubble that now looms. It could be another natural disaster such as the 2008 earthquake which spawned outrage — rapidly organized via cellphones and the Internet — that the government had difficulty containing. It could be a manmade disaster — many fear that a “tofu dam” might fail, leading to hundreds of thousands of downstream victims.

Whatever might set off that spark, it is only a matter of time. The government shows no interest in relaxing its grip on power — if it did so, the officials in power might face retribution.

Meanwhile, we in the West see a China that by all measures is becoming stronger and stronger, not realizing that it is also becoming more and more brittle. The Soviet regime, when it fell, went out with a whimper. China’s will more likely go out with a bang. No regime can contain the grievances of a billion people for long.

Financial Post
LawrenceSolomon@nextcity.com

Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Energy Probe and a founder of its sister organization, Probe International.

‘Immolations and Ramifications’

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Transmission 6-10 Phase 2 is today (January 23rd 2011) releasing the Missing Fragment T610: 1-23 Immolations & Ramifications. Although understood best within the context of watching Transmission 6-10, this fragment dissects the evidence of an incident on January 23rd 2001 (a decade earlier), and the aftermath and ramifications of that day.

Today, reports are coming in of a man setting himself on fire in Saudi Arabia, sparking protests in the process. This is one of a series of self-immolations in North Africa and the Middle East that appear to have been triggered by a man who set himself alight in mid-December, 2010, in Tunisia.

Reports on the Tunisian man vary, depending on the source. Most agree, however, that 26 year-old Mohamed Bouazizi committed the act as a desperate cry against poverty. Mohamed died from the burns he suffered. This act resulted in angry protests against the Tunisian government, who many felt ruled with an iron fist, and led to the ousting of the President.

“Flames were coming from a human being; his body was slowly withering and shrivelling up, his head blackening and charring. In the air was the smell of burning flesh… I was too shocked to cry, too confused to take notes or ask questions, too bewildered to even think.” The Making of a Quagmire, David Halberstam.

David was witnessing first-hand the self-immolation of a monk in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1963. The monk was reported to be protesting against discrimination of his belief. Self-immolation is also well documented in Afghanistan, where women are reported to commit the act in protest and to escape from oppression in their marriage.

Each case of self-immolation is individual. It is distinct and driven by a deeply emotional plea, risking ones own life and inflicting serious pain upon oneself. 

“As of 11 April 2015 there have been about 138 reported self-immolations in Tibet since 27 February 2009.”

Wikipedia

January 23rd 2001, 10 years ago today. Five people set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square. The Chinese State media reported the four women and one man were Falun Gong practitioners. They appeared to be protesting against the escalating persecution of their belief, like the monk in Saigon. In some Buddhist sects, the act of self-immolation is considered a means of achieving Enlightenment.

If the above link from The Economis is read carefully, nothing, when it concerns the Chinese Comunist Party is ever straight forward. No single event in the brief history of Falun Gong (the protests in Tianjin and Zhongnanhai, the Night of the Long Knives or Battle for Tiananmen Square) has been as contentious and contestable as the topic of this blog. Evidence quickly surfaced to suggest that the official CCP account of the incident was highly suspicious.

At a recent screening of Transmission 6-10 at Kingston University, when learning about this incident, one of the audience members expressed how he felt deep sympathy towards those who self-immolated that day, and how they must have been desperate.

But at the time, Chinese public opinion turned heavily against Falun Gong. There were public statements of denouncement and petitions against the practice. Inside the prisons, the torture became more severe and the number of deaths escalated. This self-immolation had brought increased hatred towards Falun Gong, as state run media ensured that the act was seen as one of evil, rather than desperation – thus fanning the flames of resentment over a public growing weary from  being bombarded with propaganda against Falun Gong.

Something separated the Tiananmen self-immolation from those in North Africa, Afghanistan or Vietnam. Investigations in 2001 began to reveal that footage of the incident showed something more sinister had happened. It looked like a staged hoax, instigated by the Chinese regime to further their campaign against Falun Gong. Further, rather than seeking to be martyred for their sacrifice, as would be the case of many self-immolations, Falun Gong stated almost immediately afterwards that the five people were not practitioners…it was something that went against their deepest beliefs.

Up until that point inside China, the public had already been deluged on a daily basis with propaganda against Falun Gong; “dangerous” “brainwashed” “evil cult.” Many knew it was untrue, as this strategy was not something new. According to ourinterviewee Ethan Gutmann, despite this media campaign, the Chinese public really weren’t supporting the crackdown on Falun Gong. The self-immolation changed that.

Beyond China’s borders, some Western media followed the regime’s version of events, while others dissected the evidence to conclude it was a hoax.

“I have never seen policemen patrolling on Tiananmen Square carrying fire extinguishers. How come they all showed up today? The location of the incident is at least 20 minutes round-trip from the nearest building — the People’s Great Hall. If they were to have dashed over there to get the equipment, it would have been too late.” This eye-witness testimony came from a European journalist, interviewed by Danny Schechter. Holes were starting to show in the story.

