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CCP Hackers Attacked the Epoch Times before the Announcement of Zhou Yongkang’s Arrest

From December 1 to December 6 or 7, 2014, Chinese Communist Party hackers attacked the Epoch Times website. On December 6, 2014, the CCP announced that it would expel the former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang from the Party and arrest him on criminal charges. At critical times in the past, the CCP hackers have launched similar attacks. An Epoch Times article on December 10, 2014, made a list recording these past attacks. The list started in March of 2012, after the Epoch Times reported on the Wang Lijun incident. 

After Wang Lijun sought refuge in the US Consulate in Chengdu on February 6, 2012, the Epoch Times accurately predicted the fall of Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang.

Source: Epoch Times, December 10, 2014

People’s Daily: University Instructors Should Not Be ‘Announcers’ Who Defame China.

On November 14, 2014, Liaoning Daily, a provincial Chinese Communist Party-run newspaper, published an article (reprinted in Sohu) titled, “Teacher, Please Don’t Talk about China Like That: An Open Letter to Teachers of Philosophy and Social Science.” Liaoning Daily’s reporters sat through about 100 classes in 20 universities in big cities in China and concluded that university teachers in China 1) disagree with the Chinese Communist Party’s innovative theories and expose the dark sides of Marx, Engels, and Mao Zedong in class; 2) disagree with China’s political system and praise the “separation of powers” in the West; 3) do not love the Chinese Communist Party and do not encourage students to join the Party using themselves as role models.

On November 17, 2014, the Chinese Communist Party News website under People’s Daily published a commentary article titled “University Teachers Should Not Be ‘Announcers’ Who Defame China.” The article criticized university teachers for spreading Western views and disparaging China’s political system in class. The article said, “University teachers must correct their world views, conscientiously implement the Party’s education policy, and inject positive energy into the development and dissemination of (China’s) socialist core value system.”

On November 19, 2014, Huanqiu published a commentary on the debate that the Liaoning Daily’s article initiated (“If Any Country Is Criticized, the Target Must Be China”). According to Huanqiu, university instructors’ speeches in class must be restricted by a higher political and moral bottom line. “If instructors in European and American universities promote values that are highly contradictory to those of mainstream society, they will get into big trouble.”

Finally, the Xinhua blog published an article (not necessarily representing Xinhua’s views) saying, “First of all, do not underestimate the intelligence and judgment of college students." "Second, do not overestimate the teachers’ influence in the university classroom." "Third, the openness and freedom of the university classes have a self-purification function." "Fourth, we should believe in the capable outcome resulting from university autonomy.”

Source: Sohu, People’s Daily, Huanqiu, Xinhua Blog, November 14 – 19, 2015

Cheng Ming Monthly: Wang Qishan Targeting Zeng Qinghong’s “Independent Kingdom”

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has targeted the five largest Chinese enterprises in Hong Kong for corruption. The five enterprise groups are: China Resources (华润集团), the Bank of China (中银集团), China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC, 中信集团), the China Everbright Group (光大集团), and the China Merchants Group (招商局集团). At a CCDI meeting, Wang Qishan, the Commission’s Secretary, stated that their problems have long existed and are very severe. They have created independent kingdoms and their own cliques.

According to the May Edition (439th Edition) of Cheng Ming Monthly, a Hong Kong-based Magazine, of the top executives of these five largest Chinese enterprises and 35 enterprises owned by Provinces or Ministries in China, 75 to 80 percent are the children, grandchildren, or relatives, of government officials. 63 to 75 percent hold a foreign passport or residence card.

On April 11, 2014, the CCDI held a meeting of the “Anti-Corruption and Rectification Campaign” to target those five largest Chinese enterprises in Hong Kong. Wang Qishan stated at the meeting, “The combined work of auditing, checking, rectifying, and anti-corruption for the five enterprise groups have a clear, well-defined, and firm purpose. This work is to maintain responsibility to our people, our country, and our undertaking. For this work, we should never stop in the middle, retreat, or leave something unresolved for the future.”

Wang further listed the major problems that these enterprise groups face:
1. They have been establishing independent kingdoms and cliques in the areas of appointing executives, operations, and auditing.
2. There are powers at certain Central CCP department and local governments protecting these groups, which means that the central government’s over-twenty attempts to rectify and investigate these companies was done in vain.
3. They have changed or abandoned the CCP Central Committee’s regulations on institutions stationed outside China.
4. They have ignored the central government’s fiscal system, financial system, and accounting system, and created multiple versions of accounting books to cheat the government.
5. Top executives of these enterprises, along with their relatives, have conducted individual illegal economic and financial activities in the name of the enterprise.
6. They spend lavishly on salaries, benefits, and bonuses.

[Editor’s Note: Zeng Qinghong (曾庆红), the number two person in Jiang Zemin’s clique, has a strong influence over Hong Kong and Macao affairs. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Chair of the Central Hong Kong and Macao Work Coordination Committee and has continued to maintain a powerful influence. China Resources Chairman Song Lin, who was recently taken down on corruption charges, is considered Zeng’s man. Some media have mentioned that Wang’s targeting of these enterprises is a step aimed at Zeng.

