China: Campaign of Repression Disclosed
On a visit to
Below are extracts from an article written by Madalina Hubert and Jason Luftus and published by the Epoch Times:
Big Brother knows no borders. That was the message Mr. Chen Yonglin brought this week on his first visit to
Through an in-depth interview and never-before-released documents provided to The Epoch Times, Chen detailed the regime's efforts to control Chinese-language media overseas, and through student and community groups acting as front organizations, influence western government officials.
The purpose, Chen says, is to discredit and intimidate five target groups: Tibetan exiles, Taiwanese, Uighur Muslims, democracy activists, and most of all Falun Gong practitioners.
Chen served as the first secretary of the consulate in
He defected in May 2005 saying his conscience forbade him from doing the work, which he says included spying on Australians in the five groups and interfering in their activities.
Now he's warning western governments to pay heed.
"The control of the overseas Chinese community has been a consistent strategy of the Chinese Communist Party and is the result of painstaking planning and management for dozens of years," says Chen. "It's not just in
As head of the political department, Chen was also a member of the Special Anti-Falun Gong Working Group, which included the head of each department at the
Minutes of one of the Working Group's meeting provided to The Epoch Times , dated February 7, 2001, were signed off by both the consul general and deputy consul general of the consulate and included reports on 22 anti-Falun Gong activities. […]
Among them is an entry about a Chinese-language newspaper that was reprimanded for publishing a Falun Gong advertisement.
The editor-in-chief and publisher of the Australian Chinese Daily are recorded as having promised not to print any Falun Gong articles or ads again and instead print anti-Falun Gong articles "recommended" by the consulate.
Chen said he knew from his work at the
Other Chinese newspapers appear to have had the same deal.
In a speech delivered at the Chinese government-organized Global Chinese Media Forum in
He added that his paper had been printing content provided by at least four newspapers from mainland
Chen described several methods that the Chinese regime uses to control the overseas media. One is to have media publish content from Mainland Chinese media. Another is to directly invest or set up fully controlled media.
Chen offered as an example the nine state-owned television channels from mainland
"This is an infiltration of the Chinese Communist Party's ideology; the purpose is to legitimize its human rights violations," said Chen.
Another method is to give financial support and sponsorship to overseas Chinese publications, such as getting Chinese companies to buy ads.
Influence in the West
According to Chen, the Chinese missions have their voice heard in Western countries via Chinese community and student organizations that serve as fronts from the regime.
"Many of these organizations have the same or similar names in
Chen says Chinese missions often play the leading role in setting up Chinese professionals groups and Chinese student groups in an effort to use them to influence the mainstream.
Repressing Dissidents Top Priority
According to Chen, the effort spent by Chinese missions monitoring and repressing dissidents outweighs their other functions combined.
"The Chinese communist party is very instable. Their first priority is political stability. It dominates the foreign agenda," says Chen.
Of the dissident groups, Falun Gong has been targeted most severely. In fact, Chen says, the anti-Falun Gong efforts consume over half of the Chinese mission's work.
"Opposing Falun Gong is the top priority of the Chinese embassy and consulates," Chen says.
"The Chinese Communist Party has always relied on violence, lies, and advocating atheism to maintain its power. They could not understand Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful efforts to protect their freedom of belief.
"Now they feel they can't let people know about what has been done to Falun Gong in