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With the news that Falun Gong practitioners are demonstrating against organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience and members of religious and ethnic minority groups, and that western governments are starting to officially condemn the practice, Falun Gong did have a place in the Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda coalition.
One local Falun Gong practitioner was visiting the dinner show and while waiting outside, he performed some exercises and the Splendid China staff immediately confronted him and said that he would have to leave if he didn’t stop. Another two American Falun Gong practitioners that had gone to Beijing for a Tiananmen Square protest had been treated brutally and now that they were back in the US, they decided join forces to let them know how we roll here in the US.
On one lazy summer afternoon, three Falun Gong practitioners with a videographer entered the park and performed their exercises in front of the Forbidden City exhibit in the area that would today be Tiananmen Square. Not just for a couple of seconds, but for several minutes. The two men who were brutalized by Chinese authorities each made a statement there as well. And then the exercises were performed in the public area of the theme park. Video is shaky and presented below:
In May 1999, Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda held a conference in Orlando, Florida called, “Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America.”
We had a great turn-out and listened to some speeches by informed individuals. The first panel, Exposing Communist Chinese Influence in America Panel Discussion included journalist Ken Timmerman.
The second panel, Exposing Chinese Government Propaganda Panel Discussion, featured talks by Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Bache, and Sebo Koh, representing Eastern Turkestan, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Taiwan respectively.
The third panel, Panel Discussion on Florida Splendid China propaganda theme park exhibits, was conducted by Bhuchung Tsering on the Potala Palace exhibit at Florida Splendid China. Oyunbilig spoke about the so-called Mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Yurt exhibits. Gulamettin Pahta spoke about the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit.
Their talks are linked above.
One of our guests, U.S. Representative Bill McCollum wrote a letter expressing his regrets that he could not be with us and stated:
The agenda for your discussion on China is timely and should prove lively.
The next day we had a Movement and Skills building session, followed by an impromptu demonstration at Florida Splendid China.
The commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the takeover of Eastern Turkestan was held at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on October 13, 1996.
The night before we had already found a bus with diplomatic plates, but we confined our demonstration to publicly available areas the next day.
As had happened sometimes before, Splendid China security called the Osceola Sheriff’s department on us. After a few visits, they did recognize our right to be on public sidewalks and to hold signs, banners and shout slogans; although they did swing back through the area from time to time to see if we were still there.
The Grand Opening of Florida Splendid China was held on December 18, 1993 – twenty years ago today.
Some of the people that were invited:
Richard Nixon (former President of the United States)
Alexander Haig (former Secretary of State)
plus Congressmen, Senators, local mayors and other dignitaries
(none of whom were mentioned as attending in media accounts)
Qian Qi-shen (Vice Premier of State Council – Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China)
Liao Hui (Director, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council)
Li Dao-yu (PRC Ambassador to the United States)
To show that the Chinese government was behind the theme park at the Grand Opening, flyers were handed out showing Chinese Communist Party leaders that visited the version of the theme park in Shenzhen, China. The image below shows Jiang Zemin, at one time the General Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.
One of the tricks used against the opposition to the park was to lie and state that the Chinese government really did not own the theme park or have anything to do with the operations there.
One member of Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda went to Hong Kong before the takeover and obtained a prospectus of the parent company of Florida Splendid China. Quoting from page 15:
Ownership and Control Structure
On 9 July 1996, the authorised and issued share capital of the Issuer was increased from HK$100 million to HK$700 million. The issued share capital of the Issuer is held by six of its directors and one deputy general manager* on trust for China Travel Service Head Office of the PRC, which is owned by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (“OCAO”) of the State Council of the PRC.
OCAO is one of the working organisations of the State Council of the PRC, responsible for the liaison and promotion of overseas Chinese affairs. Both the Issuer and the China Travel Service Head Office of the PRC are directly accountable to the OCAO. The appointment of senior management of the Issuer needs to be approved by OCAO. The current General Manager of the Issuer is Mr. Zhu Yue Ning. He was the Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen from 1986 to 1994, responsible for development in industry, communication and technology, and has extensive experience in corporate management and economic development.
