Sichuan’s ‘Dwarf Village’ (明阳寺村)

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Master Luo Deshan

Western sources tend to convey the very basic facts about this interesting place and people situated in Zizhong County area of Southern Sichuan province, whilst continuing the usual disinformation about Mainland China. This place is not ‘shut off’ to the outside world, and Westerners are not ‘banned’ from visiting it. However, the elderly people who live in Bright Light Temple Village (明阳寺村 – Ming Yang Si Cun), are ‘protected’ citizens of the People’s Republic of China (due to their disability), are not entertainment for curious foreigners, and have a right to privacy to pursue their lives. The information in this article is conveyed by the Headman of the village – Luo Deshan (羅德山).

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In the 1930’s, when the standard of living was very poor in the area, local people gave birth to a generation of children who stopped growing at around 4 years old – reaching just 90cm in height. These children were born to otherwise healthy adults with no history of dwarfism within their families. The children concerned suddenly felt tremendous pain in their hips and leg joints and suddenly stopped physically growing in height (although the body matured as usual and psychological capacity generally remained unhindered). Although conventional dwarfism sufferers tend not to live long lives, these people in Ming Yang Temple Village have lived into their 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s – implying that the condition might have a by-product of increasing longevity.

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Today, out of the 120 inhabitants, around 80 elderly and middle-aged people stand between 80cm – 90cm tall, whilst their off-spring have become steadily taller at around 1.4m – 1.6m. Between the 1930’s and 1954, local inhabitants experienced severe pain in their ankles, knees and pelvic girdle. After this date, the recurrence of these symptoms ceased, only to re-emerge during the 1960’s and 1970’s (amongst adolescence). The incidence of Dwarfism has steadily diminished into the 21st century. After Liberation in 1949, the Government of China sent medical and welfare experts to the area, and had a purpose-built nursing home opened. Even with this help, life can still be hard for short people. Much of the furniture and utensils they use are of ordinary size and create ongoing difficulties, but the people manage and have a good attitude to life. Many of these people get on with their lives and even visit local markets outside their area.

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In January 2008, Zizhong County Health Bureau commissioned the County People’s Hospital to carry out an x-ray examination of the dwarves in the Ming Yang Temple Village. The results showed that the synovial joints between the head of the femur cones and the pelvic girdle had disappeared as the bones had ‘fused’ together causing immobility and great pain. Although something similar can happen in very old people (as ‘osteoarthritis’), this problem had occurred in young children. The Sichuan Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of Epidemics has put forward the idea that during the 1920’s and 1930’s the Southern Sichuan area experienced an unusually high degree of rain during the autumn harvest time. Due to the poor living conditions of the people at that time, the stored wheat and sweet potato were extremely prone to mildew and this may have given birth to a fungus called Fusarium. When consumed in large amounts, this fungus inhibits the growth of cartilage. After Liberation in 1949, the Ming Yang Temple Village underwent a thorough redevelopment and today life is much better for the inhabitants. With continuous and improved living conditions, there has not been another outbreak of Dwarfism in the area.

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Chinese Language Reference:

https://baike.baidu.com/item/矮人村?wtp=tt

Churchill’s Role in the 1919 Deportation of 20,000 British Chinese People

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The Aliens Restriction Act (Amendment) Act 1919 – was an extension of the 1914 Aliens Restriction Act – which was designed to limit ‘enemy’ aliens entering or travelling through the UK during WWI. Although thousands of Chinese men were brought to the UK to assist the British Army in France, (where they served as unarmed labourers both behind and in the frontlines), the British government deliberately used the Aliens Restriction Act (Amendment) Act 1919 to expel around 20,000 Chinese people from the UK in 1919. What were once ‘Allies’ of the UK became – with the flick of a pen – ‘alien’ intruders. During December 1918, the General Election in post-WWI Britain brought David Lloyd George and his Coalition Government (between Liberals and Conservatives) to power. In January 1919, Winston Churchill was appointed Secretary of State for War and Secretary of State for Air. Although responsible for the demobilisation of the enlarged wartime British Army serving in France, his influence in all aspects of domestic British government was substantial. He used his authority to order the British Army to break strikes and quell all working-class protest and descent. Meanwhile, on June 3rd, 1919, the official first large-scale strike occurred in Shanghai China, whereby at least 70,000 Chinese workers in more than 50 enterprises (including Textile, Machinery, Railway, Automobile, Ferry, and Ironworks, etc) organised themselves into strong Unions and took to the streets in protest. This unprecedented action permeated throughout the Chinese diaspora, where for the first-time overseas Chinese people started rebelling against Western racist attitudes, and terrible working conditions. Although there was a strong sense of nationalism and xenophobia in the UK immediately following victory in WWI, the British Government’s attention was drawn to the British Chinese population primarily through its agitation and strike action. This was happening at a time when workers throughout the UK were also rising-up. Far from making a ‘land fit for heroes’, the British Government wanted to prevent at all costs a Bolshevik-style Revolution in the UK, and certainly was not inclined to sit back and watch migrant Chinese workers unite with British workers and overthrow the capitalist State. Churchill, as the effective head of the British military, ordered British troops to clear-out Chinese migrant settlements (at bayonet point) particularly around the Liverpool area. Around 20,000 Chinese people were forced onto ships and deported back to China. The situation in the UK was exasperated by the fact that Lenin in Revolutionary Russia had issued a decree on June 25th, in the name of the Chinese people, stating that all ‘unequal’ and ‘imperialistic’ treaties between Czarist Russia and China were now null and void, and he encouraged the Chinese people to ‘rise-up’ against colonialism, imperialism and capitalism – stating that Soviet Russia will support a ‘Communist’ China. In the meantime, the British Army had been ordered into Revolutionary Russia in 1918, and was still attempting to destroy the Russian Revolution when Churchill took hold of the reins. This foreign intervention would be defeated by the Bolsheviks in 1921, but by this time the British Chinese population had already been deported and was a distant memory. Chinese people continued to live in the UK, but at drastically reduced numbers (in the 1921 Census, there were just under 2,500 Chinese people still living in the UK). What I find interesting is how a contemporary British Chinese population (that views itself as ‘middle class’), plays down the obvious British racism aimed at the early Chinese settlers in the UK, whilst also writing out of any narrative histories the impact of ‘Socialism’ upon the Chinese community. Ironically, due to British racist attitudes, those Chinese people who think they are ‘middle class’, exist within a cultural vacuum due to the ‘exclusion’ they suffer from the White middle class they strive to emulate. The White middle class does not recognise or accept any other version of bourgeois existence as being on an equal footing with their own. Therefore, those Chinese people who have made money and secured a good job tend to relate to the very conservative attitudes their White colleagues hold, which paradoxically serve as the basis for racial exclusion. Therefore, middle class Chinese people navigate British society through the agency of affluence, which entails an adopting of an antagonistic attitude toward Mainland (Communist) China, whilst simultaneously denying the reality (and existence) of the Eurocentric racism they a priori experience everyday. I draw a distinction between ‘middle class’ Chinese people (who possess a privileged access to media, education and political influence), and the masses of Chinese people in the UK who are ordinary workers who often pursue Union membership and collective bargaining. The story of the ordinary Chinese worker is often obscured due to their general lack of access to the middle class establishment. Whereas middle class British Chinese people look to the ‘White’ British establishment for their sustenance, invariably the down-trodden and oppressed Chinese workers often instinctively look toward Communist China for ideological support.

