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People’s Daily Condemns Obama’s Meeting with the Dalai Lama

A July 16, 2011, a People’s Daily commentary criticized U.S. President Obama, because, against the objections of the Chinese government, he met with the Dalai Lama in the White House map room. “The development of events shows that the U.S. insists on interfering with China’s internal affairs and has harmed the Sino-U.S. relationship.”

The article said, “While begging for a meeting with U.S. government officials and profiting from U.S. tax payers money, Dalai has repeatedly neglected the historic facts, intensified attacks on the Chinese government, and claimed ‘to cause trouble for China.’”

The commentary further added, “a (U.S. State Department) official announced that by the end of July this year, the U.S. government will allocate funding of $2 million for a two-year project to support the Tibetans settling down in India, Nepal, Bhutan and other South Asia countries, with the goal of ‘increased economic opportunities which will encourage youth to remain in the settlements, strengthen community ties, and preserve cultural and linguistic traditions.’ This type of monetary ‘support’ will undoubtedly encourage and intensify the Dalai clique’s separatist activities.”

Source: People’s Daily Online, July 16, 2011.

China Funds Culture Promotion Research Project

China approved a special project, “Dynamic Database for the Promotion of China’s Culture Overseas,” under the National Social Science Foundation. The project focuses on four research areas: the “going abroad” strategy, China’s image in international media, Chinese studies overseas, and “China’s position in the world of ideologies and cultures.”

Zhang Xiping, Director of Overseas Chinese Language Studies, Beijing Foreign Language University, and a leader of the project, claimed that the purpose of the project is to serve national strategy. “When research on China’s culture makes an impact on the world, it will augment China’s soft power and help China gain stature in the areas of research and ideology.”  

“To do this, (China) should study the target countries’ short-term and long-term cultural needs and convert those requirements into our basic goals and tasks.” Research can include Western countries’ acceptance of Chinese culture, each country’s policy on Chinese language and culture, and the history, language, culture, religion, political parties, economy, and natural environment of African and Asian countries that are important to China’s strategic interests.”

Source: Qiushi Journal, January 6, 2011

People Daily: Review of China’s Cultural Industry in 2010

People’s Daily published a review, stating that China’s culture-based industry boomed in 2010. Movie box office revenues exceeded 10 billion yuan, which is a 33% increase over the prior year. Total publishing revenue exceeded 1.3 trillion yuan, a 20% increase from 2009. About 50% of culture-based companies on the stock market did their IPOs in 2010, absorbing 10.4 billion yuan from the market.

”However, there are still gaps between China’s culture-based industries and those of Western countries. The total production is still small (China needs to have a $4 trillion-yuan market to be on the same footing with Western nations), lacks major cultural enterprises and brand-names, lacks resources and experts, finds it difficult to procure funding, finds policy support lacking, and has experienced a large trade deficit in cultural products.”

Source: People’s Daily, January 28, 2011

Huaqiao University Indoctrinates Foreign Students with CCP Revolution History

Huaqiao University recently organized a winter camp for its foreign students to visit CCP historical revolutionary sites — Yan’n in Shaanxi Province and Xibaipo in Hebei Province. Both served as the capital city of the CCP during its war against the Kuomintang that eventually led to the CCP seizing power in China. ”During this trip, foreign students were indoctrinated with China’s revolutionary history and learned about the hardships endured when the CCP leaders created a brand new China.” “China’s revolution was not by accident; it was the result of many soldiers giving up their lives.”

In English, Huaqiao means “Overseas Chinese.” Huaqiao University is directly under the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. Its students are from overseas Chinese families.

Source: China News Service, January 30, 2011

Media and Rights Groups Work to Secure Gao Zhisheng’s Release

Because of Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States, many have expressed concern for Gao Zhisheng, the lawyer who was ”disappeared” twice and cruelly tortured for defending Christians, political and religious dissenters, and Falun Gong.

On January 10, 2011, AP released an interview with Gao, taken before his second disappearance, in which he discussed his torture, including electric shocks to his genitals, near suffocation, and temporary blindness from cigarettes held close to his eyes.

In a speech given Friday, January 14, 2011, Secretary of State Clinton specifically mentioned Gao Zhisheng. At a congressional press conference on January 18, 2001, Bob Fu of ChinaAid requested that President Obama ask Hu Jintao to free Gao and let him come to the United States to be reunited with his wife and two children. Fu has been circulating a letter that Gao gave his wife, Geng He, before she and their children escaped to the United States. Gao is still missing. No one knows his whereabouts or whether he is still alive.

Christian Newswire, January 20, 2011
Washington Post, January 10, 2011

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