United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Monday that China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat’. (Paul Huang / La Gran Época)United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Monday that China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat’. (Paul Huang / La Gran Época)

China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat” to the world’s market-based economy and U.S. interests, said the incumbent United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a speech on Monday.

It was the first major public speech given by Lighthizer, a long term critic of China’s trade practices against the United States. Lighthizer told a crowd of over a hundred at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that China represents the one challenge facing the administration that is “substantially more difficult than those faced in the past.”

“The sheer scale of their coordinated efforts to develop their economy, to subsidize, to create ‘National Champions,’ to force technology transfers, and to destroy market, in China and throughout the world, is a threat to world trading system that is unprecedented,” said Lighthizer.

Lighthizer was referring to the hundreds if not thousands of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOE) that are institutionally protected and promoted by the Chinese regime, hence known as the “national champions” of the Chinese economy.

Not only do Chinese state-owned enterprises receive extensive protection from the Chinese regime against foreign competition, they are also often the culprits in stealing technology and other intellectual properties from foreign companies. Large number of American companies have fallen victim to such abusive tactics by the Chinese, which has resulted in massive job losses on the part of American workers, according to Lighthizer and many other critics of China’s trade practices.

“Unfortunately the World Trade Organization is not equipped to deal with this problem,” Lighthizer said, “WTO and its predecessors, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), were not designed to successfully manage mercantilism on this scale.”

“We must find other ways to defend our companies, trabajadores, farmers, and indeed, our economic system,” said Lighthizer, “We must find ways to ensure our market-based economy prevails.”

Cargo ships berth at a port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province on June 8, 2016. (STR / AFP / Getty Images)

Abusive trade practices by the Chinese state-owned enterprises have inflicted significant harm on American companies and will be dealt with by the Trump administration, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Photo showing cargo ships berthed at a port in Qingdao, China. (STR / AFP / Getty Images)

Lighthizer did not reveal specifics of the ongoing investigation regarding China’s alleged theft of intellectual property, a process that was started by President Trump on Aug. 14. He revealed, sin embargo, that the investigators receive “an awful lot of complaints” from executives of American companies that were hurt by the abusive practices of the Chinese, with many complaining that they were forced to give up their technology and corporate secrets to their Chinese competitors.

Trump Continues Hawkish Stance

Lighthizer’s comment on Monday represents the latest signal that Trump’s campaign pledge of a hardline trade policy against China remains steadfast, despite the departure on Aug. 19 of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who was widely thought to be the administration’s primary advocate of a hawkish stance against China.

Lighthizer is not the only “trade hawk” inside Trump’s administration. Peter Navarro, an economist who is also known for outspoken criticism of the Chinese regime and of China’s trade practices against the United States, was selected by President Donald Trump to head the newly created National Trade Council and is believed to be playing a key role in forming the Trump administration’s trade policies.

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Tourists walk with their luggage at Beijing International Airport on November 24, 2016.
(Fred Dufour / AFP / Getty Images)Tourists walk with their luggage at Beijing International Airport on November 24, 2016.
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Having left her native China and entered the United States via a smuggling ring in 2014, Zheng Lili recalls the climax of her months-long journey, which took her around the world and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

“I was scared to death, gasping for breath, I thought I would die there.” It was at that very moment, after she crossed the Rio Grande, that she heard police officers say, “Welcome to America!"

Her first stop was Moscow. From there she went to Cuba, where a visa is not required for Chinese nationals staying less than a month, before finally arriving in Mexico City and embarking on their trek journey north.

At Mexican customs, the leader of the group Zheng was in had told everyone to slip $200 into his or her passport. They were then led to a special entryway and got through without trouble. Joined by a dozen others from different countries, they set off at midnight on a journey to the Rio Grande Valley. For two days straight, they marched over the mosquito-infested land, constantly ready to throw themselves to the ground to evade helicopters or patrol vehicles.

Zheng had become so exhausted that she had to be carried by her son and another immigrant. “We all looked forward to being arrested after crossing, because it speeds up the process,” she told The Epoch Times.

Her son was released on bail a month later, and was soon granted political asylum on account of the Christian faith he learned from his devout grandmother. Zheng was detained for two years.

Zheng Lili’s experience isn’t unique. Ago. 26 este año, twenty-three Chinese were arrested crossing San Diego’s Otay Mesa border, the largest bust of illegal entry by Chinese nationals via Mexico.

Along with seven Mexicans, the group was discovered while they were going through a cross-country tunnel from Mexico. All came from southeastern China—22 from the coastal province of Fujian and one from the neighboring province of Guangdong.

Zheng, also from Fujian, arrived in the United States in 2014 and spent two years in detention before she was reunited with her husband in 2016. Her husband, Chen Zhiqiang, was himself an illegal immigrant: he had gained entry over two decades earlier with a fake passport obtained in the Netherlands. Chen and Zheng were the last of 39 Chen-surnamed families in their town that left home for the United States.

Fujian has historically been one of the largest sources for Chinese immigrants. Changle District, which in the late 1970s became one of the first Chinese ports opened up for international trade, gained the nickname “Village of Smugglers.” From 1980 a 2005, encima 200,000 people had been trafficked to overseas destinations, according to Sina, an online Chinese media group.

In Fuzhou, capital of Fujian, tens of thousands of “left-behind children” lived with their grandparents, according to Beijing News. The parents—unauthorized immigrants working in the United States—sent their toddlers back because they had no extra energy or time to take care of them after toiling for 13 hours a day or more. Changle District, which lies near Fuzhou and has around 712,500 residents, counted 5,000 U.S.-born children in 2012. Nearly every local household had someone living overseas.

Fujian has a long tradition of emigration, beginning in antiquity as Chinese merchants left the mainland and settled abroad, often in Southeast Asia. In the early 1960s, Fujianese sailors who took work in Hong Kong discovered that they could earn 15 times as much in the United States, sparking a first wave of emigration to the West.

Gradually an extensive network and an industry of smuggling developed. “When other people got out and we didn’t, it made us look bad,” unnamed immigrants told Sohu, another Chinese media site. Villagers in Changle would set off fireworks to celebrate whenever someone made it to the United States.

“There have been lots of historical cases of Chinese people being brought into the United States illegally on ships, in railroad coaches, hidden in cars, through tunnels, on airplanes – every imaginable way that humans can think of to cross the border,” Elliot Young, a history professor at Portland, Oregon’s Lewis and Clark College and author of the book “Alien Nation,” which documents China’s immigration history to the United States, told Voice of America.

“The Chinese were among the first to invent these ways of evading border control,” Elliott Young said.

Zheng Qi (not related to Zheng Lili), chairman of the Fukien Benevolent Association of America, made his way into America with a Thailand tourist passport, according to U.S.-China Press. In his unsuccessful first attempt, the Hong Kong-based travel agency got him a travel visa to Canada, which got him to the Canadian border before he was discovered and repatriated.

los Migration Policy Institute estimates about 268,000 illegal or undocumented immigrants from China, making them the fifth largest group among over 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States, and the largest of all non-Latin American nations. En un 2016 informe, the MPI identified China as one of the world’s leading sources of immigrants.

Over a period of seven months from October 2016 to this May, the California border patrol apprehended 663 Chinese trying to illegally enter the United States, a huge jump from a mere 48 over the same period in 2016, and just 5 the year before, NBC 7 reportado.

Smugglers see Chinese clients as more profitable than those from Latin America or Mexico, since gangs can demand higher fees due to the longer travel route. En las últimas décadas, the cost of smuggling an immigrant has more than doubled, rising from $30,000 a $50,000 a $70,000, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rarely are these fees paid upfront to smugglers, called shetou or “snakeheads” in Chinese, according to the professor Elliott Young.

Young observed that the immigrants would usually arrange with the smuggler on a certain amount of down payment—around a few thousand dollars—and “work off their debt in the United States by working in a business.” “They work in restaurants, garment factories and other, often Chinese-owned, empresas," él dijo.

A sarcastic Chinese expression describes a typical illegal immigrant’s day-to-day life upon arriving the United States: “Daytime at the stove, nighttime on the pillow, and weekend at the lawyer’s.”

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Dan Blumenthal (center), Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, speaks at a discussion on U.S-Korea relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, de sept. 5, 2017, en Washington. (Paul Huang / La Gran Época)Dan Blumenthal (center), Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, speaks at a discussion on U.S-Korea relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, de sept. 5, 2017, en Washington. (Paul Huang / La Gran Época)

WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of last week’s nuclear test by North Korea that allegedly detonated a hydrogen bomb, experts suggest that the time is now for the United States to apply overwhelming pressures on China so as to force it into giving up the rough Kim regime and put an end to its seemly-endless provocations and aggressions.

Dan Blumenthal, Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said on Tuesday that it is possible for the United States and China to reach an agreement over the future of the Korean Peninsula, provided that United States “makes China feel so much pain over its relationship with North Korea” so that China would eventually give up its support for the totalitarian Kim Jong-un regime.

Among a panel of experts that participated in the discussion on U.S.-South Korea strategy hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) de sept. 5, all agreed that a unification of the Korean Peninsula under the democratic rule of the South Korea should be desired “end goal” for both the United States and South Korea. sin embargo, Dan Blumenthal was the most vocal when it came to advocating a hardline policy against China over its support for North Korea.

