On December 29, 2020, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) released a report based on an interview made in October 2016 on how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was harvesting the organs of Falun Gong practitioners while they were still alive. The statement by the interviewee, Mr. Lu Shuheng, corroborates previous reports and allegations and confirms that those at the Shanghai Armed Police Hospital did not use anesthetics in the organ harvesting process.
Mr. Lu, a former Shanghai native residing in California, called the Sound of Hope Radio station in September 2016 while a program on organ harvesting was on the air. On October 2, 2016, Mr. Lu came to the Sound of Hope Radio station and sat in the studio to have a telephone interview with the WOIPFG about his knowledge of the CCP’s policy of harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners.
To protect Mr. Lu, the WOIPFG did not release information about the interview until December 29, 2020.
Mr. Lu has been in the United States for over 20 years. Several relatives of his in Shanghai had been involved in harvesting the organs of live Falun Gong practitioners.
During Mr. Lu’s visit to China in 2002, one of his relatives asked Mr. Lu to refer those people in the United States that needed an organ transplant. This relative said, “You keep an eye on this. If you can get in touch with a person (to do an organ transplant), you can earn a lot more money than doing renovations!” On another occasion, Mr. Lu learned that another relative, a doctor, performed organ transplant surgeries at the Shanghai Armed Police Hospital and was paid for each operation. “Money can be earned very quickly and in large amounts (when you do organ transplants). So, you just go outside to get (business)!” “The organs are of very good quality and are all fresh, all alive!”
While on the operating table, Falun Gong practitioners would shout out “Falun Dafa is Good” until they succumbed to the pain. The parts needed for organ transplants were not anesthetized because the fewer anesthetics used, the fresher and better the organs would be for transplant.
Mr. Lu has another relative who was deputy director of the Shanghai Labor Reform Bureau and deputy director of the Judicial Bureau. Sometimes, the CCP central government in Beijing would request this relative to swap Falun Gong practitioners for some prisoners so that these prisoners could be released. For each Falun Gong practitioner arrested, the Shanghai police would receive 500 yuan in cash. No booking record would be maintained and the Falun Gong practitioner would be sent directly to a secret location in Pudong, Shanghai.
The first allegation of the CCP conducting organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners was made on March 17, 2006, when a nurse from the Liaoning Thrombosis Hospital in Sujiatun, Shenyang City, came forward in Washington, D.C. to disclose the CCP’s large-scale organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. From 2001 to 2003, the hospital held about 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners. More than 4,000 of them were directly burned in a “cremator” in the backyard of the hospital after their organs had been harvested.
On July 6, 2006, two Canadian lawyers published an independent report. After assessing 18 elements of evidence that the authors submitted were ‘‘verifiable and in most cases incontestable,’’ the report concluded that ‘‘there has been and continues today to be large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.’’
On June 17, 2019, an independent tribunal sitting in London concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong movement.
Source: World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, December 29, 2020
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On January 4, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced the punishment of four officials. Hu Wenming, the former chairman of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, who was “involved in serious violations of discipline and the law,” was expelled from the CCP. His pay and benefits were cancelled, the proceeds from violations of discipline and the law were confiscated, and he was sent for prosecution. The CCDI criticized Hu for “loss of faith, ineffective implementation of major decisions of the CCP, malpractice for personal gain, abuse of power, and causing the major loss of assets of a state-owned company.” Hu Wenming was the commander-in-chief of the development of China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier, the Shandong.
Wen Guodong, former deputy governor of Qinghai Province, was dismissed from public office and expelled from the party. The CCDI accused him of losing his ideals and beliefs; he also acted in a perfunctory manner on major decisions of the party. In addition, Wen was charged with acting as a “protective umbrella” for illegal coal mining.
Deng Huilin, former deputy mayor of Chongqing city, was also dismissed from public office and expelled from the party for serious violations of discipline and the law. His problems included ganging up inside the party, harvesting political capital, being interested in political speculation, making arrogant comments on major policies of the CCP, engaging in superstitious activities, and illegally accepting gifts and banquet invitations.
Luo Jiamang, former chief accountant of China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), is the fourth official under CCP discipline. CCDI accused him of losing his ideals and beliefs, having little political consciousness, interfering with inspection work, and opposing organizational review.
