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What President Obama needs to say about Cuba’s elections

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 in International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on What President Obama needs to say about Cuba’s elections

President Obama’s forthcoming visit to Cuba comes as preparations are being completed for the Seventh Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), scheduled to open in Havana on April 16. The main order of business will be to establish the process for transferring power to a new generation of Cuban leaders in 2018, when Raúl Castro will step down as president. While this change will mark the end of the Castro era in Cuban politics, the regime has made clear that it considers the current system “irrevocable ” and that it won’t renounce a single one of its “revolutionary and anti-imperialist” principles, as the party’s official newspaper, Granma, stated recently in an editorial on Obama’s visit. The chief item on the agenda of the Seventh Congress will be the consideration of a new electoral law for the general election in 2018, when Castro’s successor...

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Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 in Global Efforts, Highlights, International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

By Yang Jianli, Fang Zheng and Zhou Fengsuo March 18 at 7:18 PM Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. Fang Zheng is president of Chinese Democracy Education Foundation. Zhou Fengsuo is founder of Humanitarian China. By now, many people who remain haunted by the horrific slaughter of protesters in 1989 in Tiananmen Square have expressed shock and disgust at Donald Trump’s outrageous characterization of that tragic event. During the March 10 Republican presidential debate, Trump said that it was “a strong, powerful government that [reacted] with strength. And then they kept down the riot.” Though he hastened to add that he wasn’t “endorsing” the crackdown, it was too late: In one breath, he both smeared the students’ peaceful protest as a “riot” and characterized their murder as an illustration of “strong” leadership. Even Trump’s most outlandish and crudest previous exclamations did...

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Our Response to Trump and Kasich’s Remarks about the Tiananmen Massacre

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Our Response to Trump and Kasich’s Remarks about the Tiananmen Massacre

Press Release Our Response to Trump and Kasich’s Remarks about the Tiananmen Massacre Chinese version: www.yibaochina.com/FileView.aspx?FileIdq=6570 March 11, 2016 We are appalled by Donald Trump’s remarks about the Chinese government’s 1989 massacre during the 12th Republican presidential candidate debate last Thursday, in which he called the heroic pro-democracy protest in Beijing a “riot”, and praised the Chinese government’s response as “strong.” Trump’s comments show not only a lack of moral orientation, but also show a complete disregard for the hundreds if not thousands of innocent lives lost when the Chinese government butchered unarmed students and citizens in Tiananmen Square on June 3-4, 1989. Many of us participated in that peaceful demonstration, and we know that we were merely exercising our basic rights to protest and our rights for free speech. We petitioned the government to curtail the rampant corruption and...

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What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference?

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Global Efforts, News, Op Ed, Publications, Taiwan | Comments Off on What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference?

What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference? By Yang Jianli, published: September 1, 2015 www.chinachange.org CAIRO CONFERENCE, 1943. VIA @HEGUISEN “At the time of the Cairo Conference, although the US military had already gained the upper hand in the Pacific and was actively planning an Allied invasion of Europe, and despite the first glimmerings of hope for an Allied victory over Germany, Italy and Japan, another threat was already taking shape, this time within Allied ranks: it would grow to become the greatest and most persistent threat to global peace in the post-war era.” On the eve of the 70th anniversary celebration of the victory over Japan in World War II, The Cairo Declaration – a so-called “historical epic” produced by the August First Film Studio – has managed to cause a public outcry even before...

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Hong Kong: One Year after 8.19

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Democracy, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Hong Kong: One Year after 8.19

By Alex Chow and  YANG Jianli, published: August 31, 2015 Today marks the first anniversary of the August 31 decision of China’s National People’s Congress prohibiting popular selection of candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive by the people in Hong Kong. This so-called “Beijing 8.19 Hong Kong political reform” package, violated China’s prior written agreements promising full universal suffrage, when it acquired sovereignty  over Hong Kong from Great Britain. This betrayal so outraged the people of Hong Kong that it triggered the 79 day “Umbrella Protest Movement,” or “Occupy Central Movement.” Thanks to the momentum generated by the Movement, on June 18th of this year, the Pan-Democrats coalition there successfully blocked the pseudo-democratic package offered by Beijing’s puppets in the Hong Kong Legislative Council by a landslide vote of 28:8.  This dramatic incident was portrayed by some as the beginning of foreseeable...

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WSJ: Beijing Olympic Scandal Redux

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 in News, Olympic 2022, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on WSJ: Beijing Olympic Scandal Redux

  Beijing Olympic Scandal Redux The 2008 games were a tragedy for human rights. Now 2022 looks similar. By Yang Jianli and Jared Genser SELECTION CRITERIA: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach with the card announcing the winning city. PHOTO: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city tapped to host both the Summer and Winter Games. In deciding this, the International Olympic Committee has chosen to trust Chinese government assurances concerning human rights, even though Beijing’s record in preparing for the 2008 Olympics was deplorable. The IOC seems not to care. “The decision in 2001 to give the games to China was made in the hope of improvement in human rights and, indeed, the Chinese themselves said that having the games would accelerate progress in such matters,”...

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Crossing River with a Boulder On Back?

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Crossing River with a Boulder On Back?

Crossing River with a Boulder On Back? Yang Jianli   Right before the kick off of China’s annual “Two Meetings,” its state media began the widespread rollout of President Xi Jinping’s new ideological directive, the “Four Comprehensives.”   Two Meetings refers to the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which are both adjourned last weekend in Beijing. Xi follows in the footsteps of his predecessors: Mao Zedong’s “Thought” guided the first generation, Deng Xiaoping’s “Theory” the second, Jiang Zemin’s “Three Representatives” the third, and Hu Jintao’s “Scientific Development Outlook” the fourth. Fifth-generation chief Xi Jinping announced a “China Dream” at the very beginning of his rule, during which he flip-flopped between Mao’s “Thought” and Deng’s “Theory,” confusing the general public. Now into his third year in power, Xi Jinping has gradually shown his...

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