United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer disse na segunda-feira que as práticas comerciais de manipulação da China e modelo econômico representam uma “ameaça sem precedentes’. (Paul Huang / The Epoch Times)United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer disse na segunda-feira que as práticas comerciais de manipulação da China e modelo econômico representam uma “ameaça sem precedentes’. (Paul Huang / The Epoch Times)

práticas comerciais de manipulação da China e modelo econômico representam uma “ameaça sem precedentes” a economia baseada no mercado do mundo e fora dos EUA. interesses, disse o titular United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer em um discurso na segunda-feira.

Foi o primeiro grande discurso público dado por Lighthizer, um crítico de longo prazo das práticas comerciais da China contra os Estados Unidos. Lighthizer disse a uma multidão de mais de uma centena no Centro para Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais que a China representa um desafio para a administração que é “substancialmente mais difícil do que os enfrentados no passado.”

“A escala de seus esforços coordenados para desenvolver a sua economia, para subsidiar, para criar ‘campeões nacionais,’Para forçar a transferência de tecnologia, e para destruir mercado, na China e em todo o mundo, é uma ameaça ao sistema de comércio mundial sem precedentes,”Disse Lighthizer.

Lighthizer estava se referindo às centenas, se não milhares de chineses empresas estatais (SOE) que são institucionalmente protegida e promovida pelo regime chinês, portanto, conhecidos como os “campeões nacionais” da economia chinesa.

Não só chineses empresas estatais recebem ampla proteção contra o regime chinês contra a concorrência estrangeira, eles também são muitas vezes os culpados em roubar tecnologia e outras propriedades intelectuais de empresas estrangeiras. Grande número de empresas americanas foram vítimas de tais táticas abusivas pelos chineses, o que resultou em perdas massivas de emprego por parte dos trabalhadores americanos, de acordo com Lighthizer e muitos outros críticos das práticas comerciais da China.

“Infelizmente, a Organização Mundial do Comércio não está equipado para lidar com este problema,”Lighthizer disse, “OMC e os seus antecessores, Acordo Geral sobre Tarifas e Comércio (GATT), não foram projetados para gerenciar com sucesso o mercantilismo nesta escala “.

“Temos de encontrar outras maneiras de defender nossas empresas, trabalhadores, agricultores, e realmente, nosso sistema econômico,”Disse Lighthizer, “Temos de encontrar maneiras para garantir a nossa economia de mercado prevalece.”

Os navios de carga cais a uma porta em Qingdao, Província de Shandong, leste da China em junho 8, 2016. (STR / AFP / Getty Images)

práticas comerciais abusivas por parte dos chineses empresas estatais infligiram danos significativos em empresas americanas e será tratado pela administração Trump, de acordo com a U.S. O representante de Comércio Robert Lighthizer. Foto que mostra navios de carga atracado em um porto em Qingdao, China. (STR / AFP / Getty Images)

Lighthizer não revelou detalhes da investigação em curso sobre suposto roubo de propriedade intelectual da China, um processo que era começado pelo presidente Trump em Ago. 14. ele revelou, Contudo, que os investigadores receber “uma enorme quantidade de queixas” dos executivos de empresas americanas que foram feridas pelas práticas abusivas do chinês, com muitos reclamando que eles foram forçados a desistir de sua tecnologia e segredos corporativos para seus concorrentes chineses.

Trump Continua stance hawkish

O comentário de Lighthizer na segunda-feira representa o sinal mais recente de que promessa de campanha de Trump de uma política comercial de linha dura contra a China continua firme, Apesar da partida em Ago. 19 da Casa Branca Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, que foi amplamente pensado para ser defensor principal da administração de uma postura hawkish contra a China.

Lighthizer não é o único “falcão comércio” dentro de administração de Trump. Peter Navarro, um economista que também é conhecido por críticas ferrenho do regime chinês e de práticas comerciais da China contra os Estados Unidos, foi escolhido pelo presidente Donald Trump para chefiar o recém-criado Conselho Nacional de Comércio e acredita-se estar desempenhando um papel fundamental na formação de políticas comerciais do governo Trump.

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NOS. Rep. Jim BridenstineNOS. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

espaço de longa data defensor Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma.) foi nomeado pelo presidente Trump para ser o próximo administrador da NASA. Birdenstine é conhecido por seu forte apoio a uma nova missão tripulada à Lua, e por sua crença de que os Estados Unidos precisam de desafiar sempre crescente presença da China no espaço.

A nomeação do ex-piloto da Marinha e três prazo congressista de Oklahoma tem sido esperado há algum tempo, e finalmente foi anunciado em setembro. 1. Anteriormente, Trump encarregado vice-presidente Mike Pence levar uma restabelecida Conselho Espacial Nacional destinado a revigorar e reafirmando a U.S. presença no espaço.

Bridenstine tem sido uma voz activa no Congresso para aumentar a U.S. compromisso com o programa espacial. Dentro 2016 Bridenstine introduzido H.R.. 4945, o ato americano Espaço Renascença, que buscava reformar e modernizar o U.S. programa espacial de uma forma abrangente. Embora o ato não avançar, alguns dos seus elementos foram incorporadas na legislação mais tarde.

A nomeação poderia enfrentar um desafio no Senado e já provocou críticas por parte de dois senadores da Flórida, Republicano Marco Rubio eo democrata Bill Nelson. Flórida é o lar de NASA, e ambos Rubio e Nelson se queixaram de que Bridenstine, um político, carece de experiência em gestão.

Contudo, alguns observadores especularam que a oposição de Rubio poderia ter sido parcialmente motivada pelo apoio do Bridenstine para oponente principal do Rubio Ted Cruz na 2016 campanha presidencial GOP, o que causou as relações entre o Oklahoman eo Floridian para se tornar amargo.

A indústria voo espacial privado em grande parte saudou a notícia da nomeação de Bridenstine. Federação do Comércio Spaceflight (CSF), um grupo de defesa voo espacial privado composto por gigantes da indústria espacial, como SpaceX e XCOR Aerospace, emitiu um declaração louvando a nomeação de Bridenstine do presidente Trump.

“A NASA precisa de liderança dedicado e inspirado, e Representante Bridenstine é uma excelente escolha para fornecer precisamente esse,”Disse S. Alan Stern, presidente do conselho da CSF.

similarmente, vários peritos espaciais têm manifestado apoio à Bridenstine. "[Jim Bridenstine] entende tecnologia espacial, economia e política melhor do que a maioria das pessoas que aconselham nossos outros decisores políticos sobre esses tópicos,”Referido espaço pesquisador e educador Greg Autry. Anteriormente Greg Autry tinha servido como elo de ligação da administração Trump para a NASA. “Longe de ser um político, Bridenstine é um aviador bem informado e líder,”Autry disse.

Desafiando a presença da China no espaço

Bridenstine já anteriormente manifestou sérias preocupações sobre as ambições espaciais da China, como ele vê a U.S. presença no espaço e competição com outros adversários lá como intimamente ligados com a segurança nacional. O apoio da Bridenstine para uma nova missão tripulada à Lua está parcialmente motivada pela presença cada vez maior da China e em torno da Lua.

Em julho deste ano 20, 1969 foto de arquivo, astronauta Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. fica ao lado de um U.S. bandeira plantada na lua durante a Apollo 11 missão. Aldrin e Neil Armstrong foram os primeiros homens a caminhar sobre a superfície lunar. Jim Bridenstine, administrador recém-nomeado da trombeta de NASA, promete competir com a China no espaço com o lançamento de nova missão tripulada à Lua. (Neil A. Armstrong / NASA)

“Como a economia cis-lunares desenvolve, competição para locais e recursos na Lua é inevitável,”Jim Bridenstine escreveu em um post dentro 2016, “Os chineses têm atualmente landers e rovers na Lua. Os Estados Unidos não faz.”

Noutro post dentro 2015, Bridenstine escreveu que: “Estamos vendo os russos e tentativa chinesa para negar espaço para nós. Os russos estão lançando coisas para o espaço que não estão sendo registrado com as agências que normalmente estar registrados “.

“O espaço já não é incontestável,”Bridenstine escreveu. “Ele está sendo contestada, e é congestionado.”

Se confirmado pelo Senado, Bridenstine vai dirigir uma agência que atualmente tem um orçamento anual de mais de $19 bilhão. O orçamento atual no entanto ocupa menos de 0.5 por cento do orçamento federal total de, uma parcela pequena em comparação com o auge da NASA. Durante a década de 1960 nos Estados Unidos afectou quase 5 por cento do orçamento federal anual para a NASA para financiar as missões espaciais tripuladas à Lua.

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O Salão Royce no campus da UCLA, em Los Angeles nesta foto de arquivo. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)O Salão Royce no campus da UCLA, em Los Angeles nesta foto de arquivo. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Três em cada quatro mulheres da China que foram acusados ​​de fraude em exames de língua para ganhar a admissão em universidades americanas declararam-se culpados. O caso destaca o fenômeno crescente de estudantes chineses que usam fraude para entrar no U.S. sistema de educação, uma indústria que nas últimas décadas tem visto uma confiança cada vez maior na taxa de matrícula de estudantes chineses.

No início de maio, NOS. promotores preso Yue Wang, Shikun Zhang, Leyi Huang, e Xiaomeng Cheng, todos os estudantes chineses nos Estados Unidos na F-1 vistos de estudante, e carregada -los de conspiração para defraudar os Estados Unidos.

Os promotores disseram que Wang, um estudante na Hult International Business School, foi pago para fazer o exame TOEFL para os outros três estudantes chineses, que usaram seus resultados dos testes fraudulentos para obter admissão para fora dos EUA. faculdades, incluindo Arizona State University, Universidade do Nordeste, e Penn State University. Os alunos, então, obtido vistos do U.S. Departamento de Estado com base em suas ofertas de admissão.

TOEFL é um exame amplamente utilizado para avaliar a competência de língua Inglês de estudantes estrangeiros que aspiram a ganhar admissão em U.S. faculdades e em todo o mundo. O teste é utilizado por mais de 9,000 faculdades, universidades e agências em todo o mundo.

Os promotores disseram que Wang foi pago $7,000 para fazer o teste em 2015 e 2016 para os outros estudantes chineses, depois que anteriormente fez o teste e não conseguiu cumprir as pontuações mínimas exigidas para entrar seu respectivo U.S. faculdades.

Enquanto cada uma das mulheres enfrentou até cinco anos de prisão se for condenado, Cheng, Zhang, e Wang concordou em se declarar culpado em agosto. 30 em troca de promotores reduzindo suas frases para tempo de serviço e deportação para a China. Leyi Huang recusou um acordo judicial semelhante.

Batota como uma indústria

Entre os estudantes chineses a prática ilícita de contratar um impostor (também conhecido como um “atirador” em chinês) para fazer o exame de entrada tem sido um amplamente conhecidos fenômenos que já existe há anos na indústria educação no exterior de bilhões de dólares do país.

Por exemplo, uma acusação federal em 2015 carregada 15 cidadãos chineses com enganar o sistema vestibular usando passaportes falsos e impostores de fazer o teste, de acordo com New York Times.