Source:, May 3, 2014

Deutsche Welle Chinese: Wealthy Chinese Are Fleeing China”

On February 8, 2014, Deutsche Welle Chinese published an article titled, “Fleeing China – Chinese Millionaires’ Shared Dream.” According to the article, no country in the world is like China. Individuals can quickly and suspiciously accumulate large sums of wealth in its socialist market economy. Rupert Hoogewerf [the publisher of the Hurun Report, a monthly magazine best known for its "China’s Rich List," a ranking of the wealthiest individuals in China] has found a close relationship between political power and wealth in China. Of the 1,000 richest people in China, 84 are members of the National People’s Congress and 69 are members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. About a quarter of the wealthiest Chinese are registered Chinese Communist Party members, though the Chinese Communist Party claims that it is the vanguard of the proletariat class. Hoogewerf reported last year that 315 of the richest Chinese have personal wealth of over 1 billion U.S. dollars; 64,500 Chinese people have wealth that exceeds U.S. $10 million; more than 1.05 million Chinese people have over $1.2 million in assets.

The Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing reported in 2013 that 60 percent of Chinese millionaires have applied for or have considered applying for EB-5 immigration visas which the United States provides to wealthy investors. From 2009 to 2011, the Canadian Consulate General in Hong Kong received more than 60,000 applications for immigration to Canada, in the name of foreign investors, from the super-rich Chinese in Mainland China. These applications accounted for 86 percent of the total applications worldwide during that period. Recently, the Canadian government had to freeze the immigration project that meant to attract global investment since the number of applications was too large to handle. Now China’s super-rich are waiting for investment immigration visas to United States, New Zealand, or Australia. In 2011, the United States issued 3,340 permanent residence permits to the Chinese investment immigrants. Each applicant must spend at least $500,000 on creating a company or creating jobs. The article concluded that it is the difficulties China faces that are causing China’s wealthy to emigrate. 

Source: Deutsche Welle Chinese, February 8, 2014

Did Murdoch’s Ex-wife Wendi Deng Spy for Chinese Military and Have an Affair with Tony Blair?

On November 25, 2013, China Gate published an article which stated that, according to a report from Pan Chinese, Wendi Deng, who News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch recently divorced, is a top female spy working for the General Political Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), in the Peoples Republic of China. Based on multiple Western media reports, the article also claims that Deng may have had an affair with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who "is the dupe in a Chinese spy plot." Tony Blair delivered a keynote speech at the "First China Philanthropy Forum" in Beijing on November 30th, 2012. "Now research by The Sunday Times has established that Blair’s keynote speech was hosted by a front organisation for the department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that runs psychological warfare and covert influence operations against foreign political and military leaders." 

Sources: China Gate and Pan Chinese, November 15, 2013

Sina Weibo Microblog: Five Major Chinese-Style Ways to Solve Problems

Recently, a post originally on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website, has been circulating online in China. The post, the original of which cannot be found, summarized five major Chinese-style methods to solve problems in China.

1) Take a judicial route if you have connections with the authorities and also have a lot of money;
2) Take a media route if you have connections with the authorities but do not have much money;
3) Take a bribery route if you do not have any connections with authorities but do have a lot of money;
4) Take a violence route if you have neither connections nor money;
5) Take a self-destruction route if you have no connections, no money, and do not want to take violent action.
Source: Boxun, October 29, 2013

China’s System Is a Trap that Lures All Officials to Commit the Crime of Bribery

On October 10, 2013, published an article on the prevalence of the bribery phenomena among Chinese officials. When a university professor and a deputy Party secretary of the Changsha Municipal People’s Congress were attending a seminar in Germany, the university professor said to the Party secretary, “According to German standards, we are all criminals.” The deputy Party secretary eventually quit his job because he realized that, just based on China’s own policies which the Chinese Communist Party Central Commission for Discipline Inspection had established, many Chinese have committed the crime of bribery.

China’s political system causes all officials from the bottom to the top to be trapped into either giving or taking bribes.  It is a hidden rule in China that bribery must be used to initiate projects and to obtain funds. The article concluded that, in order to prevent officials from committing crimes because of their jobs, China must first discipline the officials from the top so as to block any loopholes in the system.

Source:, October 10, 2013

Beijing CBD Properties Are as Expensive as the Tokyo Shinjuku CBD and the City of London

On September 29, 2013, People’s Daily published an article on how expensive properties are in the Beijing Central Business District (CBD). The original article was from Beijing Youth Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Youth League committee in Beijing. According to the article, Beijing CBD property is as expensive as real estate in the Tokyo Shinjuku CBD and in the City of London. However, the average income of Beijing residents is only 1/5 of the income of people living in Tokyo and London.  If an ordinary young man wanted to buy an 80-square-meter apartment in the Beijing CBD, he would have to work at least 40 years without eating or drinking anything.

Source: People’s Daily, September 29, 2013