Chinese Language Reference:

https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/1919年

We Are All Maoists!

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We all swim in the murky pool of political disinformation, and are either fully aware, partially aware, or not aware at all. The broad masses are deceived on a regular basis as a means for the ruling elites to retain their privilege and status. In-short, political disinformation exists to maintain the capitalist status quo, and prevent any widescale development of a competing Socialist Movement. So far so good. This system is simple and effective because most people have no interest in the forces that constantly define their lives or manipulate their choices. Those that do become aware are targeted by the system – not because they are wrong – but because they are right. These individuals are misrepresented as ‘mad loners’ who never liked society in the first place, many of whom tend to meet with unfortunate accidents. Faced with this kind of negative reinforcement, it is no wonder that many prefer to stay in the cosy world of conformity of routine oppression. However, for those of us who are able to see, we have a duty toward humanity to expose the truth of what is happening around us. Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States has led to a ‘new’ rhetorical offensive against Communist China. Of course, on the surface, the US and China has what appears to be ‘cordial’ relations, but it is behind the scenes where numerous US offensives to bring-down China are in operation. Two of the most obvious are the Falun Gong Cult, and the Pro-Tibetan Movement – but China has down well over the decades to contain these reactionary movements and in the process educate Western progressives to the reality of the situation. The US Government – through its colony of Taiwan – puts out a tremendous amount of racist material (in both English and Chinese languages), often assisted by Chinese capitalists. Eating dogs and killing babies are prime examples of this type of thinking. This is coupled with the generation of a false history about China that has no Chinese language references (because it is fake), which follows the usual US Cold War rhetoric of accusing ‘Communism’ (which saves the masses) as being the vehicle that ‘kills the masses’. In this regard, the idea that Communism kills is a simple and cost-effective inversion of reality, that is easy to deploy and scare people into believing. The so-called ‘Tiananmen Square’ Incident of 1989 is a good example of this, whereby the PLA is accused of ruthlessly ‘putting-down’ a popular protest by students against the Communist Chinese government in 1989. A Wikileaks article published in the rightwing Daily Telegraph in the UK put an end to this myth, but since the early 1990’s, the US has propagated the further myth that China has abandoned its Socialist Revolution and has taken on a capitalist path. This has received a remarkable traction from both the political left and right in the West, and has mainstreamed as the general attitude toward China. This has been by far one of the most successful US propaganda offensives against Communist China. Of course, such a distortion has no currency within China itself, but is designed solely as a means to generate external pressure upon the Communist regime. The US ideologues work from the premise that any external pressure is better or more effective than no pressure, and their role model stems from the collapse of the USSR in 1991. It is the sincere hope of the US that a similar collapse will happen to China that will remove the Communist threat to US hegemony. However, as China begins to strengthen and make its technological and scientific weight felt on the world stage, the Trump Administration has sought a new method to ‘destabilise’ China’s developing industrial and technological base. This must be disrupted because all of its scientific achievements and advances are demonstrating the superiority of the Chinese Communist System (not to mention the fact that whilst millions starve in the US – the Communist Government of China has raised at least 400 million people out of poverty). After decades of accusing China of being ‘capitalist’, the Trump Administration has now concocted a new strategy of ‘inventing’ a breakaway ‘Maoist’ group in China which is being attacked and persecuted by a Communist Party that has ‘sold out’. Other than appearing like a script out of a US movie – again this disinformation is gaining traction throughout the West, with misled leftist groups even pledging support for imagined ‘dissidents’ sat in empty cells. This article is typical of a new wave of disinformation (in English) about China that conveys no idea of Marxist-Leninist dialectics and has no Chinese language references. There is no breakaway group of Maoists in China – as ALL Chinese Communists are Maoist. A Maoist is a Marxist-Leninist who applies the ideology of Marx-Engels to Chinese cultural conditions. A basic premise of Marxist-Leninism is that different historical epochs require different dialectical pathways. After decades of resisting Maoism, the US is now attempting to encourage it within a false paradigm of their own making. MAOISM has never gone away, it has just adjusted to circumstance and consequently steered Communist China in a new and positive direction that has left the US far behind due to its capitalist limitations.