Captura de tela de um site chinês que vende o serviço de tomar exames de admissão para estudantes chineses. O site discute repressão do presidente U.S Trump sobre a fraude de imigração, como os tomadores de exame TOEFL fraudulentas, e diz que a empresa vai evitar fazer os exames em centros de testes em todo o Estados Unidos.

Captura de tela de um site chinês que vende o serviço de tomar exames de admissão para estudantes chineses. O site discute repressão do presidente U.S Trump sobre a fraude de imigração, tais como os fraudulentos tomadores de exame TOEFL, e diz que por essa razão a empresa vai evitar fazer os exames em centros de testes em todo o Estados Unidos.

Uma pesquisa aleatória na internet mostra imediatamente inúmeros sites chineses que vendem a tomada de TOEFL e outros exames de admissão. Os vendedores geralmente garantir uma alta pontuação no teste TOEFL, que o comprador pode usar para solicitar a admissão em U.S. faculdades.

Um tal não sítio yhtoefl.net-vende apenas TOEFL, mas também outros testes de acesso mais avançados, tais como o GRE (Graduate Record Examination) eo SAT (Teste de aptidão escolar, usado para a admissão para U.S. Faculdade).

O site yhtoefl.net, que fornece nenhuma informação sobre o que a empresa é o dono ou seu endereço físico, proeminente exibe exemplos de TOEFL que foram “encomendados” no passado, e diz que a empresa tem “8 anos de experiência” no negócio e emprega mais 500 “tomadores de exames profissionais” em toda a China, Hong Kong, Cingapura, e outras grandes cidades onde os exames podem ser tomadas. O site cobra uma “preço razoável” para o teste TOEFL, que varia entre 10,000 para 30,000 Yuan chinês (US $ 1.500 a US $ 4.500), embora não se sabe como esse preço se compara com a média da indústria.

O mesmo site ainda publicou um artigo discutindo a Maio 2017 caso relativo aos quatro estudantes chineses nesta história.

"Desde a [NOS. Presidente] Trump entrou em funções, ele foi apertando a política de imigração, e como resultado, aqueles que tentam enganar o U.S. sistema de imigração teriam de enfrentar uma punição severa,”O site diz. “É por isso que preferem fazer os exames para você na China, uma vez que o governo chinês não se importaria se os estudantes chineses são golpes do U.S. governo."

Captura de tela de um site chinês que vende o serviço de tomar exames de admissão para estudantes chineses. O site discute repressão do presidente U.S Trump sobre a fraude de imigração, como os tomadores de exame TOEFL fraudulentas, e diz que a empresa vai evitar fazer os exames em centros de testes em todo o Estados Unidos

Captura de tela de um site chinês que vende a tomada de exames de admissão para estudantes chineses. O site discute repressão do presidente U.S Trump sobre a fraude de imigração, tais como os fraudulentos tomadores de exame TOEFL, e diz que por essa razão a empresa vai evitar fazer os exames em centros de testes nos Estados Unidos.

Tuition-fome U.S. Abuso faculdades de combustível

O número de estudantes chineses que vêm para os Estados Unidos para o ensino superior tem visto um rápido aumento na última década e, em 2016 atingiu o recorde de 304,000, ou 31 cento de todos os estudantes estrangeiros nos Estados Unidos, de acordo com um relatório pelo Instituto de Política de Migração. O fenômeno reflete população cada vez mais ricos da China, muitos dos quais podem dar ao luxo de pagar uma bolada para uma educação americana que traz prestígio e uma perspectiva para um bom trabalho.

Northeastern University em Boston, MA, que admitiu um dos estudantes condenados neste caso de fraude TOEFL, tem 11,702 estudantes internacionais no ano lectivo em curso e é o lar de uma das maiores populações Chinês-estudantes no país.

Ao contrário de estudantes americanos, estudantes internacionais como os da China tendem a pagar o custo total da taxa de matrícula, que muitas vezes é duas vezes ou mais a quantidade que seus colegas americanos pagam. muitos U.S. universidades e faculdades que tiveram dificuldade em encontrar estudantes nativos suficientes já abriu suas portas para uma enorme quantidade de dinheiro chinês por admitir um grande número de estudantes chineses. E muitos deles não são competentes em Inglês.

A alta concentração de estudantes chineses muitas vezes significa que os novos alunos passam a maior parte de seu tempo livre com outras Chinese, e seus Inglês continua pobre, mesmo após anos de viver e estudar nos Estados Unidos. A indústria que trai TOEFL e outros exames de admissão tem provavelmente fez a situação para os estudantes chineses piores.

De acordo com uma recente história por John Pomfret, o ex-chefe do escritório de Pequim do Washington Post, muitos educadores e estudantes reconheceram em privado que U.S. instituições enfrentam um “problema endêmico e terrível”, com estudantes chineses do continente, como o sistema é cada vez mais vista como quebrado e atormentado por abusos.

Na mesma história John Pomfret aponta que porque um grande número de estudantes chineses na América não têm a habilidade necessária em Inglês, estes estudantes não conseguem integrar-se na U.S. meio Ambiente, o que pode levar a problemas mais graves. Os alunos mal-integrados, de acordo com Xaputas, poderiam ser alvos fáceis para o regime chinês para influenciar e controlar através da propaganda e aparelhos de gerência de regime no exterior.

Um tal aparelho é os estudantes chineses e Scholars Association (CSSA), uma organização chinesa apoiada pelo estado envolvido no controle e espionar estudantes e estudiosos chineses no exterior. estudantes chineses não preparados para uma educação americana naturalmente gravitar em torno de organizações como a CSSA porque “nos oferece um lugar para ir quando estamos com saudades de casa,”De acordo com a entrevista de Pomfret com um estudante chinês.

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NOS. Secretário de Estado Rex Tillerson introduz o 2016 Relatório Anual sobre Liberdade Religiosa Internacional no Departamento de Estado em Washington, DC. em agosto. 15, 2017. (Paul Huang / Epoch Times)NOS. Secretário de Estado Rex Tillerson introduz o 2016 Relatório Anual sobre Liberdade Religiosa Internacional no Departamento de Estado em Washington, DC. em agosto. 15, 2017. (Paul Huang / Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON-secretário de Estado, Rex Tillerson lançou o 2016 Relatório Internacional de Liberdade Religiosa em agosto. 15 no Departamento de Estado. Tillerson usou seu Observações “Chamar alguns dos exemplos mais flagrantes e preocupantes,”Que incluiu ações do grupo terrorista ISIS, China, e do Irã, entre outros.

Tillerson criticou ISIS para “genocídio contra yazidis, cristãos, e muçulmanos xiitas em áreas que controlava.”Ele disse que o grupo extremista continua a atingir grupos religiosos e étnicos para“estupro, rapto, escravização, e até mesmo a morte.”

Na China, o regime tenha torturado e detido milhares de pessoas que praticam suas crenças religiosas, de acordo com Tillerson, que ressaltou que “dezenas de membros de Falun Gong morreram em detenção” desde o ano passado. Estas são as últimas mortes em 18 anos de perseguição. Dentro 1999, então líder do Partido Comunista, Jiang Zemin, temendo a popularidade da prática espiritual do Falun Gong, lançou uma campanha para erradicá-la.

"[China] políticas que restringem uigures, muçulmanos, e budistas tibetanos práticas religiosas e expressões também aumentaram,”, Disse Tillerson.

Os relatórios seção sobre China documenta numerosos abusos de liberdade religiosa na China. Ele chama a atenção para a situação do advogado de direitos humanos Gao Zhisheng, que defendeu os grupos religiosos, incluindo cristãos e praticantes de Falun Gong. Após seis anos de assédio, Gao foi preso por cinco anos e submetidos a extensa tortura. Desde o lançamento do Gao em 2014, o regime chinês continuou a submetê-lo a vigilância intrusiva e prisão domiciliar. Gao desapareceu de sua casa em Ago. 13, de acordo com os membros da família.

No Irã, Tillerson disse 20 indivíduos foram executados “sob acusações que incluíam‘travar guerra contra Deus,‘”, Acrescentando que “Baha'is, cristãos, e outras minorias são perseguidos por sua fé “.

Os EUA. Departamento de Estado começou a lançar o relatório anual 1998 de acordo com a Lei-legislação sobre Liberdade Religiosa Internacional, Tillerson disse, “Que defende a liberdade religiosa como um valor americano núcleo sob a Primeira Emenda da Constituição, bem como um direito humano universal “.

O relatório deste ano identificou 10 “países de preocupação especial”: Burma, China, Eritrea, Irã, Coreia do Norte, Arábia Saudita, Sudão, Tadjiquistão, Turcomenistão, e no Uzbequistão, todos os quais também foram listadas no relatório do ano passado, seguindo as recomendações da U.S.. Comissão sobre Liberdade Religiosa Internacional.

Tillerson disse que o governo está ansioso para trabalhar com Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, que foi recentemente nomeado pelo presidente Donald Trump para ser o U.S. ambassador-at-large para a liberdade religiosa internacional. Se confirmado, Brownback será a U.S mais alto escalão. oficial para nunca dirigir a comissão, , disse Tillerson.

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Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Larry Dye / The Epoch Times)Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Larry Dye / The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON-No início da tarde de julho 20, sobre 1,000 praticantes e simpatizantes da disciplina espiritual Falun Gong realizou um desfile para protestar 18 anos de repressão mortal por parte do regime comunista na China. Os frequentadores da parada, principalmente vestindo assinatura amarelo T-shirt do Falun Gong, marcharam desde o Capitólio através do centro de Washington, DC. ao Memorial Lincoln.

Os eventos deste ano incluiu também uma reunião no Capitólio e uma vigília diante do monumento de Washington.

Falun Gong, uma prática espiritual que ensina um conjunto de exercícios de meditação e cultivo dos princípios da veracidade, compaixão, e tolerância, foi marcada para a perseguição de julho 20, 1999, pelo então líder do Partido Comunista Chinês, Jiang Zemin. Desde então, as autoridades chinesas têm prosseguido uma violenta campanha de eliminação contra a prática.

“A perseguição do regime chinês tem sido completamente irracional e violento. Nós pedir pacificamente. Nós carregamos sem armas. Nós temos intenções único tipo. Mas o que nós enfrentamos são policiais, carros de polícia, polícia armada. Os policiais armados enfrentá-lo como se você é um inimigo terrível,"Disse Liu Zhaohe, um professor de filosofia de 64 anos, que veio de Pequim para os Estados Unidos em março deste ano.

 Liu Zhaohe, um ex-professor de filosofia, e sua esposa Wang Lurui participar de um desfile Falun Gong em Washington D.C. de julho 20, 2017. (Irene Luo / Epoch Times)

Liu Zhaohe, um ex-professor de filosofia, e sua esposa Wang Lurui participar de um desfile Falun Gong em Washington D.C. de julho 20, 2017. (Irene Luo / The Epoch Times)

A esposa dele, 60-year-old Wang Lurui, foi preso 11 vezes enquanto a colocação de banners Falun Gong e meditar em público, incluindo várias ocasiões, quando ela foi para a Praça da Paz Celestial. Ela também foi demitido de sua posição como um administrador do hospital em Beijing.