“What we need to do, and what we have done effectively, is to scare China,” said Dan Blumenthal, "[The United States should] make China very scared, and on its heels about what we are going to do, and what we are capable of doing.”

Blumenthal also said that Trump’s approach to North Korea is more or less on the right trajectory: “The policy adopted by the Trump administration right now is to tie North Korea as a liability for China, to make China feel so much pain for its relations with North Korea,” said Blumenthal, “at some point China would say, enough is enough.”

“China will help get rid of Kim regime, and give him a nice villa in Shenyang, with Dennis Rodman as his companion,” said Blumenthal.

After North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sunday, President Trump vowed that the United States will stop all trade with any country doing business with North Korea. China is currently North Korea’s biggest trading partner. Previously Trump has said many times that he was “disappointed” in China for not helping stop North Korea’s nuclear aggressions.

A B-1B long range strategic bomber in a file photo. In July this year the U.S. flew two of the bombers over the North Korean penninsula in a demonstration of force. Michael Green, the senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS, said that China needs to be compelled to change through a forcible approach, such as building the fear of a U.S. attack on North Korea in the minds of the Chinese regime rulers. (Courtesy USAF/Getty Images)

A B-1B long range strategic bomber in a file photo. In July this year the U.S. flew two of the bombers over the North Korean penninsula in a demonstration of force. Michael Green, the senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS, said that China needs to be compelled to change through a forcible approach, such as building the fear of a U.S. attack on North Korea in the minds of the Chinese regime rulers. (Courtesy USAF/Getty Images)

Michael Green, the senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS, said that he would substitute the word “incentivize” for the word “scare.” However, Green also acknowledged that China needs to be compelled to change through a forcible approach, such as building the fear of a U.S. attack [on North Korea] in the minds of the Chinese regime rulers.

Other experts expressed more doubt over the possibility that the Chinese regime’s behavior could be changed. Laura Rosenberger, Director of Alliance for Securing Democracy said, “I am more pessimistic on it. We forget that [el régimen chino] has a communist party leadership. That’s an existential issue.”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, de sept. 5, 2017.
(WU HONG/AFP/Getty Images)Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, de sept. 5, 2017.
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North Korea declared that it tested its sixth nuclear bomb on Sept. 3, a move emphatically condemned by UN Secretary General António Guterres and U.S. Presidente Donald Trump, who threatened to stop trading with any country doing business with the reclusive communist country.

Of all the countries that have diplomatic ties with North Korea, Trump’s threat probably hits closest to home for the Chinese regime, North Korea’s largest and historically most loyal ally.

A través de los años, China has supported its communist neighbor, fearing that a collapse of the Kim regime would send thousands of refugees pouring into the country.

The Chinese regime also uses North Korea as a bargaining chip with the United States, claiming that China is the only one that can bring North Korea to the table, says Chen Pokong, a China current affairs analyst.

But the Chinese regime also doesn’t want to deal with the backlash and instability in the region that North Korea has created.

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The test fire of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea in an undated photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on May 30, 2017.
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For these reasons, Beijing has shown its disapproval of North Korea’s brinkmanship, but at the same time, has not done a great deal to stop it.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who were at a summit in China during the most recent nuclear test, both ambiguously vowed to “appropriately deal” with” the North’s provocations, according to Chinese-state-run media.

When North Korea fired a missile over Japan on Aug. 29, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying called for restraint from all parties and for everyone to study the “relevant resolutions by the UN Security Council.”

This raises the question of whether China, in the event of an all-out conflict, would ultimately take the side of the United States or its maverick neighbor.

While the Chinese regime under Mao signed a pact with North Korea in 1961 that obliged China to come to North Korea’s aid in the event of an attack, Xi’s administration has begun to show signs of ending China’s long-standing support for the Kim regime.

Earlier in August, China approved UN sanctions against North Korea after Trump put significant pressure on Beijing to rein in its rogue neighbor.

Beijing also announced in mid-August that it would ban imports of products like coal, fish, and iron from North Korea starting Sept. 5—a significant move considering that about 90 percent of North Korea’s export income comes from trade with China.

China has also reportedly been fortifying its border with North Korea by sending more troops to the region, holding military drills, and gathering intelligence through 24-7 vigilancia.

Al mismo tiempo, China has declared that it “will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula,” according to China’s representative to the UN.

Further aggravating North Korea’s relationship with China is Pyongyang’s timing. Both the missile over Japan and the nuclear test come close to the Chinese regime’s 19th Party Congress, a once-in-five-year event at which China’s new leadership is chosen.

“The Chinese Communist Party needs to create a stable environment [ahead of the 19th Party Congress],” said Chen Pongkong. “That means the CCP is willing to compromise with others, even submit to humiliation. [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un sees this, so he always picks this most crucial time to be provocative.”

NOS. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Fla., En abril 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON / AFP / Getty Images)

NOS. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Fla., En abril 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON / AFP / Getty Images)

When Trump and Xi met in person for the first time in April, North Korea was one of the topics of conversation. Coming out of that, Trump said he better understood the complexity of China’s situation and was optimistic that Xi would help the United States deal with North Korea.

“They have pressures that are tough pressures, and I understand. And you know, don’t forget, China, over the many years, has been at war with Korea—you know, wars with Korea. It’s not like, ‘Oh, gee, you just do whatever we say.’ They’ve had numerous wars with Korea,” he told White House reporters in July.

Although the Chinese regime has agreed to cooperate with the United States to sanction North Korea, their starting points differ. The Chinese regime advocates all sides coming to the table, whereas the United States wants North Korea to abandon its nuclear program before it will sit down to talks.

Recently however, Trump has hinted that negotiations, whether North Korea lays down its nuclear arsenal or not, are futile.

“North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success,” he tweeted Sept. 3. “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

What Kim Wants

Analysts believe that Kim Jong Un craves the respect that comes with being recognized as a nuclear power, and has no interest in abandoning its nuclear weapons.

“While geographically a small nation, if it is a big nuclear nation, the Kim empire—his dictator regime—will last forever. So Kim is pursuing the stability of his regime,” Chen Pongkong said.

“North Korea’s ultimate goal is to force the United States to accept it as a nuclear state, and to be able to talk to the United States on this basis,” said NTD TV’s East Asia political affairs analyst Wen Zhao.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (do) in Pyongyang on Fe. 22, 2017. (STR / AFP / Getty Images)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (do) in Pyongyang on Fe. 22, 2017. (STR / AFP / Getty Images)

sin embargo, it doesn’t look likely that the United States and other nuclear nations will willingly allow North Korea to be a nuclear power.

If Trump carries through on his threat to cut trade ties with North Korea’s backers, he could be looking at a trade war with one of the United States’ largest trading partners—China.

Trump has made no secret about the fact that he wants to re-negotiate trade deals with the world’s second largest economy, saying to reporters in July, “I’ve been going a little bit easier [on China] because I’d like to have their help … But we have to fix the trade with China because it’s very, very non-reciprocal.”

“In terms of North Korea, our strength is trade,”, Agregó.

The United States is China’s largest importer. If Trump follows through with his threats, the Chinese regime could be forced to choose between the survival of its own economy and that of North Korea’s.

“Once the pressure is high enough, I believe the Xi government will choose the option with the least negative consequences,” said Chen Kuide, the chief editor of China in Perspective, a digital Chinese language magazine out of Princeton that covers China’s democracy movement and rights issues.

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NOS. Reps. Jim BridenstineNOS. Reps. Jim Bridenstine

Longtime space advocate Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) has been nominated by President Trump to be the next administrator of NASA. Birdenstine is known for his strong support for a new manned mission to the Moon, and for his belief that the United States needs to challenge China’s ever-expanding presence in space.

The nomination of the former Navy pilot and three-term Congressman from Oklahoma has been expected for some time, and was finally announced on Sept. 1. Previously, Trump tasked Vice President Mike Pence to lead a re-established the National Space Council aimed at reinvigorating and reasserting the U.S. presence in the space.

Bridenstine has been an active voice in the Congress for increasing the U.S. commitment to the space program. En 2016 Bridenstine introduced H.R. 4945, the American Space Renaissance Act, which sought to reform and modernize the U.S. space program in a comprehensive manner. While the act did not move forward, some of its elements were incorporated into later legislation.

The nomination could face a challenge in the Senate and has already prompted criticism from Florida’s two senators, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson. Florida is the home to NASA, and both Rubio and Nelson have complained that Bridenstine, a politician, lacks management experience.

sin embargo, some observers have speculated that Rubio’s opposition might have been partially motivated by Bridenstine’s support for Rubio’s primary opponent Ted Cruz in the 2016 GOP presidential campaign, which caused relations between the Oklahoman and the Floridian to become bitter.

The private space flight industry has largely welcomed the news of Bridenstine’s nomination. Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), a private spaceflight advocacy group composed of space industry giants such as SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace, issued a statement praising President Trump’s nomination of Bridenstine.

“NASA needs dedicated and inspired leadership, and Representative Bridenstine is an outstanding choice to provide precisely that,” said S. Alan Stern, board chair of CSF.

similar, several space experts have voiced support for Bridenstine. "[Jim Bridenstine] understands space technology, economics and policy better than most of the people who advise our other policy makers on these topics,” said space researcher and educator Greg Autry. Previously Greg Autry had served as the Trump administration’s liaison to NASA. “Far from being a politician, Bridenstine is a well-informed aviator and leader,” Autry said.