President Xi: China Respects its Socialist Intellectuals (24.4.2017)

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Xinhua Newsagency Reporter: Ju Peng She (鞠鹏摄)

(Translated by Adnan Chan-Wyles PhD)

Translator’s Note: The South China Post – a Western newspaper – recently published an article stating that ‘100 Chinese Intellectuals‘ had signed a petition to release a ‘Maoist’ intellectual supposedly held in prison. The South China Post claimed that he had been imprisoned for demanding that ‘capitalist’ China should re-embrace its ‘Maoist’ past. This is fake news and a prime example of both US and Trotskyite disinformation. This is just one attempt of many designed to bring-down the Communist System in China. The point of such deceptions is to create a ‘drip by drip’ effect through which the Western capitalists think the Communist Party of China (CPC) will lose power. This fabricated interpretation of China has no paradigmatic basis within China, or Mainland Chinese language narratives. Within Communist China the Law is clear and must not be broken. This is the same even in the most unfair of capitalist societies. The following (translated) Chinese language article, written some 8 months prior to the South China Post article, features President Xi clearly stating the esteemed place that Chinese intellectuals occupy within Chinese culture. (24.1.2018)

Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chairman of the State Council, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission visited the People’s Court – where he met with representatives of the Peasants’ Labour Party and the Ninety Three Academic Society – who attended the 5th session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee on the afternoon of March 4th. This group listened, discussed and made comments and suggestions. President Xi emphasized that the main priority was to emphasise that China requires a greater knowledge generated by intellectuals, and that Chinese intellectuals must assist in rejuvenating the nation (and the people’s happiness) through a greater prosperity throughout the nation. China’s wealth-generation must be led by a very good and sound education system that is defined by the production of cutting-edge science and ground-breaking technology. Throughout society, people must help one another and not be selfish, in this way the people will advance together and no one will be left behind. China will progress only through hard work and a selfless attitude.

Continuing the application of Maoist thought, President Xi stated that the 13th Five Year Plan will be successful if all the nationalities in China, together with the democratic and labour movements, work effectively together to apply the principles of ‘five positions in one body’, and the ‘four comprehensives’, then China’s development will be secure and even. This means that as China develops, adjustments of the superstructure and infrastructure must be made to retain balance and harmony. China is only a moderately prosperous society and much hard-work is still needed. China can only develop with new and progressive ideas that keep a Socialist society advancing.

Intellectuals are leaders of society, pillars of China, pride of the people and a valuable asset to the country. President Xi pointed out that the Chinese Communist Party has always attached great importance to intellectuals. The vast majority of intellectuals represent the most progressive elements of Chinese society, are the pillars of the country, the pride of the people and the precious wealth of the nation. China’s intellectuals have always had a strong sense of family life, a strong sense of social responsibility, morality and bravery. Generations of intellectuals have contributed wisdom and strength to the cause of China’s Revolution, construction and reform, and some have even sacrificed their precious lives, leaving behind epic deeds.

Xi Jinping emphasized that the whole of society should care about intellectuals, cherish intellectuals, and create a good social atmosphere for respecting knowledge and respecting intellectuals. It is necessary to broaden the road to excellence and enrich the intellectuals in all fields by harnessing their wisdom and talent, sincerity and love, their courage to act, their tolerance of difference, and their ability to recognise talent in others. Leading cadres at all levels should be good at dealing with intellectuals and develop close friendships with intellectuals. Intellectuals should be trusted to make important and major decisions, and cadres should seek advice and suggestions from intellectuals. Opinions and criticisms from intellectuals, as long as the starting point is dialectically correct, must be warmly welcomed, and actively adopted. Even if individual opinions are biased or wrong, they should be tolerated, rather than ignored or dismissed (even if they are not acted upon). China should create better conditions for the work of intellectuals and accelerate the formation of institutional mechanisms conducive to the pioneering work of intellectuals. This process should facilitate the work characteristics of intellectuals, so that intellectuals can concentrate more upon their own work, and fully release their own talent and energy.

A Socialist intellectual is a Proletariat intellectual. A Socialist intellectual possesses an advanced mind which functions in a progressive manner. This is a mind that deals with material facts and is free to assess, analyse and speculate in any and all directions. A Proletariat intellectual is not limited to the narrow and inverted functionality of the bourgeois intellectual. A Socialist intellectual is not limited to the class-related and greed-orientated mind functionality of the capitalist intellectual – which is anti-working class and opposed to the progression of the people. Whereas a bourgeois intellectual begins his-her analysis using myth and inverted logic, the Proletariat intellectual begins his-her analysis from the concrete circumstances of everyday life. This process should be collective and always directed toward the betterment and improvement of the people. All intellectuals in China should work together and harness an outpouring of collective creativity, if this is carried-out correctly, then China’s society will noticeably progress. Finally, a Socialist intellectual is the product of the people, and all his-her activity is an expression of that collectivity, and should not deviate from this premise. A Proletariat intellectual is never more important than the masses of people he or she represents.

The CPC will co-ordinate all the democratic parties in China in this most important of projects. If all the political parties act together, then China can benefit from the collective brain-power of its 1.3 billion population. This includes all men, women and children, all nationalities, all types of people (of any ability or limited ability) and anyone who truly wants to see China progress. This is the correct meaning of Socialist intellectualism.

