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Would-be China Defector, Once Bo Xilai’s Right Hand, Oversaw Organ Harvesting

Former Chongqing vice mayor involved in ‘thousands’ of transplantation operations

By Matthew Robertson
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 15, 2012 Last Updated: August 29, 2012
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Wang Lijun, former chief of the Chongqing public security bureau, attends a political meeting in March 2011. By February of this year his political fate was sealed. His little-known involvement in organ harvesting and political persecutions in China is now being publicized. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Wang Lijun, former chief of the Chongqing public security bureau, attends a political meeting in March 2011. By February of this year his political fate was sealed. His little-known involvement in organ harvesting and political persecutions in China is now being publicized. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

The high-ranking Chinese official who sought to defect to the United States last week has a story to tell about his participation in thousands of atrocities—and may have already told it to U.S. consular officials.

Wang Lijun, formerly the director of public security and vice mayor of the southwestern China megapolis of Chongqing, fearing that Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s Communist Party chief, meant to assassinate him, fled on Feb. 6 to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, a four-hour drive west.

He spent over 24 hours in the consulate and, according to a Radio France International report, revealed to consular officials details about crimes committed by him and Bo. He then left Chengdu under the protection of Beijing security officials. 

Prominent among Wang’s crimes was his participation in forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, a practice the Chinese regime has denied. Earlier in his career, Wang gave a speech in which he discussed his involvement in organ harvesting.

Wang’s Award

In 2006, three years after becoming director of the public security bureau in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, Wang was given an award—but it wasn’t for fighting crime. Wang’s team had done pioneering research on how best to transplant organs taken from prisoners—who were possibly still alive when their organs were removed—and surgeons acting at his direction had honed new techniques over “thousands” of on site trials.

Wang received the award in September 2006 from the Guanghua Science and Technology Foundation, a charitable organization meant to promote science and technology to youth. According to its website it is under the direct leadership of the Communist Youth League, one of the Chinese Communist Party’s mass organizations used for recruitment.

For a veteran policeman, to see someone being executed and to see this person’s organs being transplanted to several other persons’ bodies, it was profoundly stirring.

— Former Bo Xilai Right-Hand Man Wang Lijun

In Wang’s acceptance speech, which is still available online (and archived here), he thanks Guanghua Foundation staff for “painstakingly traveling” to Liaoning Province to observe his work. 

He notes one time when Guanghua staff had to rush back from overseas to view a trial. “They wanted to witness organ transplantation and examine it from their point of view: organ transplant benefits the public and improves Chinese law enforcement in a humane and democratic way,” Wang said. 

“As we all know, the so-called ‘on the scene research’ is the result of several thousand intensive on-site transplants,” he added.

Wang accepted the award as director of the “On-the-Scene Psychological Research Center,” which according to its entry on the website of the Ministry of Commerce is an adjunct of Jinzhou City’s public security bureau. Its brief introduction says it has relationships and scholarly exchanges with universities in over 10 countries. Emails to the research center were not returned, and calls to the number listed did not go through.

In his acceptance speech, Wang said, “For a veteran policeman, to see someone being executed and to see this person’s organs being transplanted to several other persons’ bodies, it was profoundly stirring. This is a great endeavor that involved much hard work from many people. The secretary general of China Guanghua Foundation, Jinyang and his staff were right there at the transplant scene, they have experienced it all with us.”

In a speech given on the occasion of Wang’s award, Ren Jinyang, the secretary general of the Guanghua Foundation, explained that Wang was recognized for his “basic research and on-site experiments” in making transplant recipients more receptive to organs. 


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“They have created a brand new protective fluid,” Ren said. “After animal tests, out of body tests, and clinical operations, they have achieved an important milestone where the recipients become more receptive to a liver and kidney injected with such protective fluid.”

Execution Site

Researchers investigating China’s organ transplantation practices were troubled by the remarks and what they implied.

“The so called ‘research scene’ that Wang Lijun refers to is either an outright execution site with medical vans, or possibly a medical ward, where peoples’ organs are surgically removed,” said Ethan Gutmann, who has published extensively on organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience. 

He added that the injections that the award refers to are probably “anti-coagulants and experimental medications that lower the chance of immune-system rejection as the organ is passed between one living body—heart still beating, soon to expire from the trauma—to another.” Gutmann added that this is “normal medical practice” in China, where hospitals, military hospitals, and public security bureaus intersect.

“There is zero guarantee that consent was involved,” Gutmann said. “Ample evidence has come to light that the victims could well have been Uyghur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, ‘Eastern Lightning’ Christians or—exponentially more likely—Falun Gong practitioners. In other words, Wang Lijun received an award for, at best, barbarism.”




  • http://twitter.com/jaya_gibson Jaya Gibson

    If this horrifies you, then check out this trailer for a documentary that I am working on with Ethan Gutmann about the same subject: https://www.facebook.com/shalu.documentary?sk=wall

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zoë-Ackah-Hamilton/721380820 Zoë Ackah Hamilton

    Fantastic article. Absolutely shocking. Why isn’t this front page news everywhere? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/许书豪/1373557563 许书豪

      Actually the Chinese organ scandal was on Sky News few years ago, I was really shocked on the fact they treated those prisoners as soulless commodities. Then you realized their capability. An american porn actor once said in a interview: ‘doing the work we do can really [mess with] your head, I’m only human.’

  • albertroman

    Very, very heavy news. Pillaging of organs from and then murdering of Falun Gong practitioners needs to stop. I hope all those involved are convicted.

  • sean_incali01

    This isn’t a news per se. The west has known about Chinese organ farms for more than a decade. 

    It seems to me that China has a good chance to see another civil war if the Bo Xilai successfully overthrows CCP’s local control over his region.

    Perhaps that’s a good thing given the atrocities and corruption in China.

  • Wong SweeLeng

    Disgusting and evil.  It’s time for people to stop these madness.

  • Wong SweeLeng

    Disgusting and evil.  Time for the people to stop all these madness. Not  only Chinese people but people all over the world who still has some conscience should voice out their concerns.  

  • Wong SweeLeng

    Disgusting and evil.  It’s time for not only the Chinese people but people all over the world who still have some conscience left, should voice out their concern and once and for all stop all these insanities.

  • KellieVora

    What will it take or the worlds people to stand up and notice really understand how evil this pratice is relly stand up to the CCP and say enough stop

  • A Martin

    Are we allowing this mass murderer entry into a civilized nation???

  • http://twitter.com/utkanos John Burke

    Please sign the following petiton urging the State Department to fully disclose Wang’s testimony about live organ harvesting! Thank you!  http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/state-department-must-disclose-attempted-defector-s-tes.html


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