#CCPNotForMe Fact Sheet
1. “A Chinese journalist that tried to warn the rest of the world about the virus in the early stages, against the orders of the government, has gone missing.
a.Chen Qiushi, a citizen journalist from Wuhan that alerted many online about the first developments of the virus, has vanished. He has been silenced by the authorities before, and left critical login information to his family in the event of his disappearance.[i]
2. There are 1 million Turkish Muslims trapped in Chinese “reeducation” camps who are at a wildly high risk for coronavirus due to the horrifying conditions in which they live, but despite public pressure, Chinese government has taken no discernable steps to protect these prisoners.
a. The 1 million Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are currently imprisoned in “re-education camps,” where they are deprived of basic freedoms, religious practice, contact with their families or any legal recourse whatsoever.
b. “As China continues to struggle to contain the virus in Wuhan, we can easily assume the virus will rapidly spread throughout the camps and affect millions if we don’t raise the alarm now.”
c. Regional authorities in Xinjiang did not respond to a query from AFP about measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus in the camps.
d. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), one of several groups representing Uighurs outside China, said it was very concerned “that if measures are not taken to further limit the spread of this virus, it could rapidly infect large numbers of people” in Xinjiang.[ii]
3. “In mid January, the World Health Organization misled the entire world about the coronavirus due to widespread misinformation by the Chinese government.”
a. On January 14th, the WHO published a now infamous tweet saying “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China.” Due to the corruption of the Chinese government, a once trustworthy organization caused the entire world to relax its suspicions, which would later have immense costs.[iii]
4. On January 12th, the day after publishing the world’s first complete coronavirus genome sequence on an open platform without the consent of the Chinese government, a coronavirus research laboratory at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre was ordered to shut down for no specific reason, greatly hindering the lab’s ability to conduct vital research on the spreading disease.
a. On January 5th, the research team at this lab finished the genome sequencing, and on the same day, they recommended the government take “relevant prevention and control measures” for people in public places because the patient from which the sample was taken had severe symptoms.
b. “The team made the finding public on January 11 after it saw that the authorities had taken no obvious action to warn the public about the coronavirus.”
c. A source with the center said, “The centre was not given any specific reasons why the laboratory was closed for rectification. [We have submitted] four reports [asking for permission] to reopen but we have not received any replies.” This source also noted, “The closure has greatly affected the scientists and their research when they should be racing against the clock to find the means to help put the novel coronavirus outbreak under control”[iv]
5. “China has supplied the world with faulty masks while at the same time trying to increase their own image by flaunting their generosity.”
a. The Netherlands had to recall 600,000 masks given to them by the Chinese government in their response to the coronavirus, after discovering they did not meet the standards necessary to be employed on a national scale. They are not the first country to do so. Meanwhile Chinese officials have criticized the US response to the rest of the world, citing their policies in sending supplies as an example of their superiority to the US in this regard.[v]
6. “The Chinese Government is using the cover of coronavirus to suppress pro-opposition leaders in Hong Kong.”
a. While the rest of the world is focusing on their own responses to COVID-19, the Chinese government is taking this opportunity to re-up the pressure on anti-Chinese influentials. They arrested journalist Jimmy Lai and politicians Lee Cheuk-yan and Yeung Sum for partaking in “unauthorized marches.”[vi]
7. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attempted to blame U.S. military for bringing COVID-19 to Wuhan on Twitter, a media banned to citizens in Communist China.”
a. Zhao Lijian is is a Chinese politician and the current deputy director of Foreign Ministry Information Department. He is the 31st spokesperson since the position was established in the ministry back in 1983.[vii]
8. “China excluded an estimated 40,000 COVID-19 cases from their country’s official tally.”
a. Numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in China have been confirmed from experts to be smaller than accurate.[viii]
9. Research by the University of Southampton suggests 95% of world infections could have been avoided if China had acted three weeks earlier.