Chinese Language Reference:

http://news.cnr.cn/native/gd/20170424/t20170424_523721934.shtml

图为三月四日下午,中共中央总书记、国家主席、中央军委主席习近平看望参加全国政协十二届五次会议的民进、农工党、九三学社委员,并参加联组会,听取意见和建议。中共中央政治局常委、全国政协主席俞正声参加看望和讨论。

新华社记者 鞠 鹏摄

据新华社北京3月4日电 中共中央总书记、国家主席、中央军委主席习近平3月4日下午看望了参加全国政协十二届五次会议的民进、农工党、九三学社委员,并参加联组会,听取意见和建议。他强调,伟大的事业,决定了我们更加需要知识和知识分子,更加需要知识分子为国家富强、民族振兴、人民幸福多作贡献。我国广大知识分子要以时不我待的紧迫感、舍我其谁的责任感,主动担当,积极作为,刻苦钻研,勤奋工作,为全面建成小康社会、建设世界科技强国作出更大贡献。

中共中央政治局常委、全国政协主席俞正声参加看望和讨论。

联组会上,姚爱兴、何维、武维华、赵丽宏、曲凤宏、印红、郑福田、周健民、周锋等9位委员,围绕加强农村基层治理、壮大全科医生队伍等问题作了发言。

习近平在听取发言后发表重要讲话。他表示,来看望全国政协民进、农工党、九三学社的委员,同大家一起讨论交流,感到非常高兴。习近平代表中共中央,向在座各位委员,向广大民主党派成员和无党派人士,向广大政协委员,致以诚挚的问候。

习近平强调,一年来,我们统筹推进“五位一体”总体布局、协调推进“四个全面”战略布局,坚持稳中求进工作总基调,贯彻新发展理念,主动适应引领经济发展新常态,统筹稳增长、促改革、调结构、惠民生、防风险各项工作,全面建成小康社会迈出坚实步伐,全面深化改革继续深入推进,全面依法治国展现新的局面,全面从严治党取得显著成效,经济增长继续居于世界前列,实现“十三五”良好开局。这些成绩来之不易,是中共中央坚强领导的结果,是全国各族人民团结奋斗的结果,也凝结着各民主党派、全国工商联和无党派人士以及在座各位委员的心血和智慧。

知识分子是社会精英、国家栋梁、人民骄傲,也是国家宝贵财富

习近平指出,中国共产党历来高度重视知识分子。我国广大知识分子是社会的精英、国家的栋梁、人民的骄傲,也是国家的宝贵财富。我国知识分子历来有浓厚的家国情怀,有强烈的社会责任感,重道义、勇担当。一代又一代知识分子为我国革命、建设、改革事业贡献智慧和力量,有的甚至献出宝贵生命,留下了可歌可泣的事迹。

习近平强调,全社会都要关心知识分子、尊重知识分子,营造尊重知识、尊重知识分子的良好社会氛围。要以识才的慧眼、爱才的诚意、用才的胆识、容才的雅量、聚才的良方,广开进贤之路,把各方面知识分子凝聚起来,聚天下英才而用之。各级领导干部要善于同知识分子打交道,做知识分子的挚友、诤友。要充分信任知识分子,重要工作和重大决策要征求知识分子意见和建议。对来自知识分子的意见和批评,只要出发点是好的,就要热忱欢迎,对的就积极采纳。即使个别意见有偏差甚至是错误的,也要多一些包涵、多一些宽容。要为广大知识分子工作学习创造更好条件,加快形成有利于知识分子干事创业的体制机制,遵循知识分子工作特点和规律,让知识分子把更多精力集中于本职工作,把自己的才华和能量充分释放出来。

习近平希望我国广大知识分子自觉做践行社会主义核心价值观的模范,坚持国家至上、民族至上、人民至上,始终胸怀大局、心有大我,始终坚守正道、追求真理,从自我做起、从现在做起、从日常生活做起,身体力行带动全社会遵循社会主义核心价值观。习近平希望我国广大知识分子积极投身创新发展实践,想国家之所想、急国家之所急,紧紧围绕经济竞争力的核心关键、社会发展的瓶颈制约、国家安全的重大挑战,不断增加知识积累,不断强化创新意识,不断提升创新能力,不断攀登创新高峰。

各民主党派要搞好政治交接,努力换出新干劲、换出新气象

习近平指出,今年是实施“十三五”规划的重要一年,是供给侧结构性改革的深化之年,有不少问题需要深入研究、妥善应对、合力攻坚。大家要紧扣“十三五”规划实施和全年经济社会发展目标,就保持经济平稳健康发展和社会和谐稳定深度调查研究,提出务实管用的对策建议。

习近平强调,今年,各民主党派中央及其省级组织要进行换届,各民主党派要搞好政治交接,努力换出新干劲、换出新气象。中国共产党同各民主党派秉持共同理想、坚持共同奋斗,汇聚成坚持和发展中国特色社会主义、实现中华民族伟大复兴中国梦的磅礴合力。只要我们始终把13亿多中国人民智慧和力量聚合在一起,我们的事业将无往而不胜。

据新华社北京3月4日电 中共中央政治局常委、国务院总理李克强,中共中央政治局常委、全国人大常委会委员长张德江,中共中央政治局常委、全国政协主席俞正声,中共中央政治局常委、中央书记处书记刘云山,中共中央政治局常委、中央纪委书记王岐山,中共中央政治局常委、国务院副总理张高丽,4日分别看望出席全国政协十二届五次会议的委员并参加分组讨论,同大家共商国是。

