009. A Tycoon’s Fate Due to CCP

How a Shipping Tycoon in China Lost Everything, Even His Life, Because of the Chinese Communist Party

Oct. 5, 2020 | By Li Yan (Minghui.org)
Because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controls the nation’s resources, the private sector in China has always operated at the mercy of the Party.
In fact, the CCP wiped out the private sector in the 1950s only to allow it to re-emerge in the late 1970s. During the past few years, the CCP has implemented policies to start regaining control of the private sector, with the recent call for a “public-private partnership reform,” which aims to increase the government’s stake in private companies.
At a recent conference with private business owners, Xi Jinping, the current head of the CCP, advised learning from “patriotic entrepreneur” role models, such as Lu Zuofu, Wang Guangying, and Song Yiren, who listened to the Party and shared ownership of their companies with the government.
However, the story of Lu Zuofu shows the exact opposite—how a businessman was cheated and then destroyed by the CCP.
The Death of Lu Zuofu
Lu Zuofu was China’s shipping king from the 1920s to the 1940s. He established his Minsheng Industrial Group in 1925 and dominated the shipping business along the Yangtze River.
Lu organized “China’s Dunkirk Evacuation” in 1938: His company shipped 1.5 million people and over one million tons of material down the Yangtze River from Yichang City, Hubei Province, to Chongqing, when the Japanese army invaded China and was approaching Yichang. This retreat saved China’s major industries during China’s battle against Japan during World War II.
Lu was praised by the government as a national hero. At the same time, the war cost his company 16 ships and 116 lives, with an additional 61 staff members disabled.
After WWII, the CCP fought a civil war against the Kuomintang, the ruling party at the time, and took over the mainland in 1949. Lu, who was then running his ships out of Hong Kong, had four options: Go with the CCP, go with the Kuomintang to Taiwan, go to the U.S. to write his memoirs, or stay in Hong Kong and continue to run his shipping business.
Lu chose to go with the CCP and went to Beijing. He had his ships move to the coast of the mainland on June 10, 1950. The CCP treated him well initially: Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai met him, the CCP made him a member of the National Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and after he returned to Chongqing, the CCP appointed him a member of the Southwest Region’s Military and Political Committee.
However, Lu was losing control of his company. The CCP “sandwiched” his business by controlling the raw materials, capital, and sales channels. His company had to keep its funds in state-owned banks and was not allowed to get loans from private banks or private institutes.
As his company ran out of money, Lu had no choice but to agree to “public and private joint ownership” to get loans from state-owned banks. Then he was phased out.
Even before the government took joint ownership, the Party representatives had already started making decisions on staff at the Minsheng company, including arrests, demotions, and terminations. Lu could only stand by and watch as his senior and mid-level officials, who had worked with him to create Minsheng miracles in the past, were attacked or purged.
In January 1952, the CCP launched a political movement that targeted the capitalists in industry and business. The Party representative at the Minsheng company claimed on February 8 that Lu attempted to “corrupt” him by taking him to restaurants and theaters. Lu’s aide confirmed that Lu paid for dinner, the Peking Opera, and a haircut for the representative. He did not mention that Lu used his own money to pay for those things.
That night, Lu took a fatal dose of sleeping pills. He left a letter to his wife, telling her to hand over all his assets to the state. He finally understood that the CCP was intent on taking over his business assets at any cost and that he had to give them up to save the lives of his wife and children.
History: Government Seizure of Private Companies
There are many such examples. At least 876 people committed suicide in Shanghai from January 25 to April 1, 1952. Chen Yi, then mayor of Shanghai, was reported to have casually asked his aide every day how many “paratroopers” had descended that day, referring to those who killed themselves by jumping out of tall buildings.
To justify its actions, the CCP made owning wealth a crime, confiscating wealth the right thing to do, and committing violence legitimate.
After eliminating the landlords and capitalists, the CCP then targeted the peasants, merchants, and skilled laborers and took their money. It left the people in poverty.
The CCP converted all private ownership to “public and private joint ownership” in 1956 and paid 5% annual interest to the original owners, regardless of how profitable the company had been. It then stopped paying interest in September 1966. By then, there was no more private ownership—the CCP had taken over every company.
The CCP Is Seeking to Repeat History
The CCP’s economy based on state-owned companies was proving to be a failure. In the late 1970s, it was forced to “open up and reform,” bringing back the private sector.
Today, private businesses are the backbone of China’s economy. Private companies contributed two-thirds of China’s GDP, 300 million jobs, and over 50% of taxes. The state-owned enterprises (SOEs), although they boast large assets and incomes, show low profits.
The CCP, however, does not appreciate private businesses. Instead, it has been working on taking over private assets again.
One attorney pointed out that China’s Criminal Law details over 450 crimes, with over 110 of them being economic crimes. The CCP can easily destroy a private business owner by accusing him of an “economic crime” with no effort at all.
Another way the CCP encroaches on the private sector is to force private companies to establish Party branches. The Conference on Party Building in Internet Companies in Beijing, which was held on August 25, 2017, revealed that 34 Internet companies, including Baidu and Sina, had established Party organizations within the companies.
The CCP also designed a special class of stock, namely, “Special Management Stock,” which enables the CCP to own a small percentage of stocks but still have veto power over company affairs, thus exercising its influence over the company’s decisions.
Fleeing China?
Many Chinese business owners have come to see that Lu Zuofu’s fate will soon be theirs and try to escape.
The “Global Wealth Migration Review 2019” report, published by the AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, showed that China had the highest number of wealthy people immigrating overseas in 2019, twice the number leaving Russia, which came in second place. A total of 10,000 wealthy Chinese immigrated in 2017 and 15,000 in 2018, an increase of 50%.
Over 15 entrepreneurs from mainland China whose companies are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange were reported to have set up offshore trusts in 2018, moving $28.5 billion assets overseas.
Will today’s Chinese business owners end up like Lu Zuofu? It seems inevitable given what the CCP is doing to its people and businesses.

