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Wang Lijun Affair Shows Value of US Presence Abroad

On the evening of February 6, when a former lieutenant to one of China’s dirtiest officials sought a quick escape from what he figured would be certain death at the hands of his former boss, he jumped into his car and drove four hours to the US consulate in Chengdu.

Why Chengdu? It’s the nearest city with a US consulate. The other options would have been the main US embassy in Beijing, or one of the other consulates, located in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenyang — all of which are much farther away.

Oddly, Chongqing — the mega-municipality of nearly 30 million people of which Wang had been police chief until being fired a week earlier by Bo — doesn’t have a US consulate though it is China’s largest city. Chengdu is the nation’s 4th largest city with just under 15 million but is considered a more cosmopolitan town than Chongqing. That may be a holdover from its time as the capital, and later, the summer palace, of the Mongol emperor Kublai Kahn who ruled China during much of the 13th century. Chengdu is considered by many to be China’s most beautiful city, especially after Kublai Kahn lavished it with elaborate construction projects, including an elegant palace that inspired Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s opium dream of a poem which begins, “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree.”

To this day Chengdu remains more of a center of international culture for China’s heartland than Chongqing. That’s why it’s the location of not only a US consulate (at No. 4 Lingshiguan Road, Section 4, in the city’s international Renmin Nalu quarter) but also the consulates of Germany, S. Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Pakistan.

So once Wang made up his mind to seek refuge in a consulate in Chengdu, he had a few options. But most people with any geopolitical sense would agree with Wang’s choice. None of the other nations would have seemed to have the stature, or the image of commitment to humanitarian principles, to provide asylum in the face of what Wang surely expected would be a heated push by Bo’s powerful security forces to secure his quick return before he spilled too many beans about Bo’s shenanigans.

As it turned out, the US didn’t provide Wang the asylum he sought either. But that small office of 30 employees — minus the consul general who was out of the area — did defy the siege by Bo’s posse of 70 armored vehicles and hundreds of heavily armed soldiers for over a day until the central government could send its own security officers to take custody of Wang, at least ensuring his escape from Bo’s perilous clutches and, just as importantly, documenting for all the world the fact that Beijing’s bosses had taken custody of Wang.

Had the US not shone as a humanitarian beacon in the eyes of even a notorious oppressor like Wang or invested in maintaining that modest presence in China’s heartland, Wang’s wealth of knowledge of the obscene abuses of power by Bo, public security chief Zhou Yongkang and others would never have become so compellingly documented. That timely role the small US consular office was able to perform at the critical moment has essentially forced Beijing’s bosses to shift the nation toward the high road by committing to further reforms needed to address such gross and rampant corruption, as was spelled out by Wen Jiabao in an essay published Tuesday in various state-run media.

It’s easy for us, sitting securely in a nation ruled for the most part by laws and not by avarice or venality, to ridicule the ways in which our government often fails to achieve its ends in dealings with tyrants and oppressors. But the drama of a once-powerful Chinese official like Wang Lijun turning to the nearest US consulate for asylum, and the cascading effect it’s having on the direction of the world’s most populous nation, shows the importance of our nation’s role as a haven of integrity in a largely unprincipled world.

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Sinopuppy · Apr 19, 04:22 PM · #

How convient to use a political stick like the Bo Xilai situation to poke at China eyes.
It’s all about maintaining U.S hegemony and dominance of America’s empire. U.S will use any means to destablize China politically and sabatage China’s economy via the covert unannounced trade war and the countering and containment of China’s military.

China wants a multi-polar power world.

U.S want unilateral economic and military dominance and maintenance of America’s global empire.

Sinopuppy · May 5, 05:26 PM · #

The National Endowment for Democracy – “Civilian Arm” of the Central Intelligence Agency has funded insurrection in China.

Tianamen Square Insurrection of 1989:

“Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc.”, from the NED (National Endowment for Democracy), a US government entity:

Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc. (2009)

http://www.ned.org/where-we-work/asia/china

“Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc.”
$152,950

Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc. (2007)
$135,000

http://www.ned.org/publications/annual-reports/2007-annual-report/asia/description-of-2007-grants/china

Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc. (2006)
$135,000

http://www.ned.org/publications/annual-reports/2006-annual-report/asia/description-of-2006-grants/china

Total sum from NED for Independent Chinese PEN Centre: US $422 950

Chinese PEN Center is not the only source of money for Liu Xiaobo. He also gets money from NED for Minzhu Zhongguo, “Democratic China, Inc.”, where he is the Founder:

http://www.ned.org/where-we-work/asia/china

Scroll down to “Democratic China, Inc.”
$195,000 (2009)
$18,000 (Supplement)

Democratic China, Inc.
$145,000 (2007)

http://www.ned.org/publications/annual-reports/2007-annual-report/asia/description-of-2007-grants/china

Democratic China, Inc.
$136,000 (2005)

http://www.ned.org/publications/annual-reports/2005-annual-report/asia/description-of-2005-grants/china

Total sum Democratic China, Inc. from NED: $ $494,000

Total support from N.E.D Operation Tianamen Square Insurrection during the 4 years 1986-1990 was US$1,916,950 which is about 7 million yuan – a sizeable sum of money in China – where salaries are about 20% of the level in Western countries.

