Behind the Great Wall – 2012 Sep 2nd

Posted by Daniel Teng on Monday, September 10th, 2012
 
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Chinese people call for end to labour camp system

Party chief flees country with $31 million

Protests in Hong Kong over proposed education program

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Chinese people call for end to labour camp system

In reality, the system abuses innocent people such as petitioner Tang Hui of Hunan Province.
Tang’s 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped, and forced into prostitution six years ago. The child’s ordeal led to disease and infertility, and her mother repeatedly sought justice for the crime.

The Lingling branch of the Public Security Bureau in Yongzhou City, Hunan Province arrested Tang and sentenced her to one-and-a-half years in a labor camp. The sentence was widely condemned, and cited as an example of why the Reform Through Labor system must end. After a public outcry, Tang was freed on August 10th.

A Non-Governmental Organization tracking the persecution of Falun Gong reports that more Falun Gong practitioners have been abused in labor camps than in prisons during the CCP’s 13 year persecution of Falun Gong. Continue reading »

Behind the Great Wall – 26th Sep 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
 
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Activist claims China is far from being a world power

Chinese hospital a site for killing

Wang Xiaodong secretly sentenced

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Activist claims China is far from being a world power

In an article entitled “What’s China’s World Power Status?” posted on his blog on August 19th, 2012, Mao said that, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) which was founded in 1948 is a fervent believer and practitioner of class struggle. It has and continues to lead to miserable lives for its people, and a weakened national economy. After 30 years of openness and reform in China, China’s wealth ranks number 2 in the world, and it has a 3 trillion USD worth of foreign exchange reserve.

The article said that, China felt good about itself in international relations, and often spoke as if it were a world power. In recent years, China increased its military spending, and its relationship with its neighbors has changed fundamentally. Mao questions whether this kind of change is actually good for the long term development of China and the maintenance of global order. Continue reading »

Behind the Great Wall – 19th Aug 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Monday, August 27th, 2012
 
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Party concocts statistics to cover up economic situation

‘Army worm’ outbreak threatens food supply

Hong Kong reporter goes undercover on mainland ‘brainwashing tour’

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Party concocts statistics to cover up economic situation

The Xinhua agency article said that the employment in Chinese urban and rural areas increased by 31.4 million by the end of 2011 over that of 2002, and new jobs created in urban areas is over 100 million. Yet the whole article never mentioned the unemployment data.

Mr. Wu Fan has been studying the Chinese economy for years and has published extensively on the topic. In 2009, he calculated that the 2010 Chinese domestic unemployment rate was going to be 38%, or about 300 million unemployed citizens based on the numbers from a professor at Chinese Social Science Academy and two other scholars.
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Behind the Great Wall – 12th Aug 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Sunday, August 19th, 2012
 
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China the biggest producer of counterfeit medicine

New TV censorship laws to protect Congress

Flood damage from rain caused by construction

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China the biggest producer of counterfeit medicine

Mainland Chinese people said that, they are quite accustomed to this kind of phenomenon. Mr. Li of Taiyuan told a reporter on August 6th, 2012 that,
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“This is an everyday occurrence. We have seen the Chinese authorities own reports on live organ harvesting and selling in over 30 provinces and cities,so we have problems this big, the counterfeit medicine is something that existed long ago.”

Mr. Li said that the so called raid on counterfeit medicine is nothing but a show that the government puts on to fool people.
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“They just made this move to show the people that they’re something. They don’t mean to protect the interest of the people.”

Chen Shuqing, a pro-democracy movement activist and member of Chinese Democratic Party in Zhejiang province also felt that the raid did not solve the problem from its roots.
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“Counterfeit medicine has been in existence for 20-30 years since the case of Jinjiang. It has always been happening. The kind of raid campaign is done once every few years. But as long as the system remains the monopoly in the pharmaceutical industry and the largest manufacturer of medicine, and the government corruption is not kept at bay, this kind of problem will persist.” Continue reading »

Behind the Great Wall – 5th Aug 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Saturday, August 11th, 2012
 
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Former security chief still in jail for criticising Bo Xilai

‘Chinese economy not so rosy’ according to economist

Strong support from mainland Chinese as Falun Gong holds rally in HK

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Former security chief still in jail for criticising Bo Xilai

Rao Wenwei was the youngest political Secretary of the Political and Law Commission in Chongqing, and the investigator of Chongqing Municipal Research office and the General Secretary of Chongqing Policy Research Institute.

Zhang Qi, the Director of the Pan-Blue Alliance, served two-year in the same prison with Rao Wenwei, and was released from prison in May of this year. He exposed Rao Wenwei’s situation.

Zhang Qi said, Rao Wenwei felt powerless about the problems of the political system, and so he wrote articles criticizing what he saw as the causes of the problems. He wrote under the Pen name “Mao 2 W”. His “Brief Commentaries on the Communist Party: A Chinese Man’s Reactionary Notes” comprising 52 ‘Truth Notes’ were published one after another by the overseas Epoch Times, and were reproduced by the other media. Continue reading »

Behind the Great Wall – 2012 July 29th

Posted by Daniel Teng on Friday, August 3rd, 2012
 
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Business owners along the Yangtze Delta spur underground loans

Beijing authorities criticized for poor response to flooding

Suspicions over major fire in Tianjin

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Business owners along the Yangtze Delta spur underground loans

Business owners in the Yangtze delta had to get usurious loans to meet their demand of cash flow, and the debt crises are looming bigger and bigger. Those entrepreneurs who made such usurious loans to invest in real estate, manufacturing, and wholesale started to flee out of the region.

