On March 19-21 there will be a global congress of Chinese dissidents related to the Chinese Democratic party (CDP), to be held in a 'Chinatown' section of New York City—Flushing, Queens.
The major U.S. TV Networks—and their so-called "news divisions"—long ago kicked the Chinese democracy movement to the curb. Their very sympathetic story of brave individuals standing up to the tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) "went dark" on U.S. television screens.
It appears that managing editors prefer their work to be pleasing to the Chinese regime—the bloodiest and most murderous regime in history (responsible for more deaths inside China than World War II caused globally).
And so these editors have been missing out on one big story after another. Two years ago, began the "jiuping" and "tuidang" campaigns. Jiuping refers to a book, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, published by The Epoch Times. That book was released, smuggled around China, and began to drive the tuidang phenomenon.
Tuidang means "quit the party," meaning the CCP that rules China. The campaigns were largely driven by the Epoch Times and by the practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that is being brutally persecuted in Mainland China.
However, the original (paleo-?) Chinese dissidents, many of them secular or Christian, also joined in, piled on, and vocally led in heaping opprobrium upon the CCP, and in encouraging resignations from it. That is to say that what is at hand is not just an "Epoch Times story" or a "Falun Gong story," but rather a "Chinese story."
How dramatic is the news we are missing? Two years ago, I wrote an article and noted that 300,000 people had recently quit from the CCP. The tuidang counter has now surpassed 19 million, and when Chinese dissidents have their political convention next week, the number will be around 20 million. This backlash against the Communist Party has indeed been gaining traction.
In the past year, there has been another piece of historic news that if covered would shake the CCP and arouse opposition to it around the world: credible reports that the Chinese government has been selling human organs, harvested from prisoners of conscience, who are also killed in the process. This has shades of Nazi medical experiments performed upon prisoners, and it underscores the holocaust-like nature of the Falun Gong crackdown. The crackdown has become more deadly than the Tiananmen Square crackdown—more people are thought to have lost their lives—and, it has been available for the U.S. news media to cover for the past seven years. Rather than cover it, they have covered it up.
Now we have another dramatic story: after a long period of disunity, Chinese dissidents are coming together. Will the media let the world know what is happening?
Political Punditry in Dissident Politics
The habit of U.S. writers is to look for the famous names and faces whom they already know. They might know two names of Chinese dissidents (Wei Jingsheng and Wang Dan), and that leads to the portrayal of a two-person democracy movement. But about 20 million people have been shifting their loyalties, away from the CCP and in the general direction of the Chinese democracy movement. Even while Wei and Wang are leading figures, the movement is more than those two men.
One point is good to note. Chinese culture has a higher place for writers, as compared to American culture, which is celebrity-seeking. In Chinese culture, very high esteem is attached to writers who have built up their influence. So, beyond seeking out celebrities, U.S. reporters would do well to seek out Hu Ping and Xin Haonian. Hu Ping is the Editor-in-Chief of Beijing Spring magazine; Xin Haonian is the Editor-in-Chief of Huang Hua Gang magazine, and author of a noted book, Who Is The New China? They and their magazines are institutions in the Chinese dissident community.
Back Story About the Chinese Democratic Party
The founding of the CDP in 1998 included roles for two well-known dissidents, Xu Wenli and Wang Youcai. Xu is a long-time veteran dissident who was imprisoned for 17 years in China due to his political dissent. Wang was a student leader in Tiananmen Square's "June 4" movement in 1989. He has also been a political prisoner.
Somehow, the CDP in exile began operating with four or five branches or "the Balkans" working autonomously and independently of one another. In August 2006, there was a "delegation conference" to reorganize the CDP, held at the same hotel where we now expect a global congress in March 2007. That conference was called by the dissident Ni Yuxian, who had been known as the Chairman of another political party, the PFDC (Party for Freedom and Democracy in China).
One might have hoped that the conference could smooth out differences and get different branches of CDP to cooperate; but it did not sit well with Xu Wenli, who rejected it and declared that action to be null and void. Far from an example of cooperation, the conference instead became an example of the routine squabbling that has plagued the Chinese democracy movement. The situation prior to the conference included CDP segments under Wang Xizhe, Xu Wenli, Wang Jun, and Xie Wanjun. After the conference, this situation was unchanged, but there may have even arisen a new CDP segment under Ni Yuxian (plus, Chairman Ni had the black eye of being repudiated by Xu Wenli).