Xinhua News Agency (one of the Chinese regime’s State media) had been the first to report on the incident, and were the only ones allowed to interview those who self-immolated. In response to a journalistic investigation by Philip P. Pan, which revealed many questions about the validity of the evidence, Xinhua began to change the story.

Ms Liu Bairong, was one of two previously unmentioned practitioners during initial reports on the incident. No footage existed to suggest she was in Tiananmen Square that day, but a week later she appeared on China Central Television claiming she had gone to the square with the intention of self-immolating, but couldn’t do it when she saw the others burning. It is possible that she changed her mind, but then, would someone who was willing to sacrifice their life in the name of what they ‘believe’, within a single week turn against those beliefs…and public ally vilify their former practice of self-cultivation?

Whatever their intentions, they were not in keeping with previous Falun Gong public demonstrations in opposition to the persecution. Their actions led to ramifications they could not have envisaged. The lives that were lost and destroyed on that day, and during the subsequent years, are a tragedy…and never since, in China or abroad, has there been an act of self-immolation or violent protest by practitioners of Falun Gong.

Regardless of what conclusion you draw from the events that day, one thing can be certain. This self-immolation created an incredible barrier of distrust towards Falun Gong practitioners, who were seeking public support to stop the persecution they were facing. A decade on, that necessity for support has only increased, with the escalating severity of the persecution, and equal lack of diplomatic intervention.

T610: 1-23 Immolations & Ramifications

Screen Shot collage from T1-23

 

AP Exclusive: Missing Chinese lawyer told of abuse

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

“BEIJING – The police stripped Gao Zhisheng bare and pummeled him with handguns in holsters. For two days and nights, they took turns beating him and did things he refused to describe. When all three officers tired, they bound his arms and legs with plastic bags and threw him to the floor until they caught their breath to resume the abuse.” FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE

“Who are you to criticise China?”

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Yesterday, the article ‘Beware, the Beijing Consensus’ is a sinister one’ was published in The Telegraph, highlighting the forthcoming UK visit of the Chinese Communist Party Vice-Premier and 100 business leaders from China. The author of the piece warned that China’s foreign policy should not be overlooked, drawing on the example of China’s relationship with Sudan; “…business is business…” was their response when faced with the moral issue of Genocide in Darfur. Not surprising, given they are currently committing several of their own within their borders.

But this is not the focus here. Below the article were a variety of reader responses. A common theme could be seen in some;“Who are you to criticise China?” This question is backed up with key human rights abuses and questionable foreign policies that the West are involved with, therefore arguing that because Western governments are doing wrong, people living in the West are not free to question problems in other countries. A valid argument?

Transmission 6-10 thinks not, and encourages you to use this blog as a response when you see this argument in the future.

China and the CCP are separate entities, as are any country from it’s government/ regime. Being critical of the actions of the CCP is not criticising China.

Open a newspaper. If you live in the West, you will be guaranteed to find an article being critical of an action or decision made by your government. This is one of the main roles of media; to act as a watchdog. Yet this editorial standpoint is very rarely interpreted as the journalist attacking the general public in your country. On the contrary, it is seen as defending you by making the government uphold it’s correct role.

In China, media is state-controlled. It is propaganda, and can rarely express critical views towards the ruling regime. Therefore, there is no internal media to defend the Chinese people. This vital role has to fall on media outside China. Western media don’t always stand up to hold this torch, as in the case of the persecution of Falun Gong, explained fully in the article ‘Out of the Media Spotlight’ by Leeshai Lemish. However, media should actually be freely and openly critical of anything wrong in the world, as long as it is an informed opinion.

Turning the page of your newspaper, you see an article criticising the Sudanese government on Genocide in Darfur. It is unlikely your reaction would be, “who are you to criticise them?” Why is your reaction to the Chinese regime different? As Transmission 6-10’s interviewee Jonathan Mirsky described, this is because of ‘China Magic‘, or perhaps more appropriately now, ‘CCP Magic‘. Economic relationships. The Beijing Olympics. Bailing out countries drowning in recession. Slowly it creates a perception that if we criticise them, we risk our relationship with them, and that the CCP is on an even-footing with us in terms of the way it governs or treats it’s people.  (The West’s relationship with China, in light of the persecution of Falun Gong, is discussed in the Phase 2 Transmission ‘T610: 10-25 ‘The West’ released on 25th October 2011). Perhaps this change in perception is actually the CCP’s intention, so it can commit these abuses more? “Who are you to criticise?” is also actually the CCP’s common direct response when questions are raised about their human rights abuses.

It is actually all of our responsibility to condemn human rights abuses or amoral behaviour perpetrated by anyone, in any country, including China.

Who are you to NOT criticise the Chinese Communist Party?

Transmission 6-10 leaves you with an article from the Wall Street Journal.

Teng Biao: ‘A hole to bury you.’ A first-hand account of how China’s police treats the citizens it’s supposed to serve and protect.