008. CCP Keeps Making Up Lies

While in a Severe Crisis, the CCP Still Keeps Making Up Lies

Commentary by Wang He
October 1, 2020
The year 2020 was supposed to see the end of poverty in China, the year that concluded the 13th Five Year Social and Economic Development Initiative, and the year the country steps into the second phase of the “Three-Step Development of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” in economic, military and rural areas.
It was supposed to be a year for Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his comrades to laud their significance and success in China. The COVID-19 pandemic has, however, put both Xi and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in a serious crisis.
Xi and the CCP are indeed tied together in a shared destiny of facing power struggle within the Party, social unrest in the nation, and pressure from the international community.
Can we expect Xi and the CCP to change? No, they are still taking the same old path with the same mentality.
On the one hand, the CCP continues to proclaim that progress has been “better than expected” as reported by the Politburo on July 30.
On the other hand, the CCP continues to act tough.
The suppression of ethnic groups continues. The construction of concentration camps continues in Xinjiang, where at least one million Uyghurs are detained. Authorities in Inner Mongolia have recently mandated that schools teach in Mandarin Chinese by forcibly cancelling Mongolian language instruction. In the past, this policy was also used with ethnic Koreans and in Tibet.
High-tech surveillance and wide grid management are imposed on the general public in China. Grid management is a system recently adapted by Beijing to monitor and control individual residents.
Private enterprises must now submit to Party control through the United Front Work Department, a unit under the CCP that coordinates thousands of groups to carry out foreign political influence operations, suppress dissident movements, gather intelligence, and facilitate the transfer of technology to China.
Suppression of political dissidents continues, whether they be intellectuals, such as Xu Zhangrun, a professor of Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law at Tsinghua University in Beijing; or second generation “red princlings,” such as Ren Zhiqiang, a former real estate tycoon, and Cai Xia, a retired professor from the CCP’s Central Party School.
In the international arena, the CCP has adopted policies to threaten democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and an all-encompassing confrontation with the United States.
Fabricated Economic Numbers
While 2020 has been a year of unprecedented disasters in China—the deadly CCP virus (novel coronavirus) pandemic, massive flooding, a bad economy, and more—which have all had a direct negative impact on a politically important year for the regime, the CCP nevertheless continues to fabricate economic achievements and growth numbers.
Recently, Chinese netizens summarized the CCP’s three main lies of 2020:
The second quarter GDP growth for 2020 was 3.2 percent;
Summer grain output was at a historical high, up 0.9 percent from last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics;
All rural residents will have been lifted out of poverty in 2020.
Here is my brief analysis of these three lies.
Lie About GDP Growth
China’s mouthpiece CGTN reported, “The world’s second-largest economy grew by 3.2 percent in April-June from a year earlier, reversing a 6.8 percent decline in the first quarter.”
It’s obvious that it’s hard for the CCP to not brag about its accomplishments and the superiority of the Chinese path. But is the regime’s official data trustworthy?
In 2019, Xiang Songzuo, an economist and professor at the School of Finance of Renmin University, argued that official statistics are not telling the truth about the health of China’s economy. According to Xiang, when he went to places to observe, investigate, and talk to people, the “local government officials are much more frank about the fact that their regions are experiencing negative growth.” Of course, his comment was immediately removed from the Chinese web.
The pandemic has so far resulted in more than 33 million confirmed cases and over a million deaths worldwide. Among them, the United States has counted more than 7.4 million people infected and over 210,000 deaths. China, on the other hand, being the epicenter and origin of the CCP virus, has officially announced a surprisingly small number of infections and deaths—a total of 90,993 infections and 4,746 deaths as of Sept. 28—the numbers indicate how much the CCP could have manipulated the data.
Given the devastating effect the pandemic has on the Chinese economy, the 3.2 percent growth in the second quarter can be considered a lie.
Lie About Bumper Grain Harvest
On Aug. 22, state-run People’s Daily reported that “China’s summer grain output reached a record high of 142.8 billion kg this year, 1.21 billion kg more than the previous year.” Pan Wenbo, head of the crop production department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said, “The floods in South China did not change the general trend of output increase.”
However, Pan is certainly aware of the fact that the autumn grain harvest accounts for three-quarters of the annual grain production in China. With the severe floods in the south and the Yellow River basin, and the locust infestations, how likely is it there will be a bumper grain harvest this year, as he claimed?
The 2020 Rural Development Report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, published on Aug. 17, says China is expected to have a food supply gap of 130 million tons by the end of 2025. And according to data released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics in December 2018, China’s food self-sufficiency rate had dropped to about 82.3 percent. That’s a gap of 17.7 percent.
What the 17.7 percent gap entails is food shortages for 250 million Chinese in the mainland.
In fact, China became a net importer of agricultural goods in 2008 according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Report. The regime’s mouthpiece CGTN also reported that China is the world’s largest grain importer, having imported 115 million tons of grain in 2018. And according to Chinese news portal Sina.com, China has become the largest importer of agricultural goods since 2011.
The United States is China’s main food exporter. Under the current U.S.-China cold war situation, the food supply issue has changed from being a weapon used by Beijing to attack Washington, to being the CCP’s weakness. The CCP’s souring relations with both Australia and Canada, also major food exporters, have further increased the risk of China not getting its food imports secured.
In addition, corruption inside China’s grain reserve system has led many to suspect that false grain reserve records could amount to a minimum of hundreds of millions of tons of grain.
The CCP knows this well. In March 2019, as the U.S.-China trade war was escalating, the CCP ordered a national inventory check of the quantity and quality of China’s grain reserves. In August of this year, Xi Jinping once again called attention to food security and food waste, and implemented the “clean plate” campaign. These all highlight the food crisis China is facing today.
Lie About Eradicating Poverty
In 2015, while visiting Seattle, Xi Jinping mentioned in a speech: “By China’s own standard, we still have over 70 million people living below the poverty line. If measured by the World Bank standard, the number would be more than 200 million.”
In November of the same year, the CCP’s Central Committee and the State Council adopted the decision of “Winning the Fight Against Poverty,” which charted the course for China’ s poverty alleviation campaign through 2020. However, the pandemic, floods, and various other disasters have doomed the “decision.”
Furthermore, in regard to lifting people out of poverty, diverging opinions are being heard. For instance, during a meeting of China’s rubber-stamp legislature on May 28, Premier Li Keqiang said that China still has 600 million people with a monthly income of barely 1,000 yuan ($140). This has widely been interpreted as being an attack on Xi’s poverty alleviation plan.
However, claiming “victory” in wiping out poverty is still foreseeable by applying the regime’s mentality.
It’s quite easy and convenient for the CCP to create an image of victory.
A WeChat message posted in Yulin of Guangxi Province, on Jan. 2, informed the locals: “You have been identified as an individual in severe poverty. To ensure the nation will reach the 2020 goal of eliminating poverty, surrender yourself tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock to the local public security bureau to be executed.”
Local officials in Yulin later said someone was “spreading rumors.” But this post is not that far removed from the absurd claims made by the CCP about “lifting all people out of poverty” in China today.
In conclusion, Xi Jinping and the CCP have become trapped in a crisis brought about by the Three-Step Development of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and by the three big lies. For the CCP, it means that it’s doomed to exit the stage of history.
Wang He has master’s degrees in law and history, with a focus on the international communist movement. He was a university lecturer and an executive of a large private company in China. He was imprisoned in China twice for his beliefs. Wang lives in North America now and has published commentaries on China’s current affairs and politics since 2017.

