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G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

By Yang Jianli & Han LianchaoOne of the main themes of the 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit which China’s president Xi Jinping will chair next w  eek is to build an inclusive world economy. To achieve that goal, the Chinese organizer claims that “China is working with all parties to pull in one direction in the spirit of a win-win partnership and to help pool wisdom and form synergy.” However, for 2.5 million Hangzhou residents, the upcoming summit put them in a lose-lose situation because the government’s preparation and policing for the event has become so unconscionably disruptive and abusive that the summit will be an embarrassing contradiction of G-20 principles.  The government has sealed many Hangzhou’s residential districts or neighborhoods, and special passes are required to get in and out. Ahead of the G20 summit, the Chinese regime reportedly spent over $100 billion...

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Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum

  Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum From: Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II   Chairman, Defense Forum Foundation  & Suzanne Scholte President, Defense Forum Foundation LUNCHEON TOPIC: “Democracy for China: Opportunities Missed and Opportunities Ahead” SPEAKER: Dr. YANG Jianli Founder, Initiatives for China / Citizen Power for China WHEN:  Friday, June 17, 2016, 12:00 noon – 1:15 pm WHERE: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill  One of the world’s leading activists for Democracy in China, Dr. Yang is the founder of Initiatives for China, a.k.a. Citizen Power for China, an organization that promotes China’s peaceful transition to democracy.  A survivor of Tiananmen and co-author of the Constitution of a Federal Democratic China, Yang has been involved in the democracy movement since the 1980s.   He was imprisoned in China for 5 years for his support of the labor movement.  Among his...

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IFC Statement on the Uyghur Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the Uyghur Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

Initiatives for China has serious concerns for the well being of the imprisoned Uyghur refugees who have been on a hunger strike for six days in a Thai immigration detention facility. Initiatives for China is calling for international attention to the grave issue of Uyghur refugees in Thailand. The hunger strike started on May 31, 2016 with the initial 15 Uyghur refugees growing to 31 as of today. The Uyghurs, who are involved in this hunger strike, have been held at the detention facility for over two years. For the past two years, 173 of the refugees were able to board a chartered flight to Turkey, while 109 were forcibly returned to the hands of the Chinese Government. There are about 70 Uyghur refugees being held in several detention facilities across Bangkok today. According to World Uyghur Congress, the...

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Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Tibet, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

  On June 4th, 2016, Students for a Free Tibet held a rally in Dharamsala, India, to commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. They organized this event to show the solidarty with the victims of the massacre and raise awareness about the ongoing crackdown on the democracy activists in China....

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Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre.

Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre. “Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre” June 3, 2016 Last year, when I spoke to the Inter-Ethnic Leadership Conference organized by Initiatives for China, I opened my remarks by quoting from an article by David Shambaugh that had just appeared in The Wall Street Journal on what he called “The Coming Chinese Crack-up.”  Shambaugh, who has since developed the article into a book entitled China’s Future, gave five reasons for thinking that the Chinese regime suffers from systemic and ultimately fatal weaknesses: 1) The wealthiest Chinese citizens are parking their money abroad and are thinking of leaving; 2) there is increasing repression that Shambaugh considered to be a sign of weakness, not strength; 3) the regime was ideologically bankrupt; 4) It could not...

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Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Highlights, News, No Category, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Statement by Initiatives for China on  Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage  for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register June 1, 2016   Initiatives for China is pleased to announce that along with the Newseum and world-renowned photographer Charlie Cole, it has nominated the Tank Man images and video footage captured by international journalists during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing as documentary heritage for inscription into UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Register. The nomination submitted on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the early-morning June 4 massacre serves as an appropriate commemoration of the hundreds, even thousands of victims. The nomination includes the selected images and video footage from five photojournalists and two cameramen who risked their lives to record the heroic act of the “Tank Man”, a still-unidentified young Chinese man,...

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Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

Posted on May 26, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

On behalf of Initiatives for China and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, we wish to invite you to attend this year’s commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989. Exploring the Contested History of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Live and via WebEx Open to the public (registration required) Friday, June 3rd, 2016 Session 1: 10:30AM-12:00PM Session 2: 1:00PM-3:00PM Candle Vigil: 7:30PM Conference Location: Pew Charitable Trusts Research Facility 901 E Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20004 Candle Vigil Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (Intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, NW) On June 4, 1989, millions of peaceful demonstrators from the Chinese Democracy Movement gathered in Tiananmen Square, where thousands were brutally cracked down. In every subsequent year, students, scholars, journalists, and politicians have joined with other human rights advocates to commemorate their sacrifice-except in...

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