Challenging China’s Presence in Space

Bridenstine has previously expressed serious concerns about China’s space ambitions, as he sees the U.S. presence in space and competition with other adversaries there as intimately linked with national security. Bridenstine’s support for a new manned mission to the Moon is partially motivated by China’s ever-expanding presence on and around the Moon.

In this July 20, 1969 file photo, astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. stands next to a U.S. flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface. Jim Bridenstine, Trump’s newly nominated administrator of NASA, vows to compete with China in space by launching new manned mission to the Moon. (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA)

“As the cis-lunar economy develops, competition for locations and resources on the Moon is inevitable,” Jim Bridenstine wrote in a Blog post en 2016, “The Chinese currently have landers and rovers on the Moon. The United States does not.”

In another Blog post en 2015, Bridenstine wrote that: “We are seeing the Russians and Chinese attempt to deny space to us. The Russians are launching things into space that are not being registered with the agencies they would normally be registered with.”

“Space is no longer uncontested,” Bridenstine wrote. “It’s being contested, and it’s congested.”

If confirmed by the Senate, Bridenstine will head an agency that currently has an annual budget of more than $19 millones. The current budget however takes up less than 0.5 percent of the total federal budget, a tiny portion compared to NASA’s heyday. During the 1960s the United States allocated almost 5 percent of the annual federal budget to NASA to fund the manned space missions to the Moon.

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Senator Joel Anderson speaks in front of the California State Capitol in Sacramento during a rally to support a resolution condemning the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, el ago. 29, 2017. (Mark Cao/Epoch Times)Senator Joel Anderson speaks in front of the California State Capitol in Sacramento during a rally to support a resolution condemning the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, el ago. 29, 2017. (Mark Cao/Epoch Times)

SACRAMENTO, CA—Impassioned speeches asking Californians to stand together against tyranny were heard at the State Capitol on Aug. 31 when around 200 Human Rights activists gathered to show support for SJR 10—a resolution that condemns the Chinese Communist Party for its ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners.

State legislators as well as three survivors of the brutal persecution, implored Californians to stand together against the “egregious state-sponsored violence,” as one Senator put it, that is now occurring in China.

en agosto. 29, the resolution had passed the Judiciary Committee hearing unanimously. But then on Sept. 1, the day following the rally, the State Senate unexpectedly voted to refer SJR 10 back to the Rules Committee—essentially blocking it from coming to a vote in the Senate.

Foreign Interference

The action appears to be the direct result of interference by the Chinese communist regime in American governmental affairs.

That morning, the members of the Senate received by email an unsigned letter on the stationary of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

“We would like to urgently draw the attention of the California legislature to SJR-10,” the letter begins. “This may deeply damage the cooperative relations between the state of California and China.”

Luego, the letter points out the high level of trade China has with California, the great number of tourists from China who visit the state, and how China is the largest source of foreign students who attend California’s colleges and universities.

Then it directly asks legislators not to support the resolution, “so as not to sabotage the friendship and sustainable development between California and China.”

The author of the resolution, Senator Joel Anderson, knew that passing an official condemnation of China’s human rights abuses would not be easy.

At the rally Anderson said: “I proudly stand here with everyone to condemn the Chinese Government for their persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. … It takes great courage to stand up against persecution, to stand up against one of the greatest nations in the world—China—and to call them out for their practice of harvesting organs and the genocide they have created against Falun Gong. Together, we’ve taken our first steps towards defending freedom and human rights.”

Falun Dafa, también conocido como Falun Gong, is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that consists of performing gentle exercises and living by the principles of truthfulness, compasión, y la tolerancia. First brought to the public in 1992, it spread rapidly throughout China and by 1999 había 70 millones a 100 million people practicing.

Fearing its popularity—there were more Falun Gong practitioners than members of the Communist Party—then Chinese leader Jiang Zemin banned the practice and enlisted the nation’s entire security complex, medios de comunicación, and judiciary to participate in a massive persecution campaign that continues today.

La extracción de órganos

The persecution over 18 years has amounted to genocide. At the rally, Anderson used this weighty word and called for it to stop.

“In World War II, there were deniers who said the Holocaust didn’t exist, who said it wasn’t happening. We now know that the Holocaust happened and that millions of Jews lost their lives. I will not stand by and watch millions of Falun Gong practitioners lose their lives,” Anderson said.

“If you feel strongly and you believe that nobody should be persecuted or executed for their body parts because they practice a faith, then you need to call your legislator and tell them that they need to stop genocide in China," él dijo.

Anderson was referring to the murder of Falun Gong practitioners to supply China’s flourishing organ transplantation industry.

En julio 2006, Canada’s former secretary of state (Asia / Pacífico) David Kilgour and international human rights lawyer David Matas released a report, "cosecha sangrienta,” which investigated allegations that Chinese state institutions were “harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, killing the practitioners in the process.”

Kilgour and Matas determined it was true.

Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour presents a revised report about continued murder of Falun Gong practitioners in China for their organs, as report co-author lawyer David Matas listens in the background, on Jan. 31, 2007. (La Gran Época)

Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour presents a report about the murder of Falun Gong practitioners in China for their organs, as report co-author lawyer David Matas listens in the background, on Jan. 31, 2007. (La Gran Época)

En 2016, Kilgour and Matas, joined by Ethan Gutmann (author of “La matanza: Las matanzas masivas, La extracción de órganos, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” ) released an updated report.

los informe explains that it represents “a meticulous examination of the transplant programs of hundreds of hospitals in China, drawing on media reports, official propaganda, revistas médicas, hospital websites and a vast amount of deleted websites found in archive.”

The researchers analyzed hospital revenue, bed counts, bed utilization rates, el personal quirúrgico, Programas de entrenamiento, state funding and more, and concluded that China performs 60,000 a 100,000 transplants per year—not 10,000 as the regime claims.

The authors determined that most of the organs come from Falun Gong practitioners, with a lesser number from other prisoners of conscience drawn from Tibetans, uigures, y la casa de los cristianos.

Call to Action

Rally at the California State Capitol in Sacramento support of resolution SJR 10, which condemns the Chinese Communist Party for its ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners, Ago. 31, 2017. (Mark Cao/Epoch Times)

The rally was part celebration that the resolution had passed out of the Judiciary Committee and part encouragement, to help whip up support for the resolution in Senate.

At the heart of Anderson’s resolution were three statements:

Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature expresses support for Falun Gong practitioners’ 18-year nonviolent resistance against persecution, which exemplifies uncompromising courage and human spirit; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature condemns any government-sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the People’s Republic of China or elsewhere; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature urges the President and the Congress of the United States to condemn any government-sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the People’s Republic of China or elsewhere;

Joining Senator Anderson in authoring SJR 10 are four State Assembly members—Democrats Adrin Nazarian and Cristina Garcia, and Republicans Randy Voepel and Tom Lackey—making the resolution a bipartisan effort.

Voepel also spoke at the rally, affirming the importance of the resolution and the message it sends to the Chinese regime.

“It makes the vital statement that we stand against oppression—against a regime that wants to control the minds and bodies of its own people,” Voepel said. “Organ harvesting is big money over there—it’s an underground economy.

“That is pure evil in the world, and I will stand up against evil in any way I can.”

Three Falun Gong practitioners who now live in California also spoke, sharing heartbreaking stories of being arrested, lavado el cerebro, and brutally tortured simply because they would not give up their beliefs.

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Resolution co-author Assemblyman Randy Voepel speaks during a rally on Aug. 29, 2017 in Sacramento, in support of Falun Gong practitioners’ peaceful resistance in the face of persecution. (Mark Cao/Epoch Times)

They also described how while in labor camps, only Falun Gong prisoners were given regular blood tests and brief medical exams, which was odd since clearly the regime did not care for the health of prisoners it was torturing. They believed these tests were for the purpose of establishing a living organ bank. One medical researcher compared detained practitioners to lobsters in the tank in a seafood restaurant, ready to be plucked out whenever needed.

David Xu was a financial software engineer in China. His good friend was tortured to death while imprisoned in 2011. En abril 2016, Xu feared it was his turn.

Kidnapped from his home, he was taken to a brainwashing center where he endured extreme torture. The most frightening moments for him were when his blood was taken. He was well aware of the regime’s practice of harvesting the organs of Falun Gong practitioners and was terrified for his life. He went on a hunger strike for 18 days before he was released.

Safe in America, he can’t stop worrying about his friends and family back in China. “Even though I escaped, It is hard for me to find peace in my heart because there are still so many Falun Gong practitioners in prison there.”

His story is echoed by Jie Li and Yolanda Yao. Speaking to the crowd, they both shared chilling stories of imprisonment, tortura, and mysterious blood tests. They saw fellow practitioners beaten mercilessly, and then saw them disappear.

Yolanda Yao, now a resident of Sunnyvale, had to give up her PhD studies because of the persecution. She was arrested in 2011 and spent two years imprisoned. “Words cannot describe the pain I have felt. I experienced firsthand the brutality of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Those were the darkest moments of my life.”

Imprisoned in the Beijing Women’s Labor Camp, she spoke of being subjected to around-the-clock brainwashing sessions and unrelenting mental and physical torture. Forced to sit in a child’s chair for 10 a 11 hours every day, her legs and feet would swell immensely, resulting in severe bruising and ulceration in her back and hips.