4日,李克强参加了经济、农业界委员联组会,张德江参加了港澳地区全国政协委员联组会,俞正声参加了社会科学、新闻出版界委员联组会,刘云山参加了文艺界委员联组会,王岐山参加了共青团、总工会、妇联、青联界委员联组会,张高丽参加了致公、侨联、对外友好界委员联组会。

编辑: 王丹蕾

Romans in Han Dynasty China

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‘In the year 113 BCE the Han dynasty first sent two thousand armed men and then sent a marine force south to unseat an autonomous ruler of Vietnam, taking the Viet stronghold of Pan-yu and setting up nine administrative commanderies in the south, briefly encompassing even the island of Hainan. The History of the Later Han reports frequent visits of Roman merchants to Fu-nan (Cambodia), Jih-nan (Annan), and Chiao-chih (Tonkin). The History of the Liang mentions that a Roman merchant named Chin-lun arrived in southern China by way of Jih-nan and Chiao-chih. Yu Ying-shih describes the importance of Chiao-chih:

During the decades from Wang Mang’s time to the early years of the Later Han, in which relations between China and the Western Regions were generally interrupted, Sino-Indian overseas silk trade probably became more flourishing as a result of the cutting off of the overland trade route. During this period, there seems to have been even some increase of Chinese silk in the Roman market, which, it is believed, was due to the more frequent use of the sea route by the Indian intermediary. It may further be conjectured that the growth of the overseas silk trade between the east and the west resulted partially also from the fact that both sides found it desirable to avoid the Parthian monopoly. At any rate it is beyond doubt that in Later Han times Sino-Indian economic intercourse often resorted to the sea route… In Later Han times, overseas trade seems to have gained much progress. In this respect, both Jih-nan and Chiao-chih played a very important role by serving as a link of intercourse between China and the various maritime countries… The prosperity of Chiao-chih (Tonkin) as a seaport during the Later Han particularly deserves attention. Chiao-chih was known especially for the production of such curiosities as pearls, ivory, tortoise-shell, incense, and so forth, from which its immense wealth derived… It is also highly significant that toward the end of the Later Han period when the famous Shih Hsien (186-226) was Governor of Chiao-chih, the streets of Tonkin were filled with barbarian merchants. All these facts can be properly comprehended only against the commercial background of Chiao-chih at that time. I can think of no better explanation than overseas trade that can account at the same time for both the prosperity of Chiao-chih and the frequent presence of foreigners there,’

Extracted From: How Master Mou Removes Your Doubts (1997), Sri Satguru, by John P Keenan – Pages 50-51

Author’s Note: The area known as ‘Vietnam’ today, was once part of Mainland China. The ‘Yieh’ people used to live in the Guangdong area of South China, but when the ‘Tang’ people of the north migrated into the Guangdong area (the ‘Tang’ people are now referred to as the ‘Cantonese’, or ‘Guangdongren’), the ‘Yieh’ people moved further south and settled in ‘Vietnam’. This where the ‘Yieh’ people became known as the ‘Viet’, and the place they lived as the ‘South’ (i.e. ‘Nam’). Vietnam fought a 1000 year war with China before gaining its independence in 938 CE. Many Western historical narratives hostile to ‘Communist’ China tend to depict the Vietnamese people as ‘non-Chinese’ in ethnic origin. This is incorrect, even if Vietnam is not administered by China today, and the Vietnamese people are self-determinant. ACW (1.1.2018)

China ‘Bans’ the Commercial Ivory Trade (1.1.2018)

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I was asked if it is true that Communist China has ‘banned’ ivory imports. The up to date headlines state:
 
‘全球野生动物保护迎来里程碑事件,2018年1月1日起,我国将全面禁止商业用途的象牙加工及销售。为了让公众更多地参与到拒绝象牙贸易、保护大象的行列中。’
 
This confirms the ‘ban’ is correct and comes into force midnight on January 1st, 2018:
 
‘As part of China’s world-wide policy of animal preservation and protection, as of the 1.1.2018, China will ‘ban’ all ivory imports intended for processing and commercial purposes. The general public will receive the appropriate education, and be encouraged to support and perpetuate this ‘ban’.’
 
To assist in the policing of this ‘ban’, Baidu is launching a new phone app which connects Chinese citizens directly to the appropriate rapid response police department. The modern Chinese State is of the opinion that killing elephants for their tusks is a thing of the past, and that the traditions premised upon this trade must adapt to modern times. In December 2016, the General Office of the State Council of China issued a regulation stating that all ivory processing was to be curtailed and reduced, so that all such activity ceases by December 31, 2017. Anyone caught dealing in this trade after the 1.1.2018 will be severely punished according to the Law of the PRC.

Chinese Language Source:

http://tech.china.com/article/20171230/2017123093928.html

Soviet Union and ‘Yuletide’

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The Soviet Union was a Secular State guided by a scientific ethos that endeavoured to benefitted the entirety of humanity (and not just the Rothschilds and other similar corrupt elements). This meant that although the Soviet State was officially ‘Atheist’ (as is the Government of the USA), each individual Soviet citizen possessed the legal right to practice ‘any’ or ‘no’ religion as a private matter. Schools taught science and not religion. To study religion, individuals had to make arrangements with religious educational bodies (usually through a church, mosque, synagogue or temple, etc). However, no politically motivated religious movements were permitted, because religious theology (or emancipatory philosophy) when used to control the minds and bodies of the entirety of society, is oppressive, repressive and generally opposed to scientific exploration and development (as logic and reason exposes the illogicality that theism is premised upon). What is interesting is how financial power-houses in the West, use the established church (also a financial power-house) to ‘convert’ individuals into a theological state of mind, as a means to stop the spread of Scientific Socialism, and the establishment of material science.