007. How the CCP Has Brainwashed the Chinese People

How the CCP Has Brainwashed the Chinese People to Control Them Better
Commentary By Yuan Bin
September 29, 2020 Updated: September 30, 2020
The arrogant and domineering Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cannot tolerate differences of opinion. In its eyes, independent thought is a threat to its rule. For the convenience of ruling the country, the CCP deprives the Chinese people of their rights to a free economy, participation in politics, and independent thinking. Instead, the CCP has people think, speak, and act as it instructs them to; and keeps total control over people’s thoughts and actions.
‘Party Culture’ and Violence
The two main weapons the CCP uses to exercise mind control over the Chinese people are “Party culture” and violence.
The purpose of mind control is to completely remove all divergent or independent thinking so people can be turned into slaves and obedient tools.
To this end, the CCP spares no effort to block and monopolize information and prohibits people from contacting different ideologies or accessing historical facts. At the same time, starting in kindergarten, the CCP instills its own deviant “Party culture” ideology into the Chinese people, so that from childhood to adulthood, life is filled with “Party voices.”
And even more terrifying, this abhorrent brainwashing is completely enforced by violence. If you obey the CCP, you will be safe and sound and promoted into the “red noble class.” Keeping mistresses and accepting bribes are then no problem, because you are “politically correct.” But if you dare to resist the CCP and stick to your own views and beliefs, you will be in serious trouble: it will cost you your life, and even your entire family’s. Under such violent coercion, the vast majority of Chinese people can do nothing but obey the CCP’s orders and willingly allow themselves to be fooled.
When not engaged in violent political campaigns against the Chinese people—such as the Cultural Revolution or the persecution of Falun Gong—the CCP steadily carries out brainwashing and mind control of the people in a step-by-step fashion. But once a political campaign is launched, brainwashing and mind control will be ratcheted up and turned into a massive storm to support the content and goals of the campaign.
It can be said that every political campaign since the CCP’s takeover of China has been a frenzied effort of brainwashing the Chinese people and an unprecedented strengthening of its mind control.
This absurd and brutal brainwashing and mind control of the population has continued from the day the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949 to the present. Across the country, people’s thinking has been imprisoned and confined within the limits allowed by the CCP. One step beyond the line is considered a sin.
Moral and Spiritual Degradation
The inevitable outcome of this violent mind control has been the moral and spiritual degradation of the entire Chinese nation.
The CCP has not only changed the definition of values and moral standards and rewritten China’s code of conduct and lifestyle, it also turned its absurd “Party culture” ideology into the collective thinking mode of the mainland Chinese people.
Many Chinese have completely lost the ability to pursue the search for truth, think independently, distinguish right from wrong. They have become spiritual slaves who can only understand things according to the CCP’s “Party culture.” There is no longer a need for the CCP’s propaganda mouthpieces to blatantly clamor all the time. People have formed a conditioned reflex and will actively follow the CCP’s logic when thinking about a problem, and they will look at things from the CCP’s perspective to determine what’s right or wrong. As the saying goes, “As soon as the CCP blows air, it rains among the people.”
The CCP has constantly told the Chinese that living conditions in the West are miserable. So when a newspaper published a picture of homeless people below a skyscraper in the United States, the Chinese automatically identified it as “the death struggle of capitalism and its reactionary nature.”
Another claim the CCP has repeatedly made is that democracy and freedom are not suitable for China. Therefore, when there is an argument during an election in a democratic country, as long as the CCP reports it as a joke, Chinese people will secretly rejoice about how happy they are living under a dictatorship.
The CCP also tries to make the Chinese people believe that the United States has serious human rights issues. For example, state-run media would report on police violence in America and take it out of context.
Former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, who started the persecution campaign against the Falun Gong spiritual practice, spent several years fabricating lies and slandering its adherents. In May 2005, state broadcaster CCTV aired a program about Zhang Hai, the owner of a sports drink company. The report alleged that Zhang had used Tibetan qigong to defraud people of money. There was no mention of Falun Gong in the program, and it had nothing to do with Falun Gong. But since qigong was defamed, some viewers associated Zhang with Falun Gong and then openly attacked the practice. Slandering a spiritual practice or a religion is a common tactic the CCP uses to incite hatred against a group it has targeted.
Many Chinese have lost the ability to think independently but still believe that they are thinking on their own. When they were the club the CCP relied on to strike at others, they thanked the Party for its “trust.” When they themselves were hit by the CCP, they sincerely thanked the Party for its “lesson.”
How much longer can the CCP brainwash and fool the Chinese people?
Yuan Bin is a freelance writer and independent scholar on contemporary China issues.

006. Should We Kick Out CCP Members?

Should We Kick Chinese Communist Party Members Out of the US?

The Trump administration may ban all members of the CCP and their families from the country
Commentary by James Gorrie
September 29, 2020
With U.S.-China relations at their lowest point in decades, some are questioning the wisdom of a potential ban by President Trump against all 90 million members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their families from entering or remaining in the country.
The proposal is not yet official or even completely drafted, but the gist of it is that members of the CCP will not be allowed into the country. Additionally, those Party members and their family members who live, work or attend school in the United States would be expelled.
A New Cold War—or Just the Recognition of It?
Needless to say, it would certainly drive the United States and China further apart than they already are. Some also predict that it would trigger a cold war between the two nations.
Maybe so. On the other hand, it rather seems like a fait accompli, does it not?
In fact, U.S. policy makers have announced a clear shift from cooperation with China to one of confronting China on all fronts. The United States no longer views China as a global partner or even as a competitor or rival.
As a consequence, China, under the power of the CCP, is now regarded—correctly, I might add—as the primary adversary against freedom, democracy, and the liberal order that the United States faces in the world.
That’s the proper context in which to view the proposed ban on CCP from the United States.
Is such a proposal a good idea?
The Upside of the Ban
Assuming that such an edict (if it ever becomes law) survived all the media protests and sob stories of people being deported, there would be some clear upside to it.
For one, we know that the CCP and the Party leadership is steadfast in their aim to destroy the United States by any and all means necessary. The CCP virus (novel coronavirus) that the Party launched upon the world should disabuse anyone of any doubt on that score.
Secondly, we know that members of the Party are legally bound to serve the CCP. Technological and IP theft are therefore obligatory. Again, there’s no credible argument against this.
Therefore, it follows that the CCP is in the United States for nefarious purposes, namely to steal our ideas, undermine our universities and think tanks with pro-China dogma, as well as change the attitudes of the younger generations toward China through control of key cultural channels such as film and the news media.
The CCP is also quite adept at buying our politicians, co-opting our scientists, filching our cyber and military secrets, corrupting out technology leaders such as Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and the like, and of course, defrauding our capital markets.
On Twitter, for example, 23,000 accounts were suspended for spreading CCP propaganda against Hong Kong and disinformation on the CCP virus. A year earlier, Twitter suspended over 150,000 CCP accounts for anti-American, pro-China tweets.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
For the past four decades, exploiting the open societies of the West, and in particular, the United States, has been the CCP’s consistent modus operandi. And they’ve been so successful at it that they are now a threat to the entire world.
Even the European Union (EU) gets it. If you didn’t realize all of this, well, you do now.
How Much Would It Help?
Would banning the CCP from the United States eradicate much or all of that activity?
Certainly not all of it. But it may stop some or even much of it.
Several factors may impact its effectiveness.
For one, it would only exist in a Trump administration. It’s difficult to imagine a Biden-Harris administration allowing such a policy to remain in place.
Secondly, it remains to be seen how the ban might be enforced and what the penalties might be for violating it. More than likely, the results would be a mixed bag of legal challenges, high profile exits, celebrated discoveries of China’s malfeasance, and xenophobia charges played repeatedly in the mainstream media.
But there would be on very important benefits.
First, it would show the world, and most importantly, our allies in Europe and elsewhere how serious we take the CCP’s threat to the world. It may well prompt others to do the same.
Secondly, in that vein, it could well be the first step in a U.S. attempt to formulate a new, multilateral containment policy against China. The CCP, after all, has lost all credibility with the developed nations.
No one believes that the CCP is a harmless or even neutral player in the world.
Third, it may make life for the CCP in China more difficult. The CCP already spends more money protecting itself from the people over which it rules, than its entire external defense budget.
But importantly, it’s not as if the United States is against
1.4 billion Chinese, as the CCP claims. Rather, it is only against the cruel leadership of the CCP that oppresses its own and seeks to do the same to the rest of the world.
CCP Reaction
The CCP’s reaction to such a proposed ban would likely be multi-faceted.
For instance, would they expel American businesses and students?
Probably. Overnight, American businesses would be hustling for new offshore factory locations, or may even move all operations stateside.
Would the CCP pullback from its aggression against Hong Kong and threats against Taiwan?
Not likely. In fact, both would probably continue if not increase in intensity.
But many other reactions and responses from the CCP would certainly take place.
For instance, would Beijing potentially seek to de-legitimize the dollar as a global reserve currency by dumping its U.S. Treasury bond holdings?
Very possibly.
Would the CCP seek to isolate the United States on the world stage, even as they expand their efforts to undermine the free nations of the world?
Could the CCP leadership decide to launch a new strain of coronavirus on the world?
That’s possible as well.
Given all these possible responses, should the United States ban the CCP from America?
James R. Gorrie is the author of “The China Crisis” (Wiley, 2013) and writes on his blog, TheBananaRepublican.com. He is based in Southern California.

