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Jia Qinglin: Exercise the Party’s Direction and Explore New Opportunities on Religion Work

On April 17, Jia Qinglin, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, spoke at a forum on the Party’s religion work attended by provincial level party leaders.

Jia emphasized that all levels of party committees and government bodies should understand the overall and strategic importance of religion work under the current environment. They should further strengthen and exercise the Party’s leadership in religion work; strengthen research and investigation of the current status of various religions; pay attention to religion work at the ground level; strengthen the support of patriotic religious organizations; fully encourage and utilize personnel within those organizations to play active roles to bridge the connections between the government body and religious believers to ensure stability among religions.

Jia also instructed that it is required that they should actively engage in building friendly relations with religions from overseas and be on guard against foreign forces using religion for espionage. 

Source: Xinhua, April 17, 2009

Statistics Suggest Millions of Falun Gong Practitioners Remain Active in China

According to the statistics released by Minghui or Clearwisdom, an overseas website recording daily updates about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, there are about 200,000 active underground material production sites throughout mainland China. Their daily operation is to download materials from Minghui using software to get around censorship, then print and assemble those into booklets which will then reach a minimum of 40 million practitioners in China through an internal network.

Additional data released by Minghui include the number of experience sharing articles received by Minghui Annual Mainland Online Experience Sharing Conference increases from 2200 to 2600 articles between 2004 and 2007 to 11,000 articles in 2008. Since July 20, 1999, Minghui received, confirmed, and published 254,000 torture cases of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

According to Minghui, Minghui website was created and is maintained by Falun Dafa practitioners.  It is designed to serve both fellow practitioners and the general public with daily articles that provide insights into Falun Dafa cultivation practice, expose the harsh persecution in China, and report the news of Falun Dafa activities around the world.

Source: Minhui, April 19, 2009

Outlook Weekly Praises PLA’s Effort during Beijing Olympics

Outlook Weekly lauded the PLA’s involvement in the Olympics, stating it reflected the army’s complete loyalty under the absolute leadership of the Party. The article states that it demonstrated the high quality of the forces, the successful collaboration with all levels of government entities, and the importance of the critical role played by the Party committees within the PLA.

A total of 300,000 PLA and armed police assisted with the Beijing Olympics since 2004, out of which, 179,000 of them were actively involved during the games.

Source: Outlook Weekly, 14th Edition, 2009

International Herald’s Rebuttal on Reported China Hacking

Responding to recent news reports accusing China of cyber attacks, the International Herald calls such accusations by Western media groundless. The article quotes defense expert Professor Meng Xiangqing, who claims that it was a smoke bomb. He defends that China is indeed the victim and has been attacked by  Western cyber spies, lead by the country’s enemies and anti-China forces.

Meng lists the U.S. as having the most powerful cyber-attack potential and that it has provided funding in the amount of tens of millions of dollars a year to a number of organizations including “Ze Wa online,” a Tibetan independence entity and “cyber traitors,” the Chinese democracy movement leaders, to conduct cyber spying activity on China, attack the Chinese government, criticize China’s open reform policy and other socialist values.

Source: Xinhua, April 9, 2009

Outlook Weekly Praises the Progress of US-Sino Relationship and Warns the Obstacles Ahead

A commentary by the Outlook Weekly calls the meeting between Obama and Hu one of the highlights at G20. Two major milestones were achieved from the meeting, the article cited, “building a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship in the 21st century” and “establishing a Strategic and Economic Dialogue group”. It named the meeting a historic event which “has set a stage and tone of US-Sino relationship in such a swift and highly efficient manner and carries a significant meaning on the future development of both sides”.

The article also warned a few obstacles along the path including the actions taken by US congress on Tibet and Taiwan issues, Pentagon’s “intention to stir up the South China Standoff” as well as some “anti-China force continues to embark on the trades and currency issues”.  It concludes that the future of US Sino relationship remains a major task for both countries to resolve.

Source: China News, April 7, 2009

Bank of China to Enter the News Industry

Bank of China is set to enter the news industry and make it a key sector of the bank’s 2009 operational plan, according to Wang Zhaowen, the spokesperson of Bank of China. Bank of China foresees the news industry as a potential sector with growth opportunities and wishes to provide comprehensive services including banking, security, insurance, investment and financial consulting.

Source: Securities Daily, March 23, 2009

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