She was also forced to perform to slave labor in summer temperatures surpassing 100 grados, and was once soaked in pesticide when the 70-pound barrel she was carrying on her back leaked all over her.

The most horrific thing she experienced, sin embargo, were the blood tests she and fellow Falun Gong practitioners were given three times a year. Like Xu, she was aware of the forced organ harvesting, and was certain that their blood was being tested to evaluate them as potential candidates.

Although she is safe in California, her heart is still in China with her elderly parents who are both imprisoned for their beliefs. “The suffering and torment I experienced in the labor camp still haunts me to this day. It horrifies me to know that my parents are suffering the same fate.”

Her only solace is the hope that through international pressure and individual actions they will be released. She ended her speech with a plea:

“I humbly ask for your help in raising public awareness of this brutal persecution and hope that together we can bring an end to 18 years of harassment, tortura, killing, and most heinous of all, forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.”

State Assembly Member Tom Lackey shares his hope that the people of California will stand together and oppose these crimes. “That you have a government that would actually approve such a hurtful and wicked practice is just unimaginable. These people have no control—those of us who do need to speak very loudly so we can influence the government and pressure them to change this policy so that lives can be saved.”

Additional reporting by Stephen Gregory

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New Balance shoes at the New York Fashion Week on July 16, 2015. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)New Balance shoes at the New York Fashion Week on July 16, 2015. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

A Chinese court recently awarded New Balance over 10 millones de yuanes ($1.5 millón) for trademark infringement, one of the highest compensations for such a violation granted to foreign companies.

The Intermediate People’s Court of Suzhou, a major coastal city in southeastern Jiangsu Province, ruled the three defendants—Zheng Chaosong, Xinpingheng (a Chinese translation of New Balance) Sporting Goods, and Bosidake Trading company—violated New Balance’s trademark by copying its iconic sloping “N” logo.

The court said the trio that made shoes under the brand New Boom had shown a “malice by free-riding,” which led to “confusion by a large number of consumers,” according to a copy of the ruling obtained by The New York Times. The ruling has not been made public at press time.

The ruling came just three days after President Trump initiated a probe into China’s alleged intellectual property theft. The IP Commission Report estimados that Chinese counterfeit goods cost the U.S. $600 billion annually.

New Balance might also have benefited from China’s new trademark law implemented on May 1, 2014, cual increased the upper limit of trademark infringement awards from $75,000 a $450,000.

New Balance’s battle for protecting its trademark rights in China has been a lengthy and difficult one.

Founded in 1906 in Boston, a city known for one of the world’s oldest annual marathon events, New Balance is one of the top foot gear manufacturers.

New Balance made its first entry into Chinese markets in 1995 under the transliteration Niu Balun, and has since fought with several Chinese manufacturers and a shoe supplier that exploited its brand by selling its shoes at dirt cheap prices.

Unlike many Western countries, China awards trademarks by the order companies file them. En 2012, Apple was made to pay $60 million to a local competitor that registered the trademark iPad.

En 2013, New Balance lost its dispute with Chinese shoemaker Xin Bailun, which claimed to have registered in June, 2004, two years before New Balance started promoting the same brand name. New Balance appealed, and lost again in June 2016, and was ordered to pay the Chinese company 5 millones de yuanes (alrededor $750,000).

The recent court ruling marked an unprecedented victory for New Balance and other western brands that tried to compete with their Chinese rivals in a market troubled with piracy and inadequate brand protection.

El año pasado, the legendary basketball star Michael Jordan prevailed in a 5-year dispute over a local sportswear company that used his name. Under Armour, meanwhile, won a $15 million lawsuit this past June against Chinese company Uncle Martin, which directly copied its logo and sneaker design.

“For every big brand that is infringed in China, there are many, many less famous brands that are victims of this situation,” Paolo Beconcini, an experienced consultant on Chinese intellectual property cases at law firm Squire Patton, told BBC in an interview.

“It sends a strong and powerful message that should make it easier for foreign brands doing business here,” Carol Wang, a lawyer at Lusheng Law Firm told Reuters on behalf of New Balance.

China, the second largest market for sports gear, has seen a growing interest in jogging and fitness activities. New Balance occupied about 1.8 percent of Chinese shoe market in 2016, en comparación con 7 percent for Adidas and 7.8 percent for Nike, according to Euromonitor.

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The Qiaodan brand logo is displayed at a Qiaodan store in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on December 8, 2016.(STR / AFP / Getty Images)The Qiaodan brand logo is displayed at a Qiaodan store in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on December 8, 2016.(STR / AFP / Getty Images)

Basketball icon Michael Jordan’s legal battle with Chinese sporting goods brand Qiaodan Sports Company looks to be far from over even after winning a lawsuit against them late last year.

That lawsuit, decided by China’s highest court after several lower courts ruled against Jordan, established Jordan’s ownership of the legal rights to the Chinese transliteration of his name.

En julio, sin embargo, Qiaodan filed a lawsuit against Jordan and Fangda Partners, the law firm representing him in China, claiming an infringement of reputation. According to China News Service, the company is demanding compensation of 1.1 millones de yuanes ($160 thousand) for the “malicious slander” and damage to its reputation caused by a letter sent by Fangda to the organizers of the 13th National Games of China. Qiaodan claimed that the letter had twisted content from the Supreme People’s Court’s (SPC) decision in an attempt to stop the organizers from working with the sportswear company.

Qiaodan also demanded a retraction of the letter along with a public apology.

Qiaodan’s lawyer, Chen Ruojian, said that the company “has had to undertake much effort to maintain its business relationship with its partners after Jordan and his lawyers made this attack.”

Jordan maintained in the previous lawsuit, which lasted four years, that the use of his name was misleading Chinese consumers into believing that he was affiliated with the brand.

In a statement released after the December ruling, él dijo, "Chinese consumers deserve to know that Qiaodan Sports and its products have no connection to me.”

The ruling by the SPC was one rarely seen in a legal system infamous for favoring Chinese companies in intellectual property rights cases involving foreign companies. In May of 2016, Apple lost a trademark case against a Chinese leather goods company that uses the iPhone name for its products. Footwear company New Balance was forced to pay $16 million after a court ruled that they had violated the trademark rights of a Chinese individual who owned the Chinese version of the company’s name. Other Western companies and celebrities such as Starbucks, Tesla, y nosotros. President Donald Trump have also encountered legal battles in the past over the right to use their name in China.

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Cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)Cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

WASHINGTON-Numerosos luz de las velas parpadeaban en la oscuridad, mientras cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong realizaron una vigilia frente al Lincoln Memorial para recordar a las víctimas de la persecución del régimen comunista chino de la práctica.

La disciplina espiritual tradicional china de Falun Dafa, también conocido como Falun Gong, se introdujo por primera vez en China en 1992. Muchos chinos fueron atraídos a la práctica por sus beneficios físicos y filosofía moral enraizado en los principios de veracidad, compasión, y la tolerancia. Se ha perseguido desde julio 1999 después de que se hiciera demasiado popular en los ojos de un ex líder comunista, quien ordenó que ser eliminado.

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el Lincoln Memorial en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Desde entonces, cientos de miles de practicantes han sido llevados a prisiones, campos de trabajo, y el lavado de cerebro centros donde son obtenidas mediante torturas físicas y psicológicas que renuncien a sus creencias. Un número grande pero indefinida de los practicantes también han sido asesinados por sus órganos para alimentar la industria lucrativa trasplante de China, de acuerdo a informes.

Los practicantes de Falun Dafa se reunieron en Washington D.C.. en julio 20 para una serie de eventos, incluyendo una manifestación, desfile, y una vigilia con velas, en honor a las vidas perdidas en los últimos dieciocho años.

Pooja Mor se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong durante una vigilia con velas alrededor del Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Pooja Mor, un modelo de moda, se une a los practicantes durante una vigilia con velas alrededor del Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Pooja Mor, un modelo de moda de la India 25 años de edad, sumado a los eventos del día en DC para mostrar su apoyo. Mor comenzó a practicar Falun Dafa hace dos años y medio después de su agente en la India introdujo a ella.

“Antes solía culpar a la gente por todo lo malo que sucedió en mi vida. Después de aprender Falun Dafa, Empecé a mirar hacia adentro,”Dijo Mor. “En lugar de encontrar fallas con los demás, La primera vez que miro a ver dónde me falta “.

Falun Dafa Yang Guangyu, un nativo de Beijing, que llegó a los EE.UU. en 2009, dijo, “Los practicantes de Falun Dafa simplemente quieren cultivarse a sí mismos, para promover los valores morales, y para mejorar su salud.”Yang fue detenido a finales de 2001 en una prisión y más tarde un campo de trabajos forzados por defender pacíficamente Falun Dafa en la Plaza Tiananmen de Beijing, un sitio popular de protesta en China.

Muchos turistas y visitantes que pasaron por la vigilia expresaron su simpatía y conmoción por las violaciones de los derechos humanos que ocurren en China.

“No tengo problemas para entender por qué algo como esto sería perseguido en China,”Dijo Catherine Ramos, un turista de Nueva Jersey.

Lynne DePalma, que estaba con Ramos, dijo, “Es un país comunista, por lo que es una sociedad cerrada. Y un montón de cosas que pasan, el mundo no sabe nada menos que la gente hace algo como esto y llevarlo a la atención del mundo “.