NED (National Endowment for Democracy) is funded by the American government, and is subject to congressional oversight – which is a prettier word for “government operational control”. The purpose is to fund individuals, political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) favourable to US interests.

The payment from NED to US-friendly groups is not a new thing. Eric T. Hale showed in his dissertation (2003) that during the 1990s, China and Russia were awarded the highest number of NED grants with 222 and 221, respectively. Total payment to groups in China during these ten years was astonishing US$ 20,999,229, which equals 140 million Chinese yuan.

http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-1105103-140728/unrestricted/Hale_dis.pdf

In 1991, Allen Weinstein, who helped draft the legislation establishing NED, candidly said: “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” In effect, the CIA launders money through NED. (Washington Post, Sept.22, 1991)

New York Times wrote on December 4, 1985: “The National Endowment for Democracy is a quasi-governmental foundation created by the Reagan Administration in 1983 to channel millions of Federal dollars into anti-Communist ‘private diplomacy.’”

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/l/labor_role_in_politics/index.html?s=oldest&query=POLITICS%20AND%20GOVERNMENT&field=des&match=exact

Republican congressman from the Texas Gulf Coast, Dr. Ron Paul, who is more Libertarian than Republican, writes: “The misnamed National Endowment for Democracy is nothing more than a costly program that takes US taxpayer funds to promote favored politicians and political parties abroad and to overthrow governments. What the NED does in foreign countries … would be rightly illegal in the United States.”

http://www.iefd.org/articles/paying_to_make_enemies.php

Former CIA-agent Ralph McGehee writes: “… the current US policy of using (rightly or wrongly) the theme of human rights violations to alter or overthrow non-US-favored governments. In those countries emerging from the once Soviet Bloc that is forming new governmental systems; or where emerging China or Third World governments resist US influence or control, the US uses ‘human rights violations,’ as an excuse for political action operations. ‘Human Rights’ replaces ‘Communist Conspiracy’ as the justification for overthrowing governments.”

Patrick French writes “The NED constitutes, so to speak, the CIA’s “civilian arm”.”

Sinopuppy · May 5, 06:12 PM · #

U.S.Central Intelligence Agency & National Endowment for Democracy operations funding for the overthrow of Peoples Republic of China.

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20081120104646/http://www.NED.org/grants/04programs/grants-asia04.html

http://www.NED.org/publications/annual-reports/2005-annual-report/asia/description-of-2005-grants/china

http://www.NED.org/publications/annual-reports/2006-annual-report/asia/description-of-2006-grants/china

http://www.NED.org/publications/annual-reports/2007-annual-report/asia/description-of-2007-grants/china

http://www.NED.org/publications/annual-reports/2008-annual-report/asia/description-of-2008-grants/china

http://www.NED.org/where-we-work/asia/china (2009)

All the money has been delivered by the Americans to Mainland Chinese operatives.

It clear that the money have been spent to overthrow government of P.R.C. The case of Liu Xiaobo mentions money received to the account of Liu Xia, his wife. See the English (unofficial) translation of the verdict: http://bbs.translators.com.cn/mtsbbs/viewthread;jsessionid=9525AA734E0D6F81335BA797DDAE9275?thread=65697 (Scroll down to Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court — Criminal Verdict).

Rumors also speculate how the couple without NED-money, could have afforded a very large flat in a expensive hip neighborhood compound at 9 South Yuyuantan Road in Beijing.

Conclusion:

It is easy to understand that U.S has been involved in the Liu Xiaobo case. He has by receiving the NED-money lost his innocence and had become an American asset/agent. The policies of the US government for many years been working to discredit and destablize China.

BROTHER · May 14, 06:40 AM · #

Much praise to you, Sinopuppy, for bringing the truth to the unsuspecting here in the West.

Keep it up!

A · Jun 6, 01:35 PM · #

While I would be reluctant to characterize the U.S. “as a haven of integrity in a largely unprincipled world,” I also applaud every time someone does something right. Better observance of human rights, or more freedom of expression for writers and such are good things. And a country will be stronger, if indeed it has such things. The authority of a government is certainly undermined, if it does not even obey its own laws (or in this case, if provincial authorities can do as they like, with fear only of a mild rebuke, and no independent judiciary). If the PEN center would be a glittering palace, and Chinese writers good and bad widely published (and sales based on their actual popularity with readers, not political censorship), China would be better off. Wouldn’t you think so, Sinopuppy?

TROGG · Jun 15, 06:30 PM · #

^ Sounds like a tool of NED.

Cleo · Sep 24, 07:45 AM · #

Do Tibetans and North Koreans tend to seek refuge at American embassies and consulates?

If America is your best or only shot and they don’t save you, that is really devastating.

Or when you are Julian Assange.

Too bad America can’t protect Paul Watson from akihito.

Cleo · Sep 24, 07:46 AM · #

I’m very confused by these cases. Mr. Wang doesn’t look Mongolian and he and the Bo family look like such nice Chinese people.