a. China had the opportunity to prevent world infection when warned by medical officials.[ix]
10. Did you know that Beijing is tightening its grip over coronavirus research, amid US-China row on virus origin.
a. “Hong Kong (CNN)China has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus, according to a central government directive and online notices published by two Chinese universities, that have since been removed from the web.”[x]
11. The Chinese Communist Party is intentionally repressed information pertaining to COVID-19.[xi]
[i] Gan, N. (2020, February 10). He spoke out about the Wuhan virus. Now his family and friends fear he’s been silenced. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/09/asia/wuhan-citizen-journalist-intl-hnk/index.html
[ii] Al Jazeera. (2020, February 13). Exiled Uighurs fear spread of coronavirus in China camps. Retrieved from https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/exiled-uighurs-fear-spread-coronavirus-china-camps-200213081556968.html;
Su, A., & Baumgartner, E. (2020, February 28). They were already in China’s prisons. Now the coronavirus is there, too. Retrieved from https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-02-28/lawyers-activists-pastors-uighurs-families-of-detainees-in-china-fear-coronavirus-spread-outbreak-in-camps-and-prisons
[iii] Givas, N. (2020, March 27). WHO haunted by January tweet saying China found no human transmission of coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.foxnews.com/world/world-health-organization-january-tweet-china-human-transmission-coronavirus
[iv] Pinghui, Z. (2020, February 28). Lab that first shared coronavirus sequence closed for ‘rectification’. Retrieved from https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052966/chinese-laboratory-first-shared-coronavirus-genome-world-ordered;
Rogin, J. (2020, March 19). Opinion | Don’t blame ‘China’ for the coronavirus – blame the Chinese Communist Party. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/dont-blame-china-for-the-coronavirus–blame-the-chinese-communist-party/2020/03/19/343153ac-6a12-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html
[v] Adam Payne, S. B. (2020, March 29). The Netherlands has recalled 600,000 coronavirus face masks it imported from China after discovering they were faulty. Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com/coroanvirus-holland-recalls-over-half-a-million-masks-imported-from-china-2020-3?op=1
[vi] Rogin, J. (2020, March 19). Opinion | Don’t blame ‘China’ for the coronavirus – blame the Chinese Communist Party. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/dont-blame-china-for-the-coronavirus–blame-the-chinese-communist-party/2020/03/19/343153ac-6a12-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html
[vii] Westcott, B., & Jiang, S. (2020, March 14). Chinese diplomat promotes coronavirus conspiracy theory. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/asia/china-coronavirus-us-lijian-zhao-intl-hnk/index.html;
Brito, C. (2020, March 13). Chinese official spreads conspiracy theory “US Army” brought coronavirus to Wuhan. Retrieved from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chinese-official-spreads-conspiracy-theory-us-army-coronavirus-wuhan-china-lijian-zhao/
[viii] Yang, J., & Rhodes, A. (2020, March 27). China’s Claim of No New COVID-19 Cases Is a Lie. Retrieved from https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/03/china-is-pushing-a-zero-myth-on-covid-19-and-attacking-press-freedom/;
Mosher, S. W. (2020, February 8). Chinas culture of lies has helped spread coronavirus. Retrieved from https://nypost.com/2020/02/08/chinas-culture-of-lies-has-helped-spread-the-coronavirus/
[ix] Study analyses potential global spread of new coronavirus. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/01/corona-virus.page
[x] Gan, N., Hu, C., & Watson, I. (2020, April 16). China imposes restrictions on research into origins of coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/12/asia/china-coronavirus-research-restrictions-intl-hnk/index.html
[xi] Enos, Olivia. (2020, May 12) “Holding the Chinese Communist Party Accountable for Its Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.” https://www.heritage.org/asia/report/holding-the-chinese-communist-party-accountable-its-response-the-covid-19-outbreak.