005. CCP’s Threats to Western Values

U.S. Secretary of State on the Chinese Communist Party’s Threats to Western Values

Sept. 28, 2020 | By Minghui correspondent Wang Ying
In a recent speech at the Wisconsin State Capitol, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, talked about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) challenges Western values, by leaning on local governments in the U.S.. In one example, a Chinese diplomat demanded that the Wisconsin state legislature praise the CCP, even as the world suffers from a catastrophe caused by the regime. In another example, the CCP effectively shelved a California state senator’s proposed bill, that condemned the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Pompeo delivered his speech, “State Legislatures and the China Challenge,” on September 23. The full text is available on the State Department’s website.
The first example concerned Roger Roth, president of the Wisconsin Senate. Wu Ting, the consul from China’s consulate in Chicago, wrote an email to Roth requesting a resolution in praise of the CCP’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Knowing how the tragedy has led to catastrophic consequences in the U.S. and around the world, Roth deleted the email thinking it was a joke.
But Wu sent a follow-up email pushing for the resolution. Roth’s one-word email replied “No.” “Look, the Chinese Communist Party knew early on, how virulent the coronavirus was that originated in Wuhan. They did what authoritarian regimes do. They oppress—suppressed information. They censored; they disappeared courageous whistleblowers and journalists, who tried to sound the alarm all across the world. And they allowed people from Wuhan to travel to Italy and abroad,” said Pompeo about the episode.
Roth did not stop there. Instead, he proposed a resolution, stating that “the Communist Party of China deliberately and intentionally misled the world on the Wuhan coronavirus.”
This was not an isolated event, noted Pompeo. The CCP has been doing the same to many countries around the world, including the United States. He said that many countries try to influence the United States, but “they’re fundamentally different than what the Chinese Communist Party is doing. It has a much more sinister view of this engagement. The party and its proxies aim to make Americans receptive to Beijing’s form of authoritarianism,” he explained.
The second example is related to Falun Gong. A California state senator proposed a resolution in 2017 to support Falun Gong practitioners in China and around the world. Despite its great benefits on mind and body, Falun Gong has been suppressed by the CCP since July 1999. The resolution would highlight the persecution the practitioners are enduring for their belief.
The Chinese consulate in San Francisco wrote a letter to the state legislature, defaming Falun Gong and claiming that the resolution would affect the relationship between the state of California and China. “Unfortunately, the California State Senate bowed to the CCP pressure and shelved the proposed bill,” added Pompeo.
These are just two examples of how the CCP tries to comprise Western values, by targeting state and local governments in the U.S..
Pompeo also brought up the example of the many sister-city programs, that carry benign titles such as “Association of Friendship,” which usually “fall under the authority of something called, the Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries,” which in turn, “is part of China’s United Front Work Department – the CCP’s official overseas propaganda tool.” Propaganda is one of the CCP’s Three “Magic Weapons,” with the other two being “armed struggle” and “party-building.”
Pompeo said he would like to highlight these hidden CCP agendas. “Know that if you’re offered a trip to China when the pandemic travel restrictions are lifted, that you should ask who is paying for the trip, and if that person is linked—directly or indirectly—to the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.
Pompeo’s comments are consistent with the U.S. Administration’s recent efforts to curb the CCP on human rights violations and religious persecution. In an interview on August 31, Sam Brownback, the U.S.. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, emphasized their significance. “China is at war with faith. It is a war they will not win,” he said. “It’s a war that the kingdom of man has tried to win for millennia, and they’re not going to win this one and they haven’t won it in the past.”

