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Chinese official ‘kills himself’ in latest Communist party suicide mystery

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A senior Chinese official has killed himself in his Beijing office, according to reports – the latest mysterious suicide of a ruling Communist party cadre.

Xu Ye’an, 58, was deputy chief of China‘s state bureau for letters and calls – the agency that fields grievances from citizens over injustices or disputes.

According to the respected magazine Caixin, Xu was discovered to have killed himself in his office on Tuesday, although the details surrounding his death remain unclear.

“It is learned that Xu was not in good health lately and was suffering from tinnitus over the past few months,” Caixin reported, citing a person close to the bureau for letters and calls. “He was always in a bad mood.”

 

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Chinese Quit Communist Party, Heralding a New China

Rally in New York City Supports Peaceful Movement

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I have received extensive testimonies underscoring that the situation in China has gotten worse. The crack- down is pervasive and severe.

US Congressman Chris Smith, co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

NEW YORK—Members of the Chinese Communist Party are leaving the party by the tens of thousands, like the grains of sand slipping through the CCP’s hourglass.

An event to support the 138 million Chinese who have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations was held in front of the United Nations building in New York City on May 17. Hundreds of people, most of them Chinese, filled Dag Hammarskjold Plaza quietly holding banners, while speakers took turns at the podium, engaging the audience on what the Quitting the CCP movement really means for China today.

The “Tui Dang,” or “Quit the Party” movement is an embodiment of nonviolence and an awakening of conscience that is changing China. Introduced in November 2004 after an editorial series published by the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times revealed an uncensored history of the CCP, people began quitting by the tens of thousands, recording their decisions on a website maintained by supporters of the movement.

“In this way, the communist organization is quietly collapsing,” said Yi Rong, chair of the Global Service Center for Quitting the CCP.

Speakers ranged from the heads of several human rights organizations to people who have first-hand experience with the CCP’s system of forced labor camps and prisons, where Falun Gong practitioners are frequently tortured.

Many attendees were practitioners of the Chinese self-cultivation practice Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), which has been brutally persecuted by the CCP since 1999, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center, the official press office for Falun Gong. The CCP’s crimes—including over a 100 forms of torture—against the group were talked about by the speakers.

 

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Published on May 18, 2013

China is a country with extremely serious drought problem.

It is also one of the 13 poorest countries for
water resources per head.
The mistakes in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
recent strategies and its reckless economic development,
have further exacerbated the water shortage problem.

An article published by British media on this issue wrote that,
water poverty may negatively impact China’s economic growth;
The “China Dream” will become difficult to achieve
if this problem is not solved as quickly as possible.

UK newspaper The Financial Times published
an article which said
in the rapid economic development China seems to be ignoring
the fact it is a huge nation with poor water resources.
It has only one-fourth of the global average amount
of water per person.
The continued decimation of natural resources and polluted
environment has quickly exacerbated the water shortage issue.
Now China’s economic growth is threatened by this issue.

The Financial Times article quoted a report of the World Bank.

This estimated the economic loss due to water poverty
has reached 2.3% of China’s GDP.

Sun Qingwei, head of Climate and Energy Project, Greenpeace:
“A good mode of economic development should
produce short-term GDP growth, and also protect sustainable
development for future generations in the long run.
In my opinion, the (CCP’s) mode of destroying water resources
and environment only for short-term interests is reckless.
Such economic development cannot be viewed as real.”

Dai Qing, observer of China’s political and social affairs:
“The CCP’s GDP is meaningless.
They are simply playing the number game, trying to prove
economic growth and better civil lives with a higher GDP.
However, they don’t care about the environmental cost of
such development, or depriving Chinese people of civil rights ”

According to expert analysis, excluding the changes of natural
environment, the main reason for China’s water shortage is
still the massive emission of industrial and agricultural
water and water pollution.
The policy mistakes made by the CCP one after another
have made the situation even worse.
These mistakes include reclaiming lakes into fields, the
Three Gorges Dam project, south-to-north water diversion,
river diversions and other projects that were highly
controversial and opposed by experts.