“Desde que chegou aqui, continuamos a nonviolently, racionalmente opor à perseguição para que todos saibam que o Falun Dafa é bom e que a veracidade, compaixão, e tolerância são princípios morais universais,”Wang disse.

Milhões de adeptos do Falun Gong na China e no exterior têm utilizado uma variedade de meios pacíficos para aumentar a conscientização sobre e combater a perseguição, às vezes com grande risco pessoal. pesquisadores de direitos humanos estimam que autoridades chinesas detiveram milhões de praticantes, e que centenas de milhares são detidos em campos de trabalhos forçados e centros de lavagem cerebral.

Desde 2006, investigações revelaram que um número grande, mas ainda indeterminado de praticantes de Falun Gong foram executados e tiveram seus órgãos colhidos em hospitais estaduais e militares prazo em toda a China.

Li Jianying, uma mulher de meia-idade a partir de Taiyuan, Província de Shanxi, foi levado a fugir da China em 2015 quando alguém relatou sua prática do Falun Gong à polícia. Ela agora vive em Middletown, Nova York, e aumenta a consciência sobre Falun Gong na comunidade como voluntário. Seu 79-year-old mãe, também um praticante, ainda está em China.

“Eu quero vê-la novamente, mas eu não posso voltar,”Li disse. “Você vai voltar e eles prendê-lo no aeroporto.”

Cada ano, praticantes de Falun Gong na U.S. e ao redor do mundo realizar eventos comemorativos para marcar o aniversário da perseguição.

Durante o desfile, praticantes carregavam cartazes pedindo o fim da colheita perseguição e órgão ao vivo e de Jiang Zemin para ser levado à justiça. Uma banda de estilo militar composta por praticantes do Falun Gong se juntou. Outros manifestantes realizada fotos daqueles que tinham sido mortos na perseguição.

Transeuntes ficaram chocados ao saber da violência contra o grupo.

Vilnius LaPorte, que trabalha em uma Washington, DC. serviço de defesa pública, foi desenhado para o sereno, música tradicional chinesa.

Vilnius LaPorte. (Eva Fu / The Epoch Times)

Vilnius LaPorte. (Eva Fu / The Epoch Times)

“Eu não posso acreditar que isso está acontecendo,”Ela disse entre lágrimas depois de ouvir sobre a indústria transplante de órgãos na China, que tem muito visados ​​praticantes de Falun Gong. “Eu não vejo por que vidas humanas deve ser comercializado quando há tanta coisa que já tenha sido comercializado a partir de China.”

“As pessoas precisam estar cientes do que está acontecendo em diferentes países, não só aqui,”Disse Cynthia Simms, que trabalha como administrador educacional.

"Muitas vezes, não sabemos o que as outras pessoas passar e que eles têm de lidar com em uma base do dia a dia.”

Liu Zhaohe, o ex-professor de Pequim, disse que as autoridades chinesas “perseguem todos os pensamentos independentes, crenças independentes “.

Ele adicionou: “Não há liberdade de crença, liberdade de expressão. Esta é a coisa mais imoral feito pelo regime chinês. Eles não apenas destruí-lo fisicamente, mas também destruí-lo mentalmente, forçá-lo a ‘transformar’. Eles sufocar seus pensamentos de modo que você não tem seus próprios pensamentos.”

Com reportagem de Eva Fu e Irene Luo.

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Larry Dye / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Larry Dye / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Larry Dye / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Larry Dye / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

Centenas de praticantes de Falun Gong marchar em um desfile em Washington D.C.. em julho 20, 2017. O desfile está chamando para um fim a uma perseguição brutal na China, que começou em julho 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen / The Epoch Times)

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Nova câmera de segurança foi publicada por meios de comunicação gregos protothema.gr mostrando toda a luta que levou à morte de 22-turista americano year-old Bakari Henderson em julho 7.

De acordo com sua família, Henderson foi visitar a Grécia para uma sessão de fotos em preparação para o lançamento de sua linha de roupas.

O filme foi obtido a partir de uma câmara no interior de uma janela de café, perto do bar onde a briga entre Henderson e um grupo de homens em grande parte sérvia começou.

Bares na Laganas distrito de festa de Zakynthos tem uma reputação de brigas violentas movidos a álcool.

De acordo com um 2011 relatório guardião sobre a morte de um turista britânico, um número de turistas morrem a cada ano em Zakynthos. violência relacionada ao álcool tem sido sempre um grande problema para a polícia local,.

No vídeo, confirmado como genuíno pelo autoridades gregas, Henderson é visto fugindo de um grupo de homens. Enquanto os homens alcançá-lo, um lança Henderson contra um carro estacionado. O grupo então começa a chutar e surrá-lo para o chão. Transeuntes tentar intervir, e enquanto a multidão limpa, alguém é visto tentando CPR em Henderson.

autoridades gregas disse que Henderson foi enviado para o hospital, mas foi declarado morto na chegada. Sua morte foi causada por ferimentos graves na cabeça.

Um total de nove homens e um empregado bar grego, bouncer do bar que era um cidadão britânico de origem sérvia, e sete turistas-se sérvios foram acusados ​​de homicídio doloso, relatado você. Se for considerado culpado, as acusações carregam uma pena máxima vida.

Suspeitos chegar ao Zakynthos tribunal no dia 8 de julho, após a morte do turista americano em 7 de julho.

Suspeitos chegar a um tribunal Zakynthos de julho 8 por sua acusação, o seu envolvimento na morte de um turista americano na ilha grega. (Reuters)

notícias sérvia relatórios disse Serbian Embaixador Dusan Spasojevic e cônsules sérvios visitou os sete cidadãos sérvios de prisão em julho 11.

Cinco suspeitos participaram sua audiência inicial na quarta-feira, julho 12. Todos os cinco se declarou inocente. Eles já foram presos enquanto aguardavam julgamento.

Um advogado de defesa de um dos cinco disse que, embora o seu cliente causado algum dano corporal, não houve intenção de matar. O advogado espera que as imagens de vídeo será útil como evidência tribunal para provar que seu cliente não era o único a colocar o golpe fatal na cabeça de Henderson, relatado a abc.

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Os quatro suspeitos restantes apareceu no tribunal na quinta-feira, julho 13. O juiz preso outro homem sérvio, processo pendente, enquanto dois foram libertados sob fiança. Bail foi fixado em $5,700 (5,000 euros), de acordo com você. O quarto suspeito vai depor na sexta-feira, julho 14.

A data do julgamento foi definido.

autoridades gregas também identificaram mais seis suspeitos da filmagem de segurança, disse abc.

Ainda não está claro o que começou a luta.

A família de Henderson disse mídia local kxan.com que eles estão segurando um privado Serviço funenário na sexta-feira à noite seguido pelo funeral no sábado.

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Milhares de praticantes de Falun Gong executar um dos cinco exercícios da prática, a “Postura de Pé Falun,”Em Guangzhou, Sul da china, dentro 1998.Milhares de praticantes de Falun Gong executar um dos cinco exercícios da prática, a “Postura de Pé Falun,”Em Guangzhou, Sul da china, dentro 1998.

Como um professor consumado da ortopedia e outros profissionais modernos harmonizar as suas vidas modernas com uma prática espiritual chinesa antiga

A maior parte da semana, Joshua Li, um 44-year-old professor assistente de cirurgia ortopédica da Universidade de Virginia, prestar assistência a pacientes com lesões na coluna vertebral e investiga a utilização de nanopartículas para tratar a degeneração do disco intervertebral.

Todos os domingos, Apesar, ele desconecta seu smartphone e, em vez se conecta ao princípios cósmicos, levando um grupo de exercício no centro sênior em Charlottesville, executar os exercícios em câmera lenta de Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, ou Falun Dafa, é uma disciplina espiritual tradicional chinesa. É praticado em todo o mundo, mas permanece perseguidos na sua terra natal, a China depois de ter atraído um número estimado de 70 milhões para 100 milhões de praticantes no fim de 1990.

Jiang lança a perseguição ao Falun Gong em julho 20, 1999.

Jiang lança a perseguição ao Falun Gong em julho 20, 1999.

Este ano marca 25 anos desde a introdução do Falun Gong na China.

A disciplina defende uma filosofia do mundo que coloca os valores morais tradicionais sobre o ganho material, e ainda tem atraído inúmeros profissionais de sucesso como Li.

Li e outros dizem que isso é devido ao impacto sentiu imediatamente da prática em suas vidas, incluindo seus dramáticos benefícios para a saúde, bem como a sua filosofia de transformação interna que é simples de entender, mas profunda quando posta em prática.

A pesquisa

qigong, a escola de práticas de energia dos quais Falun Gong é uma parte, foi imensamente popular na China em 1980 e 1990. O apelo principal era seus impactos positivos na saúde.

A promessa de bem-estar trazido Li de qigong. Ele tinha muito tempo procurou tratamentos alternativos para sua mãe, que pegou resfriados facilmente após ser exposto a produtos químicos durante o seu trabalho como um investigador de mísseis para o Partido Comunista Chinês. “Nós mantivemos as janelas fechadas em casa, and my mother wore thick clothing even during the summer,” he recalled.

At age 12, Li picked up tai chi, a Chinese martial art known for its health benefits, and tried to teach it to his mother. She tried Chinese medicine and acupuncture, também.

In high school and college, Li sampled at random from the hundreds of different qigong schools being taught at the time, but gave up in disillusionment in 1995.

“Many qigong masters creat

Joshua Li, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Virginia and Falun Gong practitioner. (Courtesy of Joshua Li)

Joshua Li, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Virginia and Falun Gong practitioner. (Courtesy of Joshua Li)

ed sham practices for the sole purpose of making a fortune and a name for themselves. They were peddling stuff like ‘water with messages’ or ‘tea with messages,’” he said.

“Stay away from the quack qigong,” Li warned his parents, before he left home to return to Xi’an Medical University in the northwest province of Shaanxi to complete his master’s in orthopedics. Li himself continued to practice taichi.

After graduating in July 1997, he went home to find a breeze flowing through the open windows and his mother in a short-sleeved shirt—a sight he’d never witnessed before.

As he hurried around the house, pulling the windows shut, his mother called out: “Hey, don’t bother, I’m cured!"

She had begun practicing Falun Gong that May.

Health Benefits

Though Falun Gong, like all ancient Chinese thought, integrates a way of gaining knowledge about the world via means that cannot be scientifically tested, it was the seemingly miraculous effects of the practice that forced Joshua Li, and numerous others like him, to take it seriously.

Sr. Li Hongzhi, o fundador do Falun Gong, gave his first public lecture on May 13, 1992, to a modest crowd in his hometown of Changchun in northeast China.

By 1993, hundreds were attending Mr. Li’s 10-day lecture series. Dentro 1994, volunteer organizers had to book stadiums instead of auditoriums to fit the thousands who had signed up for Mr. Li’s lectures.

Sr. Li Hongzhi.

Sr. Li Hongzhi.

Sr. Li charged a pittance for lecture fees and insisted that Falun Gong forever remain free to practice. He stopped giving lectures after the publication in January 1995 of “Zhuan Falun” (“Turning the Law Wheel”), which lays out Falun Gong’s comprehensive teachings. In the years following, tens of millions of Chinese began adopting the practice.