004. The Mystery of China’s Military Doctrine

The Mystery of China’s Military Doctrine

J. R. Nyquist, Sept. 24, 2020
In war, the subjection of the enemy is the end, and the destruction of his fighting forces the means.
                         –Carl von Clausewitz
Roger Cliff is the author of a recent study on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), titled China’s Military Power: Assessing Current and Future Capabilities. Cliff says that modern wars are decided by strategy and doctrine. He also says China hides its military doctrine behind disinformation and secrecy.
It should come as no surprise that Beijing keeps its military doctrine hidden. The reason is simple. The Chinese rulers have two faces: (1) a communist face; (2) a capitalist face. Shall we guess which is their true face?
The regime in Beijing is Marxist-Leninist. It is totalitarian and criminal. It actively suppresses dissent, murders political activists, operates reeducation labor camps, and persecutes religious believers. Add to this China’s military buildup and threatening behavior toward Australia, India and Taiwan. What sense does it make to think the Chinese leaders are capitalists who merely pretend to be communists?
According to Roger Cliff, China’s military objectives are determined by the ruling Communist Party. This party subscribes to Leninist revolutionary theory — a theory that seeks to engineer the downfall of capitalism. Translation: Beijing is trying to defeat the United States.
On this last point Washington and the Pentagon are confused. Occasionally they see what China is up to. But then everyone in Washington reverts back to Panda-hugging. One might ask: Why do we trade with China when Beijing uses so many unfair trade practices? Why do we tolerate their ongoing intellectual theft and political subversion?
Here we find that American policymakers also have two faces. They have a face that is indignant at Beijing’s crimes, and a face that wants to do business with Beijing. Which is the true face of the American policymakers? Shall we guess?
It is time to say the truth. America’s policy of trading with China is dangerous. It has to stop. We should not be sharing technology with the People’s Liberation Army. We should not give Chinese communists access to our financial system. President Xi Jinping is a thug who sits atop a murderous regime, rife with corruption and primed for military aggression. Close collaboration with such a regime will get us a knife in the back.
It is only a question of when the Chinese communists decide to knife us. After all, America is the enemy the Communist Party has sworn to destroy. In Roger Cliff’s book, there are several clues to China’s military strategy for defeating the United States. We know that Chinese strategy emphasizes preemption, surprise and a desire for “rapid decision.” Chinese texts say, “take the initiative as soon as you can.” Consistent with ancient Chinese practice, these texts also emphasize avoiding a “direct engagement with enemy military forces” together with “precision strikes” and “unified leadership under centralized command.”
In terms of China’s military doctrine, here are the taglines for China’s secret “Campaign Guidance” documents: (1) “integrated joint operations” (suggests an amphibious invasion); (2) “new domains of struggle (suggests the amphibious operation will aim at objectives outside China’s sphere of influence); (3) “expansion of the scope of operations.” (suggests an entirely new theater of operations). If we take the three “Campaign Guidance” concepts together, it seems the Chinese envision some kind of naval/amphibious invasion involving “new domains” by expanding the “scope of [military] operations.”
More recently the PLA has issued a fourth “Campaign Guidance” concept in support of the first three: namely, “counter-terrorist operations.” The Chinese apparently expect to occupy someone’s territory, with attending civilian resistance (i.e., “terrorism”). Thus, “counter-terror” is required, possibly along the lines of Gen. Chi Haotian’s references (in his secret speech) to the killing of “women, children and prisoners of war.”
Might the PLA’s “Campaign Guidance” documents refer to a direct attack on U.S. territory following the collapse of the U.S. economy in a civil war scenario?
When asked by the author whether an invasion of North America had ever been contemplated by Russian or Chinese strategists, Col. Stanislav Lunev (a Russian defector) referred to Operation Weserübung — the German invasion of Norway in 1940. He then made special mention of German infiltration troops. The role of such troops, in a Russian/Chinese invasion scenario, could be greatly enlarged for operations in North America. Troops could be infiltrated into the U.S. as tourists, students, or illegal aliens. Once inside the United States, they could pick up uniforms and weapons at secret arms caches. They could then secure key points of entry (like airfields and ports). Invading forces need not come directly from China or Russia. Lunev noted that ideas presented in the Zimmerman Telegram, during World War I, were ahead of their time. In that telegram, the German Foreign Office proposed a military alliance between Mexico and Imperial Germany. Mexico, under the right circumstances, could be an important ally for an invading power. (Though Germany at that time was in no position to invade the United States or position troops in Mexico.)

003. Seeing through the CCP’s Nature

Seeing through the CCP’s Nature—Reflecting on Events During the Chinese Civil War