1. In March of 2015, the Chinese government arrested the “Feminist Five” for passing out stickers against sexual harassment on public transportation in Beijing… right before co-hosting a UN women’s rights summit.
a. The Chinese government claims to stand for gender equality, but sexual assault and violence is a huge issue facing women in China. The government under represents sexual assault numbers in the country.
b. These women decided to hand out stickers to spread awareness of the issue, specifically on public transportation where it is a major issue.
c. They were arrested, detained, and interrogated, accused of being spys for undermining the authority of the government.
d. This happened right before Xi Jinping was supposed to co host a UN women’s equality summit. Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Xi hosting a meeting on women’s rights at the UN while persecuting feminists? Shameless.”[i]
2. “Africans in China are being discriminated against by being refused service and having tests forced on them at their own expense, regardless of if they have actually been to Africa in the past few months.”
a. African nationals living in China have had the government force mandatory COVID tests, often at their own expense, on them, even if they haven’t traveled abroad in the last few months. Additionally, some nationals are being refused service by business and hotels.[ii]
2. In 2012, only 5% of Hong Kong citizens were eligible to vote for their Chief Executive and the CCP is increasingly intervening in elections such as controlling who can be a candidate.[iii]
3. “In May (of 2019), Beijing police physically assaulted and briefly detained a cameraperson for the Hong Kong broadcaster Now TV reporting on a human rights lawyer’s court hearing.”
a. This fact talks about how the Chinese government censors and detains journalists who try to report on human rights issues. Not only do they harass the journalists, but they also harass and detain the interviewees. Anyone who tries to publicly talk about the human rights issues in China or even speak out against China’s practices, they are wrongfully punished for it, which violates freedom of expression. There is no freedom of expression in China.[iv]
4. Did you know… A Chinese Human Rights Lawyer was “sentenced to four and half years in prison for “subversion of state power,” a charge used to target people the authorities believe are attempting to organize challenges to the ruling Communist Party.”
a. Wang Quanzhang was recently released from prison on Sunday, April 5th, 2020, after being sentenced to 5 years in jail for trying to challenge the Communist Party of China. He’s not the only person that has been jailed for fighting against the human rights issues in China.[v]
5. “Same sex marriage is not legal in Communist China.”
a. “There are thriving gay scenes in mainland China’s major cities, but there has been little sign the ruling Communist Party will legalise same-sex unions. Asked if China would legalise same-sex marriage, Zang Tiewei, spokesman for parliament’s legal affairs commission, said Chinese law only allowed for marriage between one man and one woman”[vi]
[i] Fincher, L. H. (2016). China’s Feminist Five. Retrieved from https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/china-feminist-five;
Zeng, J. (2015, April 17). China’s feminist five: ‘This is the worst crackdown on lawyers, activists and scholars in decades’. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/17/chinas-feminist-five-this-is-the-worst-crackdown-on-lawyers-activists-and-scholars-in-decades
[ii] Givetash, L., Moschella, M., & Chen, L. (2020, April 20). China accused of discriminating against Africans as part of coronavirus fight. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-accused-discriminating-against-africans-part-coronavirus-fight-n1183326
[iii] Fung, A. (2020, January 12). Hong Kong rally seeks voting rights, international support. Retrieved from https://apnews.com/8c865d67c7890864051e1ddf232239aa
[iv] Roth, K. (2019, January 17). World Report 2019: Rights Trends in China. Retrieved from https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/china-and-tibet
[v] Ramzy, A. (2020, April 5). Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Released From Prison. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/world/asia/china-human-rights-lawyer.html
[vi] Chinas parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage. (2019, August 21). Retrieved from https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3023715/chinas-parliament-rules-out-allowing-same-sex-marriage
1. “Over one million Turkish Muslims barred from religious observances and forced to undergo ideological re-education in government run labor camps.”
a. The Uyghurs, Turkish Muslims from the Autonomous Region in Northwest China, have been segregated and isolated in forced labor camps. The Chinese government has issued statements concerning the forced internment. They claim that the programs are designed to train the Uyghurs and provide them with jobs. The Uyghurs currently produce parts and products for 83 international brands.[i]
b. A document from the Chinese government describing the procedures at these camps said the following: The students should have a fixed bed position, fixed queue position, fixed classroom seat, and fixed station during skills work, and it is strictly forbidden for this to be changed. Implement behavioural norms and discipline requirements for getting up, roll call, washing, going to the toilet, organising and housekeeping, eating, studying, sleeping, closing the door and so forth. [ii]
c. Ben Emmerson QC, a leading human rights lawyer and an adviser to the World Uighur Congress, said the following about these camps: It is very difficult to view that as anything other than a mass brainwashing scheme designed and directed at an entire ethnic community. It’s a total transformation that is designed specifically to wipe the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang as a separate cultural group off the face of the Earth.[iii]
2. “China has occupied Tibet since 1950 and brutally suppressed Buddhist rituals”
a. For the last three years in a row, US think-tank Freedom House ranked Tibet among the worst places in the world for the denial of freedom.[iv]
3. “China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission.”