Source: Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2020
Epoch Times obtained an internal document from the Hebei (Province) authorities. The document revealed that the provincial authorities set quantitative standards for obtaining advanced overseas technologies as job performance indicators. Moreover, institutions under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Communist Party of China are directly involved.
The document was the “Provincial Budget Project Performance Evaluation Form” (issued on November 17, 2020) by the Hebei International Talent Exchange Association. It shows that the organization’s “performance indicators” include four components: expanding at least 50 cooperation channels; organizing no less than four international scientific and technological cooperation activities; preparing no less than 50 foreign technology projects in reserve, achieving no less than five cooperation intentions; and adding 60-80 foreign technology experts into the reserve.
Its “output indicators” include: introducing foreign advanced scientific and technological innovations and realizing technology transfer, with the number being equal to or greater than 50; the introduction of 3 high-end talent teams in areas of information and communication, biotechnology, medicine and health, new materials, advanced manufacturing, energy, aerospace, and artificial intelligence; signing at least five relevant agreements with friendly groups, expert organizations, research institutions, and universities in the world.
The Hebei International Talent Exchange Association (International Technology Transfer Center) was established in 1988. It has more than 200 technical projects and more than 300 experts, covering more than 10 categories including artificial intelligence, information communication, biotechnology, medicine and health, new materials, modern services and more.
In its “Application Report of Establishing the International Technology Transfer Center by the Hebei International Talent Exchange Association” on November 21, 2020, it is revealed that the focus of the association’s work is to “introduce advanced scientific and technological innovations from abroad and realize technology transfer.”
In its “Presentation of Achievements, it stated that the association and multiple institutions jointly initiated the “Alliance of International Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation.”
So far, this alliance has won the Israeli agriculture project, the production of nanocarbons from waste plastics project, the Hungarian energy grass project, German industrial wastewater treatment technology, South Africa quinoa seed and planting technology, South Africa glaucoma treatment technology and more.
Source: Epoch Times, December 11, 2020
An internal document that the Epoch Times obtained revealed that a delegation from Hebei province used official visits to foreign countries to help private companies gain access to advanced technologies overseas.
The document which was dated July 12, 2019, came from Qingyuan District, Baoding City, Hebei Province. It mentioned that from November 19 to 26, 2018, the Baoding Economic and Trade Delegation visited the United Kingdom and Italy. During the official visit, it helped the Lizhong Group, a private aluminum casting alloy and wrought aluminum alloy manufacturer, to secure multiple contracts. One of the contracts was with UK MQP Limited on collaboration in the super grain refiner project. The other two included an agreement for a joint development laboratory project with Brunel University in the UK and a strategic investment agreement with HT&L Fitting from Italy. Even though the Lizhong Group is registered as a private company, it has been an active member of the CCP’s military-civil fusion project. As an example, on August 1, 2016, it participated as an exhibitor in the CCP military-civil fusion achievement conference organized by the PLA Baoding branch.
Another internal document showed that the Baoding Municipal government used the “international friendly city program” to work with government officials and companies in Ireland, which is also called “Europe’s Silicon Valley,” aiming to gain access to the advanced technology in Artificial Intelligence. According to the document, Baoding City used three steps to build an “international Friendly City” relationship with Cork County of Ireland. The first step was that it signed a memo of “Cultural Tourism Friendly Exchange City” with Cork County in October 2018. After that, it signed another memo to establish economic and trade cooperation. Lastly, in July 2019, it invited officials of Cork County to visit Baoding and also participate in an international Entrepreneurs summit in Baoding. As part of its “international Friendly City” promotion, from June 9-16, 2019, the Deputy Mayor and also a member of CCP Baoding City standing Committee, led a group of delegates and visited the UK and Ireland. The official memo indicated that the delegation met with business and government officials from those countries as well as China’s Ambassadors stationed in UK and Ireland. They also had a meeting with companies including London-based Benvolant Artificial Intelligence Company.
The CCP has been actively promoting a “military-civil fusion (MCF, 军民融合)” policy. Beijing clearly stated that military-civil fusion is “a necessary choice for the party to achieve powerful military goals in the new era” and emphasized the integration of the private sector into the foundation of the defense industry.
