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June 2009: "In China, the Communist Party's propaganda machine has worked furiously to portray the protests in Iran -- already being dubbed the Green Revolution, after the Rose and Orange revolutions earlier this decade in Georgia and Ukraine -- as orchestrated by the United States and other Western powers, not a grass-roots movement. Unlike Western leaders, who have avoided acknowledging Ahmadinejad's claims of victory, President Hu Jintao joined Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev in meeting with and congratulating the Iranian president."

August 2008: "Despite these concerns, President Bush and many other world leaders have accepted China's invitation to attend the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday. After saying for months that the Games should be viewed only as a sporting event, Bush met with Chinese rights activists Tuesday and said he would use the opportunity to remind President Hu Jintao of U.S. support for human rights. The Foreign Ministry criticized his gesture, calling it interference in China's internal affairs. But his decision to attend was still being interpreted as endorsement of China's contention that the Olympic Games are not an appropriate stage for human rights appeals."

April 2008: "The conviction added to indications that President Hu Jintao and the Communist Party have decided that enforcing the party's strictures against political criticism is more important than gaining approval abroad ahead of the Olympics. Under the Chinese system, courts have remained subservient to the party and often solicit advice from political authorities before rendering a verdict, according to Chinese lawyers."

February 2008: "President Hu Jintao, the party leader, called last week for an intensified propaganda drive to ensure that China's image is shining for the worldwide attention tied to the Olympics. The party has welcomed the Games as a chance to demonstrate China's progress during three decades of economic reforms. In that light, it is reluctant to allow any airing of China's problems, including repression of political dissent and draconian censorship."

October 2007: Marxists once referred to religion as the opium of the people, but in today’s China it is the music promoted on state-monopolized radio that increasingly claims that role. China’s leader, Hu Jintao, has talked since he assumed power five years ago about “building a harmonious society,” an ambiguous phrase subject to countless interpretations.

October 2007: President Hu Jintao used the word democracy 61 times in his main address to the congress. The official Xinhua news agency reported that the party nominated 221 candidates to fill the 204 full seats on the Central Committee, meaning that 8.3 percent of those deemed eligible did not get a seat. Xinhua called this a “competitive election.”

October 2007: That is a common complaint in the Chinese countryside, and protests against land grabs by local officials erupt on a regular basis. The Ministry of Public Security reported 17,900 'mass incidents' in the first nine months of 2006. They are almost always snuffed out within a day or so. Corruption is a top priority for the central government, President Hu Jintao reiterated during the 17th Party Congress this week.

October 2007: With President Hu Jintao and Mr. Wen demanding tougher action on pollution, local officials in 2006 came under new pressure to clean up Lake Tai. Despite repeated pledges and campaigns to protect the once scenic lake, it was still rated Grade V by the State Environmental Protection Administration, the lowest level on its scale.

June 2007: The law is the latest step by President Hu Jintao to increase worker protections in a society that, despite its nominal socialist ideology, has emphasized rapid, capitalist-style economic growth over enforcing labor laws or ensuring an equitable distribution of wealth.

May 2006: China and the Vatican have no diplomatic relations. President Hu Jintao has promoted some religious activities, but the Communist Party is generally suspicious of outside influences over various sects, be they Christian, Islamic or Buddhist. Besides upholding traditional Marxist principles, Hu has tried to tap into traditional Chinese values aimed at building a 'harmonious society.'

November 2005: President of China.


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Apr 27, 2011 Great Leap Backward

QUOTE: First, the government is arresting not only dissidents and Christians but also their family members and even their lawyers. Second, after a long period in which police would torture working-class prisoners but usually not intellectuals, the authorities are again brutalizing white-collar dissidents.

New York Times
Mar 30, 2011 Philippines Says China Executes Three Filipinos

QUOTE: “This is a sad day for this country and we are afraid for the other Filipinos who are also on death row who have been neglected by the government,” Garry Martinez, chairman of Migrante International... More than 200 Filipinos are being held in Chinese prisons, 72 of them on death row for drug trafficking. Amnesty International... said China executed more people in 2010 than any other country.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2009 Authoritarian Regimes Censor News From Iran

QUOTE: pro-democracy protests that appeared to inspire and energize one another broke out in Eastern Europe, Burma, China and elsewhere. Not all evolved into full-fledged revolutions, but communist regimes fell in a broad swath of countries, and the global balance of power shifted. A similar infectiousness has shown up in subtle acts of defiance by democracy advocates around the world this week.

Washington Post
Aug 02, 2008 Defiant Chinese Harassed, Jailed Before Olympics: Defiant Chinese Harassed, Jailed Before Olympics

QUOTE: The Olympic Games have become the occasion for a broad crackdown against dissidents, gadflies and malcontents this summer. Although human rights activists say they have no accurate estimate of how many people have been imprisoned, they believe the figure to be in the thousands.

Washington Post
Apr 03, 2008 Subversion Conviction: Chinese Rights Advocate Gets 3 1/2-Year Prison Term

QUOTE: "The manipulations that led to this guilty verdict are a blatant perversion of justice," T. Kumar, Amnesty's Asia advocacy director, said in a statement. "It is deeply disturbing that officials would so openly turn their backs on commitments to improve human rights in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. Hu Jia must be released immediately and unconditionally."