a. If you think you’re a monk under Chinese rule living in Tibet, ready to reincarnate, think again. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the government has set forth government approved procedures for reincarnation. Sources are saying that tension between China and the Dalai Lamas are the reason for the absurd law.[v]
4. Since 2009, 135 Tibetans have self-immolated (set oneself on fire) in protest against the suppression of culture and religion by the CCP, the youngest being just 15. The CCP will punish the protester if they survive or will punish their families.
a. Protestors who have self-immolated left behind messages of protest against the CCP, such as Sonal Topgyal who wrote, “Tibet is a free country” on her hand. Others wrote letters about the reunion of Tibetans and the preservation of their culture. Many of the protestors are monks or nuns, but teachers, students, and others have immolated too.[vi]
5. The Chinese government only allows 5 registered religions.
a. “Human Rights Watch’s China director, Sophie Richardson, says that while religious belief in China is protected by the constitution, the measures “do not guarantee [PDF] the right to practice or worship.” Religious practices are limited to “normal religious activities,” though “normal” is left undefined and can be broadly interpreted. The state recognizes five religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism, Islam, and Protestantism. The practice of any other faith is formally prohibited, although often tolerated, especially in the case of traditional Chinese beliefs. Religious organizations must register with one of five state-sanctioned patriotic religious associations, which are supervised by the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA)”[vii]
[i] Kelly, J. (2020, March 5). China Moves Uyghur Muslims Into ‘Forced Labor’ Factories. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2020/03/05/china-moves-uyghur-muslims-into-forced-labor-factories/
[ii] Rodin, J. (2020, February 26). The coronavirus brings new and awful repression for Uighurs in China. Retrieved from https://uhrp.org/news-commentary/coronavirus-brings-new-and-awful-repression-uighurs-china
Data leak reveals how China ‘brainwashes’ Uighurs in prison camps. (2019, November 24). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-50511063
[iii] Rodin, J. (2020, February 26). The coronavirus brings new and awful repression for Uighurs in China. Retrieved from https://uhrp.org/news-commentary/coronavirus-brings-new-and-awful-repression-uighurs-china
Data leak reveals how China ‘brainwashes’ Uighurs in prison camps. (2019, November 24). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-50511063
[iv] “Human Rights in Tibet.” Free Tibet, April 16, 2020. https://freetibet.org/about/human-rights.
[v] Philips, M. (2010, March 14). China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation. Retrieved from https://www.newsweek.com/china-regulates-buddhist-reincarnation-99067
[vi] Self-immolation protests. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://freetibet.org/about/self-immolation-protests
[vii] Albert, E. (2018, October 11). The State of Religion in China. Retrieved from https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/religion-china
1.“Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ is responsible for an estimated 45 Million Premature Deaths.”
2.“During Mao’s ‘Great leap Forward’ those too weak to work were cut off from food supplies and left to starve.”
3. “Chinese officials carried out extreme punishments against minor crimes in order to maintain control over a starving population.”
4. “Mao is quoted saying ‘When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.’”
5. “During Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction.”
a. Mao Zedong is the most famous figure in CCP history and founding father of modern communist China. His policies may have killed more people than WWII. “The Great Leap Forward” was Mao’s campaign of industrialization, much like Stalin’s “5 Year Plan.”[i]
[i] Dikötter, Frank. 2010. “The Great Leap Backward.” History Today 60 (11): 3–4. http://search.ebscohost.com.srv-proxy2.library.tamu.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=30h&AN=55215333&site=ehost-live.