“Es una atrocidad, y no debería estar sucediendo,”DePalma añadió. “Es inmoral. Es abusiva “.

Ma Cunxia, un practicante de Falun Gong de la ciudad de Changchun, en el noreste de China, llamada en la U.S. gobierno a tomar una postura más firme. “Espero que el gobierno, particularmente la administración Trump, puede actuar sobre los valores fundadores de Estados Unidos de los derechos humanos y la libertad de creencia y llamado a poner fin a esta 18-años de persecución “.

Eva Fu contribuyó con este reporte.

Cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el Lincoln Memorial en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el Lincoln Memorial en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Un niño pequeño que se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Un niño pequeño que se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el Lincoln Memorial en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el Lincoln Memorial en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Cientos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el monumento a Lincoln en Washington de julio 20, 2017, para honrar a aquellos que han muerto durante la persecución en China que el régimen chino comenzó de julio 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Una mujer se une a los practicantes de Falun Gong en una vigilia con velas en el Lincoln Memorial en Washington de julio 20, 2017, en honor a las vidas perdidas ya que el régimen chino lanzó la persecución hace dieciocho años. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

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Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Larry Dye/The Epoch Times)Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Larry Dye/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—In the early afternoon of July 20, encima 1,000 practitioners and supporters of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline held a parade to protest 18 years of deadly repression by the communist regime in China. The parade goers, mostly wearing Falun Gong’s signature yellow T-shirts, marched from Capitol Hill through downtown Washington, Distrito de Columbia. to the Lincoln Memorial.

This year’s events also included a rally at Capitol Hill and a candlelight vigil before the Washington Monument.

Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that teaches a set of meditation exercises and cultivation of the principles of truthfulness, compasión, y la tolerancia, was marked for persecution on July 20, 1999, by then-Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin. Desde entonces, the Chinese authorities have pursued a violent campaign of elimination against the practice.

“The Chinese regime’s persecution has been completely irrational and violent. We petition peacefully. We carry no weapons. We have only kind intentions. But what we face are police, police cars, armed police. The armed police face you as if you are a terrible enemy,” said Liu Zhaohe, a 64-year-old philosophy professor who came from Beijing to the United States this March.

 Liu Zhaohe, a former philosophy professor, and his wife Wang Lurui participate in a Falun Gong parade in Washington D.C on July 20, 2017. (Irene Luo/Epoch Times)

Liu Zhaohe, a former philosophy professor, and his wife Wang Lurui participate in a Falun Gong parade in Washington D.C on July 20, 2017. (Irene Luo/The Epoch Times)

Su esposa, 60-year-old Wang Lurui, was arrested 11 times while putting up Falun Gong banners and meditating in public, including several occasions when she went to Tiananmen Square. She was also fired from her position as a hospital administrator in Beijing.

“Since coming here, we continue to nonviolently, rationally oppose the persecution so everyone knows that Falun Dafa is good and that truthfulness, compasión, and tolerance are universal moral principles,"Dijo Wang.

Millions of Falun Gong adherents in China and abroad have used a variety of peaceful means to raise awareness about and counteract the persecution, sometimes at great personal risk. Human rights researchers estimate that Chinese authorities have detained millions of practitioners, and that hundreds of thousands are held in forced labor camps and brainwashing centers.

Ya que 2006, investigations have revealed that a large but yet indeterminate number of Falun Gong adherents have been executed and had their organs harvested in state and military-run hospitals across China.

Li Jianying, a middle-aged woman from Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, was driven to escape China in 2015 when someone reported her practice of Falun Gong to the police. She now lives in Middletown, upstate New York, and raises awareness about Falun Gong in the community as a volunteer. Her 79-year-old mother, also a practitioner, is still in China.

“I want to see her again, but I can’t go back,"Dijo Li. “You go back and they arrest you at the airport.”

Cada año, Falun Gong practitioners in the U.S. and around the world hold commemorative events to mark the anniversary of the persecution.

During the parade, practitioners carried banners calling for the end of the persecution and live organ harvesting and for Jiang Zemin to be brought to justice. A military-style marching band composed of Falun Gong practitioners joined in. Other marchers held photos of those who had been killed in the persecution.

Passers-by were shocked to learn of the violence against the group.

Wilna LaPorte, who works in a Washington, Distrito de Columbia. public defense service, was drawn to the serene, traditional Chinese music.

Wilna LaPorte. (Eva Fu/The Epoch Times)

Wilna LaPorte. (Eva Fu/The Epoch Times)

“I can’t believe this is going on,” she said between tears after hearing about China’s organ transplantation industry, which has heavily targeted Falun Gong practitioners. “I don’t see why human lives should be commercialized when there are so much that has already been commercialized from China.”

“People need to be made aware of what’s happening in different countries, not only here,” said Cynthia Simms, who works as an educational administrator.

“A lot of times, we don’t know what other people go through and what they have to deal with on a day to day basis.”

Liu Zhaohe, the former professor from Beijing, said that the Chinese authorities “persecute all independent thoughts, independent beliefs.”

añadió: “There’s no freedom of belief, libertad de expresión. This is the most immoral thing done by the Chinese regime. They don’t just destroy you physically, but also destroy you mentally, force you to ‘transform.’ They stifle your thoughts so you do not have your own thoughts.”

With reporting by Eva Fu and Irene Luo.

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Larry Dye/The Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Larry Dye/The Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Larry Dye/The Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Larry Dye/The Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade in Washington D.C. en julio 20, 2017. The parade is calling for an end to a brutal persecution in China that started on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / La Gran Época)

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The Tianlangxing, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence ship, passed through the Tsugaru Strait off the coast of Japan on July 2, and stayed off the Alaskan coast during the July 11th test of a U.S. missile defence system. (Courtesy Japanese Ministry of Defence)The Tianlangxing, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence ship, passed through the Tsugaru Strait off the coast of Japan on July 2, and stayed off the Alaskan coast during the July 11th test of a U.S. missile defence system. (Courtesy Japanese Ministry of Defence)

The Chinese spy ship that sailed international waters off the coast of Alaska during a recent missile defense test was a class that had never been seen before in Northern Command’s area-of-responsibility, a spokesperson said Friday.

It was the first Chinese military vessel in the area since 2015 when a Chinese “surface action group” transited through, said Michael Kucharek, a spokesperson for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) y nosotros. Northern Command.

Kucharek would not speculate as to what the ship was doing in the area, but mentioned several times that it was in international waters where it had the right of free navigation.

A military source familiar with the incident told The Epoch Times it was the same ship as reported by the Diplomat on July 4th, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) vessel.

Chinese state-owned media, the English language China Daily, reported on the ship in January in an article based on a report from a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) news outlet. The report focused on a newly commissioned ship, the Kaiyangxing.

The ship that was present for the missile test was the Tianlangxing, which passed through the Tsugaru Strait off the coast of Japan on July 2, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

According to the PLA report cited by the China Daily, the PLA Navy now operates six electronic reconnaissance vessels. The report also gave specific information about the ships such as their capabilities and functions.

“Until now, the PLA Navy has never made public so many details about its intelligence collection ships,” said the report.

The newly launched Kaiyangxing was capable of conducting all-weather, round-the-clock reconnaissance on multiple and different targets,” the China Daily reported.

“The ship is so sophisticated that only a few countries, such as the United States and Russia, are capable of developing it,” it continued.

The China Daily quoted an unnamed source in the shipbuilding industry saying that the United States had 15 such ships.

The Tianlangxing arrived off the coast of Alaska shortly before the July 11 test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

A spokesperson for the Missile Defense Agency told The Epoch Times it was the fastest target the system has been tested against so far.

The ship stayed approximately 100 miles off the Alaskan coast.

The THAAD system is designed to protect against intermediate- and short-range ballistic missiles, like those North Korea has amassed and threatened to launch against Japan and South Korea.

China is North Korea’s closest ally and major trading partner, accounting for 75 percent of North Korea’s imports and exports.

China’s ruling Communist Party, which has a faction that is close to the North Korean regime, has denounced the THAAD system that is now partially deployed in South Korea.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council en julio 5, the day after North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say could reach Alaska, representatives of China and Russia both called for the system to be dismantled.

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A Chinese policeman asks not to take pictures outside Zhongnanhai which serves as the central headquarters for the Communist Party of China after the sacking of politician Bo Xilai from the countries powerful Politburo, in Beijing on April 11, 2012. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)A Chinese policeman asks not to take pictures outside Zhongnanhai which serves as the central headquarters for the Communist Party of China after the sacking of politician Bo Xilai from the countries powerful Politburo, in Beijing on April 11, 2012. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the Chinese regime’s constant fear that U.S. policy makers have long been plotting a U.S.-led “regime change” in China, a senior former official under the Obama administration said there was never any such plan nor even any discussion remotely associated with the idea. This revelation sheds further light on the paranoid nature of the Chinese regime, but likely also raises questions concerning the Obama administration’s commitment to promoting such U.S. principles such as democracy and freedom in the world’s largest authoritarian nation.

Evan Medeiros, who served six years from 2009 a 2015 in the Obama administration as a senior China specialist, attended a Thursday panel at the Center for Strategic & International Studies to discuss his thoughts on the latest U.S.-China Relations reports published by American and Chinese think tanks and scholars.