The directors and senior management of the Issuer are responsible for day-to-day management and determine policies and strategies. OCAO directly oversees and influences overall policy and strategy of the CTS group.
The State Council of the People’s Republic of China, as described on their website:
is the highest executive organ of State power, as well as the highest organ of State administration.
Seriously, how can anyone say that the theme park was not linked to the Chinese Communist Party controlled People’s Republic of China government?
Recent photos from occupied Eastern Turkestan (aka Xinjiang) show the magnitude of the Chinese government’s suppression of freedom and justice for the indigenous people.
Call or write your Congressional representatives to call for justice for the people of Eastern Turkestan.
I have had a bit of experience with the struggle against Chinese Communist Propaganda.
Imagine a theme park where school children of all ages are exposed to what’s left of the non-Chinese people’s cultural icons. In a place called “Florida Splendid China,” our school children were taught the once free peoples that were ‘liberated’ by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were now Chinese and happy about it. The cultural relics of their societies (such as monasteries, mosques, and even nomadic memorials) had been taken over and the original purpose/activities were banned and/or corrupted so as to destroy the link between the people and their centuries old non-Chinese culture. And then our children are taught the lies from the Chinese Communist Party controlled institution.
In a recent article entitled, “West’s universities reconsider China-funded Confucius Institutes,” it is painfully evident that the tide is turning against the so-called ‘Confucius Institutes’ that are funded and directed by the same Chinese Communist Party controlled government that brought us Florida Splendid China. In addition to classes on Chinese language, I also discovered that they teach classes, such as “Chinese Minority Cultures” and “China Today.” There are many of these Institutes of Chinese Communist Propaganda, including one at my alma mater, the University of South Florida.
This posting represents some good news.
Laogaiju (Reform Through Labor system) was criticized in the People’s Daily.
The non-judicial / arbitrary system that fills connected companies with workers (aka slave labor) or gets dissidents off the internet and streets may be going away.
According to the Chinese Media Project in a posting entitled, “Labor re-education system under fire“:
Signaling that the laojiao issue is getting attention at senior levels in the Party leadership, the People’s Daily ran an editorial yesterday saying that the whole re-education through labor system was “now in the awkward position of being in violation of the law” thanks to legal advancements stipulating (as in China’s Legislation Law) that a citizen’s rights can only be curtailed by means of laws.
Laogaiju isn’t over yet, but at least they are talking about it.
Hopefully it is the beginning of a long, slippery slide that ends in freedom for the people under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.
Recently a list of regulations published as a ‘Work memo’ were imposed on Beijing Taxicab drivers. The English translation was published by the China Digital Times.
Among the rules were the following:
III. “Zero Spread” Requirements for Taxicabs During the 18th Party Congress Security Period (Convening on November 8 )
(1) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to “seal the door” and “seal the windows.” “Seal the door” by activating child safety locks on the doors. “Seal the windows” by removing window cranks.
(2) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to be on guard for passengers carrying any type of ball. Look for passengers who intend to spread messages by carrying balloons that bear slogans or ping-pong balls bearing reactionary messages.
(3) During the 18th Party Congress period, if driver finds himself on a route through areas of political importance, he must find a detour. Pay attention to technique and manner in order to avoid unnecessary conflict with passengers.
(4) During the 18th Party Congress period, drivers are to regularly inspect the inside and outside of their vehicles in order to ensure lawbreakers have not affixed reactionary materials or messages to the vehicle.
(5) Report any information that could affect public stability in a timely fashion. The public security corps will reward those who notify public security messengers.
The point of these rules are clear, the Chinese Communist Party can not stand any other voices to be heard or for their 18th Party Congress to be sullied in any fashion.
Imagine if these rules were imposed on the cities hosting the Republican or Democratic National Conventions.
OTOH, the city of Tampa, host of the 2012 Republican National Convention, opened areas for demonstrators to speak and even though hundreds of protestors showed up, there was none of the vandalism, violence, mayhem or countless arrests that marred other events where these folks showed up to protest.
The Chinese Communist Party still believes that the Chinese people are unsuited to be able to make decisions for themselves and must be tightly controlled. If that isn’t racist, then I don’t know what racist means.