Wiki-leaks: Chinese regime propaganda chief behind Google attack

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

University screening reported in Japanese Epoch Times

Monday, December 6th, 2010

[From UK] Film on Falun Gong Persecution released

Orignal Japanese Epoch Times Article

“[4th December] On 26th November, a screening of a film on the persecution of Falun Gong was held at a University in Surrey, UK. The film followed the detailed story of the persecution using a series of interviews from survivors and experts.

The film is titled “Transmission 6-10”, and originated from a simple question from two English filmmakers: “Why is the persecution happening?” This great 2 hour film was constructed using over 20 interviewees, and has been in production since 2006.

Journalists, victims, lawyers, researchers, as well as expatriates in hiding, all speak of their real experiences about the process of the persecution since 1999. The 6-10 Office is also discussed, which was an extra-legal task force set up on the 10th June 1999, specifically for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. The story also detailed the mass propaganda campaign by the Chinese Communist Party, using a suicidal attempt by people posing as practitioners, as well as the recent evidence of organ harvesting from live practitioners.

The film is featured within broken disturbing noises of a pirate transmission, giving you the impression that the forbidden film was smuggled out from China. Narration is carried through information screens, as if they are being secretly faxed from abroad.

The screening took place thanks to an invitation from the Universities Cinema Appreciation Society. The event is part of the films final release, after working through several versions ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours. This was the first organised screening of the finalized version.

After the screening, there was a question and answer session held with one of the Directors Andrew Moody. From the responses, it seemed the level of media control and suppression towards the spiritual movement is beyond the students comprehension, and questions ranged from motivation for producing the film, the production process, as well as the relationships between China and other governments.

After the event, a comment was made that “the photographs of persecution are what stuck in my mind. I was glad to learn what is actually happening.”

Some viewers from other universities were enthusiastically saying, “I would like to make a screening happen in my Uni!”

The film is a non-profit project, and is being distributed freely over the internet via it’s website, You Tube, download, i-Phone, and DVD. If you go to the ‘Watch the Film’ tab at the link below, you are able to find out how to watch the film.

http://www.transmission6-10.com”

How do I organise a screening? Kingston University case study.

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

“…it’s really simple and easy to do but not everyone would have done it. And it’s going to change a lot. It’s a biggest pride to an individual to be able to ‘change the world’, especially students, when the future remains uncertain and when you are fighting to be recognized as an individual.

On Friday 26th November, Transmission 6-10 was screened to over 30 people at Kingston University. We wanted to share our experiences to inspire and help you organise your own.

“I felt Transmission 6-10 deserved to be shown in a cinema setting, and to a wider audience. It raises such important issues, all from first hand sources and interviewees.” Jane Werrell, co-organiser.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

The first step Jane took in organising the screening was to contact us. With our full support, Jane proposed the idea to Elina Street, who runs the Cinema Appreciation Society ay Kingston Uni.

“I was very interested at first when I heard about the wide range of subject matters this film related to. I am still speechless when I come to realize that most of these things, most of us actually ignore! It is with films like this that we come to realize the truth, and this is crucial to our world today. We need to be told, and apparently if it weren’t through films like this, how else? and ‘who’ else? I was also very interested in screening this, as I think film is one of the best communicative media methods in our world today for these types of matters and subjects . The screening made it more accessible as well because sometimes, when something is diffused only via internet, you can easily be distracted or driven to another website. The screening is a direct straight forward demonstration technique- truly effective I think.” Elina Street, co-organiser.

WHO DID YOU PROMOTE IT TO?

Jane used the Freshers Fayre to search other student societies that existed at Kingston Uni, and whose members might be interested in the screening. We created a draft email that we would use to contact everyone. We also composed a personalised paragraph for the email, specific to the interest of each society. Jane and Elina began emailing people most likely to attend, such as film students, as well as those studying human rights or international affairs. The United Nations Association Kingston University were holding a human rights film festival on the same week, so happily promoted the screening for us. Jane and Elina also contacted members of different faith societies, both directly and through the University chaplain, who was also more than happy to help. From there, our time permitted us to email other students, such as those interested in business, investment, Law and Marxism. We wanted to reach as many people as possible.

WHERE DID YOU HOLD THE SCREENING?

The Cinema Appreciation Society uses Robert’s  lecture theatre at the uni on a weekly basis to screen films, so this was a natural and perfect choice of venue. The seating was tiered for the audience. There was a large cinema-style screen with speaker systems, run through a computer station built into a lecture podium. This was also linked into the internet, allowing the Q&A session to include discussion about the website and outreach. The film was played using a DVD. ORDER A DVD

HOW DID YOU PROMOTE IT?

Once the venue and times were confirmed, Elina used Adobe Photoshop to modify the screening poster to include those details. She printed her posters, as well as smaller versions to use as flyers, using the funding resources from the Cinema Appreciation Society. An alternative could have been to download and print a poster, hand-write the screening details, and then colour photocopy. Jane and Elina put posters and flyers in all three campuses at Kingston University, with Elina leaving flyers in halls of residence, as well as handing some out by hand..