Source: Epoch Times, December 22, 2020
China Review News Agency published a “Quick Commentary” in which it stated that, on the 7th, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a video exchange with a delegation from the US-China Business Council’s Board of Directors. He put forth five suggestions on promoting the healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations, including opening up dialogues at all levels and strengthening communication. He expressed that any question can be raised at the negotiation table, including strategic, overall, and long-term issues. Discussions could also start on specific issues to seek breakthroughs and solutions.
He pointed out that the new US government will come to power on the 20th of next month. Therefore, this is an opportunity for China and the United States to reverse or ease the tense relations from the past three years. In addition to Wang Yi, Cui Tiankai, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, and Fu Ying, the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, also recently sent out messages to promote talks, calling for the promotion of Sino-US relations to be put back on track.
Wang Yi pointed out that any issue between China and the United States can be brought to the table for discussion. His attitude seemed quite proactive and open, showing that the Chinese side is confident and determined. He pointed out that any issue could be discussed, including Taiwan and that, in recent years, the Trump administration has frequently played the “Taiwan card.” As part of the U.S. policy to contain China and decouple from China, the Taiwan Strait is most likely to become a tipping point for China and the United States, and communication and control are urgently needed.
Many people expect that the new US government will not easily let go of the “Taiwan card,” but they do not rule out the gradual adjustment of policies under pressure from China. In the past, between 2005 and 2008, in the late Bush administration, China and the United States once formed a situation of joint control and containment of “Taiwan independence.” Now, China has more strength and determination to crack down on any external intervention and crack down on the separatist activities of those who favor “Taiwan independence.”
China’s side has taken the initiative to send out messages and appeals to promote talks, and it is also preparing for the opening of dialogues at all levels between China and the United States. Biden’s victory did bring a turning point for returning Sino-US relations to the right track and a resumption of dialogue between the two sides can be expected. Enhancing communication will make it possible for both sides to manage differences and to expand the convergence of interests effectively, which will be beneficial to the stability of the situation across the Taiwan Strait. [Editor’s note: This report, which was on a number of major Chinese media websites on Dec. 8, 2020, shows how confident Wang Yi is on Biden’s victory and on the Biden administration’s cooperation. This report can be no longer be found online but has been archived.
Sharri Markson, the host of the Australian media, Sky News, reported that a major leak has occurred. The leak contains a register with the details of nearly two million Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members – exposing members who are now working all over the world. The leak also lifts the lid on how the party operates under Xi Jinping. Ms. Markson said the leak is a register with the details of Communist Party members, including their names, party position, birthday, national ID number and ethnicity. “It is believed to be the first leak of its kind in the world,” the Sky News host said. “What’s amazing about this database is not just that it exposes people who are members of the communist party and who are now living and working all over the world, from Australia to the US to the UK,” Ms. Markson said. “But it’s amazing because it lifts the lid on how the party operates under President and Chairman Xi Jinping.” Ms. Markson said the leak demonstrates that party branches are embedded in some of the world’s biggest companies and even inside government agencies. “Communist party branches have been set up inside western companies, allowing the infiltration of those companies by CCP members – who, if called on, are answerable directly to the communist party, to the Chairman, the president himself,” she said. “Along with the personal identifying details of 1.95 million communist party members, mostly from Shanghai, there are also the details of 79,000 communist party branches, many of them inside companies.” Ms Markson said the leak is a significant security breach likely to embarrass Xi Jinping. “It is also going to embarrass some global companies who appear to have no plan in place to protect their intellectual property from theft, from economic espionage,” she said. Ms. Markson said the data was extracted from a Shanghai server by Chinese dissidents, whistleblowers, in April 2016, who have been using it for counter-intelligence purposes. “It was then leaked in mid-September to the newly-formed international bi-partisan group, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China – and that group is made up of 150 legislators around the world. “It was then provided to an international consortium of four media organizations, The Australian, The Sunday Mail in the UK, De Standaard in Belgium and a Swedish editor, to analyse over the past two months, and that’s what we’ve done.” Ms. Markson said, “It is worth noting that there’s no suggestion that these members have committed espionage – but the concern is over whether Australia or these companies knew of the CCP members and if so have any steps been taken to protect their data and people.”
The Chinese Newspaper Epoch Times further identified that the list also included members who worked for the 610 office (an extrajudicial entity set up specifically for the purpose of persecuting Falun Gong).
1. Skynews, December 13, 2020; The Epoch Times, December 16, 2020
2. The Epoch Times