1. “The Chinese Communist Government suppresses the formation of political opposition parties that publicly challenge the role of the Communist Party and deviate from official party line.”
a. Although China signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and publicly assured their concern for human rights, from 1998-1999, the CCP actively prevented the Chinese Democracy Party from obtaining legal representation as an opposition political party, as the formation of any political party that publicly challenges the role of the Communist Party is against government policy. The Government went on to try and arrest 20 members of the CDP[i]
2. “Chinese corporations that are loyal to the government use their influence to manipulate press coverage in Hong Kong.”
a. A large portion of major publishers and media companies in Hong Kong are owned or answer to corporations that are based in mainland China, allowing the government to sway coverage and attention to their benefit.[ii]
3. “The Chinese government controls the education system in Hong Kong to propagandize its citizens, including ensuring that all academic work is “politically correct” by the Party’s standards.”
a. The textbooks given to the schools in Hong Kong praise the history of modern China, language classes teach Mandarin instead of Cantonese (the primary language of Hong Kong residents), and the government fills the councils that regulate academic institutions with loyalists in order to ensure that the information taught is favorable.[iii]
4. “Only those loyal to the Chinese government can gain political office in Hong Kong, and pro-independence leaders are barred from entering political or judicial office. The CCP uses this to restrict dissidence and criticism.”
a. The chief executive, Hong Kong’s top political post, is determined by a panel composed primarily of mainland Chinese influentials. At the same time, the Chinese government removes pro-democracy lawmakers and ensures judicial candidates must “love the country” as determined by the Party.[iv]
5. “Only 7% of the Chinese population are members of the Communist Party, however, loyal membership is required for career advancements in politics, business, and entertainment.”
a. This includes business people such as e-commerce company Alibaba’s Jack Ma, telecommunications company Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, and actress Fan Bingbing.[v]
6. “If public figures are seen to go against the ideals of the Chinese Communist Party, they are forced to publicly apologize to avoid secret detention and persecution.”
a. Fan Bingbing, an actress who has appeared in Ironman and X-Men, had to publicly apologize. The Communist Party claimed she didn’t pay her taxes. In a statement after disappearing for a couple months, she said she was “so ashamed of what I’ve done. Without the good policies of the party and the state, and without the love of the people, there would be no Fan Bingbing.”[vi]
7. “The Chinese government is profiting off of sales to disease-stricken nations, which only exist due to their own incompetence.”
a. After lying to the world about a disease that is solely their fault, the Chinese government has sold up to $467 million in supplies to nations struggling with that same disease, and many of the supplies are substandard. The CCP has misdirected the attention off of them and, in fact, profited from the crisis.[vii]
8. “A state-run outlet compared Hong Kong protestors to terrorists and called their calls for freedom and democracy a ‘malignant virus.’”
a. The Chinese state referred to the protests in Hong Kong as “near terrorism.” China Daily called their demands for a liberal Western government as a “malignant virus” and that ideas such as those are a disease that can ruin “strong” countries.[viii]
9. “Friends lose contact with former property tycoon after publicly criticizing government.”
a. Ren Zhiqiang, a former property tycoon, has been placed under investigation by the CCP after expressing public criticism regarding the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Close friends were last able to contact him on March 12. Additionally, he has called for more freedom of expression and less government control in the media and property market.[ix]
10. “Chinese surveillance of 1.4 billion people now able to recognize identities on the street and identify who belongs to the Communist Party.”
a. Increased surveillance measures have been employed to track criminals, protest sympathizers, and critics of the Communist Party. The overwhelming presence of surveillance is a fact of life in China and its strategic use has led to an omnipresent police state that uses the data to tag potential threats to the government’s rule.[x]
11. Liu Xiaobo was a professor of literature, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government. He was arrested for “inciting subversion” and was denied medical care in detention, eventually dying from liver cancer.
a. Liu was known as a large part of the non-violent struggle for human rights in China.
b. He was jailed in the 90’s for supporting students during the Tiananmen Square protests.
c. He was sentenced 11 years in prison in 2009, eventually dying in 2017 from cancer after being denied medical care.[xi]
12. The CCP is guilty of the genocide of over 1.2 million Tibetans.
a. “The Chinese government is guilty of mass genocide against the Tibetan people and we must urge the international community, governments and individuals to openly stand by Tibet and its people.”[xii]
13. “The current president of China has removed presidential terms limits so he could rule indefinitely.”