Zhu Liming, a colonel in the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force Command College who became a volunteer Falun Gong coordinator after attending a lecture series in Beijing in August 1992, believes that two reasons account for the Falun Gong phenomenon.

The main text of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun. (Shutterstock)

The main text of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun. (Shutterstock)

Primeiro, “the healing effectiveness of Falun Gong is superb,” Zhu said. Many found that their health problems simply disappeared after a short period of practice.

Joshua Li was stunned when he heard that it was qigong—which he thought was a sham—that cured his mother. “Well, Falun Gong has a book,” he remembers her saying, as she handed him a copy of “Zhuan Falun.”

This is the second appeal of the practice: its teachings, and the moral transformation they inspire.

“I read the first chapter, and learned what qigong was really about,”Li disse. He finished the other eight chapters in one sitting, and the next day, he began learning the exercises.

Moral Uplift

Falun Gong comprises four standing exercises and an hour-long sitting meditation, but it isn’t simply a health and fitness practice, said Zhu, the air force colonel.

“The teachings of Master Li Hongzhi enable people to elevate their morality," ele disse. “Many eventually realize that Falun Gong is an authentic self-cultivation way.” Zhu now lives in New York after fleeing China due to persecution.

Zhu Liming, a former colonel in the People's Liberation Army's Air Force Command College who became a volunteer Falun Gong coordinator in Beijing. (Courtesy of Zhu Liming)

Zhu Liming, a former colonel in the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force Command College who became a volunteer Falun Gong coordinator in Beijing. (Courtesy of Zhu Liming)

Self-cultivation, or the improvement of one’s character through adhering to moral principles, has a history in China going back to at least 2000 B.C. Falun Gong is experienced by practitioners as a continuation of this tradition as they try to live by the principles of truthfulness, compaixão, e tolerância, which they understand to be the foundation of the universe.

The deeper quest for moral elevation meant that Falun Gong appealed to retired seniors and housewives, as well as accomplished professionals and intellectuals.

Frank Qin, an investment manager with a health fund in Manhattan, had been searching for a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline based around self-cultivation for some time before he found Tsinghua University’s Falun Gong community in 1995. By then, sobre 500 faculty and students at the elite university, known as China’s MIT, did the exercises daily at the campus, ele disse. It offered them a powerful moral calling.

“Falun Dafa teaches that we should be forgiving and forbearing in our daily lives, to always look inward first to locate our shortcomings when problems arise,” he added. “When we keep striving to be compassionate and openhearted, we can even improve society.”

Levi Browde, a partner with a Manhattan-based software company and the executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, has seen many examples of the sort of small but archetypal individual improvement among Falun Gong practitioners in New York.

Levi Browde, a partner with a Manhattan-based software company and the executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, speaks at a Falun Gong rally on May 14, 2014. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)

Levi Browde, a partner with a Manhattan-based software company and the executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, speaks at a Falun Gong rally on May 14, 2014. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)

“I’ve seen combative 20-somethings who rarely talked with their parents, or had left them behind altogether, turn around and rebuild those relationships, making them strong and healthy for both parties," ele disse. “In my own day-to-day life, I see how Falun Dafa’s teachings help me raise my two boys with compassion and integrity.”

Browde thinks that journalists who attribute the extraordinary popularity of Falun Gong in the 1990s to the “spiritual void” created by the atheist communist regime are missing the self-cultivation aspect that has universal appeal.

“Falun Dafa spread so fast not because of the environment into which it was introduced, but because of what it had to offer, regardless of environment," ele disse.

Joshua Li, the spine surgeon, has patients tell him that he seems more peaceful, and “special,” compared to a run-of-the-mill, frazzled spine doctor. He balances taking care of patients with his complex research on regenerating spinal tissues, for which he’s received numerous prestigious awards and grants.

“Practicing Falun Gong makes me take the point of view of others,”Li disse. “Perhaps that’s why patients at the hospital might think that I’m more caring.”

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praticantes de Falun Gong aumentar a conscientização sobre a colheita de órgãos e outros crimes contra os direitos humanos na China, com os residentes e turistas em Santa Monica, Calif., em julho 17. (Xu Touhui / Epoch Times)praticantes de Falun Gong aumentar a conscientização sobre a colheita de órgãos e outros crimes contra os direitos humanos na China, com os residentes e turistas em Santa Monica, Calif., em julho 17. (Xu Touhui / Epoch Times)

NOVA YORK-Uma petição que já recebeu quase 6,000 assinaturas em apenas 2 chamadas de dias para o presidente Donald Trump para ajudar a acabar com a prática de a colheita de órgãos forçado na China.

Trump teve seu primeiro encontro com o presidente chinês, Xi Jinping na quinta-feira, mas eles são esperados para entrar em mais discussões mais profundas na sexta-feira na cimeira.

A petição da Casa Branca, criado em abril de. 5, insta Trump para pedir Xi Jinping para terminar a colheita de órgãos forçada contra praticantes de Falun Gong e outros prisioneiros de consciência na China.

A colheita de órgãos forçado faz parte de uma perseguição mais larga que começou em 1999 pelo então líder comunista Jiang Zemin e ainda está acontecendo hoje contra o Falun Gong, Um pacífico, prática espiritual.

Centenas de milhares de praticantes em detenção são vulneráveis ​​a se tornarem vítimas de trabalho forçado, colheita de órgãos vivo, uma das práticas mais atrozes e desumanas hoje, de acordo com pesquisadores.

O regime chinês é estimado para ter realizado entre 60,000 e 100,000 transplantes a cada ano de 2000 para 2015, a grandes quantidades de Falun Gong, de acordo com uma quase 700-relatório páginas publicado em junho do ano passado.

Os autores relatam-David Kilgour, um ex-secretário canadense de Estado e membro do Parlamento; advogado de direitos humanos David Matas; e jornalista investigativo Ethan Gutmann-explicar que esta é a forma como pacientes transplantados pode ir para a China e obter um órgão dentro de dias ou mesmo horas, se eles podem pagar por isso. Por contraste, os pacientes podem estar em listas de espera há anos em outros países.

A conclusão final do relatório, disse Matas no National Press Club em Washington, em junho 22, “É que a China tenha se envolvido no assassinato em massa de inocentes.”

Se o petição no site da Casa Branca, patrocinado Recolhemos 100,000 assinaturas de Maio 5, em seguida, a Casa Branca é obrigado a fornecer uma resposta. O texto da petição lê:

“Evidência irrefutável mostra que o ex-presidente chinês, Jiang Zemin, não só começou uma perseguição brutal contra o Falun Gong em 1999, mas também iniciou a prática colheita de órgãos forçado abominável e mortal contra este grupo-a pacífica prática que é intolerável no século 21. O mundo civilizado deve se levantar contra essas atrocidades e exigir o fim uma das maiores violações dos direitos humanos do nosso tempo.

"Sr. Presidente, AMÉRICA PRIMEIRO significa valores essenciais americanos. A defesa dos direitos humanos é uma das nossas maiores virtudes ea fundação de nossa nação. Você tem a chance de mostrar ao mundo que os Estados Unidos continua a ser o líder na defesa dos direitos humanos e não vai permanecer em silêncio em face destes crimes contra a humanidade.”

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China has muscled, conned, bullied, grabbed, extorted, and feigned its way to the top of the global supply chain over the last twenty years.

It took no prisoners—just market share, intellectual property, and liberties in the valuation of its currency. It used a massive trade surplus to buy foreign assets, coralled foreign companies into joint ventures with Chinese firms where they lost their technology to the Chinese partner, and gave away just enough to keep foreigners dreaming—in the spirit of their supposed trade regulations—of their fair share of the huge Chinese market.

With President Donald Trump hosting Chinese leader Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, today, many are waiting to see if this dynamic will be fought against. Trump talked tough on China throughout his campaign. Whereas previous administrations tried to engage and dialogue with China—an approach that business groups say has largely failed—this administration pledged to play hardball.

And for good reason, de acordo com a report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan innovation think tank. “China has doubled down on its innovation-mercantilist strategies, seeking global dominance across a wide array of advanced industries that are key to U.S. economic and national security interests,” the report says.

For China, unlike the United States, growth is not the real issue. Em vez, growth and economic stability are only important in that they help the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) maintain its grip on the country.

Chinese citizens escaping poverty, and stronger international competition in tech sectors, are good things. But for the CCP, the prosperity of its people is a mere afterthought; the notion of fair trade a curiosity. Its gaze is fixed on its own survival, with all the rest being collaterals, incidentals, and extras.

To quote former United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, the U.S. “has to rethink the way it engages with China. We have these very fancy dialogues—there’s ninety of them—and I characterize these dialogues with China as the way China manages the U.S., not actually the way the U.S. produces results on the ground for companies and for exporters to China.” Barshefsky spoke during a March 6 event at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

And so China has gorged on the markets with little in its way but some timid bilateral discussions, difficult-to-enforce World Trade Organization rules, and a Western alliance in disarray.

Is There a Sheriff in Town?

On both sides of the pro- and anti-trade spectrum, most experts seem to agree China can’t be left unchecked for another decade. It is now to be seen how the United States is going to play its role in the global trade community, while dealing with the rampage of often hostile Chinese investments in sensitive U.S. mercados, the towering trade imbalance, and the ongoing signs of currency manipulation (though China has shifted from undervaluing the RMB to propping it up.)

Tão longe, no real effort has been made to stop Beijing on its looting spree, whether that be forcing technological transfer from Western companies that want market access, or straight up theft in the form of cyber espionage. Facing this reality, the patience of the United States in waiting for China to “learn to behave” has been baffling. Dentro 2016 sozinho, 27 countries brought 119 trade sanctions against China. The previous U.S. administrations however, which saw China eat away at the U.S. market share across a myriad of sectors ever since China’s WTO ascension in 2001, remained mostly mute.

The March 16 report by ITIF points out the inherent weakness of WTO rules that have been negotiated between 160 países: if one player lacks the goodwill to respect the rules, little can be done to enforce them. The ITIF sees a larger role to be played by domestic legislatures when inking deals with China.

But while the tools to act against China’s “innovation mercantilism” might not have been perfect, both WTO provisions and domestic U.S. regulations have in fact been in place all along. The question remains why they have never been put to use.

Por exemplo, citing concerns about surges of imports at the time of China’s WTO ascension, Barshefsky recalled that the U.S. “inserted a China-only provision which lasted twelve years … to allow the president to unilaterally stop imports in any given sector if those imports were disruptive to the U.S.” She added: “The relief was provided only once.”

Barshefsky made the point that “there was concern there would be job loss; there was a specific mechanism to deal with it. It wasn’t used.” The 12 year provision she referred to has recently expired, so new mechanisms will need to be worked out.

Her colleague Edward Aiden, a Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the pro-trade foreign relations think tank CFR, on his side called the failing of previous administrations to trigger the 1988 Foreign Trade Act “a political disaster.” The Act stipulates that if a country is found to be manipulating its currency, intense negotiations are to be started, followed by sanctions if the negotiations fail.