Dai Qing: “We have investigated the water
shortage problem of Beijing.
There are two big rivers flowing into Beijing
from the countryside.
One is the Yongding River from the west, and the
other one is the Chaobai River from the east.
A number of dams have been constructed on both
rivers upstream, which block the majority of water flow.
For example, over 200 dams are built on
the upstream of Yongding River.
Therefore the river is completely dry in Beijing.
The situation is the same for Chaobai River.
On the other hand, the rivers originating in Beijing
cannot be used due to pollution.
This is one aspect of the water poverty problem.”

Sun Qingwei: “Now we see that the blockage of rivers with
dams and massively extracting groundwater has led to the
destruction of water resources in local regions.”

Statistics show that, since 2012 no less than 10 reports
have been released on China’s water poverty problem,
by HSBC Bank, KMPG, Greenpeace, Chinese Academy of
Sciences and other famous agencies.
Experts warn that, “No available water resource
will be left in China after 20 years.”

As so many research reports on water poverty were released,
the CCP officials seem to realize how serious the problem is.
Some remedial measures have been presented,
but have yet to be implemented.

Sun Qingwei: “Currently there have been some efforts
aiming at improvement of water resource management.
However, we are still far away from solving the problem, as
we haven’t seen any real implementation of those measures;
Especially in adjusting the mode of economic development.

If the style of over-consumption of natural resources and
destroying environment for economic growth does not
change, we cannot have any optimism about the situation.
Till now there has been no real action to make such a change.”

The Financial Times article further commented on the water
shortage problem has shown impact on China’s social, political, and economic affairs;
Without solving this issue, the CCP would never
achieve the “China Dream” they depicted.

After Boys Die in Dumpster, Chinese Censors Descend

By Wen Jun
Epoch Times Staff

 

Li Yuanlong, a journalist, first reported about the deaths of the boys Friday, Nov. 16, the day after the new leaders of the Chinese Communist Party were sworn into office in Beijing. (Weibo.com)

Li Yuanlong, a journalist, first reported about the deaths of the boys Friday, Nov. 16, the day after the new leaders of the Chinese Communist Party were sworn into office in Beijing. (Weibo.com)

 

The boys, cousins and brothers between the age of 9 and 13 surnamed Tao, had been trying to take shelter from the cold and lit a fire inside a large garbage bin to keep warm. Their bodies were found by a rubbish collector in Bijie city in Guizhou Province, one of China’s poorest, last Friday. They are thought to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Li Yuanlong, the journalist who first reported the story, was “taken for a ride” by police on Nov. 21, part of the authorities’ attempt to intimidate him and snuff out the news.

The Central Propaganda Department considered the story so sensitive that they issued a media directive on Nov. 20 to squelch the story. A netizen reported increased security and police presence in Bijei City, blocking inquiries about the deaths.

The Internet post by journalist and dissident Li went viral online, prompting nationwide sorrow for the deaths. Netizens were outraged at the squalor the children were living in, and with the official handling of the issue.

The human rights organization China Rights Observer was able to contact Li, who told them by cellphone that he was riding in police car, and had been “vacationed,” reported Radio Free Asia, after a netizen issued an alert that Li was missing.

In an effort to limit further publicity, propaganda authorities issued a media directive on Nov. 20 instructing papers to report only moderately on the story. “Do not put this news on the front page, do not lure readers to the story, do not link to the story, do not comment on it, and do not dispatch journalists to the scene,” according to China Digital Times, a website which keeps a catalogue of such notices.

A netizen who traveled to Bijie to investigate reported in a Weibo post that security there had been stepped up.

“There are uniforms and secret police everywhere around the spot of the deaths, the village, and the funeral parlor. I was questioned by police in the funeral parlor and a policeman is trying to take me to the police station.”

Photos of the squalid dwelling of some of the boys surfaced on the Chinese Internet after their deaths. The five young runaway boys were found dead in a dumpster after lighting a fire to stay warm. (Weibo.com)

Photos of the squalid dwelling of some of the boys surfaced on the Chinese Internet after their deaths. The five young runaway boys were found dead in a dumpster after lighting a fire to stay warm. (Weibo.com)

The anger of netizens reflects the sore points of the Chinese citizenry at large, issues that promise to go unresolved by the new regime: a lack of social services for the families of migrant workers, pervasive censorship, a political and economic structure which delivers to the officials but not to the citizenry, and unresponsive bureaucrats like the police who neglected to search for the runaways.