Kingston University also has TV screens to disseminate information to students. Jane contacted the Student Union to ask if we could promote the event on these TV’s. They agreed, so Ben Trennery, who has designed the website and branding of Transmission 6-10, produced an image for us to use.

The Transmission 6-10 Facebook page was re-developed to be able to host details of the screening event, and to link directly to the Cinema Appreciation Society Facebook page. Elina used this page to promote the screening, and sent out messages to members about the event..

We also had the iPhone trailer and teaser to download and use for promotion (right click and ‘Save Link As…’)

THE SCREENING

Upon hearing that the screening was taking place, a local woman who practices Falun Gong baked prawn crackers, and travelled into London China Town to buy food for the audience. Elina and her friends also brought snacks and drinks, which were laid out along the front, together with a kettle for green tea.

After a brief introduction by Andy Moody, one of Transmission 6-10’s two Directors, the film was screened, and followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Jane’s mum attended the screening. She works as a journalist for a Japanese newspaper, so wrote an article about the event, helping promote the film to her readers. (Click here to read article)

There were some regular members but most of the people came because they were really interested in the subject matter of the film. I think it is important as well to notice that we had people coming from all over the world at the screening, very international. The responses were positive, through the lively debate. This was definitely a plus, as this is such a polemic matter. This continued as well the week after. I spoke to a couple of the members, and they were very enthusiastic. This definitely changed their awareness.

Also many were simply feeling grateful and fortunate to have the honour of taking the responsibility of having to ‘change the world’. Like you said, it’s through communicating and showing the film, as well as sending off the website, that things can change; it’s really simple and easy to do but not everyone would have done it. And it’s going to change a lot. It’s a biggest pride to an individual to be able to ‘change the world’, especially students, when the future remains uncertain and when you are fighting to be recognized as an individual.” Elina Street.

[KUSU LOGO] On Friday 26th November, Transmission 6-10 was screened to over 30 people at Kingston University. We wanted to share our experiences to inspire and help you organise your own.

I felt Transmission 6-10 deserved to be shown in a cinema setting, and to a wider audience. It raises such important issues, all from first hand sources and interviewees.” Jane Werrell, co-organiser.

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

The first step Jane took in organising the screening was to get in contact with us. With our full support, Jane proposed the idea to Elina Street, organiser of the Cinema Appreciation Society during Freshers Fair. Elina agreed, and the organising began.

I was very interested at first when I heard about the wide range of subject matters this film related too. I am still speechless when I come to realize that most of these things, most of us actually ignore! It is with films like this that we come to realize the truth, and this is crucial to our world today. We need to be told, and apparently if it weren’t through films like this, how else? and ‘who’ else? I was also very interested in screening this, as I think film is one of the best communicative media methods in our world today for these types of matters and subjects . The screening made it more accessible as well because sometimes, when something is diffused only via internet, you can easily be distracted or driven to another website. The screening is a direct straight forward demonstration technique- truly effective I think.” Elina Street, co-organiser.

WHO DID YOU PROMOTE IT TO?

Jane used the Freshers Fair to search other student societies that existed at Kingston University, and whose members might be interested in the screening. We created a draft email that we would use to contact everyone. We also composed a personalised paragraph of the email specific to the interest of each society, referring to the societies catalogue. Jane and Elina began emailing people most likely to attend, such as film students, as well as those studying human rights or international affairs. There was a human rights film festival being held the same week in the University, who happily promoted the screening for us. Jane and Elina also contacted members of different faith societies, both directly and through the University chaplain, who was more than happy to help. From there, our time permitted us to email other people. We wanted to reach as many people as possible.

WHERE DID YOU HOLD THE SCREENING?

The Cinema Appreciation Society uses a particular lecture theatre on a weekly basis to screen films, so this was a natural and perfect choice of venue. The seating was tiered for the audience. There was a large cinema-style screen with speaker systems, run through a computer station built into a lecture podium. This was also linked into the internet, allowing the Q&A session to include discussion about the website and outreach. The film was played using a DVD. ORDER A DVD

The basic elements of a screening are a DVD (or download version) and something to view it on. Everything else depends on your circumstances, and size of audience. Perhaps its a few friends huddled around a computer, or as in this case, a lecture room of people.

HOW DO I PROMOTE IT?

[POSTER] Once the venue details and times were confirmed, Elina used Adobe Photoshop to modify the screening poster to include details of their screening. She printed her posters, and smaller versions to use as flyers, using the funding resources from the Cinema Appreciation Society. An alternative could have been to download and print a poster, hand-write the screening details, and then copy this. Jane and Elina put posters and flyers in all three campuses at Kingston University, with Elina leaving flyers in halls of residence, as well as handing some out by hand.

[TV SCREEN] Kingston University also has TV screens to disseminate information to students. Jane contacted the Student Union to ask if we could promote the screening on these TVs. They agreed, so Ben Trennery, who has designed the website and branding of Transmission 6-10, produced an image to use.

The Transmission 6-10 Facebook page was developed to be able to host details of the screening event, and to link directly to the Cinema Appreciation Society Facebook page. Elina used her page to promote the screening, and sent out messages to members about the event.