This points to the bigger role the United States could play in global market regulation.

Under the banner of “Constructive, Alliance-backed Confrontation,” the ITIF argues that the United States, as the world’s biggest player, should gather its allies—such as Australia, Canadá, Germany, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japão, and South Korea—and form a front against China.

It further calls for much stronger cooperation between the U.S. private and public sectors to fight abuses, a more “focused, targeted, centralized” approach by giving more control to the federal government, and more resources to the U.S. Trade Commission.

Of the Carrot and the Stick

Since the new administration took the reins, the first concrete signs of the course it would steer regarding trade was stepping out of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TTP), a deal between 12 countries on both sides of the pacific.

China was implicitly excluded from the deal by technical means, and would have been at a disadvantage in region as a result. If it wanted in, it would have had to play by the rules and meet certain rigorous administrative, labor, environmental and other standards.

If China managed to get into the TTP, Contudo, it would likely would have been another fiasco on par with China’s ascension into the WTO. If history teaches us anything, international trade deals for China are simply opportunities to take advantage and bend the rules.

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There are practical limitations on compliance monitoring and enforcement of such deals, and the Chinese regime is expert at navigating such loopholes. Os EUA. Chamber of Commerce in a recent report on China’s industrial policy “Made in China 2025: Global Ambitions Built on Local Protections,” makes this extremely clear.

“Many of the challenges associated with China’s industrial policies—for example, government procurement, subsidies, dados, licensing, and national security—would unlikely be effectively addressed through an investment treaty or agreement given the architectural limitations of such agreements.”

Now with the TTP carrot gone, it remains to be seen if the Trump administration is prepared to use the stick.

Whatever the case, Peter Navarro, economic advisor to the Trump administration, has not been mincing words so far when it comes to China. Taking the stage at a business conference, Navarro hinted at a much bolder stance toward China’s trade imbalance and currency manipulation.

Referring to China’s worrisome access to sensitive segments of the U.S. market, ele disse, “Suppose that it’s not a benign ally buying our companies, our technologies, our farmland, and our food supply chain, and ultimately controlling much of our defense industrial base. Em vez, it is a rapidly militarizing strategic rival intent on hegemony in Asia and of course world hegemony”.

If the United States can rally its partners behind a renewed, no-nonsense, results-based trade system that doesn’t rely on trusting China’s promises, Beijing’s brazenness may finally be contained, and stability returned to global trade.

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Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and former Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (Va.) testify at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing on March 1. Both have for decades opposed Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and former Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (Va.) testify at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing on March 1. Both have for decades opposed Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former Republican Congressman Frank Wolf were in total agreement as witnesses at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing on March 1. Both had been vigorous, vocal opponents of granting Normal Trade Relations with China that was promoted by the Clinton Administration and paved the way for China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in Dec. 2001.

Pelosi and Wolf warned again during the Bush Administration that supporting China’s accession to the WTO without preconditions would be a mistake.

Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the CECC, lent his voice too in those days urging resistance to the argument that increased trade would open the pathway to gradual political liberalization and the rule of law. In his opening statement, Smith said granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with the idea that more trade and investment would bring about political reform and human rights improvement was a “bipartisan fantasy.”

“Bill Clinton predicted that trade would open China’s political system. Chinese democracy was ‘inevitable, just like when the Berlin Wall fell.’ George W. Bush also focused on the inevitability of history saying ‘trade freely with China and time is on our side,’” said Smith in a statement made part of the hearing’s record in his absence.

The far-reaching claims concerning the effect of trade prompted James Mann to write “The China Fantasy,” published in 2007. Mann testified at the hearing that he argued back then that “the Chinese regime wasn’t going to change in the way that American leaders said it would.” He questioned the assumption that China’s authoritarian rule would not last much longer.

Mann said that China, now richer, had in the past few years entered “into new types of repression: arresting lawyers, severely restricting NGOs, and staging televised confessions of those who are detained.”

Wolf said that he thought it a bit curious that a mere ten years after the brutal slaughter of Tiananmen protesters, prior to the passage of PNTR in 2000, “a school of thought took root which argued for increased trade and economic ties, as opposed to sanctions and a tough line.”

“The push for PNTR was borne, I believe, of wishful thinking rather than evidence or a genuine understanding of the Chinese Communist Party’s goals and objectives,” Wolf said.

The push for PNTR was borne of wishful thinking rather than evidence or a genuine understanding of the Chinese Communist Party’s goals and objectives.

— Congressman (Ret.) Frank Wolf (Va.)

Michael Wessel, commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, disse, the proponents of PNTR “got it wrong.” The business community, “who once saw China as the avenue for enormous profits and opportunity” see now the “harsh reality.” He said that the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s most recent report found that 80 percent of businesses felt less welcome in China than before.

Wessel said later, “China PNTR … increased America’s dependence on China’s manufacturing products and limited the willingness of the business community, and our government, to respond.”

The CECC was established in connection with the ongoing debate in Congress on whether to grant China PNTR status. Chairman of the CECC Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted in his opening statement that Congress didn’t want to forgo the capability to review China’s human rights every year. One of stated reasons for Congress creating the Commission in 2000 was to monitor China’s compliance with international human rights standards.

Diminished Leverage

NOS. leverage on influencing China’s human rights behavior has diminished as China’s economic strength has increased. Pelosi stated that in 2000, the U.S. trade deficit with China was $5 billion annually. Hoje, it is $6.2 billion per week, she said.

We chose to ride the tiger and the tiger will decide when we get off.

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

“We chose to ride the tiger and the tiger will decide when we get off. And it has curtailed the ability of America to talk about human rights in China because the ‘interests’ are too great.”

Wolf echoed what Mann said about enhanced repression over the years, including the Chinese regime’s recent rounding up of human rights lawyers who defend religious minority groups, such as Uyghur Muslims, unregistered Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners.

Raising his voice several decibels with righteous indignation, Wolf recounted a Washington Post story about Chinese lawyer Li Chunfu, who, Wolf said, “was imprisoned in secret detention for 500 days and brutally tortured and drugged.” As a result, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, ele disse.

One might infer that Wolf was nearly shouting on this and other examples he gave of China’s repression because most of his colleagues in Congress going back to the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 have been deaf to the human rights record of China.

Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Marco Rubio listens to testimony at a hearing, titled,

Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Marco Rubio listens to testimony at a hearing, titled, “The Broken Promises of China’s WTO Accession: Reprioritizing Human Rights,” on March 1. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

Chairman Rubio said that China “has engaged in brazen cyberattacks on the U.S. government and U.S. commercial interests. Intellectual property theft is rampant. It is arbitrarily detaining American citizens.”

Rubio continued with the quandary American companies face today:

“Meanwhile U.S. empresas, including major household names, daily weigh the enticement of the Chinese market against staying true to their own core principles and missions. Do they curb speech to gain access? Do they curry favor with the authorities by sharing sensitive technology that can be employed by the Communist Party to further surveil and repress Chinese citizens?

Does a Hollywood producer self-censor before the Chinese censors have a chance to, in order to gain market access for a new film? Does an American university, home to a Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute, opt not to invite the Dalai Lama to speak at their campus for fear of losing financial support?"

American Citizen Detained, Tortured

Perhaps no better example of the U.S.’s position vis-à-vis China’s unlawful actions is that of Sandy Phan-Gillis—American citizen, mother and resident of Houston for almost 40 anos. Her husband Jeff Gillis testified at this hearing that she has been detained in China for two years by China State Security, China’s spy agency (not China Public Security, which is China’s police force).

Phan-Gillis was on a trade mission to China with the Houston mayor when she was seized by China State Security on Mar. 19, 2015. Her being kept in isolation prevented her travel companions and her family from knowing about her detention. Sr. Gillis only learned of her detention after filing a missing person report with the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou.

China State Security subjected Phan-Gillis to solitary confinement and relentless questioning in a torture chair. This chair is a short 4-leged stool with no back or armrests and with raised teeth in the seat. Sr. Gillis said that his wife has serious medical conditions, and for a while, she was denied access to medicine. “China State Security used torture to force Sandy to make a false confession," ele disse.

There is some irony in the fact that she was a strong supporter of China’s entry into the WTO and had devoted her entire career promoting trade and good relations with China, according to Mr. Gillis.

Sr. Gillis said that his wife was not allowed to see her attorney for over a year and that she was not even charged with a crime for well over a year. Finally, she was charged with being a spy on China for the FBI (which he noted is not a spy agency) and assisting the FBI in the capture of two Chinese spies in the United States and turning them into double agents. Sr. Gillis showed at the hearing how the charges are easily proved false and absurd. The details are contained in his written testimony which is available at the CECC’s website.

Where is the outrage, where is the action, and where are the consequences for China?

— Jeff Gillis, husband of American businesswoman detained in China for two years

After nearly two years, she has had no appearance before a judge and there’s still is no scheduled trial date. Arbitrarily detained, subjected to solitary confinement and torture and not so much as a hearing before a judge, Sr. Gillis said, “where is the outrage, where is the action, and where are the consequences for China?” He believes that human rights abuses such as what is happening to his wife go unchallenged because we are addicted to cheap Chinese products and obsessed with access to Chinese markets.

“If China State Security can arbitrarily detain and torture Sandy, they can arbitrarily detain and torture any American citizen. If Sandy isn’t safe in China, then no American is safe in China," ele disse.

Panel of China observers testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on March 1. (L to R) Michael R. Wessel, commissioner, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission; James Mann, author,

Panel of China observers testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on March 1. (L to R) Michael R. Wessel, commissioner, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission; James Mann, author, “The China Fantasy”; Dr. Jeff Gillis, husband of American businesswoman Sandy Phan-Gillis, detained in China; and Dr. Sophie Richardson, China director, Human Rights Watch. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

Recommendation: More Assertive US

The CECC commissioners and witnesses agreed that we should abandon the assumption that trade will gradually open up political reform in China. That’s not going to happen. Ao invés, the U.S. needs to take a much tougher stance and reciprocate in kind whenever the China regime’s actions are problematic.

“What China permits or denies to Americans operating in China should be equally permitted or denied to Chinese operating in the United States. This principle should be applied to business negotiations, to non-government organizations, to the news media,” said James Mann.

Por exemplo, the news media asymmetry is ridiculous, said Mann. American news organizations are blocked in China. China government denies visas to reporters it doesn’t like and imposes severe restrictions on reporters’ access and travel. Meanwhile in the United States, Chinese state-controlled news organizations freely print propaganda inserts in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal and other papers. China’s state-run television enjoys full access to the broadcast spectrum.

China Director of Human Rights Watch Sophie Richardson agreed that the United States and E.U. and other nations need to find their voice and leverage when confronted with China’s conduct on national security or economic issues. Trying to use “persuasion” and “chumminess” to effect change in human rights and religious persecution hasn’t worked. She said that decades of experience make clear that “Beijing responds only to the expectation of unpleasant consequences.”

“Many senior Chinese officials with long track records of presiding over human rights abuses have bank accounts outside the country that could be frozen, Richardson said in her written testimony. Wolf pointed out that the Trump Administration could use the new authorities granted under the Global Magnitsky Act to restrict travel of Chinese government officials committing egregious human rights abuses.