The US colonies of Taiwan and South Korea, since their respective annexation by America, have received intense Christian missionary activity intended to convert these distinct Asian populations away from their naturally Socialist religions of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, and toward the ‘greed-friendly’ theology of Catholicism and Protestantism. This racially premised policy is viewed by the US as removing those Asian cultural traits that ‘risk’ a natural slide into Socialism, and away from US imperialist influence. This is also seen with the US and its attempted infiltration of the Communist Chinese Mainland through the CIA-fabricated ‘Pro-Tibetan Movement’, and the ‘Falun Gong Cult’. The point of this activity is to either establish or retain an ‘inverted’ mind-set that is incapable of non-inverted scientific thought, and therefore unable to understand or confront the exploitative capitalist system, or logically formulate ways of predicting or countering US imperialist propaganda. As the rhetoric of theistic religions is one of ‘personal freedom’ or ’emancipation’, why would a religious body express ambitions for political power? Obviously, there are no legitimate reasons for this.

Therefore, Scientific Socialism facilitates the legitimate study of a religious or emancipatory philosophical path solely as a ‘private matter’, and enables secular scholars to objectively study theology and religious philosophy at the university level (in 1928, Joseph Stalin authorised the founding of the Soviet Institute for the Study of Buddhist Culture). The Soviet education system taught its children that the celebration of ‘Yuletide’ was far-older than that of the Christian fabrication of ‘Christ-Mass’, and that for the first 300 years of the existence of the Jewish sect of Christianity, no such celebration existed (it came into being under the Roman Emperor Constantine who ordered the Christian Pope of the time, to ‘create’ a Christian celebration on the 25th of December – the birthday of the Roman child-god Mithras – as this would make Christianity more acceptable to Roman pagans). As a consequence of this ‘enlightened’ approach, people in the Soviet Union, guided as they were by the light of Socialism, would routinely celebrate ‘the Scandinavian ‘Yuletide’ (which marks the passing of the Winter Solstice and the coming of better weather and more light), by decorating trees and hanging wreaths and other baubles from walls and ceilings, etc. Ethnic Russians, of course, are descended from Vikings.

Communist Party of China (CPC) – Attitude Toward Religion and Spirituality

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Translator’s Note: The Communist Party of China (CPC) pursues (in the name of the people) a clear Marxist-Leninist (Maoist) path of socio-economic development, in the ongoing development of Socialism in China. It does not endorse or pursue any religious or spiritual paths, but upholds the Constitutional Right of every individual person living in China to pursue (or not to pursue) a religious or spiritual path, purely as a private matter of personal interest. Therefore, the Tibetan ethnic community living in the Autonomous Region of Tibet (and elsewhere in China), possesses a right to pursue the teachings of historical Tibetan Buddhism (or not), and the CPC considers it its duty to ensure that the material conditions are present for this Constitutional Right to be correctly applied within Socialist society. As a private, personal pursuit, religions and spiritual groups have no need for political power, or to interfere with the processes of secular politics (as the 14th Dalai Lama and his clique continuously try to do in China). As a consequence, to protect the Tibetan and Han Chinese people from the corruption of the 14th Dalai Lama, (and other similarly corrupt individuals in the service of the US), the CPC has initiated the ‘Living Buddha’ Project, whereby each practising Buddhist of advanced age (and known disciplined existence), will be assessed and officially recognised for their life-time of peaceful devotion to a non-violent path, and loyalty to Mainland China. The CPC-recognised category of ‘Living Buddha’ does not imply any recognition of ‘mysticism’ or ‘theistic’ states, but is simply the acknowledgement that some advanced Buddhist practitioners have attained a calm and peaceful mind within a disciplined body. ACW 4.12.2017

From the Article 14th Dalai Lama Re-Brand Bad for Business! (2016)

14th Dalai Lama Re-Brand Bad for Business! (2016)

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(Research and Translation by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Translator’s Note: The Communist Party of China (CPC) pursues (in the name of the people) a clear Marxist-Leninist (Maoist) path of socio-economic development, in the ongoing development of Socialism in China. It does not endorse or pursue any religious or spiritual paths, but upholds the Constitutional Right of every individual person living in China to pursue (or not to pursue) a religious or spiritual path, purely as a private matter of personal interest. Therefore, the Tibetan ethnic community living in the Autonomous Region of Tibet (and elsewhere in China), possesses a right to pursue the teachings of historical Tibetan Buddhism (or not), and the CPC considers it its duty to ensure that the material conditions are present for this Constitutional Right to be correctly applied within Socialist society. As a private, personal pursuit, religions and spiritual groups have no need for political power, or to interfere with the processes of secular politics (as the 14th Dalai Lama and his clique continuously try to do in China). As a consequence, to protect the Tibetan and Han Chinese people from the corruption of the 14th Dalai Lama, (and other similarly corrupt individuals in the service of the US), the CPC has initiated the ‘Living Buddha’ Project, whereby each practising Buddhist of advanced age (and known disciplined existence), will be assessed and officially recognised for their life-time of peaceful devotion to a non-violent path, and loyalty to Mainland China. The CPC-recognised category of ‘Living Buddha’ does not imply any recognition of ‘mysticism’ or ‘theistic’ states, but is simply the acknowledgement that some advanced Buddhist practitioners have attained a calm and peaceful mind within a disciplined body. ACW 4.12.2017