We also had the iPhone trailer and teaser to download and use to promote the film.

THE SCREENING

Upon hearing that the screening was taking place, a local woman who practices Falun Gong baked prawn crackers, and travelled into London China Town to buy food, so that the audience would have refreshments. Elina and members of the audience also brought snacks and drinks, which were laid out along the front, together with a kettle for green tea.

After a brief introduction by Andy Moody, one of Transmission 6-10’s two Directors, the film was screened, and followed by a Q& A session with the audience.

Jane’s mum attended the screening. She works as a journalist for a Japanese newspaper, so wrote an article about the event, helping promote the film to her readers.

There were some regular members but most of the people came because they were really interested in the subject matter of the film. I think it is important as well to notice that we had people coming from all over the world at the screening, very international. The responses were positive, through the lively debate. This was definitely a plus, as this is such a polemic matter. This continued as well the week after. I spoke to a couple of the members, and they were very enthusiastic. This definitely changed their awareness.

Also many were simply feeling grateful and fortunate to have the honour of taking the responsibility of having to ‘change the world’. Like you said, it’s through communicating and showing the film, as well as sending off the website, that things can change; it’s really simple and easy to do but not everyone would have done it. And it’s going to change a lot. It’s a biggest pride to an individual to be able to ‘change the world’, especially students, when the future remains uncertain and when you are fighting to be recognized as an individual.” Elina Street.

New Ethan Gutmann article Into Thin Airwaves

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

“Back in January 2010, Secretary of State Clinton gave a pay-any-price, bear-any-burden address calling for the liberation of the global Internet. The price Washington was willing to pay? It promised $50 million to groups developing “new tools that enable citizens to exercise their rights of free expression by circumventing politically motivated censorship.” The burden it would have to bear? The only group that has actually pulled this off is named Falun Gong”…

THE WEEKLY STANDARD FULL ARTICLE

Qantas ordered to reinstate Falun Gong employee

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

An update on the story of Falun Gong practitioner Sheridan Genrich, who was demoted by Qantas from a long-haul to a short-haul flight attendant, after she was threatened by Chinese authorities during a 2008 stopover in Beijing, and subsequently deported because of her spiritual beliefs.

QANTAS has recently been ordered to reinstate Sheridan. In making his ruling, Fair Work Australia Commissioner Frank Raffaelli said he was unimpressed with the way Qantas had carried out its investigation into Ms Genrich’s case.

“The implication of Qantas’s action is that there is a restriction on the practice of her spiritual beliefs in private, which is contrary to both Australian and international law,” Commissioner Raffaelli said in his judgement, which was obtained by The Epoch Times.

Another window into how political pressure and economic incentive can, in some cases, undermine our democratic values, and yet how they are also upheld in spite of them. Full news.au story.

David Cameron raises human rights in China talks

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

‘David Cameron raises human rights in China talks.’ (Full BBC Article). But what does this mean for those who are directly effected by human rights abuses in China, or who are working tirelessly against those abuses? For us, it is not an easy answer.

It raises the profile of human rights abuses in China, which can be seen as positive, because it again places it in the forefront of people’s minds. But people know that human rights abuses exist in China. It is old news. Telling the Chinese regime that they are committing human rights abuses probably won’t come as a particular surprise to them either, nor to the Chinese people who are facing it. What is lacking is the desire to dig further into it, to engage in the specific problems. Repeatedly we see a similar pattern. Human rights is raised, but not dealt with. ‘Human rights’ is a sweeping statement that a visiting dignitary can get away with saying in a speech when they visit China. What happens when Genocide of Falun Gong is mentioned? A closed door. A counter argument that pursuing the issue could seriously effect their relationship with China.

This delves to the next level of the problem. The relationship that we have with China. This visit by delegates from the UK took place to build trade links, and to further investment opportunities. Money is put first. It can be argued that we must first engage and build trust with China before we can inspire them to change, and there is some truth in that statement. But by building these strong dependencies with China, we also are making it more and more difficult to then engage them on the issues we need to, because they are then given ‘the upper hand’; what our interviewee in the documentary Transmission 6-10, Jonathan Mirsky, describes as the ‘China Magic’.

So what would we then do? Remove our trade relations with China? Isolate them? We are too far down the road to be able to do this, and would it really achieve anything. It would alienate the Chinese people, and have a massive detrimental effect on their economy, and our own. Do we have the right to do that to China? So it’s war then? No.