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O Salão Royce no campus da UCLA, em Los Angeles nesta foto de arquivo. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)O Salão Royce no campus da UCLA, em Los Angeles nesta foto de arquivo. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

The University of California, San Diego, has invited the Dalai Lama as its commencement speaker in June, and a group of Chinese students at the university is rallying to stop his speech. There may be more to the events than meets the eye, Contudo, as a social media posting said to be from the student group states it has been given directions by the Chinese Consulate.

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet, and has been in exile since March, 1959, when he fled Tibet fearing the Chinese occupiers intended to abduct him. Tibet was invaded by the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army in Oct. 1950. The CCP pushes a line that it “liberated” Tibet, and heavily censors the topic, while calling the Dalai Lama a “separatist.”

The group trying to prevent the speech is a local branch of the Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA), a nationwide student organization known to receive funding and directives from the CCP through its consulates.

The CSSA has openly stated it is working under the guidance of the Chinese regime.

It published a statement on WeChat that states, translated from Chinese, that in regards to the Dalai Lama going to the university, “the Chinese Student and Scholar Association has asked the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles for instructions, and having received the instructions are going to implement them.”

It tells students to not act outside official guidance of the CCP, and says “specific measures to be taken will be elaborated on in future announcements.”

“Our association has been forced to take tough and unyielding measures,”Afirma.

The statement appears to have been taken offline, but a Web archive of the page is still available.

The “about us” page on the University of California, San Diego, CSSA website states, translated from Chinese, that it is a “public benefit organization” and is “affiliated to the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles.” It also says it works as a “Chinese embassy bridge.”

Overt Espionage

According to “China’s Espionage Dynasty: Economic Death by a Thousand Cuts," published by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a cybersecurity think tank, CSSAs are active in more than 150 NOS. universities.

Oficialmente, it states, the CSSAs help native Chinese students by acting as a bridge between China and foreign institutions. Por outro lado, “CSSAs may also be a pivotal overt espionage platform for the Chinese government.”

“The vast majority of CSSAs receive funding from the Chinese government or have an active liaison via the consulate back to the CCP,”Afirma.

It adds that CSSAs may work to “persuade students to act as temporary or prolonged intelligence assets,” and that “Through CSSAs, students can be manipulated into passing intellectual property or research back to their home state or planting malware on a university system.”

According to an FBI podcast on April 14, 2014, it’s not uncommon for foreign intelligence agencies to manipulate students to achieve their objectives—and the students are often unaware they are being used until they’re already in over their heads.

“To foster the relationship, foreign intelligence operatives will flatter and encourage students, show interest in their future success, and even promise to help them obtain a government-issued visa or work permit—but it’s all disingenuous and empty promises,”Afirma.

It adds, “The truth is, the operatives are just using the student as a pawn to achieve their own ends, without concern for the student’s welfare or future.”

Controlling the Narrative

Preventing a speech by the Dalai Lama may not seem like a big deal, but for the CCP, its use of censorship and controlled narratives are cornerstones of its hold on power. It simultaneously pushes its own narratives on issues, peppered with disinformation, while also using extreme censorship to stop the true narratives from being known.

The issue of Tibet—which includes the CCP’s suppression of Tibetan Buddhists—is one of the CCP’s five “no-go topics,” which also includes its persecution of Falun Gong, its persecution of Muslim Uyghurs, the issue of Taiwanese independence, and the issue of democracy in Hong Kong.

The CCP’s censorship apparatus stretches beyond its own borders, and looks to control similar narratives being raised by foreign governments and news outlets.

“In many cases, Chinese officials directly impede independent reporting by media based abroad,” states a 2013 relatório from the Center for International Media Assistance.

It adds, Contudo, that “more prevalent–and often more effective–are methods of control that subtly induce self-censorship or inspire media owners, advertisers, and other international actors to take action on the CCP’s behalf.”

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Frank Lee, spokesperson for Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC, speaks on the Washington Post’s responsibility for running an advertisement that he said was China state propaganda. He spoke, Feb. 2, at the National Press Club. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)Frank Lee, spokesperson for Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC, speaks on the Washington Post’s responsibility for running an advertisement that he said was China state propaganda. He spoke, Feb. 2, at the National Press Club. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—Falun Gong practitioners called for the Washington Post to cease publishing the advertising supplements of the China Daily which are inserted into its print editions and can be found online.

Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC spokesman Frank Lee said at a news conference, Feb. 2, “We are deeply saddened to see the Washington Post, one of the most respected newspapers in the country, sacrifice its principles for profits, and assist an evil regime to spread its propaganda to the American people.” The title of the press release was “Washington Post: Enabler of Beijing’s Propaganda.”

Would the Post print an advertisement with anti-Semitic or racial slurs?

— Frank Lee, Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC

While the paid inserts in the Post have been around for longer than a decade, local practitioners are upset and indignant over the one published on Jan. 25, 2017. On the back cover was an article, titled, “Blasphemy masquerades as art” that practitioners say slanders Shen Yun, the New York-based, premiere classical Chinese dance and music company. They say that the Post should never have allowed this article, and that unless this kind of China propaganda is rebuffed, it will serve as an invitation for worse slandering of Falun Gong and possibly other minority groups.

The Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC is the presenter of Shen Yun in Washington, DC, which had just completed a successful week-long run at the Kennedy Center. The China Daily article is pure propaganda say the practitioners, containing falsehoods and disparaging remarks about the performers. The article states that Shen Yun is “an exercise in brainwashing,” a “travesty,” and “blasphemy against real art.”

The connection between the association and the show is very transparent, according to Lee. Both the Kennedy Center and Shen Yun websites make clear that Shen Yun is presented by Falun Dafa Association of DC. The Shen Yun brochure that the Association mailed out illustrates the dance pieces about the persecution of Falun Gong, Lee disse.

The article’s slander of Shen Yun is part of a well-orchestrated campaign against the American dance and music company, Lee disse. He touched on a few: cyber-attacks on Shen Yun’s ticketing website, hiring thugs to slash Shen Yun’s bus tires, and mobilizing commentators to post negative reviews online.

Além disso, Chinese embassies and consulates around the world have contacted theaters, urging them not to sign contracts with Shen Yun or to cancel existing ones. When that fails, the regime arranges for people to pose as Falun Gong practitioners, disse Lee, and to send letters with nonsensical or offensive content, creating negative impressions of Shen Yun and Falun Gong.

Accountability

Regarding the article, Lee conceded that there is the standard disclaimer on the top of the page, “An Advertising Supplement to the Washington Post.” However, Lee said that practitioners believe that “the Post cannot be completely absolved from responsibility for what it prints.

“Would the Post print an advertisement with anti-Semitic or racial slurs?” he asks. Obviously, the Post would draw the line there. Yet the Post did print an article by a foreign regime attacking an American arts company.

We request that the Post issue a public apology for carrying China Daily’s attack on us.

— Frank Lee, Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC

“We request that the Post issue a public apology for carrying China Daily’s attack on us,” said Lee.

The Falun Dafa Association sent letters, with content like what was discussed at the news conference, to Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and publisher and CEO Frederick Ryan, and awaits their response.

Who is Blasphemous?

On the blasphemy charge, NTDTV, interviewed Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon, author and senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI). “Communism by its very nature rejects belief in God. ‘Blasphemy’ is not a concept they can use without hypocrisy," ela disse.

Lee also noted how ironic it was for an atheistic regime to claim that Shen Yun is committing “blasphemy to real art.” During Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the Party assaulted China’s traditional culture, destroying religious and historical artifacts, desecrated monasteries and other religious sites, and condemned non-Communist literature and art.

The destruction of tradition continues today. “The persecution of Falun Gong, a Buddha school practice deeply rooted in traditional Chinese culture, is yet another episode in Beijing’s on-going war against traditional Chinese culture,” Lee said.

The reason the communist regime attacks Shen Yun can be understood in this context of traditional culture. Shen Yun takes as its starting premise that China’s traditional culture was divinely inspired—a gift from heaven. The Chinese people in past ages believed in living in harmony with the universe, and “believed in the oneness of heaven, earth, and humankind,” Lee said.

In contrast, the Communist Party advocates “struggle” against nature and man, and struggle between peoples—the reverse of the harmony that underlies Shen Yun. The Communist Party sees traditional culture as a threat to its existence, and seeks to eradicate it, disse Lee.

Though one can still find traces of traditional Chinese culture in mainland China, it is no longer mainstream and the underlying spiritual essence is mostly lost.

— Frank Lee, Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC spokesperson

“Though one can still find traces of traditional Chinese culture in mainland China, it is no longer mainstream and the underlying spiritual essence is mostly lost,” Lee said.

Online Advertising and Post Content Blurred

Lee noted that the online version of the paid insert is even more misleading than the print version. The print version states in a light font, small print, at the top of the page, “An Advertising Supplement to the Washington Post,” which a reader could easily overlook.

The Washington Post is well aware that the China Watch section is designed to look like the rest of their paper and to fool readers.

— Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the Free Beacon, julho 18, 2012

The online version under the WashingtonPost.com domain blurs the line between advertisement and content even further.

Dentro 2001, James Fallows wrote in The Atlantic, “Official Chinese Propaganda: Now Online from the WaPo!,” pointing out how the URL chinawatch.washingtonpost.com can fool readers that it’s a Washington Post blog on China issues. It appears like any other Washington Post article.

“The Washington Post is well aware that the China Watch section is designed to look like the rest of their paper and to fool readers…. Just because they put ‘advertising supplement’ at the top in small print does not relieve them of the moral responsibility of knowingly supporting the world’s worst human rights abuser, o Partido Comunista Chinês,” said Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, as reported in the Free Beacon, julho 18, 2012.

Rohrabacher also believes that China Daily articles should be labeled as products of a foreign government to be in accordance with the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

At the news conference, Larry Liu, the communications director of the Falun Gong Association advised the Post to wean itself off its dependency on income from printing communist propaganda. Liu said that they are going to lose that income anyway. “The Communist Party won’t be in power forever," ele disse.

He warned that if the Post, which he said he had admired greatly, waits till the very end, “they will lose more than the money but their dignity and position in history.” Liu said some American companies made business deals with Nazi Germany and after World War II ended, came to deeply regret it. “I hope [the Post] learns these lessons from the past,” Liu said.

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The Wall Street Journal newspaper at a newsstand in the Chicago Board of Trade building July 17, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. The Jan. 17, 2017 edition of the Journal carried a paid insert of China Daily with a propaganda piece attacking Shen Yun Performing Arts, a classical Chinese dance company based in New York. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)The Wall Street Journal newspaper at a newsstand in the Chicago Board of Trade building July 17, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. The Jan. 17, 2017 edition of the Journal carried a paid insert of China Daily with a propaganda piece attacking Shen Yun Performing Arts, a classical Chinese dance company based in New York. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist Party has sought to attack Shen Yun Performing Arts, the premier classical Chinese dance and music company, since its inception. Run by overseas Chinese, the New York-based Shen Yun remains firmly independent of the Chinese regime and tours the world, performing in around 20 countries and 100 cities. Tactics used to try to shut down the company are believed to include tire slashings, threats to theaters, and diplomatic interference.