a. “Following Chairman Mao’s death in 1976, the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping wrote presidential term limits into China’s constitution, recognising the dangers of one-man rule and the cult of personality. However, a controversial constitutional amendment passed in March 2018 removed the 10-year limit, spread over two five-year terms, so that President Xi Jinping could rule indefinitely.”[xiii]
14. China forcefully harvested organs from prisoners.
a. “Some of the more than 1.5 million detainees in Chinese prison camps are being killed for their organs to serve a booming transplant trade that is worth some $1 billion a year, concluded the China Tribunal, an independent body tasked with investigating organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in the authoritarian ”[xiv]
[i] China: Nipped in the Bud: The Suppression of the China Democracy Party. (2015, April 29). Retrieved from https://www.hrw.org/report/2000/09/01/china-nipped-bud/suppression-china-democracy-party
[ii] Yu, V. (2019, July 5). Rights under threat: how China is bringing Hong Kong to heel. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/rights-under-threat-how-china-is-bringing-hong-kong-to-heel
[iii] Yu, V. (2019, July 5). Rights under threat: how China is bringing Hong Kong to heel. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/rights-under-threat-how-china-is-bringing-hong-kong-to-heel
[iv] Yu, V. (2019, July 5). Rights under threat: how China is bringing Hong Kong to heel. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/rights-under-threat-how-china-is-bringing-hong-kong-to-heel
[v] China anniversary: How the Communist Party runs the country. (2019, September 30). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49631120
[vi] China anniversary: How the Communist Party runs the country. (2019, September 30). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49631120
[vii] Chakraborty, B. (2020, March 26). China cashes in off coronavirus, selling Spain $467 million in supplies, some of them substandard. Retrieved from https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-money-coronavirus-spain-467-million-faulty-supplies
[viii] Kirby, J. (2019, August 22). 9 questions about the Hong Kong protests you were too embarrassed to ask. Retrieved from https://www.vox.com/world/2019/8/22/20804294/hong-kong-protests-9-questions
[ix] Zheng, W. (2020, April 8). Coronavirus critic Ren Zhiqiang under investigation, Communist Party says. Retrieved from https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3078858/chinese-critic-ren-zhiqiang-under-investigation-communist-party
[x] Mozur, P., & Krolik, A. (2019, December 18). A Surveillance Net Blankets China’s Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/technology/china-surveillance.html
[xi] Richardson, S. F., Bauchner, S. F., Pearson, E. F., & Nicholas Bequelin, J.-M. F. (n.d.). Liu Xiaobo. Retrieved from https://www.hrw.org/tag/liu-xiaobo
[xii] Thomas, D. (2019, June 12). China is guilty of mass genocide against 1.2 million people of Tibet. Retrieved from http://www.thetibetpost.com/en/outlook/opinions-and-columns/4643-china-is-guilty-of-mass-genocide-against-12-million-people-of-tibet
[xiii] Zhou, C. (2020, January 6). China’s Communist Party is at a fatal age for one-party regimes. How much longer can it survive? Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/chinas-communist-party-is-at-a-fatal-age-for-one-party-regimes/11807138
[xiv] Smith, S. (2019, June 18). China forcefully harvests organs from detainees, tribunal concludes. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-forcefully-harvests-organs-detainees-tribunal-concludes-n1018646
1.The Chinese government removed viral footage of Putin wrapping a shawl around China’s First Lady during a banquet.
a.The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation hosted a dinner in China’s capital Beijing. The live footage of President Putin helping the First Lady wrap her shawl supposedly went viral but was quickly censored by the Chinese government.[i]
2. China puts restrictions on video games. Minors cannot play past 10 PM or exceed 90 minutes.
a. The Chinese government has announced new regulations regarding game time during the weekends and weekdays. Minors are not allowed to play more than 3 hours during the weekend or 90 minutes during each weekday.[ii]
3. “Rappers in China can only rap about peace and harmony.”
a. One of the weirdest rules in China’s communist party is that even the music is censored. In an effort to instill certain values, the CCP have a say in what music is broadcasted to the people, banning lyrics that they find inappropriate.[iii]
4. “The first movie kiss in modern China didn’t take place until 1980.”