What question this is actually raising is, “what exactly is ‘China’?” Is China the Chinese Communist Party, or is it the Chinese people who are currently ‘governed’ by them. We would argue the latter. When human rights abuses are raised, the counter argument is inevitably that we are attacking ‘China’, and what right do we have to do so, taking into light that our record is by no means clean. What the people who raise this point have not yet done is to distinguish that the Chinese Communist Party and China are two separate entities. The Chinese people are not being criticised; in fact in many cases they are actively commended, for they are at the heart of those standing against the abuses, bearing the full brunt of torture and oppression in order to stand up for what they believe in. What is being criticised is the Chinese Communist Party. But it is the Chinese Communist Party that we inevitably have to deal with when we go to build relations with China. It is recorded on the website for the Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party that over 83 Million people have quit the CCP or it’s affiliated organisations. What does this mean? That those inside the Party, and those belonging to the Party, see something that we perhaps do not; that the regime’s power is fragile, and failing. We are not exposed to this truth in our media, nor are the Chinese in their own State controlled media. This is what those who seek to build relations with the Chinese Communist Party fail to see; that they are dealing with an entity that is fading. Not necessarily economically, but structurally and in terms of it’s control over people. But China and the Chinese people are not fading.

So our conclusion is that it does matter that human rights abuses are raised, but what matters more is that they are not just words. These public speeches are spoken to a regime that is not listening and will not change (although individuals within it are listening), to a country who knows they are oppressed, and to a world that knows these issues exist. What truly matters is the work of those who risk their lives inside the Mainland to stand up for that change, and those around the world who tirelessly devote themselves in support. What also matters are those people within the Communist Party who also want change, and want the oppression and abuse to stop. They know full well that this can only happen when the Party fades, and are now making a stand in their own way by quitting. That is what will bring real change.

How do I use Facebook to help spread Transmission 6-10?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Facebook is the perfect tool to support the Project T610. If people are following what you are doing, they will be directed to the project, raising its profile and spreading it further amongst your friends and network. Here are some simple steps to follow.

This Website

At the bottom of the Home page you will see the ‘Send to Facebook’ button. Click it, and the page link can be added to your timeline. You will also see a like button at the bottom of this blog, and every Transmission 6-10 blog, which performs a similar function.

Transmission 6-10 Facebook Page

Click the Facebook logo to be taken to the Page. Click like, and it will appear on your profile and in your ‘likes’ box. After doing this, you can ‘Add to My Page’s Favourites’, and ‘Suggest to friends’. The trailer and the film (currently in 2 halves) can be watched through the Transmission 6-10 page.

You can comment on Transmission 6-10’s posts, ‘like’ and ‘share’ them, as well as post your own comments or relevant articles. Each time you do this, it appears on your profile for others to follow.

Transmission 6-10 Facebook Profile

The Facebook Profile represents the Avatar of T610. Being publicly viewable, it is a timeline with a more personal touch, in that regular updates about the project are made with regards to what is going on behind the scenes, rather than more informational updates which are posted on the Facebook Page and via Twitter.

So how long did that take? A few minutes, but the effect it has is by no means small, as this is how a film can spread quickly online.

If you have a few more minutes, the following can be done…

The outreach for Transmission 6-10 is about interacting with you, inspiring the action of informing others.

The Missing Fragments (which are a part of Phase 2) of the film available on Youtube. can be promoted in the ways outlined on this page and the Inform Others page.

Now that the full-length film is available on www.transmission6-10.com the film can be exposed to others by ‘sharing’ it with them via your Facebook wall.

If you are holding a screening of the film, or a relevant event, make contact with T610 and gain support in promoting it. Inspire others, but informing others……you are what can make the difference!

Window opened into CCP influence in Canada

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A recent article by The Vancouver Sun detailed how Canadian Security Intelligence Service Director Richard Fadden spoke last June about negative foreign influence the Chinese regime exerts over politicians and people of authority in Canada, in relation to Falun Gong. The article highlights that Fadden initially received criticism for raising this issue, but journalist Barbara Yaffe actually feels he has done Canada a service, especially in light of evidence provided by the Ottawa-headquartered Falun Dafa Association. The FDA raised examples, such as the former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, who had visited China, trying to invoke a unconstitutional city bylaw in 2005 to shut down the Falun Gong vigil. He failed. Transmission 6-10 used ‘the Iceland incident’ as a strong example of how foreign influence from the CCP is used and played out around the world, but highlighted that in most countries, there is evidence of this happening. Our interviewee, Chen Yonglin, spoke about his role working to influence the Sydney government and spying on groups such as Falun Gong. We ask that why, after 11 years of Genocide, this can continue? We argue that it is not ignorance, considering the magnitude of work that has been carried out to inform governments around the world about the persecution of Falun Gong. Transmission 6-10 eludes to it actually being a case of business, money and the ‘China Magic’.

Disclosed CCP documents reveal new campaign in persecution

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

A series of internal Communist Party documents, some of them posted online, reveal the details of a new three-year, multi-billion dollar campaign targeting Falun Gong practitioners across China.

The campaign’s stated goal is to “transform” 75 percent of all known practitioners, who number in the tens of millions despite eleven years of brutal suppression. Specifically, the campaign calls upon security forces to go into “villages and households” to “educate and conquer” Falun Gong practitioners. Full Story

U.N. envoy ‘defends’ Falun Gong

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

A recent Reuter’s article revealed that U.N. envoy Heiner Bielefeldt spoke out in support of Falun Gong and other minority groups to the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee. Questionably however, Bielefeldt described the tens of millions of practitioners as a small community, and failed to recognise the existence of full scale Genocide. The Chinese delegate’s response was equally revealing, saying “it was proper for China to severely punish and ultimately “eradicate” Falun Gong.