Medeiros said that the fear of a U.S.-orchestrated “regime change” has been one of the most defining features of the Chinese regime’s perceptions toward the United States for decades, and that such fear still dominates the Chinese regime’s thinking about U.S.-China relations even today. Speaking on the basis of his six years of experience steering U.S.-China policy for Obama’s White House, sin embargo, Medeiros attested that there was never any discussion among Obama and senior officials concerning the possibility of regime change in China.

According to Medeiros, there was “not a single conversation” in which neither President Obama, nor Vice President Biden, nor the national security advisor raised any issue concerning China’s political system and its potential threat to American national security. Behind the curtain, the Obama administration never contemplated let alone attempted a change to the authoritarian rule of the Chinese regime. “Not even once, not even remotely close,” said Medeiros.

President Barack Obama speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., en Junio 7, 2013. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., en Junio 7, 2013. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Evan Medeiros was regarded by many as being among the most pro-China policymakers in the White House during the Obama administration. According to Bill Gertz, a conservative critic of the Obama administration’s China policy, Evan Medeiros had written in academic writings before his White House posting that the Chinese military posed little or no threat to the interests of the United States, and that Beijing’s policies are generally benign.

Medeiros’s remark on Thursday likely provides additional evidence to support the long-held criticism among conservatives and many rights activists that the Obama administration did not do enough to influence the Chinese regime nor to assert fundamental U.S. principles such as democracy and freedom.

The Obama administration’s belief that China’s authoritarian regime poses no threat to American national security has been hotly contested by many others. Peter Navarro, a former professor in economics who now serves as President Trump’s director of the National Trade Council is known for his view that China’s Communist Party regime and its expansionist foreign policies pose direct threats to U.S. national interests and national security.

Although the Obama administration showed no interest in changing China’s political system, Evan Medeiros insisted that it still paid attention to “questions and concerns about human rights in China, [the regime’s] crackdown on political freedom.”

Just last week, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) held a public hearing on China’s human rights abuses, in which Congressman Chris Smith, who is also the chairman of the CECC, criticized the Obama administration’s lack of effort in promoting human rights issues in China and slammed Obama’s China policy as “eight years of retreat.” The Congressionally-mandated CECC had been “pleading” with the Obama administration to take firm action on China’s human rights abuses to no avail, said Chris Smith.

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The homepage of the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times on July 6. (Screenshot/The Epoch Times)The homepage of the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times on July 6. (Screenshot/The Epoch Times)

New research suggests that a series of large-scale cyberattacks on The Epoch Times, starting in January and continuing to the present, are part of a coordinated campaign.

CitizenLab of the University of Toronto published a informe en julio 5, which detailed the cyberattacks and noted that several Chinese-language news outlets were targeted at the same time, apparently by the same group of hackers, and using the same methodologies.

The Epoch Times runs the largest Chinese-language news outlet not under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, and frequently publishes stories on topics forbidden in China such as the persecution of Falun Gong. The Epoch Times is part of Epoch Media Group, and its sister media, New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD), was also hit with cyberattacks at the same time.

The hackers took several steps in their attempts to breach and disable the targeted websites. They created mirror images of the official websites, with Internet URLs that were only slightly different from the originals. If someone were to misspell the intended website address, they could instead be directed to the fake site, which would then ask for the user’s login credentials—information the hackers were trying to steal.

Al mismo tiempo, the hackers launched a series of large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyberattacks against the main websites, which attempted to overload the websites and force them offline. It also included more personal attacks that attempted to compromise computers and social media accounts of individual reporters.

Ronald Deibert, director of The Citizen Lab, wrote in a blog post that while all of the targets were “news websites that publish content critical of the Chinese government,” it is also difficult to attribute the attack to an official state agency. Deibert noted “It is possible the operators behind this campaign are ‘hackers for hire’—typical of the way in which a lot of cyber espionage is outsourced in China.”

The Epoch Times is targeted frequently by the Chinese regime, and methods have included cyberattacks, physical attacks, and threats. Several of the past attacks have been attributed by The Epoch Times to organs of the Chinese Communist Party.

En marzo, when the cyberattacks were increasing in strength and frequency, Stephen Gregory, publisher of the English-language edition of The Epoch Times, célebre they “started just when The Epoch Times began publishing a new series on the Communist Party.”

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Terms commonly used during the Cold War have again emerged amid allegations that Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 NOS. elecciones. These words and phrases, which were all but forgotten in recent history, include “active measures,” “agents of influence,” and “disinformation,” and they are tied to campaigns meant to alter public perception and influence political decision-making.

While it has been a struggle to prove that Russia’s alleged campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election had any effect, these strategies of influence are in fact being used heavily against the United States—only now, most are carried out not by Russia, but by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

All of these systems fall under an umbrella strategy known as “political warfare,” and the Chinese regime has at least an entire military branch and two political branches, as well as large-scale systems for information control, to carry out its aims on a massive scale.

“We haven’t even begun to coordinate ourselves to take on this challenge,” said Richard Fisher, senior fellow on Asian military affairs with the International Assessment and Strategy Center.

“Any political activity undertaken by a dictatorship that, at its core, is devoted to the destruction of freedom, warrants the broad attention of Western security organs," él dijo.

Political warfare is a unique system of fighting that targets many things we would not normally think of as military targets, using systems most of us would not regard as weapons.

“Political warfare seeks to influence emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals in a manner favorable to one’s own political-military objectives,” states a 2013 informe on the CCP’s political warfare operations from politics and security think tank Project 2049 Institute.

This form of warfare can include any number of methods that can alter public opinion or political policy. It can take the form of an agent of influence laughing and shaking hands in political or business circles; beautiful female spies being sent to date or marry foreign policymakers and thought leaders; financial deals allowing agents to exert influence over a targeted industry; or professors and think tank employees getting friendly invites to speak in China, where they are wooed into thinking the world is wrong about the CCP.

Even civilian populations are targeted. Campaigns include paying for CCP propaganda to run in foreign news outlets, such as the “China Watch” inserts published by American newspapers including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Through these means, the CCP’s political warfare systems aim to alter foreign views on its policies, lay down new interpretations of its authoritarian rule, or influence foreign policy to advance its interests.

“In an orchestrated campaign of good cop/bad cop, Chinese officials have gone directly to U.S. public opinion, trying to appeal to sentimental feelings of cooperation and partnership while literally threatening war,” states the Project 2049 informe, quoting a report from J. Michael Waller of the Institute of World Politics.

“The operation is aimed at five levels: the American public at large, journalists who influence the public and decision-makers, business elites, Congress, and the president and his inner circle," afirma.

An Unseen War

The CCP has several departments heavily focused on political warfare. These include its military’s General Political Department, as well as its Propaganda Department, United Front Department, and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office.

According to Fisher, sin embargo, its operations are not limited to just these departments, and “there could be extensive overlap between them—this is not uncommon in Chinese active measure endeavors.”

"En China, intelligence is stratified,” Fisher said. The regime’s intelligence departments at nearly any level, in any city, “can be approved to run independent and international operations.”

He also noted that there is a formlessness to political warfare operations—the focus is the goal, not the method.

“In no given order of priority, they could include compromising a political target, enlisting a political target, and defaming, damaging the reputation of a political target. It could also include short-term or sophisticated long-term propaganda, or directed information campaigns," él dijo, adding that among many other things, political warfare includes altering information or manufacturing false information.

Political warfare has different names under different regimes. The Chinese regime’s lexicon refers to it as “liaison work,” according to Project 2049, while the Soviet Union referred to it as “active measures.”

It also overlaps with many other forms of unconventional warfare. Among its main components is psychological warfare, used to impact an opponent’s will to fight, or to change its interpretation of events. An example would be Soviet propaganda that fed popular opinion in the United States with the aim of ending the Vietnam War.

Psychological warfare under the CCP’s military “is the employment of psychology, through such means as propaganda, to sap the will of an opponent’s military and civilian populace, as well as to counter an opponent’s effort to do the same,” states Dean Cheng, en un 2012 informe in Special Warfare, los Estados Unidos. Army special operations bulletin.

Under the CCP, these same strategies are employed directly in its military strategy. The communist regime’s “Three Warfares” concept uses psychological warfare, media warfare (to spread propaganda), and legal warfare (to manipulate legal systems), de acuerdo a un 2015 informe from U.S. Special Operations Command.

It notes that under the CCP, “media warfare seeks to influence domestic and international public opinion to build support for military actions and dissuade adversaries from actions contrary to China’s interests,” while legal warfare “uses international and domestic law to claim the legal high ground or assert Chinese interests.”

Subversive Movements

The goals of the CCP’s political warfare operations, and its agents of choice, need to be examined in context.

Carrying out visible, “overt,” and technically legal intelligence operations requires the use of foreign agents of influence, who are typically recruited from the diaspora of the regime’s citizens living abroad or from devotees to the regime’s ideology.

The main culprit of political warfare used to be Russia under the Soviet Union. Its main tools for these operations were its ideological supporters in foreign societies—journalists, professors, and activist community organizers, por ejemplo.

It recruited these often unofficial “agents of influence” through ideological subversion, converting them into believers of its communist doctrine. Fisher said that “by and large, the Soviet ground force was ideologically inclined,” since the Soviets did not have major ethnic communities around the globe they could call upon.