Sept. 11, 2020 | By Shixin (Minghui.org)
August 9, 1945, was a special day in Chinese history. Already eight years into its massive invasion into China, top Japanese leaders learned at 4 a.m. that day that the Soviet Union had declared war against Japan. Seven hours later, the U.S. launched a second atomic bomb attack on Japan. Later that night, Japanese Emperor Hirohito decided to end the war followed by an official surrender on August 15.
This also triggered a series of changes inside China. Although Kuomintang (KMT) had been the main force to counter the invading Japanese army, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wasted no time in harvesting the fruit of victory. Between August 10 and 11, 1945, the then CCP leader Mao Zedong issued 7 orders within 18 hours urging 200,000 of his troops to claim territories from the Japanese-occupied regions.
According to Chinese historian Xin Haonian, this was the first time Mao gave official orders to counter the Japanese army. Before that Mao always avoided direct conflicts with the Japanese army for the CCP’s own growth, while millions of KMT soldiers died on the battlefields to fight the Japanese between 1937 and 1945.
Double-Dealing by the CCP
Hoping for peace inside China, the then KMT head Chiang Kai-shek invited Mao three times between August 11 and August 23, 1945, for a meeting. Although Mao was hesitant, Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin ordered him to go and said his safety would be ensured by the U.S. and Soviet Union.
On August 28, 1945, Mao flew to Chongqing accompanied by Patric J. Hurley, then U.S. ambassador to the Republic of China. As soon as he got off the plane, Mao, who had fought Chiang for decades, shouted, “Long live Generalissimo Chiang!” and delivered a written speech on “ensuring domestic peace, implementing democratic politics and consolidating domestic unity.”
While Mao gave a false impression of being willing to cooperate with KMT on the surface, behind the scenes he was going all out to reap the fruits of the victory of the war with the Japanese army. Before leaving for Chongqing, Mao had instructed his military commanders Liu Bocheng and Deng Xiaoping on August 25, 1945, to attack Chiang’s army as much as possible, “Don’t worry about my safety in Chongqing. The better you fight, the safer I will be, and the better outcome for us in the negotiations.”
While the 41-day Chongqing negotiations captured the attention of the entire country, the CCP army occupied 200 cities and destroyed major roads preventing the KMT army from accepting the Japanese surrender. This allowed the CCP to maximally seize weapons from the surrendered Japanese armed forces.
On October 10, 1945, the KMT and the CCP signed a peace agreement. However, less than a month later, Mao completely destroyed all agreements and all promises.
Chiang: Communist Party Is the Biggest Enemy of Mankind
Having dealt with the CCP for decades, Chiang knew that the CCP would not be reconciled. On the day after the agreement was signed, he wrote in his diary: “The CCP is not only untrustworthy but also despicable in their conduct. They are worse than animals.” He knew very well that the only outcome of “peaceful coexistence” with the communist regime would be to be gobbled up by the demonic communism.
Chiang drew this conclusion because he had known the Soviet Communism and the CCP very well. When visiting the Soviet Union for three months in 1923 as recommended by Sun Yat-sen, Chiang realized that the political system of the Soviet Union was an autocratic system of a terrorist organization.
In 1926, as the Northern Expedition led by Chiang began to show initial success in defeating regional warlords, the CCP instigated the pro-CCP officials in the KMT government to establish another regime in Wuhan City, Hubei Province to interfere with the Northern Expedition. Chiang wrote in “Message to All Soldiers,” “While our National Revolutionary Army was fighting a bloody war in Jiangxi, the Communist Party was arranging a rebellion in Hunan and Hubei [to make troubles]; while our frontline soldiers were fighting fiercely in Zhejiang and Jiangsu, [the CCP] authorities in Wuhan withheld soldiers’ pay and refused to provide any ammunition, not even a bullet.”
Chiang was clear-headed about the CCP’s tricks of double-dealing and back-stabbing, so he launched a large-scale movement to purge communists working within the KMT government and military forces.
At the end of the Huaihai Campaign in January 1949, one of the last wars before the CCP took over in China, Chiang issued an order to stop fighting and instead leave the mainland China for Taiwan. His personal bodyguard recalled Chiang’s despair at the time: He rested his head and arms on the desk and cried with great sadness. As he cried he murmured to himself. “No more fighting, no more fighting; the fallen soldiers are all Chinese,” he said, “This could be my fate. Now the Chinese people all believe in them (CCP officials)—No point fighting anymore. When they [the Chinese people] gradually see the truth, they will long for our return.”
After the CCP usurped power, Chiang continued to expose the vicious nature of the CCP. In 1960, Chiang said in his “Good Friday Testimony:”“The arrogant Communist gangsters shouted that they would destroy all religions in the world, and they would destroy all human beings who do not worship Communism, and that Communism would dominate the world. All their persecutions, struggles, framing, and public trials today are just like the demonic ‘Satan’ in the New Testament era 1,900 years ago. We may calm down and ask ourselves whether we have reached the end of a millennium as mentioned in chapter 20 of the Revelation? ‘Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.’ Bible scholars believe that once Satan is released from prison, he may be very powerful. Communism, the embodiment of Satan, not only fights against God but also deliberately plays tricks with God.”
Chiang realized the incredible pace of Communist aggression. Since the end of World War II, as many as 800 million people were living under the iron curtain of Communism, and there would be no peace in the world as long as Communism is still around. He believed that there was no way out in following the Communist Party and said, “Any attempt to compromise with the Communists is the same as willingly falling into the trap of the Communist Party or opening the door to invite thieves. If the free world follows this path, it will not only fail to rebuild the temple of God but also open up a path to its own annexation. This kind of compromise is to invite Satan to rule the world.”
In 1966, when the CCP launched the Cultural Revolution, Chiang said the criminal and demonic nature of Mao’s gangsters was in absolute contradiction to the Chinese traditional culture. “Under the pretense of the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’, it committed horrendous atrocities of culture destruction. Today’s mainland has been turned into a huge prison, in which feelings between father and son, gratitude between husband and wife… are all regarded as being treacherous, and people showing such sentiments are subjected to severe criticism at any time!” he wrote.
In 1972, Chiang accurately predicted the disintegration of the European Communist countries in 1990, and the CCP would also be disintegrated a little later. Till his death, the idea of “saving China” was always on Chiang’s mind. He affirmed in one of his speeches: “No one can destroy the Chinese culture! The righteous force that reflects our nation’s independent character and capability embedded in our traditional Chinese culture will ultimately eliminate the Communist bandits!”
The Secret Behind The CCP’s Class Struggle
Yan Xishan served as governor of Shanxi provincial government, and later as premier of the Republic of China. He said in a speech during a major conference in 1949 that some people in both China and the U.S. mistakenly regarded the Chinese Communist Party as a “political party.” They failed to recognize that it is in fact a “party of treacherous rebels.”
Yan, who had suffered a lot in fighting the CCP for many years, gained a deep understanding of the CCP’s practices and their fundamental ideology. When he was in Shanxi, he obtained two documents of the Communist Party, which enabled him to understand why the Communist Party was so fervent about class struggle. At that time, the Communist Party’s tactics in dealing with the people in rural China involved punishing people step by step. First, they would draw the upper-middle class over to their side to punish rich farmers; then rope in smallholder farmers to settle old scores with middle-class farmers; after that, they would instigate poor peasants to do the same to smallholder farmers.
Finally, the CCP would deal with the poor peasants. The document pointed out: “As for how to deal with the poor peasants, we don’t need to do anything special, but explain to them: The People’s Liberation Army is fighting for the people, and those who are not on the front lines must deliver tax grain to the government; first demand this year’s tax grain from them, and if they still have spare grain, then tell them to deliver last year’s tax grain; if they still have leftovers, then require them to deliver tax grain for the previous year, until they are unable to survive. Then we will offer them some relief grain and some production tools, so that they have to rely on us to make a living, and only when they have such connection with us can they fight with us to the end.”
Yan was greatly shocked by what was said in the document as it showed how the CCP took hostage of the entire Chinese population and obtained their resources and manpower by burning, killing, and looting, and was able to expand rapidly as a result. He said, “We are a national state, and we are doing our best to protect the people; the CCP is a party of hooligans and they are doing everything possible to punish people so as to keep them under its control. The CCP does not want people to live in peace, they need people to create chaos with them…. they are after wealthy people’ money and landlords’ land, and use them as funds to create trouble; most of all, they want poor people to be cannon fodders in their fighting strategies.”
Yan also predicted that once the communist party had communized China, it would certainly do the same to Southeast Asia and India, and ultimately it would try to communize the entire world. Communism is internationally aggressive, and all wars launched by the Communist Party were international wars. He also obtained another CCP’s internal document, which encouraged CCP cadres “not to be afraid of atom bombs,” and further confirmed the CCP’s ambition to communize and take control of the world.
The document explained the “anti-atomic bombs” the CCP had in their hands: The British and U.S. imperialists have atomic bombs, so we must have anti-atomic bombs to deal with the enemies’ atomic bombs. They have military atomic bombs, whereas we have political atomic bombs. The British and U.S. imperialists would attack us to control industrial areas and bomb large cities, but we have managed to organize the vast land of Asia and the masses of people in a way that they become inseparable from us, and this is what we can use as a countermeasure against atomic bombs, and it can make it impossible for the enemy’s atomic bombs to exert their effects. This is our approach against atomic bombs, that is, we have anti-atomic-bomb devices, and we are not afraid of British and U.S. imperialists……”
In concluding why he believed Communism would sweep across the world, Yan said that the communist party’s approach was unprecedented in history, a politically aggressive strategy of armed masses. The Communist Party had always used political strategy to manipulate military strategy, and use military strategy to manipulate tactics, and at the same time pack themselves with false propaganda.
He said: “The CCP pretends to be a normal political party outwardly; it appeared to be very enthusiastic about ‘peace’,’democracy’ and ‘progress’ in its propaganda; it used to talk about ‘negotiation’ and ‘consultation’ in politics. However, behind these gorgeous and dazzling outfits, the CCP is always aiming a gun at its opponent’s heart. When they cannot win in the battlefield, the Chinese Communist Party will come to the meeting room. When they cannot win in the meeting room, the Chinese Communist Party will rush back to the battlefield again. ‘Violence’ and ‘Peace’ were used as a double-edged broadsword knife, sticking in front of a compromising government!”
Chen Cheng: Terrorism and Communism Have Never Separated. My life-long dream is to “build up Taiwan and retake the mainland”
Chen Cheng, who was once the No. 2 powerful figure in Taiwan’s politics, had always followed Chiang to root out the Communists with full commitment. He loyally defended Chiang all along and served as Chief of Staff and commander-in-chief of the national navy during the civil war between KMT and the CCP. He was firmly committed to the eradication of Communists throughout his life, served the country loyally, and never forgot to “retake the mainland.”
In his memoirs, Chen referred to the CCP’s Red Army as “red bandits,” pointing out that it was banditry created by the Soviet Communist International, and that the CCP, established in 1921, was a treacherous organization that sold out national interests.
Chen pointed out that the CCP’s bloody killings alone set an unprecedented record. Starvation was also a form of chronic slaughter [about 45 million died during the Great Famine in China between 1959 and 1961]. The CCP was the enemy of the universal value of humanity because they “deny that humans are humans, and affirm that humans are also objects” and “From the beginning to the end, terrorism and communist rule have never separated,” Chen said.
Chen presided over Taiwan’s land reform without shedding any blood. At the same time, he accomplished the capital accumulation required for industrialization and accelerated Taiwan’s rapid economic development. In contrast, at least two million landlords were killed during the CCP’s land reform, and many people lost their families and their loved ones. The land that poor peasants obtained from robbing the landlords were confiscated by the CCP before they even had time to clear out the weeds.
Both Chiang and Chen knew the CCP well and they had always wanted to save the Chinese people and Chinese civilization from being poisoned and destroyed by the CCP. As early as 70 years ago, they saw through the evil nature of Communism and the CCP, knowing that they are demons that aim to destroy China and communize the entire world.
Unfortunately, many Chinese citizens and people in the international community failed to pay enough attention to this reality. As the CCP grows to dominate the world and pushes its communism agenda, and as the entire world suffers from the coronavirus pandemic as a result of the CCP’s mishandling of the outbreak, it is time for us to reflect on these issues and find a path forward.