New book released by interviewee Herman Salton

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Arctic Host, Icy Visit: China and Falun Gong Face Off in Iceland‘, authored by Herman Salton, has recently been released on Amazon.

“In July 1999, when the Chinese Government declared war on a peaceful spiritual movement called Falun Gong, few expected that a showdown would be taking place in one of the most remote countries in the world. Yet when President Jiang Zemin paid an official visit to Iceland in June 2002, the heart of the harsh struggle between these two antagonists moved to the Arctic. In contrast to the violence of the anti-Falun Gong campaign in China, one would have expected democratic Iceland to be even-handed and to allow peaceful protests against Mr Jiang. But the host was in no mood to tolerate dissent: it banned Falun Gong practitioners from the country; used a secret blacklist to identify actual and presumed members of the spiritual movement; ordered the national airline to deny them passage; and arrested those who managed to slip through the net. This book analyzes these little-known yet extraordinary events and argues that they are only one example of the multiple ways in which a rising China successfully manages to export its authoritarian methods abroad. For Beijing, the world has become a stage on which its battle against internal dissent is mercilessly waged.”

Lost transmission fragment 10-7 ‘Tibet’ released

Friday, October 8th, 2010

7th October 2010 is the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army’s invasion of Tibet.

Transmission 10-7

Tibet.

The “roof of the world” is caving in under Chinese rule, whilst the West watches, and profits. 60 years of oppression is discussed by; Matt Whitticase of the Free Tibet Campaign; Jonathan Mirsky (Journalist & China Historian); Chen Yonglin (former Chinese Consul for Political Affairs, Sydney); Herman Salton (International Human Rights lawyer) and Ethan Gutmann (Investigative Journalist & Author).

Smuggled photos of Falun Gong persecution as EU-China Summit concludes

Friday, October 8th, 2010

As the EU and China’s efforts to build a ‘partnership’ at the recent Summit ended in division (Full EU Business Article), both in terms of trade agreements and human rights, photographs of a dying tortured Falun Gong practitioner were smuggled out of China.

“He never recovered from the injuries and diseases incurred in custody and died on September 6, 2010.” (Full FDIC Article)

Nobel Peace Prize under China’s pressure

Friday, October 8th, 2010

“Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been named the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.”

BBC News Full Article.

Liu Xiaobo was a key leader in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Last year he received an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion” after drafting Charter 08 – which called for multi-party democracy and respect for human rights in China. The article also highlights that the Chinese regime has warned that the awarding of the prize could damage China-Norway relations, providing evidence as to how unwilling the CCP are at tackling it’s human rights issues.

Will EU stand against Genocide in China?

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

With todays news of increasing economic ties with China, the question of whether the EU will stand against Genocide in China still remains.

“China Supports Stable Euro, Strong EU Ties, Wen Says”

China supports a stable euro and won’t reduce its holdings of European bonds, underlining its strengthening ties with the European Union, Premier Wen Jiabao told Greek lawmakers in Athens… The development of relations between the EU and China is “truly to the benefit of both,” Wen said. “We are passengers in the same boat.”

Full Bloomberg Businessweek Article

A System Afraid of It’s Own History

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Fan Meizhong remembers exactly what inspired him to become a teacher after graduating from Peking University’s history department in 1997. “My own history classes at school were so oppressive,” he said. “It wasn’t about pursuing the truth, but about controlling our minds. I felt my education was a waste, and it made me really mad.” So Mr. Fan, now 38, decided to tackle the problem head on — by becoming a teacher who would tell children the truth about their country.

Read Full New York Times Article

Russia and China

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Two news pieces that, when looked at together, provide insight into the deeper story surrounding Transmission 6-10. The first piece is from Russia Today, looking at a recent deal that will see Russia pipe approximately 300,000 barrels of oil per day to China.

Russia and China Powerhouse Pals by Russia Today

The second news piece looks back to January 2009, when Falun Gong books were put on a blacklist of ‘extremist publications’ in Russia, as part of increasing levels of discriminatory behaviour towards Falun Gong practitioners. A famous human rights lawyer explained that she felt this was due to Russia seeking to maintain a good relationship with China.

Lawyer Says CCP Pressured Russia to Blacklist Falun Gong Book by NTDTV

Polish translation

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Work is well underway for translating Transmission 6-10 into Polish. Information will soon be available on how you can help translate the film into your native language.

New interview transcripts

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Documentaries are frequently scrutinised for their misrepresentation or omission of facts. Therefore, in the interests of transparency, all interview transcripts are now freely available to download from the Sources page to ensure that no information has been taken out of context. Dialogue used within the film has been highlighted in yellow, and ‘…’ represents where separated conversations have been woven together. The transcripts are raw in terms of grammar, but they are, within reason, a verbatim representation of what was said during the course of interviews and conferences.

