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The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Joint Statement

Posted on Dec 30, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, No Category | Comments Off on The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Joint Statement

Joint Statement The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Dec.17, 2017, Tokyo, Japan We, the participants in the 12th Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference, reaffirm our commitment to mutual respect, understanding, and support; we also agree that we shall work together to actively support full and rigorous enforcement of the Global Magnitsky Act, and to hold human rights abusers and kletopcrats in China accountable. In addition, we pledge to make our best effort to urge other democratic countries, particularly Japan and Australia, to pass similar laws to impose sanctions against the Chinese perpetrators of GVHR and corruption. We will meet again next year in Australia to review this...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”    Chair:      Professor Homare Endo, Professor of History at University of Tsukuba Speakers:  Mr. Yoichi Kato, Senior Fellow, API Initiative      Madam Ambassador YANG Maysing, VP of the Taiwan Foundation for      Democracy, Ambassador-at-Large      Dr. FEI Liangyong, Chairman of Forum for a Democratic China      Ms. Eun Kyoung KWON, Director of Open North Korea      Mr. Shin Harimoto, Reporter, China Commentator, Falun Gong Practitioner Click Here to Listen to Recorded Audio  In his remarks, Mr. Yoichi Kato (Senior Fellow API Initiative) addressed the current tense strategic environment of U.S.-China relations. He focused on three issues that are particularly critical at the moment: 1) North Korea, 2) China’s Belt and Road strategy, and 3) the reemergence of cross-strait tensions. Mr. Kato said that the North Korea situation is very tense.  There is no...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Posted on Dec 17, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Day I Report (2): Footage of the Opening Ceremony https://youtu.be/MRf8nUVboSE His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video CECC Co-Chairs (Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith) Joint Letter Click here to read CECC joint letter U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Letter Click here to read Senator Cruz’s letter U.S.Rep. and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Letter Click here to read Leader Pelosi’s letter U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s Letter Click here to read Congressman McGovern’s letter U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s Letter Click here to read Congressman Raskin’s letter Taiwan MP Yu Mei-yu’s Letter Click here to read MP Yu Mei-yu’s letter Taiwan MP Chen Hsueh-sheng’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Former Canadian MP Irwin Cotler’s Video Greetings Click here to view the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Day II Report (1): Steve Bannon’s Keynote Speech at  the 12th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon delivered his much-anticipated keynote speech on the morning of the second day of the conference. In his wide-ranging speech –which Mr. Bannon described as his first international speech–he focused his remarks on the rise of China and the failure of previous U.S. administrations as well as China pundits to adequately recognize and address the consequences of China as an emerging global power. Bannon spoke at length about Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power and his recent 3.5 hour-long speech at the 19th Party Congress in October, which Bannon described “as a wake up call to the world.” Rather than a liberal, democratic China that many had expected would develop as China embraced capitalism, what we have seen emerge instead is a Confucian, mercantilist, and authoritarian model.  Bannon described Xi’s speech...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings 3

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings 3

Day I Report (3): Recently Released Hong Kong Student Leader Joshua Wong’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Recently Released Hong Kong Student Leader Nathan Law’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center Director Enghebatu Togochog’s Written Greetings Click here to read  the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 2: MP Michael Danby Speaks at the Conference

Posted on Dec 9, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 2: MP Michael Danby Speaks at the Conference

Day II Report (2): Mr. Michael Danby, a member of the Australian Parliament, spoke about China’s growing influence on, and in, Australia. He noted China’s recent enormous military buildup and argued that China’s military modernization serves Xi’s political motives and agenda, as does China’s increasing nationalism. Mr. Danby observed that China is stepping in where the US is creating space for it to do so in the region. Japan and other allies are not certain that the U.S. will come to their defense. He said that Australians are very concerned about China’s influence not just in Australia but all over Asia. China has used many different tactics and strategies in Australia, including buying off the Australian media and politicians. China’s donations to political candidates that support Beijing went too far, prompting the introduction of legislation in the Australian Parliament...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Reports of the Proceedings

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Reports of the Proceedings

12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Reports of the Proceedings   The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference, organized by Initiatives for China (aka Citizen Power), was held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan on November 14-17, 2017. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Advancing Human Rights, Democracy and Peace: New Tools, New Strategies, New Generation”. The annual InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference was established in 2000 by Dr. Yang Jianli, the founder and president of Initiatives for China, during his chairmanship of the Foundation for China in the 21st Century. The Conference has received guidance and encouragement from Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is financially supported by the US National Endowment for Democracy, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and other non-governmental organizations. Each year, the InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference brings together young human rights leaders from China,...

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