Agora, the Western media is being pressed into the task.

Readers of the Jan. 17 print edition of The Wall Street Journal received a supplement produced by China Daily, a state-run media known for carrying the ideological line of the Chinese Communist Party. The pages of the supplement are marked “paid advertisement” in the header. The Age, a broadsheet newspaper in Australia, carried similar content on Jan. 13.

Readers who flipped to page two of the supplement would have found a commentary piece on Shen Yun. Shen Yun states on its site that its mission is to use the language of music and dance to “bring back” China’s divinely-inspired culture, telling the tales of ancient and modern China that embody it.

Readers of the supplement in The Wall Street Journal weren’t apprised of the company’s mission, Contudo. Ao invés, in inflammatory tones, the piece attacked Shen Yun because its dancers practice Falun Gong, uma disciplina espiritual tradicional chinesa.

In a manner similar to propaganda in China, the article assumes that only the Chinese Communist Party understands what authentic Chinese culture really is. The commentary piece ends by stating that “a call … to boycott the show is well worth heeding.”

Given that Shen Yun is currently on its annual world tour, the commentary piece was likely intended to turn potential Shen Yun theatergoers away from the performance by denouncing it as a hidden vehicle for Falun Gong, and to slander Falun Gong in the process.

Chinese authorities are believed to have employed a range of other, less savory, tactics to achieve the same end. Leeshai Lemish, an emcee with Shen Yun, keeps a running log of incidents that include unusual and targeted tire-slashings of Shen Yun vehicles, odd calls to theaters, letters from Chinese diplomatic representatives making veiled threats for elected representatives not to attend Shen Yun, and more.

Falun Gong, ou Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that involves physical exercises and teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compaixão, e tolerância. After the practice spread rapidly through China by word of mouth for seven years, the Chinese regime began violently persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in 1999; the campaign of persecution has been accompanied by propaganda inciting hatred—and this sometimes spills over into the West.

The China Daily “exposé” of Shen Yun, if it was truly intended as such, amounts to a clumsy attempt at propaganda.

Shen Yun states on its official website that the company “was established by Falun Dafa practitioners in 2006.” Official Shen Yun program books state that certain acts or vignettes depict the Chinese regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. Regional Falun Dafa associations are commonly presenters of Shen Yun in different locales, and are identified as such in Shen Yun promotional materials.

The claim that Shen Yun “demonizes the Chinese government” attempts to turn the abuser into the victim. Shen Yun’s current program includes the persecution and clever resistance of Buddhist monks by Communist Party elements in one vignette, por exemplo, or of Falun Gong practitioners peacefully defending their faith in another — all stories drawn from real political campaigns that have taken place in China. One could say more credibly that the Chinese regime has demonized itself, by committing violence against its own peaceful citizens.

The countless horrors associated with the Cultural Revolution, other political campaigns, and the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners are well-established realities. And Shen Yun’s dance vignettes are much more about the courage and heroism of spiritually-grounded people overcoming incredible odds than the Communist Party’s own violent pathologies.

The Chinese regime’s claim to be the arbiter of what is genuine traditional Chinese culture or what qualifies as a “blasphemy that masquerades as art” (the title of the commentary article) is bizarre to say the least, and highly ironic. Mao Zedong, the founding revolutionary and Party leader, oversaw a decade-long campaign in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) for the express purpose of destroying China’s traditional culture and promoting atheistic communism.

The calls to boycott Shen Yun mentioned in the article have only ever been issued directly from the Chinese regime itself. And sometimes they have an effect opposite to that intended, as when politicians in Western countries, who receive a letter from the Chinese consulate condemning Shen Yun, then become interested in seeing it for themselves to learn what all the fuss is about.

Epoch Times has run special coverage of audience reactions to Shen Yun performances since the company’s beginning in 2006 and has reported regularly on attempts to harm the company (and those attempts often predictable failure).

Perhaps the larger question is not that China Daily is publishing crude propaganda from the Communist Party, but that the Wall Street Journal is comfortable with carrying such material. Though the Journal provides a standard disclaimer that the material in question “did not involve the news or editorial departments,” the publication cannot be absolved from responsibility for what it prints.

In response to a request for comment, Wall Street Journal spokesperson Colleen Schwartz wrote: “The Journal has run special advertising sections and other traditional advertising from China Watch, which are clearly labeled as such. The Journal’s news organization is not involved.”

Shouldn’t the editorial management of the venerable financial newspaper be wary of carrying material that seeks to perpetuate the marginalization, exclusion, and hatred against a vulnerable group that is violently persecuted in China to this day?

The Chinese Communist Party will certainly do its best to continue its persecution campaigns beyond its borders. It is up to the free media of the West to take a principled stance—even if that means less advertising revenue—on whether or not to allow such naked propaganda in its own pages.

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NOS. Ambassador to China Gary Locke delivers his farewell speech at the Beijing American Center on Feb. 26, 2014 em Pequim. Locke said that Clinton is strong on human rights. (ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images)NOS. Ambassador to China Gary Locke delivers his farewell speech at the Beijing American Center on Feb. 26, 2014 em Pequim. Locke said that Clinton is strong on human rights. (ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images)

Gary Locke, the former ambassador to China, became an internet sensation in that country after he was spotted paying for his own Starbucks and carrying his own bags in the Seattle airport, as he got ready to fly to Beijing to assume his post. He subsequently played key roles in a number of major diplomatic incidents between the United States and China, including the attempted defection of Wang Lijun to the American consulate in Chengdu in February 2012, and the shelter of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng in the American consulate in Beijing, in April of the same year.

Ambassador Locke on Nov. 7 accepted a telephone interview from Simone Gao, a news anchor with New Tang Dynasty Television, an independent, overseas Chinese-language broadcaster and a media partner of the Epoch Times.

Epoch Times here republishes the transcript of that interview, edited for brevity and clarity.

Simone Gao: Ambassador Locke, thank you for accepting this interview. In any presidential election, particularly in this election, American people care a great deal about who the candidates are, because America’s future hangs on the judgement and values of the president. We also know that the most important bilateral relationship in the world in the years and decades ahead will be the China-U.S. relationship. So we want to allow those fundamental values and judgements to be reflected, through discussion of human rights, comércio, and national security, with regard to the United States and China. I’d also like to explore why you support Secretary Clinton.

During the past few decades, the framework of U.S. policy toward China has been engagement — engaging China economically to influence it politically. Now China is the second largest economy in the world but it hasn’t gained much freedom, or become more democratic. Ao invés, foreign investment and technology has boosted China’s economy and provided the Party with more means to tighten control domestically. enquanto isso, China is investing in the United States, and there are concerns that its economic power now influences the United States. If Secretary Clinton becomes our next president, what is her fundamental thinking on economic relations with China?

Ambassador Locke: Well, em primeiro lugar, let me just say, what a pleasure it is to be able to talk to you about this election, that is so important for the future of Americans. And as you said, for world order, and especially for China-U.S. relations, we need a president who is going to help restore good paying jobs for all of the people in America. We need to make sure that children of working, middle-class families can afford college education. Secretary Clinton is talking about building up our roads and our bridges, which will really improve the safety net and the method of transportation for the people of this country, but at the same time, provide good, good paying jobs for the American people. She is also a trusted, proven leader, and I have known her for over 20 anos.

That’s why we also need a person of her stature, leading the United States, representing us in the world. You know, we have differences, we have differences between United States and China. But we also have many areas of common interests. And quite frankly, the world is looking for leadership from both China and the United States, working together, cooperating together, to solve some of these tough, tough world issues, whether it is climate change, whether it is stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear arms, fighting piracy off the coast of Africa, stopping North Korea and Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, or just finding a cure for cancer.k

There are differences between United States and China, and Secretary Clinton is highly respected in China, but she also speaks her mind. And she has the ability to sit down with the Chinese leaders to talk about these issues, and to get changes. You know, she gave her big speech in China many, many years ago, where she said that, women’s rights is human rights. And I was with her when she was advocating on behalf of Chen Guangcheng, the blinded dissident and getting him successfully able to come to the United States. So she speaks up on human rights, she speaks up any time that she believes any country, whether China or Russia or even Germany or France or Canada, is violating international rules, whether it is on trade or human rights.

Simone Gao: There is a well-known remark by Secretary Clinton about trade and human rights in 2009, to the effect that we would not allow human rights to get in the way of trade. In Chen Guangcheng’s recent memoir, he expressed his disappointment with how Secretary Clinton handled human rights in China — both Chen and the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng believe that Secretary Clinton sacrificed human rights for trade. Do you find this criticism legitimate? What is Secretary Clinton’s basic approach to human rights? Does it belong to the category of foreign affairs, or does it pertain to the fundamental values of America?

She has made it very clear that human rights is part of the DNA of America, and America cares about human rights, and it is always part of our policy and all of our positions. sim, we support trade but never at the cost of human rights. And if you look at the Chen Guangcheng case, we were all prepared, under her direction and under her leadership, to let him stay in the United States embassy for many many years, if we could not reach an agreement with the Chinese government on his terms. He was setting out the terms by which he was willing to leave the embassy. And if the Chinese government did not agree to those terms, then we, the United States government, with Secretary Clinton’s support, were willing to let him stay in the embassy for several years, the way we have with other dissidents in other countries.

But Secretary Clinton continued to press and push the Chinese government to let Chen Guangcheng come to the United States. That demonstrated her commitment to human rights. I was there. I saw all these discussions and so, I disagreed when they said that Secretary Clinton did not advocate on behalf of Chen Guangcheng. She was working night and day on his behalf.

Simone Gao: Secretary Clinton is well known for her criticism of human rights in China — she has been advocating women’s rights and criticising China’s one-child policy, Contudo, she has been silent on the most severe human rights violation…

Ambassador Locke: Hey, let me say this, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has had deep respect for the Chinese-American community, and she has been very firm in her discussion with Chinese leaders. And she is a friend of the Chinese-American community in America. She is a friend of the Chinese people. But yes, America has firm differences with the policies of China on trade and human rights, and United States government has always been strong and very candid about those differences.

I have seen Secretary Clinton be very firm and very direct with the Chinese leaders. Now the choice is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is constantly insulting people of different ethnic groups, including the Chinese. Donald Trump wrote me a letter, that is very, very negative, and very insulting of the Chinese people. And he has, throughout this campaign, he has insulted people of different ethnic groups, people with physical disabilities, he certainly has been insulting about women and talking about how he can grope them, about how he can kiss them, just because he is a celebrity, even if they don’t want to be touched or kissed by him. He’s insulted Mexican Americans, Hispanic Americans, a judge, who is a very high-quality judge in America, just because the judge’s parents are from Mexico. He has insulted people of Muslim, Islamic faith, and he talks about, por exemplo, deporting, immediately, all of the illegal immigrants in the United States. The Chinese people need to understand that ten percent of these illegal immigrants are in fact Chinese.

So when Donald Trump said on day one, he wanted to kick out all of the illegal immigrants and they have to reapply to come back into the United States, he is talking about Chinese Americans, também. So who is the better choice in terms of the Chinese-American community in the United States? A person who believes and has worked her entire life on behalf of children and families, like Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, who talks about giving the wealthiest people in America another tax break? The very, very wealthy, the millionaires of America, do not need a tax break.