002. Chinese Scholars’ Decisions and Fates

Chinese Scholars’ Decisions and Fates at the Crossroads of History

Sept. 7, 2020 | By Shixiang (Minghui.org)
History is a good lesson for us to learn. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was about to take over mainland China 70 years ago, Chinese scholars faced a dilemma: staying with the CCP or leaving with Kuomintang, going to Taiwan?
Some chose to leave, such as Hu Shih, former Chinese Ambassador to the United States (1938 to 1942). They were able to maintain their personal integrity and continue passing on the idea of freedom in the free world. Some chose to stay such as Chen Yinke, one of the greatest Chinese historians at the time. They ended up suffering never-ending political movements and losing academic freedom, human dignity, or even their lives.
Reflecting on their stories, one can learn that when dealing with the CCP, it is important to see through its true nature instead of trusting the rosy picture that it paints.
Hu Shih’s Cry
By the end of 1948, the CCP had been prevailing in the civil war against the Kuomintang, then ruling party in China who had led China to win in WWII. The Kuomintang government sent three airplanes to evacuate famous scholars from Beijing, as it was losing the battles in northern China.
Hu Shih was one of the most renowned Chinese philosophers and essayists. He had also served as China’s Ambassador to the U.S., president of Peking University, and later president of the Academia Sinica in Taipei. He was at Nanjing, the capital city of the Kuomintang government, when the evacuation planes were deployed. The plan was to pick up some scholars from Beijing, then more in Nanjing, before taking them to Taiwan.
Hu went to the airport to join those scholars from Beijing. When the door of the first airplane was opened, he was shocked to see it was empty. The second plane was empty again… Out of the 81 most renowned scholars in Beijing to be evacuated, only 22 took the offer, with 10 going to Taiwan with the Kuomintang government and 12 to the U.S. or Europe. The remaining 59 chose to remain in Beijing.
Hu wept openly at the airport, as if he could foresee the gloomy future for those who chose to stay with the CCP.
Leaving the CCP
The CCP had tried to keep Hu in Beijing before he went to Nanjing, for his great influence in academia and politics. Mao Zedong, then CCP’s top leader, sent Hu a message that he could serve as president of Beijing Library if he chose to remain in the mainland. Hu’s student Wu Han, a high-ranking CCP official, also sent a messenger to ask Hu to stay.
Hu answered with one sentence, “Don’t believe the CCP!”
He also asked the messenger to tell Wu Han, “The Soviet Union has bread but no freedom; the United States of America has both bread and freedom; but when the CCP comes, there is neither bread nor freedom.”
In as early as 1919, Hu had recognized that “Marxism and socialism are just self-deceptive dreams.” In 1946, Hu wrote an article “On Two Fundamentally Different Parties,” stating that there are two fundamentally different types of parties: one is the party in the U.K., U.S., and Western Europe, and the other is the communist party in the Soviet Union, the Fascist Party in Italy, and the Nazi Party in Germany. The two types divide at the line of freedom vs. non-freedom, independence vs. non-independence, and tolerance vs. intolerance.
Despite the CCP’s repeated invitation, Hu left the CCP and went to Taiwan.
Fu Sinian was considered one of the best scholars in Chinese history and literature studies in the 20th century. In July 1945, he and a few scholars visited Yan’an, a northwestern city that served as the CCP’s headquarters. He had a private conversation with Mao Zedong for a night. However, unlike some other scholars who praised the Yan’an trip, Fu thought the system of Yan’an was pure despotism and obscurantism. He found that Mao was very familiar with all kinds of novels, especially those of poor-taste, and that Mao used those materials to study the psychology of the people to control them.
Thus, Fu did not hesitate to leave mainland China and later served as president of National Taiwan University.
Qian Mu, one of the “Four Modern Historians” in China, was another master-level scholar who had a clear understanding of the CCP. After the CCP army crossed the Yangtze River to attack the Kuomintang in south China in April 1949, Qian Jibo, a scholar specialized in classic Chinese literature, suggested that Qian Mu remain in the mainland.
Qian Mu asked Qian Jibo, “You have been studying literature. Can you see any attitude of generosity and tolerance in the CCP’s official announcement of crossing the Yangtze River?”
Qian Jibo was silent.
Mao Zedong wrote that announcement. From it, Qian Mu read that Mao would not tolerate anyone with different opinions, and thus he chose to leave mainland China. He continued his teaching in Hong Kong and mentored many students.
Staying with the CCP
Qian Jibo chose to trust the CCP. But his ending was tragic. His manuscript, which he spent a lot of time writing, was largely burned during the CCP’s political movement to destroy the leading “bad” scholars in 1959. He became depressed and died.
Chen Yinke, a Chinese literature master, was called the “professor of professors.” He went with Hu Shih from Beijing to Nanjing but then decided to stay in the mainland with the CCP. He endured much suffering during the CCP’s political movements, as he chose not to give up his conscience to the Party.
The CCP stopped his salary and froze his bank account during the Cultural Revolution. Chen was tortured until he was blind and developed heart disease and many other illnesses. The Red Guards (teenagers who vowed to be loyal only to Mao Zedong) put a few high-pitched speakers next to his bed to frighten him. Even when he was in his last days, the Red Guards still demanded that he “confess his crimes.” As Chen described experience, “I live as if in a prison cell for death row inmates.”
Even CCP officials could not escape the torture.
The aforementioned Wu Han, a renowned historian on the Ming Dynasty and Hu’s student, became the chancellor in charge of both Peking University and Tsinghua University. As a party activist, he served as the vice mayor of Beijing.
However, during the Cultural Revolution, he was taken down for a play he wrote, which was criticized as having a hidden political message against the CCP. He was forced to kneel down to receive public criticism and humiliation. His hair was pulled out and his chest developed internal bleeding due to beating. He died in October 1969, without seeing his adopted children for the last time, and leaving only a pair of pants full of bloodstains.
The CCP didn’t leave the children or relatives of the escaping scholars alone either.
Hu Shih’s youngest son, Hu Sidu, who had returned to China from the U.S., refused to evacuate to Taiwan along with his father.
When the CCP carried out a movement to denounce Hu Shih in the 1950s, Hu Sidu published an article titled “Criticism over My Father Hu Shih” and called Hu Shih “the dog of imperialists and the enemy of the public.” But that didn’t give him safety. Hu Sidu was labeled as a “Rightist” in 1957. He committed suicide by hanging himself.
Fu Sinian’s nephew Fu Lehuan finished his studies in Great Britain in 1951. He rejected Fu Sinian’s offer to work in Taiwan and worked as a professor in Beijing, where he thought he would be free and happy. During the Cultural Revolution he was labeled as a “spy” and repeatedly denounced, imprisoned, and tortured. He eventually jumped into a lake in Beijing to end his life.
The cases listed above are just some examples. The CCP has painted a free China with very rosy pictures during the civil war, to allure people to join it. According to the Chinese Academy of Science, about 5,000 Chinese scientists were overseas when the CCP came to power in 1949, and more than 2,000 came back to mainland China by 1956. However, what they experienced once they were in China was something they had never expected.