The 14th Dalai Lama sits in the centre of a huge multi-million dollar business venture in the West (which also extends into certain parts of Asia). Although ostensibly a humble Buddhist monk who has taken vows of simplicity and poverty, the 14th Dalai Lama generates a substantial income from ‘selling’ the Buddha’s teachings (which were originally given ‘free of charge’ to humanity in ancient India), in book, CD and DVD formats, as well as through numerous ‘paid’ public performances. As with any profitable business, the 14th Dalai Lama’s public image is very important to him (and the people who surround him – i.e. his ‘business advisors’). This is because the 14th Dalai Lama and his clique manufacture a fabricated history and culture of the Tibetan region of Mainland China, and misrepresent Tibet Buddhism, all in the name of supporting US foreign policy, and generating a vast financial income. Since defecting to (capitalist) India in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama has set about (with US assistance) to establish what must be referred to as his ‘brand’, and like any ‘brand’, the professional ‘advertising’ team that surrounds the 14th Dalai Lama is always looking at minimising any risks to his ‘sellability’ in the general market place. Part of his ‘brand’ has been the continuous (decades long) demonization of Mainland China, together with his attempts to infiltrate the Buddhist monasteries of the Tibetan region of Mainland China, and spread his distorted version of CIA-produced pseudo-Buddhism.

Although the 14th Dalai Lama is not popular in Tibet, the Government of China has always been active in building the socio-economic structure of Tibet and preserving and strengthening all aspect of Tibetan culture – including protecting genuine Buddhist lineages and practises. This policy is part of the general ‘Socialist’ reconstruction of China designed to help all people develop to their fullest potentials. In this regard, the Government of China has striven to protect the Tibetan people from the criminality of the 14th Dalai Lama and his clique of corrupt lamas. This type of Buddhism has been generated in the West and has nothing to do with indigenous Tibetan culture. This is why this corruption must not be allowed to infiltrate Tibet or any other parts of Mainland China. However, whilst working to expose the 14th Dalai Lama and his antics, the Government of China is very much supportive of legitimate Tibetan Buddhism and its preservation in the face of this external threat. This is why every lineage of Tibetan Buddhism has been carefully recorded, and its masters and key disciples ‘officially recognised. Those designated ‘Living Buddhas’ have been discretely scrutinised and their status confirmed through Government investigation. This has led to a list being published of those considered to have attained enlightenment, and consequently their status of ‘Living Buddhas’ being confirmed. The 14th Dalai Lama is not on this list because a) his corrupt and worldly behaviour that continuously ‘breaks’ his monastic vows, and b) because he does not reside in Tibet (or any other part of Mainland China). Of course, as soon as this list of ‘Living Buddhas’ was published, the 14th Dalai Lama issued a public statement condemning the announcement, and (without any sense of irony or humility) lamenting the fact that he was not included on this list.

Word from the West suggests that after this announcement the 14th Dalai Lama’s income took a dramatic dive, and he was forced by his share-holders to issue a statement in an attempt to repair the damage to the commercial value of his image. The Government of China has taken this action to eradicate any vestige of ‘false’ Tibetan Buddhism that has infiltrated central and eastern areas of Tibet. Zhu Weiqun (朱维群) – the Director of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – has stated that part of the money earned by the 14th Dalai Lama is illegally siphoned from his Western banks accounts into Mainland China, and used to perpetuate false teachings, anti-Government propaganda, together with the brain-washing of young (and other vulnerable) people – with some ‘forced’ to set fire to themselves whilst being filmed. Many Westerners also make massive profits from the 14th Dalai Lama’s illicit activities and his Office comes under intense pressure every time his brand suffers a down-turn on the international market. Whilst lying about ‘Human Rights’ in China, the 14th Dalai Lama is personally ordering young people to ‘self-immolate’ in his name, but the problem he has had in recent years is from those who have survived (and been cared for by the Chinese State) – including a number of misguided Westerners – who have admitted they were brain-washed and forced into setting themselves on fire following direct orders from the 14th Dalai Lama. Mainland China is a modern, Socialist State that rejects all forms of separatism, racism and terrorism. Tibet is now a vibrant part of Mainland China, with its people experiencing greatly improved standards of living, literacy and life-expectancy. In short, Socialist Tibet has eradicated the backward and unjust feudal system within which the 14th Dalai Lama was born, and the Tibetan people suffered without end.

Whilst living a life of dishonesty and decadence in the West, the 14th Dalai Lama has acted like a monarch without a throne, using his ‘imagined’ psychic abilities to (falsely) choose ‘reincarnations’ of previously great lamas – even within Western bodies with no cultural connection to Tibet, or Tibetan Buddhism. This has led to allegations of ‘child abuse’ committed by the 14th Dalai Lama and his clique – one example of which involved kidnapping and brain-washing of one Osel Hita Torres who was abducted at just 14 months old when his parents visited India. He is now studying film in Madrid and has denounced the Buddhist order that elevated him to guru status. ‘They took me away from my family and stuck me in a medieval situation in which I suffered a great deal,’ said Torres, 24, describing how he was whisked from obscurity in Granada to a monastery in southern India. ‘It was like living a lie’, he told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Records state that between 1980 and 1994, the 14th Dalai Lama personally confirmed ‘214’ Living Buddhas in monasteries and temples across China – with no authority from the Government of China. Many of these declarations have proven ‘false’ and issued as a means to undermine the Government of China. Today, the 14th Dalai Lama is no longer able to act this way in Mainland China – with the Government of China refusing to acknowledge his very worldly mind-set as being ‘enlightened’.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has taken decisive steps to remedy this bourgeois pollution in our country, and will not tolerate these attempts at infiltrating our Socialist System. People in China are better-off than at any time in history, and are fully supportive of the CPC and stand in opposition to the 14th Dalai Lama and his clique. Chinese Buddhists are reminded that the Constitution of the China Buddhist Association specifically states that Buddhism exists to support the building of Socialism in China, and is an ally in this task. As a consequence of this, people such as ‘Wang Fei’ (王菲 – aka ‘Faye Wang’), Zhao Wei (赵薇), Li Lianjie (李连杰 – aka ‘Jet Li’), and Liang Chaowei (梁朝伟 – aka ‘Tony Leung’) who have donated money and mistakenly associated themselves with various (and potential ‘Living Buddhas’) in an ‘egotistical’ manner, are making an error of interpretation, and confusing the 14th Dalai Lama’s continuous search for profit,  with the peaceful and non-worldly existences of truly spiritual men and women in China, who live with no concern for money or interest in the shallowness of those who possess celebrity status. (In this regard, even members of the dangerous Falun Gong Cult have tried to associate themselves with the Pro-Tibetan Movement). In the meantime, the Government of China is striving to constantly update the official list of Living Buddhas – with 870 being in recognised in the first batch. As reliable information becomes available, more names will be verified and added. As Buddhists are generally patient and humble – this process is not a problem. It is ony in the minds of those infected with angst that this process is viewed as deficient. The point is that the time of the 14th Dalai Lama doing what he wants in mainland China is well and truly over.