a. The extreme censoring by the Chinese Communist party is so bad that the first on screen kiss did not occur until the year 1980, almost 50 years after the television was first invented.[iv]
5. “The Chinese government blurs images of men with earrings and ponytails.”
a. Earlobes and other images have been blurred on popular Chinese men while appearing on TV or the internet. This is all in an effort to prevent over feminizing men and influencing the public.[v]
[i] Richinick, M. (2014, November 11). Putin’s ‘cover up’ moment with China’s First Lady. Retrieved from http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/china-censors-vladmir-putins-moment-first-lady
[ii] Hernández, J. C., & Zhang, A. (2019, November 6). 90 Minutes a Day, Until 10 P.M.: China Sets Rules for Young Gamers. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/business/china-video-game-ban-young.html
[iii] Yuan, L. (2019, March 27). No Earrings, Tattoos or Cleavage: Inside Chinas War on Fun. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/business/china-war-on-fun-earrings-tattoos.html
[iv] Yuan, L. (2019, March 27). No Earrings, Tattoos or Cleavage: Inside Chinas War on Fun. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/business/china-war-on-fun-earrings-tattoos.html
[v] Yuan, L. (2019, March 27). No Earrings, Tattoos or Cleavage: Inside Chinas War on Fun. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/business/china-war-on-fun-earrings-tattoos.html
1.Did you know that male children are preferred over female children in China.
a. Traditionally, males inherited the family name and property, and were the primary caretakers of their elders. On the other hand, female babies were discriminated against and undesired by families. After a family finds out they’re having a girl, that baby girl in the womb gets aborted. If not aborted, she gets abandoned or put into an orphanage.[i]
2. Did you know that if a family had a second child, they would not only be penalized, but the woman would be forced to abort her baby against her will.
a. After implementing the One Child Policy, the Chinese government granted benefits to families who complied with this rule. Some of those benefits included preferential housing, food subsidies, job promotions, and access to education, childcare, and healthcare for the parents and their child. If families disobeyed the One Child rule, there would be penalties, such as fines charged and benefits being revoked. Not to mention, if the government found out a woman is pregnant with another child, they would make her get an abortion regardless of what term the baby is in. The One Child Policy and the forced abortions were the reasons why the fertility rates were low in China.[ii]
[i] Pletcher, K. (2020, May 12). One-child policy. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/one-child-policy
[ii] Irigoyen, C. (2017, April 10). The one-child policy in China. Retrieved from https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/chinas-one-child-policy/
1.China is investing in Africa to gain political and diplomatic influence, as has been the case in Southeast Asia.
a. China can use the diplomatic relationship, for instance, to gain Africa’s votes on sensitive matters in the UN, like the Taiwan and the South China Sea issues.
b. “Even though they are financed with Chinese loans and built with Chinese contractors and labor, most of these projects are designed to lock African countries into a long-term political and diplomatic relationship with Chinarather than to make money,” says Ted Bauman is a senior research analyst and economist at Banyan Hill Publishing.
c. “The bulk of Chinese investments are concentrated in Nigeria and Angola, are closely linked to their respective oil industries, and are coupled with commercial investment by Chinese corporations,” continues Bauman. “In these countries, Chinese project investment in the energy sector comprises a little less than 30% of the Chinese government total, but Chinese corporate investment in energy companies comprises 60% of the Chinese commercial total.”
d. “That suggests that China is using state-funded energy infrastructure projects to open the door to Chinese corporate domination of African energy companies,” explains Bauman.[i]
2. “Unlike the dollar and the pound, which are traded freely, the Chinese yuan has it’s value set every morning by the Chinese Central Bank, which is controlled by the Communist Party.”