After the news was publicized a number of officials resigned or were fired. Yet comments on the Internet reveal the depth of persistent anger at the regime, whose social policies are blamed for this and similar tragedies. “The Chinese Communist Party is planning another assassination!” said one user. “We will all die an unnatural death if we don’t revolt!” shouted another. Yet another wrote: “Common people are boiling with resentment. Chinese communist officials, prepare coffins for yourselves!”

 

 

 

 

China Holds Ex-Journalist Who Wrote of Boys’ Deaths

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Published: November 23, 2012
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BEIJING — A former journalist and his wife have been detained by security officers in China after he wrote online last week about five boys in Guizhou Province who died in a trash bin after taking shelter there from the cold, according to a lawyer and a friend of the ex-journalist.

Li Yuanlong/Associated Press

A trash bin in Bijie, China, that is believed to be where five boys, ages 9 to 13, died, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The lawyer, Li Fangping, said in a telephone interview that the ex-journalist, Li Yuanlong, who is not related to the lawyer, was picked up by security officers on Wednesday. The men spoke by telephone while Mr. Li was being driven along a highway to a “resort” in Guizhou in south-central China, the lawyer said Thursday. A friend of Mr. Li’s who edits an online publication said Mr. Li’s wife had been taken too.

Mr. Li, 52, had been a reporter for Bijie Daily, the main newspaper in the city of Bijie, for eight years, but was imprisoned in 2005 for two years because he had written too many “negative” stories about Bijie, the lawyer said. He has been unemployed since his release from prison, the lawyer added.

Late last week, Mr. Li posted photographs and wrote about the deaths in Bijie of the five boys, who were all related and ranged in age from 9 to 13. The bodies were discovered on Nov. 16 in a rolling trash bin. The local police said the boys appeared to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning after they started a fire with charcoal inside the bin to warm themselves. At least four of the boys had dropped out of school, according to official news reports.

Mr. Li’s posts ignited outrage on the Internet in China. Online users asked scathing questions about how the local government, teachers, family members and society in general could have allowed the boys to end up in such a predicament. Official news organizations, including Xinhua, the state news agency, ran reports on the deaths.

For many Chinese, the plight of the dead children evoked comparisons to the tale of “The Little Match Girl,” a Hans Christian Andersen story of a girl ignored by the rich who froze to death after trying to warm herself with a lighted match. The story was commonly assigned in Chinese schools for many years.

The boys’ parents were migrant workers who had gone off to boom cities seeking jobs, and the boys were being raised in haphazard conditions typical of “left-behind children,” the news reports said. It is common across China for migrant workers to leave children in the care of family members, often grandparents, in their hometowns. Because of a strict residency registration system across China, migrant workers cannot get proper social benefits in the cities in which they work, and their children are often barred from schooling, which gives parents little incentive to bring their children with them.

The lawyer said local officials knew that Mr. Li had more information on the plight of children in Bijie, and so the officials wanted to detain him to keep him away from other reporters. He added that Mr. Li had been documenting the problems faced by children for years.

A person answering the telephone at an office of the Bijie government said the office had no information about Mr. Li. The Web site of the city government has some information on the five dead boys and has a post vowing to protect children and to patrol trash bins. The government also said it would set up a hot line for reporting on cases of street children and send officials to schools to ensure that children are enrolled and attending classes.

Mr. Li’s posts last week came at a particularly delicate time for the Communist Party, which announced a new leadership lineup on Nov. 15. Party leaders have stressed the need to bridge the country’s growing income gap, but many officials still support a growth-at-all-costs strategy.

Xinhua, the state news agency, reported that two school principals and four local officials were fired Monday night for failing to ensure the welfare of the boys in Bijie. Two other officials were suspended from their jobs.

The boys were identified as Tao Zhongjing, 12; Tao Zhonghong, 11; Tao Zhonglin, 13; Tao Chong, 12; and Tao Bo, 9.

Mia Li contributed research.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: November 23, 2012

 

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the author of “The Little Match Girl.” He is Hans Christian Andersen, not Anderson.

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A British businessman poisoned in a Chinese city. The alleged killer: the wife of a man who was eyeing one of the nine seats at the highest level of political power, the Communist Party politburo. Was this killing connected in any way to political events, and could it, indeed, impact the election of a new generation of Chinese leaders?