Chinese Language Reference:

http://7lin.cc/a/news/news/2016/0127/3503.html

North Korea – Latest Missile Test – How the US Fabricates News (29.11.2017)

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(Research and Translation By Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

The US Defense Department said that its preliminary assessment showed that the tracked North Korean missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile (this has not been confirmed by the DPRK). The US propaganda statement continued that this particular DPRK missile launch reached the highest altitude to date, and poses a threat to world peace. Analysts (unnamed) said the ballistic missile test showed that New York and Washington, DC are now within range of North Korea’s missiles, but probably the real reason behind President Trump’s vitriol is the fact that this event has caused the highest gold hit at 1298 US dollars. The price of gold only fell after the US Senate Budget Committee approved the tax reform bill.

The view of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPKR) from the (capitalist) West, is dominated by US racist attitudes and anti-Communist sentiment. This essentially ‘Eurocentric’ view is more or less replicated throughout Europe without question, with the only resistance coming from the progressive left, and those Westerners who describe themselves as ‘friends of North Korea’. As usual, the hate-filled rhetoric of the US is the manufacture of a mythological interpretation of the DPRK that has no bearing upon the material reality that is the DPRK. As most Westerners have no access to progressive education, and lack the language skills to read the Chinese Mainland Press, or seek-out DPRK statements (issued in English), their only means of acquiring ‘news’ is from US ‘soundbites’ which are ignorant in nature, and lacking any genuine news coverage. These are the facts as far as is known about the apparent DPRK’s latest missile launch – and the US response to it.

At about 02:23 on the 29th of November (2017), the South Korean propaganda Yonhap News Agency quoted the latest news from the Joint Meeting of South Korean Chiefs of Staff – stating that North Korea had launched one ballistic missile. Subsequently, this news report was contradicted by the Japan Broadcasting Association – which stated North Korea fired ‘three’ missiles instead of one – one of which had fallen into the waters of Japan’s exclusive ‘economic zone’. According to the Yonhap News Agency, North Korea fired a missile which travelled 960 kilometers at a flight altitude of 4,500 kilometers. These two US dominated news agencies in Asia did not agree with one another, and did not quote any valid North Korean source for the ‘news’ reported.

This is an interesting observation, as prior to these anti-DPRK announcements, US ‘experts’ had issued a warning (again without evidence) that North Korea would soon be carrying-out another missile test in ‘a few days’. The implication being that after two and a half months of silence, North Korea was to launch its first round of ballistic missiles for the first time since September 15th (2017). The launch appears to mark North Korea’s first provocation toward the United States (and US-friendly countries in the region) since US President Trump listed the DPRK as a country that supports terrorism. This is a peculiar interpretation to apply to the DPRK – as it is the US that has military bases all round North Korea (and across the world), and which has financed and trained the ISIS Islamo-fascist terrorists operating in the Middle East.

Japan’s Cabinet Office said that North Korea’s missiles were aimed at Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and could therefore be considered an act of aggression. Although the US government confirmed the launch of the missile(s), the exact details of the missile(s) have not yet been determined. According to the Pentagon, the missile(s) come from mobile launchers. The US Pentagon confirmed the North Korea missile launch as occurring at about 1:30 pm EST (02:30 am Beijing time). A spokesman for the South Korean military said on Tuesday that the South Korean military has been ‘closely monitoring’ and ‘tracking the possible provocations of North Korea.’ Neither the US nor South Korean propaganda broadcasts mentioned the US deployment of the provocative ‘THAD’ missile system throughout South Korea – the only purpose of which is to attack North Korea. The Yonhap News Agency quoted the South Korean Joints of Staff (JCS) as stating that the South Korean military will implement ‘precision strike’ missile exercises in response to North Korea’s missile launch. It is worth noting that Japanese officials noted yesterday, that the increase in radioactive data indicates that another missile test may be coming soon (again, without providing any evidence). ‘North Korea may launch missiles in the coming days’, a Japanese government official told local media. This may be the first of several launches, as the US and South Korean militaries are scheduled to provoke the DPRK by holding large-scale military exercises from December 4th to December 8th (2017), which will involve more than 230 Allied aircraft flying over the Korean peninsula during the exercise (and violating DPRK air-space).

Chinese Languageference:

http://gold.cnfol.com/jinshizhibo/20171129/25689751.shtml

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