Lawyer barred by 6-10

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

“Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from Beijing lawyer Wang Yajun (王雅军) that he was barred by agents of the so-called “6-10 Office”1 in Siping, Jilin Province, from representing a Falun Gong practitioner. Wang’s client, Du Lihua (杜丽华), is accused of “using a heretical organization to undermine implementation of the law” (利用邪教组织破坏法律实施罪). Du was tried on September 10 without a lawyer in his defense.” Full Article

Monitoring the Falun Gong Crisis in China

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Falun Gong News Bulletin September 22nd 2010

Falun Gong practitioners at UN Summit

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

“Beginning September 20, 2010, world leaders, including China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, came to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to attend the Millennium Development Goals Summit and the 65th General Assembly of the United Nations. Falun Gong practitioners in the tri-state area took this opportunity to hold a protest in front of the hotel, calling on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to stop persecuting Falun Gong and bring the culprits who launched the persecution to justice.” Full Article

Falun Gong Practitioner Dies from Torture

Monday, September 20th, 2010

A recent press release from the Falun Dafa Information Centre highlights the story of a father of one in his mid-50’s who died in early August 2010, while serving a ten year “sentence” in a prison camp in northeast China. Full article

…”liberating” documentary.

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Viewer Response

I’m shocked and blown away. Bravo on what hopes to be a “liberating” documentary. I’m behind you 100% and will continue to share and inform.

Jill Arsenault, via Facebook

New improved Facebook fanpage

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Watch the youtube trailer and full length film through facebook, and learn more about how to help inform others.

Human rights activist Chen Guangcheng under house arrest

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

“Amnesty International has urged the Chinese authorities to end the continued surveillance and harassment of a blind human rights activist, who has been kept under unofficial house arrest since he was released from prison last week.”

Full Amnesty International Article

Full Epoch Times Article

“Excellent documentary…”

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Viewer Response

“Excellent documentary on what is really happening behind closed doors in China. A bit lenghty but very detailed.”

Richard Hollis, via Documentary Heaven

China accused of holding woman in mental hospital…

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

“China accused of holding woman in mental hospital for challenging officials. Liao Meizhi one of many wrongly detained in psychiatric institutions for clashing with local bureaucrats, say researchers

by Tanya Branigan, The Guardian. Full article

Quantas ‘demoted me for being Falun Gong’

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
“A QANTAS employee says she lost her job as an international flight attendant after being deported from China for practising Falun Gong.” By Edmund Tadros, news.com.au

Documentary Heaven

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Transmission 6-10 is now hosted on documentaryheaven.com

…Beijing’s Seven Secrets

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Waiting for WikiLeaks: Beijing’s Seven Secrets.

The New York Review of Books.

Full Article Here

On July 21 in Beijing… Chinese President Hu Jintao convened a high-level meeting to discuss ways to prevent leaks from the archives of the Communist Party of China…”

DivX version available

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

DivX version of Transmission 6-10 is now available for download.

“Fantastic documentary…”

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Viewer Response

“Fantastic documentary, very well done.”

XinPuro, via Youtube

iPhone version available

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

iPhone version of Transmission 6-10 is now available to download.

“…excellent movie…”

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Viewer Review

Wow, this is an excellent movie. Promote it widely. It explains thoroughly and quickly the history and persecution of Falun Gong. Excellent movie indeed. Most recommended!

kobi2187, via Youtube

“This is wonderful work…”

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Viewer Response

“Congratulations to the makers of this film. This is wonderful work and I can’t wait to share it with family and friends…”

Brett Featherstone-Price, via Facebook

“Wow…”

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Viewer Response

“Wow, didn’t know this documentary is already available..THANKS!!”

middlelamb, via Youtube

“very powerful”

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Viewer Response

“I’ve just finished to watch your documentary. I think it’s very powerful and well made. Congratulations to all of you. ”

Niccolo Perego, Italy via Facebook

610 views of the trailer

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Views of the trailer on YouTube have now reached 610. The ambition of the film is to reach 610million people around the world. Inform others.

“… great documentary”

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
Viewer Response

“Thanks a lot for this great documentary!” TheHwisparian via YouTube

“…rendered me aghast…”

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Viewer Review

Watching this documentation of the tragic plight of the Falun Gong practitioners rendered me aghast at the realization that these people, in their efforts to live a life of peace, reaping benefits of serenity and forbearance, are instead experiencing torture and persecution – the exact opposite of the existence they so deeply desire- at the hands of a governing body that is obviously powered by fear and anger. Why the rest of the world is not responding to this horrific social injustice administered by the same nation that so recently hosted the Olympic Games, an event meant to foster unity and camaraderie among foreign nations, is a mystery, but a mystery that I now desperately want to solve.

P Howie, USA, Wardrobe assistant – Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Transmission 6-10 (You Tube launch)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

To commemorate the peaceful demonstrations at Zhongnanhai in 1999, Transmission 6-10 is now available for viewing on You Tube in 15 segments.

http://www.youtube.com/user/transmission610

“Enlightening”

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Viewer Review

EnlighteningAnon