This differs from Russian political warfare operations today, which are comparatively limited in scope. Its supporters are typically region-locked, in Eastern European states, and only among the ethnic Russian communities.

Most of its political warfare operations further abroad, such as in the United States, are carried out by smaller numbers of more official spies, and through electronic means—such as online state media, social media posts, and cyberattacks.

The CCP, sin embargo, maintains agents from both its ethnic diaspora and supporters of its ideology, in levels close to those the Soviets had during the Cold War. The key difference, according to Fisher, is what they’re aiming to accomplish and what steps they’re taking to achieve their goals.

De acuerdo a un 2013 informe from the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States used to run and counter such operations, but “the U.S. government has gotten out of the habit of waging political warfare since the end of the Cold War.”

The Long-Term Objective

The CCP’s political warfare systems are still under the influence of a faction led by former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, who officially ruled the Party from 1989 a 2002. Jiang’s faction still has sway over several key regime organs—such as propaganda and security—and has put the current leader, Xi Jinping, in a life and death struggle.

The objectives of Jiang’s system differ in several ways from past political warfare systems. The Soviet Union’s political warfare operations, por ejemplo, were aimed more directly at destabilizing foreign societies in order to foment communist revolution, and thereby export its political and ideological model.

The CCP’s political warfare goals, sin embargo, aren’t as simple, and according to Fisher, they appear to be playing out in two stages.

The first stage, él dijo, is to grow the CCP’s political and economic power globally, and to “promote the notion and to convince most of the world of the inevitability of China’s rise.” The communist regime will continue this stage, él dijo, until it is able to displace the United States as the “central political and strategic authority around the globe.”

If it can achieve that goal, it will move to the second phase of exporting its authoritarian “China model” of governance. Fisher said at this stage, its operations “would be much closer to the Soviet method of ‘active measures,’ which would mean going out and defending the China model—attacking and defeating all opposition to China’s position.”

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WASHINGTON-La evidencia de la extirpación de órganos forzada de un gran número de practicantes de Falun Gong en China sigue aumentando.

El año pasado, dos informes se publicaron que amplió nuestra idea de la magnitud y el método de esta atrocidad. "Cosecha sangrienta / La Masacre-Una actualización”Por los investigadores David Matas, David Kilgour, y Ethan Gutmann fue lanzada en junio 22 en Washington, Distrito de Columbia. Este informe muestra evidencia detallada de la enorme cantidad de trasplantes de órganos que tienen lugar en los hospitales chinos. Se analizó ingresos de los hospitales, conteos de cama y las tasas de utilización, el personal quirúrgico y otros datos y llegaron a la conclusión de que China está llevando a cabo 60,000 a 100,000 trasplantes por año, muy por encima de la pretensión del gobierno chino de 10,000 por año.

El otro informe, “Informe resumido del delito de sustracción de órganos en vivo en China,”Por la Organización Mundial para Investigar la Persecución a Falun Gong (WOIPFG), fue publicado en agosto. Se proporciona una amplia evidencia de que la extracción de órganos es orquestada desde los más altos niveles del gobierno chino y no es un delito de sólo algunos hospitales y cirujanos sin escrúpulos poco éticas. El informe afirma que WOIPFG extracción de órganos es un delito sancionado estado en una escala masiva que está pasando en este momento, con el objetivo de matar a los practicantes de Falun Gong, una disciplina espiritual tradicional china, que no va a renunciar a su fe.

Ahora viene la segunda película documental importante de WOIPFG, “capturan vivos - Diez años de investigación,”, Que muestras las principales conclusiones de su informe del año pasado.

Al escuchar el audio real de alto nivel del Partido Comunista de China (CCP) funcionarios, cirujanos y personal del hospital hablan con indiferencia de su papel en la extracción de órganos forzada de prisioneros inocentes de conciencia proporciona una percepción horrible que la página impresa del informe WOIPFG no puede acercarse en el impacto emocional.

Señor. Li Jun (r), director y productor, Documental ganador de premios,

Señor. Li Jun (r), director y productor, Documental ganador de premios, “Capturan vivos, 10 Años de investigación,”responde a preguntas después del estreno del documental Inglés, junio 23, en un edificio del Congreso en Washington, Distrito de Columbia. A su derecha es el Dr.. Peng Tao, quien es el co-productor de la película premios ganadora. (Gary Feuerberg / La Gran Época)

La película won Hollywood Internacional Independiente Premios Documental mejor director y documental extranjera para enero 2017.

WOIPFG fue fundada en enero. 20, 2003. La misión que consiste en investigar y exponer la conducta criminal de los individuos y organizaciones que participan en la persecución a Falun Gong. Buscando datos duros para que su caso, WOIPFG investigó más de 865 hospitales y más de 9500 cirujanos en China.

El estreno idioma Inglés de la película se llevó a cabo en el Congreso en la Casa del edificio de oficinas Rayburn Representantes, en Junio 23. Productor y director Li Jun, co-productor Dr. Peng Tao, y el Dr.. Wang Zhiyuan, que narra la película, estuvieron presentes en la muestra y respondió a las preguntas del público. WOIPFG funcionarios y Ethan Gutmann, uno de los principales investigadores de la sustracción de órganos en China, También habló antes de la proyección.

Poco antes de la U.S. estreno, la película se convirtió en disponible para su visualización en línea. Esta es la versión original de la película en idioma chino y fueron producidos por Deerpark Producciones, con este último lanzado en noviembre. 2016.

Hospital de Boiler Room ‘’ cremaciones

El anfitrión de la película es Dr. Wang Zhiyuan, cuyas palabras se traducen. Dr. Wang pasó 30 años como médico militar de la aviación en China y luego llegaron a la U.S. en 1995 para llevar a cabo la investigación en la enfermedad cardiovascular en la Escuela de Salud Pública de Harvard. Fue el fundador de la WOIPFG, y es su presidente. En la película, Dice que después de la práctica de la medicina y para salvar vidas 30 años, nunca se imaginó que iba a dedicar el próximo 10 años investigando los médicos que toman la vida de personas inocentes.

Dr. Wang Zhiyuan, fundador y presidente de la Organización Mundial para Investigar la Persecución a Falun Gong (WOIPFG), habla en un foro celebrado en un edificio del Congreso en Washington, Distrito de Columbia, en la extracción de órganos forzados en China, junio 23. (Gary Feuerberg / La Gran Época)

Dr. Wang Zhiyuan, fundador y presidente de la Organización Mundial para Investigar la Persecución a Falun Gong (WOIPFG), habla en un foro celebrado en un edificio del Congreso en Washington, Distrito de Columbia, en la extracción de órganos forzados en China, junio 23. (Gary Feuerberg / La Gran Época)

En la película, Wang dijo que su vida cambió para siempre en marzo 9, 2006, cuando escuchó las alegaciones de extracción de órganos a gran escala de los prisioneros de Falun Gong mientras estaban vivos en el Hospital Sujiatun en Shenyang Trombosis. Una mujer que usa el alias de “Annie” afirmó su ex marido, un cirujano ocular impulsado por culpa, confesó a ella que él había extraído las córneas de más de 2,000 practicantes de Falun Gong.

Wang, quien se mostró escéptico, dijo que él y sus colegas WOIPFG decidió que deben investigar más a fondo. Que estaban buscando pruebas, pero los doctores y enfermeras en el hospital de Sujiatun fueron de ayuda. Entonces Wang llamó a la sala de calderas del hospital y aprendió que los cadáveres estaban siendo quemados allí. A partir de su propia experiencia, pensó que era muy inusual ya que los pacientes fallecidos normalmente se trasladaron a la morgue del hospital y se envían a una funeraria para la cremación.

Wang cree que [la quema de cadáveres en la sala de calderas del hospital] fue de lo más inusual, ya que normalmente los pacientes fallecidos se mueven a la morgue del hospital y se envían a una funeraria para la cremación.

Wang encontraron esta cuestión inquietante y tan basado en él y las otras alegaciones en Sujiatun, él y sus colegas WOIPFG inició una investigación preliminar. investigadores en WOIPFG 2006-2007 llamado 23 hospitales en China preguntando si había órganos hepáticos disponibles de practicantes de Falun Gong. En la película, escuchamos una grabación realizada el mar. 6, 2006 de un médico de la Universidad Fudan de Shanghai, Centro de Trasplantes del Hospital Zhongshan, respuesta, “Todo lo que tenemos es de este tipo.”

Funcionarios de alto nivel PCC Saber

investigadores WOIPFG, haciéndose pasar por la elaboración de otras oficinas de CCP, elicitadas varias declaraciones vía telefónica desde funcionarios de alto nivel, que sin el conocimiento de quién estaban hablando realmente a, y confirmado su participación en la extracción de órganos. Estos son algunos ejemplos del documental.

Tang Jun, Vicepresidente, Provincia de Liaoning Política & Comisión de Asuntos Jurídicos, se le preguntó acerca de la orden de tomar órganos de practicantes de Falun Gong para cirugías de trasplante. Él dijo, “Yo estaba a cargo de este. los [CCP] Comité Central fue en realidad gestionando este tema, y tuvo un impacto generalizado.”Tang también dijo que el asunto fue discutido en reuniones del Comité Central.

