Epoch Times recently reported that Epoch Times and New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV) in the United States jointly interviewed Dr. Sheng Jianhong, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Local Historical Records Office. Dr. Sheng visited the States to participate in cultural exchange events. She is a well-known scholar and is the author of the book Golden Spike that describes the history of Chinese workers’ participation in constructing the U.S. Central Pacific Railroad 150 years ago. It is unusual for a sitting Chinese government official to accept a formal interview by Epoch Times and NTDTV – both have a Falun Gong background. Dr. Sheng mentioned in the interview that Chinese President Xi Jinping has “admiration” for traditional Chinese culture. She referred to the Chinese President as “Mr. Xi Jinping” instead of his official title. She also said that Xi mentioned the Central Pacific Railroad construction twice in his speeches last year during his visit to Seattle.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a Chinese spiritual practice centered on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. In 1999, the Communist leadership under Jiang Zemin started a brutal crackdown on Falun Gong due to its membership size, independence from the state, and spiritual teachings. The movement has been persecuted in China ever since.
Source: Epoch Times, November 17, 2016