Working middle-class families, the people who are struggling, need a president who is going to create more jobs and help their children go to colleges without having to pay tuition. Because we all know that a college education is fundamental to the American Dream, and provides the opportunity and the skills, so that all people, boys and girls, black and white, yellow, people of all ethnic groups, and all religions, can succeed, that’s what America stands for.

America is the land of liberty, hope, freedom and opportunity. We need to make sure that the American Dream can be realized, can be attained, can be achieved, by Chinese-Americans, and people of all different ethnic groups. That’s why America is such a strong country, and why so many people from around the world, want to come to America, because of our freedom, our liberty, our way of life, our diversity, our diversity of people, of different cultures, of different languages, of different religions, men and women working together, and achieving great things.

NTD Television host Simone Gao

NTD Television host Simone Gao

Simone Gao: Tomorrow I will be interviewing the spokesperson from Donald Trump’s campaign, and I’ll ask that person about the issues you raised, including what you said just now that Donald Trump wrote you a letter, where he said insulting things about the Chinese people. Can you elaborate on that? What did he write, exactly?

Ambassador Locke: Well, he was just complaining about the trade policy, but then, I mean, when I was at the U.S. Department of Commerce, we had concerns about trade policy with China, and rule of law, and making sure that the courts were fair and independent. But the way he said it, was very, very insulting about all Chinese.

I don’t have the letter right in front of me, no. But, you know, it was very, very insulting. And that is his character, he is always insulting people. How can we have a world leader, sitting down, how can we have a US president, sitting down with other world leaders, trying to get them to change their behavior if all he does is insult them?

Simone Gao: Exactly — what people are looking at is not just policy, it’s character, judgement, and values. On that, let me…

Ambassador Locke: I mean, Donald Trump, Donald Trump, openly talks about how, what a good business person he is, because he doesn’t pay his workers, he doesn’t pay his architects, he doesn’t pay his contractors. Well, he is smart, he has been a good businessman. I mean, I suppose you are making money, and saving money, by not paying the people who work for you. But is that a person with good character? Would we want our children to grow up to be like that type of a person?

Simone Gao: Secretary Clinton has been silent on the most severe human rights violation and religious persecution in China over the last two decades, that is, the persecution of Falun Gong. de fato, neither the Bush administration nor the Obama administration has openly raised the Falun Gong issue with China. If Secretary Clinton becomes our next president, what is she going to do about the persecution of Falun Gong? Will she openly demand the Chinese government end the persecution?

Ambassador Locke: Actually I have been with Secretary Clinton when she had raised these human rights issues; she talked about religious freedom and she talked about greater autonomy and freedom for ethnic minorities in China and different religious groups. assim, I have seen her, I have heard her, raise these issues to the Chinese leaders.

I am confident she will continue to advocate and push for human rights including greater religious freedom and tolerance within China.

Simone Gao: In June 2016, NOS. Congress passed H.Res. 343, condemning state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. This action is good, however it is fairly late, and it isn’t enough. Evidence shows that the crime continues to date. If Secretary Clinton becomes the president, what is she going to do about this crime?

Ambassador Locke: Well, I am not part of her administration, so I cannot say what exactly her proposals are and what steps she is going to take next. All I can tell you is that Hillary Clinton has long had a history standing up and speaking out on behalf of human rights and that human rights is part of our foreign policy. We don’t separate it out. It is part of the character of America, which makes us very, very different from most other countries. Human rights is part of our character, that’s why we care about human rights. And I have seen Clinton advocate on behalf of human rights in a way that makes other world leaders perhaps uncomfortable, but she is very open about it, very forthright about it, and doesn’t run from it.

Simone Gao: Em fevereiro 2012 when Wang Lijun fled to the American Consulate in Chengdu, reports say that you recommended the State Department give him asylum status, but it was rejected. It was also said that Wang Lijun brought a number of top secret documents with him pertaining to the Chinese government’s top leadership power struggle — the U.S. Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee chair requested the State Department to release these documents, but we never heard anything since?

Ambassador Locke: Those allegations are all completely untrue. We cannot give asylum to a person that is still in the country they are trying to leave. If you want to defect, you have to do that when you are outside the country that you are trying to leave. You cannot do it when you are still in that country.

Simone Gao: So you didn’t recommend the State Department grant him asylum?

Ambassador Locke: It was impossible, you could never have done it, if we wanted it to.

Simone Gao: So you didn’t do it?

Ambassador Locke: If let’s say, let’s say, let’s say, let’s say you are a Russian general, and you have all these secret documents, and you are to defect and you want to seek asylum. If you go to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and you say, I want to defect, I want asylum, you have to ask for asylum when you are in the United States or outside of Russia. You cannot ask for it when you are inside Russia. How can we get that general out of Russia? If he comes to U.S. Embassy in Russia and we want to give him asylum, how do we get him to the United States? How do we get him outside of Russia? If we drive out him outside, from the embassy to the airport, the Russian police, the Russian military has the authority and the power to stop the car. They do not have to let the car take him to the airport. Even if we put him on an airplane, the Russian government does not have to let the airplane take off. So how do we get that Russian general outside of Russia. That’s why, anytime, por exemplo, a Russian ballet dancer defects and seeks asylum, they do it when they are visiting another country, maybe they are on tour in France, maybe they are on tour in Canada. Then during a break, they somehow go to the French embassy or the US embassy, and they say, I want to defect, I want to leave Russia, I want to become a citizen or I want to go to United States to defect and to seek asylum. You do it when you are no longer in the country you are trying to leave.

Simone Gao: At that point in 2012, the U.S. Consulate was surrounded by security forces directed by Bo Xilai and the mayor of Chongqing, but somehow you decided to give Wang Lijun to the head of national security — is that true?

Ambassador Locke: Well, a lot of these things are classified and I cannot comment on it because it is classified information. But let me just tell you this: We were not going to let him walk out of the consulate in Chengdu, because he would have been apprehended and taken into custody by the security forces from Chongqing sent there by Bo Xilai. And we feared, we were concerned for his safety. We knew that just letting him walk out of the consulate would be very dangerous for him and that he might not be seen again. assim, and because he cannot seek asylum, it is physically, legally impossible to seek asylum, to defect to the United States, if you are still in China at that time, we enabled him to make phone calls to Beijing and to talk to people who could guarantee his safety out of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu. We helped him secure safe passage out of the consulate in Chengdu.

Simone Gao: Thank you for that clarification. Were any of the documents he brought related to forced organ harvesting?

Ambassador Locke: I am not at lib… I cannot say .. I am not going to confirm whether or not there were such documents.

Simone Gao: OK. I touched on this question before, but let me ask again: You are well known in the Chinese community, and you’re a familiar figure to everyday people in China. These people will want to know: Why do you support Secretary Clinton?

Ambassador Locke: Because she is a proven, effective leader. She works with people of all different political backgrounds and beliefs to get things done, to benefit the American people. She has very clear policies and goals for creating more good paying jobs for the American people, making sure that the children of working middle-class families can attend a college or university, without being in debt. And she is a respected world leader. And we need a person that our young people can look up to as a role model, and we need to make sure that the children of America continue to have big dreams and know that if they work hard and study hard, we have a president that will work on their behalf, so that their dreams can come true.

We need a president who is going to bring the people of the world together, bring the people of America together, to solve some of the tough issues facing us. We need a leader who values the many ethnic and cultural groups, religious groups, men and women of America, the diversity of America, because it is that great diversity of people — immigrants from around the world — that have made America great. And we need a president who recognizes the contribution of immigrant groups, recognizes the contribution of different cultures and people of different languages, and inspires them to work even harder, so that America is even a better place to live, work and raise a family, so that America continues to be a beacon of hope and opportunity and freedom for people around the world. So that America can be an example to people around the world, and to governments around the world.

Simone Gao: A final question. A peaceful and prosperous China will be a blessing for the world and the United States — where does Secretary Clinton see the positive force that will contribute to peace and prosperity for a future China? How will she work with and nurture this positive force?

Ambassador Locke: Anyone who has seen Secretary Clinton in the past, sees how she brings people together, how she respects people of different cultures, languages, and religions and ethnic groups, and tries to celebrate that diversity and capitalize on that diversity. People of different viewpoints, people with different ideas, when they come together, they actually come up with a better solution. And so many of the issues facing the world cannot be solved just by United States alone or even by China alone, or France alone, or Germany alone. They need world leaders and people of different countries all coming together.

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Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

SAN FRANCISCO—It’s impossible to tell at a glance that Wang Liansu, a gently-spoken native of northeastern China now living in San Francisco, was brutally beaten and shocked with electric batons on multiple occasions during a 12-year incarceration.

“Some bruises remain," ele disse, and directed me to touch his left rib. An egg-sized bump can be felt beneath the white cloth of his shirt.

Wang Liansu at a candlelight vigil of Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Wang Liansu at a candlelight vigil of Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

In the evening of Oct. 22, Wang and over 1,500 other practitioners of Falun Gong from around the world gathered in front of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco.

Seated nearly knee-to-knee in Laguna Street and along the sides of the consulate building, the practitioners lit candles in memory of the untold numbers killed in a brutal persecution that is now in its 17th year.

Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese leader, had vowed to “eliminate” Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline whose practitioners perform slow exercises and live by the principles of truthfulness, compaixão, e tolerância, dentro 1999. The regime’s propaganda apparatus mounted a Cultural Revolution-style hate campaign, and overnight about 70 para 100 million Chinese citizens found themselves targeted for arrest, detention, and torture.

In September 2001, Wang Liansu, then a 49-year-old mechanical engineer at a state-owned company, was printing literature aimed at exposing the propaganda about Falun Gong in a small print shop in Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, when police barged in and arrested him.

While in detention, Wang’s minders subjected him to severe torture, sleep deprivation, and other forms of abuse in a bid to make him renounce Falun Gong.

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Once, police officers tied him to a special metal chair and took turns beating him; when they grew tired, they shocked him electric batons. “My privates were charred black, and I suffered heart palpitations,” he recalls.

On another occasion, Wang thought that he was finished after prison guards repeatedly shoved his head into a black plastic bag and choked him to the point of near death. Several times, Wang was tortured to the point where he required medical attention.

Wang Liansu performs the exercises of Falun Gong in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Wang Liansu performs the exercises of Falun Gong in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Despite the harshness of prison, Wang never once thought of giving up his faith. “I firmly believe that my adhering to truthfulness, compaixão, and tolerance isn’t something wrong," ele disse.

Wang once shared a cell with a practitioner who was beaten so badly that green bile dribbled out of his mouth, before he died the following day.

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Wang Liansu was eventually released near the end of 2013. Ano passado, he secured travel documents to the United States—under fortuitous conditions— and was finally reunited with his wife and adult son.

After Wang left prison, he hoped to share his “12-year experience in the Chinese regime’s jails to the world’s people.”

Hoje, outside the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, he is doing precisely that.

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

SF Falun Gong Vigil

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Sobre 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners from over 30 countries hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2016, for those who have died during the persecution in China. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
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