Professor Shi Jinchuan believes the Yangtze delta region is facing huge challenges in transforming its economy.
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“The major cause, I believe, is that the Yangtze delta is relatively well developed. And when they attempted to upgrade its industrial structure, many businesses got confused. In the process of the transformation they encountered many problems; problems which the businesses could not easily solve.”

The provinces of Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Fujian are where private businesses concentrate in China. These areas are also fertile for private and underground banking loans. Private and underground banking supports the cash flow of private businesses, especially small to medium businesses. But with the economic downturn in China and with the government’s macro economic policies, underground lending changed from “direct lending” to “indirect lending”, culminating in heightened risks of financial crises Continue reading »

Behind the Great Wall – 22nd Jul 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Monday, July 23rd, 2012
 
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Chinese economists question CPI figures

Dozens arrested for installing NTD satellite dishes

China’s elusive voting rights

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Chinese economists question CPI figures

The official Statistics Bureau published the June CPI data on July 9th, 2012, stating an annual rate of 2.2%, which is lowest in the past 29 months. Within the CPI data, food price rose by 3.8%, non-food items 1.4%, and consumer products 2.3%.

An expert claims Chinese authorities are doctoring CPI figures so they can keep looser monetary policy.

Professor Li Yiping says vegetable and grain prices are the most important factors in Chinese CPI calculation, yet the prices of vegetables and grains have not gone down with the CPI
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“I don’t know how they calculated it! The statistics should at least be accurate. If it’s too far off, it has no credibility! The official index is set so randomly and at will by the officials, that it is no longer meaningful. The CPI could not possibly drop by that much, as the land of the countryside has been seized and the farmers migrated and evicted. There are no farmers there growing crops. Like in Beijing, there are no suburbs anymore. We have to get vegetables from very far away, and that adds to the cost.”

The Chinese central bank announced that it would drop the interest rate on July 5th, and it’s not even a month after its previous rate decrease. And, the lower limit of loan rate is increased. Continue reading »

Behind the Great Wall – 8th July 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
 
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Tapping official TV leads the way for anti-censorship

Why the CCP holds onto the one-child policy?

Police launch tear gas during protest over copper factory

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Tapping official TV leads the way for anti-censorship

The use of anti-censorship is widespread across China nowadays.

Liu Ming (alias), a Falun Gong practitioner who escaped from China said that, the Self-immolation case in Tiananmen Square in 2001 was the leading cause of tapping into government TV programming in China.

Liu Ming also said that Zhong’s arrest reminded people of the efforts of Falun Gong practitioners who tried to tap into Chinese television propaganda programming a few years ago.

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“Communist China’s persecution of Falun Gong was and continues to be very serious. The public at that time was very deeply brainwashed. People were poisoned, and had developed hatred towards Falun Gong. And so the best and only way to clarify the truth was through tapping into broadcasting signals, especially after the Tiananmen Square staged self-immolation incident. The Chinese authorities’ crimes against humanity, persecution of religion and beliefs, and the persecution of righteous faith are for certain illegal. So, in that situation, tapping into TV programs was to safeguard the dignity of humanity and uphold human rights. This was and still is a great thing to do, and it will be highly regarded in the future.” Continue reading »

Behind the Great Wall – 1st July 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Monday, July 2nd, 2012
 
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China’s space program a 40 billion Yuan showpiece

Forced abortion of full-term foetus sends shockwaves through China

Military officials secretly moving money offshore

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China’s space program a 40 billion Yuan showpiece

Wu Ping, spokesperson for the Chinese manned space program, said on June 24th the Shen Zhou 10 spacecraft scheduled to be launched next year will cost about 19 billion Yuan. With about 20 billion already spent on the Shen Zhou 6, the total cost of the program is about 40 billion.

Gong Shengli, a finance expert in China, and Mo Chuanheng, a freelance reporter in China, were interviewed by SOH on the subject.

Gong Shengli said what the Chinese Communist regime spent on its space program exceeds the 40 billion reported
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“The Chinese space program, especially the moon landing program, needs careful calculations. In addition to the space program bases, the air, land, and ocean observatories are also used. The government’s number only includes monies spent on purchasing the machines or launching them. But what about the cost of maintenance for the bases in Hainan, Xichang, and the other four or five that China has built?”
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Behind the Great Wall – 24th Jun 2012

Posted by Daniel Teng on Sunday, June 24th, 2012
 
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Protests over mysterious death of Tiananmen hero

Chinese regime tug-of-war over free speech

Police beat man to death for seeking help from US embassy

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Protests over mysterious death of Tiananmen hero

A protestor holding a sign saying: "I don't believe it's suicide."

After Li Wangyang was killed, Hu Jia, a well known human rights activist, first twitted: “I will not commit suicide”. Then, Hu’s statement was widely distributed on the web in China. According to China Central News Agency, Xia Yeliang, a Chinese economist, also made a similar statement on his mini-blog on Sina.com. Xia said in his mini-blog: “In the past, present, or future, no matter what kind of disease, political persecution or hardship I might encounter, I have never considered, and will never commit suicide as a mean to end any issue. If I die by any accident, including car accident or by drowning, it must have been premeditated. In this world, I have no enemy except for the dictatorship regime. I hereby make this statement as evidence.”

Jin Yuehua, a rights activist from Minhang District of Shanghai, was continuously persecuted by the local government for revealing illegal land seizures, and forced demolition of peasant homes by the local authorities. On June 15th, Jin also wrote a “non-suicide” statement
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“We, the rights activists are facing all kinds of persecution, so who knows when the government would kill us and make us disappear by means of poisoning, car accident, or drugs. Then, they would say that burdened by some personal problems, we committed suicide. Up to now, my house has been seized by the government for over 12 years. The government would seize people’s properties in broad daylight. Think about it, would this government not use some despicable means to slander and defame you, and even use suicide?” Continue reading »