a. The yuan is only allowed to move 2% above or below the value set by the Central Bank that day. This has been linked to the attempt by the Chinese government purposefully depreciating the value of the yuan to increase their amount of exports.[ii]
3. “China helped North Korea defy UN sanctions using their shipping industry to unlawfully export North Korean coal.”[iii]
4. “China has been building military bases on man-made islands in the South China Sea, which is home to 30% of the world’s shipping trade. China does not allow foreign ships to come near their islands, and blocks other nations such as the Philippines from receiving their shipments of food and other resources.”[iv]
[i] Mourdoukoutas, P. (2019, September 21). Why Is China Building Africa? Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2019/09/21/why-is-china-building-africa/#307137bd502c
[ii] Shane, D. (2018, October 1). This is how China controls its currency. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/01/economy/china-currency-yuan-rmb/index.html
[iii] France-Presse, A. (2020, April 18). North Korea defies sanctions with Chinas help, UN panel says. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/18/north-korea-defies-sanctions-with-chinas-help-un-panel-says
[iv] [Vox] (2017, Feb. 17). Why China is building islands in the South China Sea. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luTPMHC7zHY;
[BBCC News] 92018, Aug. 11) South China Sea: ‘Leave immediately and keep far off.’ YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dodbqgKn8js
1.Experts say that it’s hard to downplay the problematic nature of “wet markets” [in China] (so named because of the large quantities of water used to slosh the floors), especially those that also sell live animals. A mixture of urine, feces and other bodily fluids from live, wild creatures ends up mixing with blood from butchered animals, providing ideal opportunities for viruses and bacteria to thrive.
a. “This is just part of Chinese culture,” says Yanzhong Huang, a public health expert at the Council for Foreign Relations. “They love to eat anything alive.”
b. “As long as there are still wet markets, we will continue to see these outbreaks popping up.” says Huang.
c. Wild animals are especially problematic because their murky provenience makes it difficult to ensure they are free of disease. For this very reason, health campaigns in Africa warn people against the consumption of “bush meat,” which has been linked to the spread of countless diseases, including HIV/Aids.[i]
2. The biggest reason many Chinese try unconventional meats is a belief that wild animals are healthy. There is no consensus on why: Some say it is because the animals are not given processed feed and drugs, while others focus on their connections to traditional Chinese medicine. The latter position stems largely from a Ming dynasty-era text called the Compendium of Materia Medica, [first published in 1593], which assigns medicinal properties to roughly 1,900 plants, minerals and animals. Bats, for example, are described as effective against esophageal inflammation and persistent coughs. Modern-day practitioners reject such claims.
a. “Many people believe traditional medicine is eating wild animals, but they are wrong,” said a 55-year-old who operates a Chinese medicine store in Guangzhou. “What doctor would recommend deliberately ingesting germs? It’s just a traditional food, a folk remedy based on random bits of traditional thought.
b. The practice has endured for centuries, and it remains unclear whether the coronavirus will change attitudes about the prestige and health benefits ascribed to unconventional meats.
c. The persistent appeal of wild game lies partly in social prestige. Rare, expensive meats can show that a family is doing well, and they often are served as meals to important guests or given as gifts.[ii]
3. 182 people died between 2012 and 2017 due to the collapse of 37 bridges that were mega-engineering projects by the Chinese government. Collapsed building and chemical plant explosions are not uncommon, taking more lives.
a. Corrupt building inspectors take bribes from the government to approve unsafe infrastructure.
b. The government builds bridges and buildings very quickly as a way to boost the economy or get a reputation of efficiency, but those buildings which include schools and apartment buildings, have been known to collapse killing the people inside.[iii]
4. Because of Zoom’s reliance on Chinese labor and encryption keys, they fall vulnerable to influence from the CCP, which may account for the major security gaps in the system. Therefore, Zoom meetings are often infiltrated by spies, specifically from China.[iv]
[i] Campbell, C. (2020, January 24). The Role of Wild Animals in the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak. Retrieved from https://time.com/5770904/wuhan-coronavirus-wild-animals/
[ii] Staff. (2020, February 14). China’s exotic meat trade draws fire as deadly virus spreads. Retrieved from https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/China-s-exotic-meat-trade-draws-fire-as-deadly-virus-spreads;
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (2020, January 1). Li Shizhen. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Li-Shizhen
[iii] Xuecun, M. (2015, November 25). Beware of China’s Safety Record. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/opinion/beware-of-chinas-safety-record.html
[iv] Walcott, J. (2020, April 9). Foreign Spies Target Zoom, U.S. Intel Officials Say. Retrieved from https://time.com/5818851/spies-target-americans-zoom-others/