DOMESTIC: More Demonstrations by Falungong
A second large-scale demonstration by Falungong followers
was attempted this week on Tiananmen Square. Members of the religious
sect scattered leaflets and held up banners before they were violently
stopped by large groups of plainclothes police.
The demonstration was to coincide with the legislature’s
decision a year ago to use an anti-cult law to imprison its group leaders.
However, due to an embarrassing protest on Oct. 1, police have seemed better
prepared to quickly quell any outbursts that may sporadically pop up on
Many of the leaflets, which were scooped up by
the police, read, “Justice is clear. Good and evil will be repaid
in kind?or “Jiang Zemin’s blood debts are piling up. He’s guilty
of monstrous crimes.?#060;/font>
Also this week, according to the Information Center
on Human Rights and Democracy, two more Falungong followers have died in
police custody, bringing the total number of detained-related deaths to
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INTERNATIONAL: China Carefully Monitors Korean-US
China has carefully monitored the warming relations
between North Korea and the United States. Many analysts believe
Beijing is nervous about losing its influence with Pyongyang as it moves
closer to South Korea and the U.S.
In a bold diplomatic move, China sent its Chinese
Defense Minister, Chi Haotian, to Pyongyang 24 hours before the arrival
of U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Chi stayed throughout
her visit and met Kim Yong-Nam, North’s defacto head of state, after her
“That was no simple coincidence. The Chinese
are shadowing every move by the Americans to ensure they keep playing an
important role on the Korean peninsula,?said a European diplomat.
China also has marked the 50th anniversary of
it entrance into the Korean War with lots of publicity and fanfare.
Many articles praised the soldiers who fought against South Korean and
U.S.-led troops. “No matter how things change, our gratitude to their
contribution to peace at home, on the Korean Peninsula, in the Far East
and the world as a whole shall never abate.?The official China Daily said.
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INTERNATIONAL: Jiang and French
President Chirac Meet in Yangzhou
French President Jacques Chirac and President Jiang met for a day in Yangzhou
to discuss bilateral relations and international concerns.
One touchy issue brought forward by Chirac was human rights, especially
the plight of Roman Catholics in China and religious freedom in Tibet.
Chirac’s spokeswoman Catherine Colonna explained that the French leader
had encouraged Beijing to ratify two United Nations human rights covenants.
Jiang also received a list of individual cases of particular concern to
Though China has signed UN conventions on economic, social, civil and
political rights, the National People’s Congress has yet to ratify them.
Vice Premier Qian Qichen, who also participated in the talks, said the
NPC would reexamine the pacts and that the government backs ratification.
Both leaders also discussed China’s anger over the French sale of an
observation satellite to Taiwan. While the French have insisted the
satellite is only for commercial uses, China believes it has military capabilities,
therefore the sale violated the 1994 agreement with France not to sell
arms to Taiwan.
Chirac then spent time in Beijing where he chaired the third Sino-EU
summit as President of the European Council. The issue of China’s
entry into the WTO was discussed.
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Last updated: 27 October 2000