Li Changchun, Politburó Permanente miembro, se le preguntó sobre Bo Xilai, quien, una semana antes, había sido objeto de investigación por parte del Comité de Disciplina CCP. Cuando la persona que llama (investigador WOIPFG) pedido de abril 17, 2012 sobre la participación de Bo en el delito de sustracción de órganos de practicantes de Falun Gong, Li respondió de inmediato, “Zhou Yongkang es el encargado de esta; él sabe; ir a preguntarle “.

Zhou Yongkang era en ese momento un miembro del Comité Permanente del Politburó, el órgano de decisión más importante en el régimen chino. Como zar de la seguridad interna, Zhou ejercía un enorme poder en general, y específicamente sobre los detenidos Falun Gong en campos de concentración. Fue condenado a finales de junio 2015 a cadena perpetua en los cambios relacionados con la corrupción.

Cuando está activo en el Comité Permanente, Zhou vez se le preguntó por los investigadores sobre los más de 20 practicantes de Falun Gong que habían escapado de un puesto militar (es decir, campo de concentración). No estaba en la negación o sorprendido, y dijo que investigaría el propio, Según el director de WOIPFG para la concienciación del público Dr.. Charles Lee, que habló en el foro de Capitol.

WOIPFG investigadores jugaron un ardid cuidado en servir miembro del Comité Permanente del Politburó Zhang Gaoli de conseguir que reconocer, sin saberlo, función principal de Jiang Zemin en la extracción de órganos de millones de practicantes de Falun Gong vivos. Jiang, el ex jefe de CCP, lanzó la persecución a Falun Gong de julio 20, 1999, y coaccionado a los otros miembros del Politburó para ir junto con sus deseos.

WOIPFG sabía cuando Zhang estaría fuera del país en Kazajstán. Después de Zhang llegado y registrado en el hotel, WOIPFG investigador lo llamó, haciéndose pasar por “Secretario Liu,”Que trabaja en la oficina de Jiang Zemin. El investigador dijo Zhang que decenas de miles de practicantes de Falun Gong habían presentado quejas criminales contra Jiang en la Fiscalía Popular Suprema para la recolección de los órganos de millones de practicantes de Falun Gong, y que el sujeto va a ser educado en la próxima reunión del Politburó. En la grabación, Zhang preguntó si podía evitar que la discusión y la investigación. Oímos la voz de Zhang respuesta, "Sí! Sí!"

El investigador WOIPFG repite cuatro veces que Jiang había ordenado la sustracción de órganos de millones de practicantes de Falun Gong vivos y que la responsabilidad era muy grave. Sin ninguna reserva o desacuerdo, Zhang prometió que iba a impedir la investigación y dijo a la persona que llama para decirle que no se preocupe Jiang. Se puso fin a la llamada que desee Jiang una larga vida y buena salud.

Todas las grabaciones telefónicas están etiquetados con los recibos de las compañías telefónicas con el tiempo, números de teléfono y la duración llamados. Las voces de los funcionarios de alto nivel en las grabaciones pueden ser comparados con sus voces disponibles en línea y en otros lugares y verificadas por los laboratorios acústicos, estados WOIPFG.

En total, WOIPFG tiene las grabaciones como evidencia de que el saqueo de órganos en China es un delito que está dirigida por el PCC y llevado a cabo por los militares, instituciones del Estado, hospitales, y profesionales de trasplante.

Lo anterior es sólo una muestra de las grabaciones relativas a los conocimientos y la influencia funcionarios de alto nivel en un crimen masivo estado sancionado en el asesinato de miles de practicantes desde 2000. Hay más evidencia en el documental sobre otros aspectos de la delincuencia.

Guardia de la Policía se adelanta

Una entrevista grabada es especialmente escalofriante e impactante. Fue a partir del único testigo real de la cirugía espantosa en la película. En un hospital militar en Shenyang, un guardia de seguridad armado de la provincia de Liaoning fue testigo de la matanza de los practicantes por sus órganos 2002.

Lo que el guardia de seguridad descrito era “demasiado vívidamente horribles,"WOIPFG presidente dijo Wang Zhiyuan, y dijo que sufría de insomnio y depresión después de escuchar el testimonio. En 2009, La conciencia de la guardia de seguridad le molestaba y así se puso en contacto WOIPFG con la que había estado en contacto durante más de un mes. El guardia de seguridad recordó testigo de dos médicos militares que extraen el corazón, hígado, córnea, y el cerebro (“Chupado la pulpa cerebral a cabo”) de un practicante hembra aún vivo sin el uso de anestesia.

Fue testigo de dos médicos que extraen el corazón, hígado, córnea, y el cerebro de un practicante de Falun Gong sin el uso de anestesia.

“Cuando el cuchillo le tocó el pecho, ella gritó, 'Falun Dafa Hao,‘”, Que significa Falun Dafa es bueno. El corazón fue tallada en primera. Ella había sido torturado con bastones eléctricos para una semana, él dijo. Wang llegó a la conclusión de que esta no era la cirugía normal, pero en cambio, fue “una continuación de torturar a los practicantes de Falun Gong.”

¿Por Estreno en el U.S. Capital

Li Jun, el director y productor de “capturan vivos,”, Dijo después de la proyección que conscientemente eligieron la capital de los Estados Unidos, Washington, Distrito de Columbia, y la U.S. Congreso para celebrar el estreno Inglés. Hablando a través de un traductor, dijo, “Es muy evidente que este crimen [el saqueo de órganos de practicantes de Falun Gong en una escala masiva] es el estado de sancionado por el CCP. Queremos que el U.S. gobierno como el líder mundial, a hacer algo al respecto “.

Dr. Peng Tao, la co-productor de “cosechó Alive,”Espera que la película que todos puedan‘entender los crímenes cometidos el PCC y tenemos que detenerlo’.

Dr. Wang expresó su frustración de que el mundo no presta mucha atención a lo que está pasando en China. “Es una vergüenza para la raza humana. Es por eso que quería decir la U.S. gobierno y el mundo entero, que realmente debería trabajar para detener esto “.

Si ni siquiera la mitad de las afirmaciones hechas por el documental son verdaderas, hay que llamar el tráfico de órganos en China verdaderamente bárbara y un crimen contra la humanidad.

- El congresista Chris Smith (R-N.J.), carta, junio 23, 2017

El congresista Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-presidente de la Comisión del Congreso Ejecutivo de China, (CECC), escribió una carta para ser leído en la investigación de la premier de “capturan vivos.” Al observar que él llevó a cabo una audiencia sobre este tema en 1998, Reps. Smith dijo que el tráfico de órganos con fines de lucro que ha estado ocurriendo en China desde hace dos décadas y que las pruebas en el documental muestra que no ha cambiado mucho.

“Si ni siquiera la mitad de las afirmaciones hechas por el documental son verdaderas, hay que llamar el tráfico de órganos en China verdaderamente bárbara y un crimen contra la humanidad “.

Reps. Smith continuó, “Necesitamos un esfuerzo concertado para detener esta brutal práctica en China y en el mundo.”

Dr. Wang dijo que en este mes de Junio, un hospital en la provincia de Jilin está regalando a los trasplantes de hígado gratuitas 10 niños. (Indicó que de abril 28, 2006, un hospital en la provincia de Hunan, donde la persecución a Falun Gong había sido particularmente grave, corrió una promoción anunciando 20 de hígado o riñón trasplantes libres.) Wang dijo que “regalar” sólo podía significar una gran cantidad de órganos y una piscina muy grande de profesionales disponibles para ser cosechada del hospital y mató.

En los EE.UU. que tiene un sistema mucho más madura de la donación de órganos, el tiempo de espera para un órgano hepático es dos a tres años. En China, sin embargo, el tiempo de espera es de una a dos semanas.

Cuando se le preguntó por La Gran Época qué hay detrás de los órganos gratuitas, Wang dijo, "Creo [el PCC] muy probable que quiere eliminar a todos los practicantes de Falun Gong que aún permanecen en los campos de concentración tan pronto como sea posible “.

Datos Tipping Point

Ethan Gutmann dijo con respecto al pasado año, 2016-2017, que los dos informes se alude al principio de este artículo fueron significativas para el poder de los datos en bruto y se han traído en un “punto de inflexión global” en la aceptación de la sustracción de órganos. Haciendo referencia a los trasplantes de hígado de emergencia discutidos en la película, él dijo, “No hay un establo de personas dispuestas a matar.” No hay duda de que hay extirpación de órganos vivos pasando, él dijo.

Ethan Gutmann, escritor de investigación y autor de

Ethan Gutmann, escritor de investigación y autor de “La Masacre (1914) y es 2016 actualizaciones, participa en un foro sobre la sustracción forzada de órganos de presos de conciencia. Evento tuvo lugar en el Congreso, Washington, Distrito de Columbia, junio 23. (Leo Shi / La Gran Época)

Gutmann, que es también el autor de la 2014 libro “La Masacre,”Señalaron que ambos habían recibido informes riguroso escrutinio por investigadores de la CECC. Después de dedicar dos meses comprobación sobre las fuentes, los investigadores CECC los documentos autenticados, Gutmann, que dijo era una prueba de su validez.

la extracción de órganos forzados en China ha ganado amplia aceptación en el último año, Gutmann dijo. Las organizaciones de derechos humanos Freedom House y el informe de Amnistía Internacional en ello ahora, e incluso el New York Times, que se había ignorado el problema para más de una década, Ahora está informando sobre ella, agregó.

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