001. Why Did These Founders Abandon CCP?

Why Did These Chinese Communist Founders Abandon the Party?

Aug. 13, 2020 | By Xing Min (Minghui.org)
In China, the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in July 1921 was considered a key event in the CCP’s establishment. Writings about it often include the names of its 15 participants and sometimes their pictures.
What the public doesn’t know is that, out of those 15 people, only two were able to continue their belief in communism with no major setbacks. The rest either abandoned the communist ideas early on or became victims of political struggles within communism.
Here we will review the experiences of three top leaders of the CCP.
The First Party General Secretary
Following the system of the Soviet Union, the highest position in the CCP is the General Secretary. As the first general secretary, Chen Duxiu was considered the founder of the CCP.
Working as a dean at the renowned Peking University, Chen and others were looking for a new path for China. With support from the Soviet Union, Chen became the first general secretary and launched the CCP under the direction of the Soviet Communist Party (SCP).
Influenced by traditional Chinese culture, however, Chen was often at odds with the Party’s direction. As SCP instructed CCP leaders to join the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) for its survival and growth, Chen opposed it, citing ideological differences between the two. Later on he gave in and became a Kuomintang member just like other CCP leaders. Nonetheless, tension grew and led to his demotion by the SCP in July 1927.
During a conflict between China and the Soviet Union regarding the railroad in northeast China in 1929, CCP leaders proposed to support the SCP at the price of sacrificing Chinese people’s interests. Chen opposed the idea and was expelled from the CCP in November 1929.
After being arrested by Kuomintang in October 1932, Chen studied traditional Chinese culture in prison and chose to abandon communism. In a letter in March 1938, he said the CCP had done whatever it took to advance its own agenda. “Those who listen to you are soldiers, while those who have different opinions are considered traitors. Have you ever considered moral values?”
In 1940, Chen wrote, “The dictatorship of the proletariat does not exist, since it only leads to dictatorship of the party or the party leader. Any dictatorship will cause brutality, cover-up, deceit, bribery, and corruption.”
A CCP Leader Who Always Wore a “Mask”
Qu Qiubai, another attendee of the first national congress, replaced Chen as the top leader after Chen’s demotion in 1927. Between 1928 and 1930, he also represented the CCP in the Communist International. Due to political struggles, however, he was demoted in 1931 and arrested by the Kuomintang in February 1935.
One month before his execution in June 1935, Qu wrote a long article titled “Superfluous Words.” He said it was a mistake for him to be a CCP leader because he was just a plain intellectual. Although only 36 years old, he was already very tired with no ambition or interest in politics or even entertainment.
Throughout his life, Qu rarely read books on Marxism. During meetings, he learned to be politically savvy and did not make his own decisions. Still, he was criticized, and all the criticism further confused him. Therefore, he was happy for others to play dominant roles. He said he could use his little knowledge of Marxism to analyze issues, but the methodology itself could be anti-Marxist, since he did not know other ideas.
In addition, Qu said he lacked confidence and always relied on others. His personality did not qualify him to be a communist, and it was painful for him to play the roles he did. That was why he was happy his comrades called him a traitor; his heart had left them long before that.
Qu described his roles in the CCP as performing on a stage, which was different from his true self. He was not frank with others, including even his wife. “Through the years, I always wore a mask and I am so happy to get rid of it,” he said.
A Statement of Quitting the CCP
Zhang Guotao was also a senior official in the CCP organization. He was the chairperson of the first national congress in 1921. In addition, he was the only Chinese leader who had met Vladimir Lenin in person.
Zhang once had unparalleled power in the Party. For example, as the Red Army troops met in 1935 after the Long March, Zhang’s Fourth Front Army had nearly 80,000 soldiers, while the First Front Army of Mao Zedong and other top leaders only had less than 30,000. During the internal conflicts that followed, however, he was stripped of his leadership role in 1936. A large portion of his troops was also nearly all destroyed. Mao and other top leaders then launched numerous attacks on him.
As the situation deteriorated, Zhang fled in April 1938 and turned to the Kuomintang on April 2, 1930. Three days later, he made an announcement of quitting the CCP. He said he had been wrong to join the CCP. In fact, the CCP’s actions were already against the interests of Chinese people, and it had become an organization of constant plotting and riots.
In 1948, Zhang launched the Chuangjin magazine in Shanghai. He wrote numerous articles stating the CCP “focused on power struggles,” “did not care about moral values or the country at all,” and “treated citizens like dirt.” He also predicted, “If the CCP succeeds, the military rule would inevitably lead to totalitarian politics.” His prediction became reality within several years.
Zhang was fortunate not only because he followed his conscience and stopped following the CCP; by doing so, he also avoided becoming a victim of the Party’s countless internal political struggles. Top leaders such as Liu Shaoqi (former chairperson of China) and Peng Dehuai (the most accomplished general) all died miserably after humiliation and countless other types of mistreatment.
Lessons from the Soviet Union
The establishment of the CCP occurred largely because of assistance from the Soviet Union. Nearly 30 years have passed since the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, but the tyranny of communism still continues in China.
The CCP has grown significantly in the past few decades. With the end of cold war, the West invested heavily in China, hoping the economic improvement would lead to democracy and political openness. With the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, however, the CCP proved that it would continue to dominate China with violence and lies.
Since then, continued support from Western countries, including the admission of China into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, boosted China’s economy, giving the CCP more leverage to intensify its censorship, manipulate public opinion, and suppress human rights. One example is the persecution of Falun Gong, a meditation discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, that has been going on since July 1999.
Boris Yeltsin, former top leader of the Soviet Union, announced his resignation from the SCP during the 28th Communist Party Congress on July 12, 1990. “As the highest elected figure in the republic, I can only subordinate myself to the will of the people and its elected representatives. I therefore announce my resignation from the Communist Party of Soviet Union,” he announced in front of the Party members.
With the dissolution of Soviet Union, people also reflected on history and tragedies such as those described in The Gulag Archipelago. Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the SCP in 1991, recalled this dissolution process during an interview with The Guardian in 2011.
When asked to name the things he most regretted, he replied without hesitation, “The fact that I went on too long in trying to reform the Communist party.” He said the Party had become a roadblock for all the necessary changes needed in the country. The article is titled “Mikhail Gorbachev: I should have abandoned the Communist party earlier.”
After the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published in 2004, over 361 million people have renounced their current and past memberships in CCP organizations. How long will it be until the Chinese people regain their freedom? Only time will tell.