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2008 Online Rights Activist Charged in China: Dissident Accused of Inciting Subversion

QUOTE: President Hu Jintao, [China's Communist] party leader, called last week for an intensified propaganda drive to ensure that China's image is shining for the worldwide attention tied to the Olympics...In that light, it is reluctant to allow any airing of China's problems, including repression of political dissent and draconian censorship.

Washington Post
Nov 19, 2007 Chinese Dam Projects Criticized for Their Human Costs (Choking on Growth)

QUOTE: The Three Gorges Dam, then, lies at the uncomfortable center of China’s energy conundrum: The nation’s roaring economy is addicted to dirty, coal-fired power plants that pollute the air and belch greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Dams are much cleaner producers of electricity, but they have displaced millions of people in China and carved a stark environmental legacy on the landscape.

New York Times
Oct 24, 2007 The Sound, Not of Music, but of Control

QUOTE: Fu Guoyong, an independent cultural critic in Hangzhou, likened today’s pop music culture to the politically enforced conformity of the Cultural Revolution, when only eight highly idealized Socialist “model operas” could be performed in China.

New York Times
Oct 22, 2007 In China, the More Things Change . . .

QUOTE: The Communist Party has run China for 58 years. Despite the dynamic, even reckless expansion that has become the norm for the country’s frothy economy, the party has become more entrenched, more predictable and more enamored of its rituals.

New York Times
Oct 18, 2007 A Chinese village takes a stand against graft: Locals in the village of Xiantang have occupied their village hall for the past 14 weeks to protest what they say is official graft.

QUOTE: The occupiers are not armed insurrectionists. They are mostly old people who complain that the village committee, led by the local secretary of the Communist Party, took over the land they had farmed, leased or sold it to developers, and kept the money for themselves.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 13, 2007 In China, a Lake’s Champion Imperils Himself ("Choking on Growth" part 3 of 10)

QUOTE: Grass-roots environmentalists arguably do more to expose abuses than any edict emanating from Beijing. But they face a political climate that varies from lukewarm tolerance to icy suppression.

New York Times
Sep 10, 2007 For China's Censors, Electronic Offenders Are the New Frontier

QUOTE: The Public Security Ministry, which monitors the Internet under guidance from the Central Propaganda Department, has recruited an estimated 30,000 people to snoop on electronic communications. The ministry recently introduced two cartoon characters -- a male and female in police uniforms -- that it said would pop up on computer screens occasionally to remind people that their activity is being tracked.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2007 Whistle-blower in China faces prison: Wu Lihong, a Chinese environmental activist, was sentenced Friday to three years in jail.

QUOTE: The treatment of Wu and other whistle-blowers who expose cases of environmental or public-health failings illuminate the Chinese political system's deep aversion to bearers of bad news.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 30, 2007 China Passes a Sweeping Labor Law

QUOTE: The law is the latest step by President Hu Jintao to increase worker protections...But it may fall short of improving working conditions for the tens of millions of low-wage workers who need the most help...

New York Times
Jun 25, 2007 In Sudan, China focuses on oil wells, not local needs: China has invested billions in oil facilities and pipelines, but not in much else, say Sudanese locals.

QUOTE: [Although China's National Petroleum Corporation] has invested billions in oil-related infrastructure...the Chinese operations were marked "from the beginning," by a "deep complicity in gross human rights violations, scorched-earth clearances of the indigenous population," says Sudan activist Eric Reeves...

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 05, 2006 Researcher for Times in China Will Appeal Fraud Conviction

QUOTE: Mr. Zhao, who has been in detention for nearly two years, has repeatedly denied both charges. On Monday, Guan Anping, a defense lawyer, described the fraud conviction as “absurd” and said the court’s refusal to allow defense witnesses to testify on Mr. Zhao’s behalf was “definitely a major procedural problem.”

New York Times
Sep 01, 2006 Where’s Mao? Chinese Revise History Books

QUOTE: Nearly overnight the country’s most prosperous schools have shelved the Marxist template that had dominated standard history texts since the 1950’s. The changes passed high-level scrutiny, the authors say, and are part of a broader effort to promote a more stable, less violent view of Chinese history that serves today’s economic and political goals.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 Crackdown on Defense Lawyers Is Intensified in China

QUOTE: Chinese officials intensified a crackdown on defense lawyers today, the latest sign that Communist Party leaders are determined to stamp out legal challenges to their authority.

New York Times
Jun 13, 2006 In Africa, China Trade Brings Growth, Unease: Asian Giant's Appetite for Raw Materials, Markets Has Some Questioning Its Impact on Continent

QUOTE: African and Western activists say China's increasingly close ties to the troubled governments in Angola, Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe are undermining efforts to nurture democracy and improve human rights.

Washington Post
May 23, 2006 Steinberg: Human-Rights Schizophrenia

QUOTE: Human Rights Watch...when it is not influenced by personal political agendas, can be an effective advocate of human rights...when it comes to Israel, this has not been the case.

National Review

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