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Internet Hot Topic: Beijing Street Slogan à Leave A Smooth Open Road for Foreign Friends

A picture taken at Beijing’s street was posted and widely circulated on the Internet with a big banner saying “Reduce Going Out to Leave A Smooth Open Road for Foreign Friends.” Google search with Chinese slogan returned over 800 items, many with numerous Internet users’ postings. For example, in Tianya (one of the most popular Internet forum in China), a user from Beijing posted his experience and feeling of the inconvenience brought to him due to the heightened level of security check and various regulations in the preparation of Olympics. In the last sentence, the user sarcastically says, “…We should be civilized and obedient host, like the slogan ‘Reduce Going Out …’ on the street.”

Source: BBC, July 16, 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/chinese/simp/hi/newsid_7510000/newsid_7510100/7510144.stm http://cache.tianya.cn/publicforum/content/free/1/1377188.shtml

Beijing Railway Security Level Upgraded; Special Police Armed to Patrol

Beijing Railway Police declared security level upgrade on July 21, 2008 for the safety of Olympics. Anything entering the railway stations will subject to various security checks. Liquid will have to go through the “machine” from the date announced. Special police equipped with rifles are patrolling in all the four railway stations in Beijing. Detecting dogs are randomly checking goods round the clock.

Source: Xinhua, July 21, 2008
http://news.xinhuanet.com/olympics/2008-07/22/content_8742800.htm

Beijing Olympics: China Asked Japan for Falun Gong Names, Japan Refused

Japan rejected China’s request for names of Falun Gong practitioners currently living in Japan, reported Kyodo News Service July 16. The request was made in connection with the security of the upcoming Olympics. Since it has a visa waiver program with Japan, China is concerned that Falun Gong adherents might enter China from Japan as tourists without applying for visas and peacefully protest during the games. Japan rejected the request citing protection of privacy.

Source: Epoch Times, July 18, 2008
http://news.epochtimes.com/gb/8/7/18/n2195279.htm

Sanhedrin in Isr’l Confirms Killing of Falun Gong Adherents in China

Eleven judges of the re-established Sanhedrin, a body that aims to emulate the ancient Jewish Supreme Court reached a conclusion that according to available evidence Falun Gong members in China are indeed being persecuted and sent to detention camps, where they are killed and likely having their organs harvested and sold. Judge and Rabbi Meir Jaacov Halevy announced the conclusion on behalf of the Sanhedrin last week. The court also urged the Communist Party to respect ancient principles of respecting life and not killing.

The court accepted to hear the complaint in January 2007 which was brought forth by Falun Gong practitioners in Israel against the Chinese Communist regime. The Chinese embassy in Israel was invited but did not appear in court. Earlier its representatives attempted to pressure the court not to hear the case, saying that it might harm the relations between Israel and China. In 2004 the Sanhedrin appointed itself as an international Torah court.

Source: New Tang Dynasty TV, July 19, 2008
http://ntdtv.com/xtr/b5/2008/07/19/a172973.html
Falun Info Center, July  29, 2008
http://media.faluninfo.net/media/doc/2008/07/FINAL_DECISION_RE_FG_-_PRC.pdf  

Chinese Diplomat Pressured Eutelsat to Drop Independent TV programs

A telephone recording shows that the Chinese Ambassador in Italy, Sun Yuxi, directly pressured Eutelsat, an European Satellite carrier, to cut off the signal of New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV). NTDTV is an independent TV media company based in NY. With its uncensored broadcasts, NTDTV is the only Chinese TV station broadcasting to people inside China. On June 16, Eutelsat turned off NTDTV’s signal on the grounds of lacking electric power.

The recording has confirmed that the Chinese Communist Party played a major role in this incident. Ambassador Sun personally negotiated the turning off of the NTDTV signal. Eutelsat reported immediately to Sun Yuxi after shutting down NTDTV’s broadcasting into China. Ambassador Sun supported Eutelsat on this move. Eutelsat expects to develop some relationships with the Chinese Central Television (CCTV) and Chinese Aerospace and Aeronautics Industry Group.

Source: World Orgnization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, July 16, 2008
http://www.zhuichaguoji.org/en/index2.php?option=content&task=view&id=184&pop=1&page=0

Beijing Olympics: The Olympics Logo Now on the Cover of the Bible

50,000 copies of a special Olympics edition of the Bible have been printed and shipped to the six Olympics cities, according to two state-run Christian organizations. The cover of the Bible that bears the Olympic Logo has been on the front page of major state-run newspapers. The two state-run Christian organizations are  the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Church in China and the China Christian Council. According to the two state organizations, the copies are being offered free as one of the major religious services that they are providing to the Olympics. The use of the Olympic logo on the Bible was licensed by the State Beijing Olympics Committee.

Source:
Chinese Protestant Church, July 14, 2008
http://www.chineseprotestantchurch.org/news/hot/2008/714/08714866.html
Chinese Protestant Church, June 23, 2008
http://www.chineseprotestantchurch.org/news/hot/2008/623/08623226.html

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