Commentary 5: On the Collusion of Jiang Zemin and the Chinese Communist Party to Persecute Falun Gong
Commentary 5: On the Collusion of Jiang Zemin and the Chinese Communist Party to Persecute Falun Gong

High Moral Standards of Falun Gong

After the June 4 massacre in 1989,[5] the ideology of the CCP has gone completely bankrupt.

In August 1991, the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union collapsed, followed by drastic changes in Eastern Europe. This brought enormous fear and pressure to the CCP. The legitimacy of its rule and the prospect of its survival faced unprecedented challenges as it encountered great crises both at home and abroad.

At that time, the CCP was no longer able to unite its members with its original doctrines of Marxism, Leninism, and Maoism. Instead, it turned to total corruption in exchange for Party members’ loyalty. In other words, whoever followed the Party would be allowed to gain personal benefits through corruption and embezzlement, an advantage impossible to non-Party members.

Especially after Deng Xiaoping’s tour of southern China in 1992,[6] the regime officials’ profiteering and corruption in real estate and the stock market have run wild in China. Illegal second wives and smuggling are everywhere. Pornography, gambling, and drugs have become rampant all over China.

Although it may not be fair to say that there was not a single good person in the Communist Party, the general public long ago lost confidence in the Party’s anti-corruption efforts and holds that more than half of the middle- or high-ranking government officials are involved in corruption. 

The Communist Party feared that traditional morality would be accepted by the people.

At the same time, the high moral standards demonstrated by Falun Gong practitioners, who practice truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, resonated with kindness in the hearts of the public. More than 100 million people were attracted to Falun Gong and started the practice. Falun Gong is a mirror of righteousness that by its very nature reveals all the unrighteousness of the CCP.

The CCP Was Extremely Jealous

The unique way Falun Gong propagates is person to person and heart to heart. Falun Gong has a loose management structure, and anyone can come and go freely, as one wishes.

This differs greatly from the strict organization of the CCP. Despite its strict organization, the political study and group activities conducted weekly or more frequently in CCP branches existed only in form.

Few Party members agreed with the Party ideology. By contrast, Falun Gong practitioners conscientiously followed the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

Because of the powerful effect of Falun Gong in improving people’s mental and physical health, the number of people who practiced Falun Gong grew exponentially. Practitioners voluntarily studied Mr. Li Hongzhi’s series of books and promoted Falun Gong at their own expense.

In a short seven years’ time, the number of Falun Gong practitioners grew from none to 100 million. When they practiced the exercises in the morning, Falun Gong exercise music could be heard in almost every park in China.

The Communist Party said that Falun Gong competes with the CCP for the masses and that it was a religion. In fact, Falun Gong brings to people a culture and a way of life.

It is an ancestral culture and the root of Chinese traditions, which the Chinese people had lost long ago. Jiang Zemin and the Communist Party feared Falun Gong because once this traditional morality was accepted by the public, nothing could prevent it from spreading rapidly.

The Chinese traditional beliefs have been forcibly proscribed and tampered with by the Communist Party for decades. It would be the choice of history to return to tradition. It would be the path of return chosen by the vast majority of people after tribulations and misery.

If given such a choice, people would certainly distinguish between right and wrong and would likely leave wickedness behind. Such a choice would certainly be a fundamental denial and abandonment of what the Communist Party has promoted. It would strike at the mortal weakness of the CCP.

When the number of people who practiced Falun Gong exceeded that of the Communist Party members, one could imagine the deep fear and jealousy of the CCP.

In China, the CCP exerts total control over every part of society. In the countryside, there are Communist Party branches in every village. In urban areas, branch offices of the CCP are found in every administrative office in the neighborhoods. In the army, government, and enterprises, the Party branches reach to the very roots.

Absolute monopoly and exclusive manipulation are essential measures that the CCP takes to maintain its regime. The Chinese Constitution euphemistically termed this phenomenon as “persisting in the leadership of the Party.”

Falun Gong practitioners, on the other hand, were obviously more inclined to take truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance as their principles. The CCP saw this as nothing short of denying the leadership of the Party, which was absolutely unacceptable to the Party.

Threat to the Legitimacy of the Communist Regime

A true theistic belief is bound to be a significant challenge to the Communist Party.

Because the legitimacy of the communist regime was based upon the so-called dialectical materialism and the wish to build a heaven on earth, it could only rely on the leadership of the vanguard in this world, namely, the Communist Party. 

The Communist Party feared that traditional morality would be accepted by the people.

Meanwhile, the practice of atheism enabled the Communist Party to interpret freely what is virtuous and what is good or bad. The result has been virtually no morality or distinction between good or bad to speak of. All that people have to remember is that the Party is always “great, glorious, and correct.”

Theism gives people an unchanging standard of good and bad. Falun Gong practitioners evaluate right or wrong based on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. This obviously hinders the CCP’s perpetual efforts to “unify” people’s thinking.

Continuing with this analysis, there are still many other reasons why the CCP attempts to eradicate Falun Gong. However, any one of the above five reasons is fatal to the CCP.

Actually, Jiang Zemin suppressed Falun Gong for the same reasons. Jiang Zemin started his career by lying about his past, so of course he is afraid of the truth. Through suppressing people, he quickly became successful and powerful, so of course he dislikes compassion. He maintained his power through political struggles inside the Party, so of course he dislikes tolerance.Jiang Zemin fears Falun Gong’s moral authority.

From a small incident, we can tell how extremely petty and jealous Jiang Zemin is. The Museum of Hemudu Cultural Ruins[7] in Yuyao County (now reclassified as a city), Zhejiang Province, is a major historical and cultural site under state conservation.

Originally, it was Qiao Shi[8] who wrote the signature inscription for the Museum of Hemudu Cultural Ruins. In September 1992, Jiang Zemin saw Qiao Shi’s inscription when he visited the museum, and his face turned dark and gloomy.

The accompanying personnel were very nervous, as they knew that Jiang could not stand Qiao Shi and that Jiang liked to show off so much that he would write an inscription wherever he went, even when he went to visit the traffic police division of the Public Security Bureau in Jinan City and the Zhengzhou City’s Retired Engineers Association.

The museum staff dared not slight the petty Jiang Zemin. Consequently, in May 1993, under the excuse of renovation, the museum replaced Qiao Shi’s inscription with one of Jiang’s before the re-opening.

Mao Zedong is said to have “four volumes of profound and powerful writing,” whereas the “Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping” has a “cat theory”[9] with a flavor of practicality. Jiang Zemin exhausted his brain but could only come up with three sentences, yet he claimed to have come up with the doctrine of the Three Represents.

It was published into a book and promoted by the CCP through level after level of government organizations, yet it only sold because people were forced to buy it. Nevertheless, the Party members still didn’t respect Jiang Zemin even a little.

They spread gossip about his affair with a singer, the embarrassing episodes of his singing “O Sole Mio” when he traveled abroad and combing his hair in front of the King of Spain.

When the founder of Falun Gong, Mr. Li Hongzhi, who was born an ordinary civilian, gave a lecture, the lecture hall would be filled with professors, experts, and Chinese students studying abroad. Many people with doctorates or masters degrees flew thousands of miles to listen to his lectures.

When Mr. Li lectured eloquently on the stage for several hours, he did it without using any notes. Afterward, the lecture could be transcribed on paper and made into a book to be published. All these things were unbearable to Jiang Zemin, who is vain, jealous, and petty.

Jiang Zemin lives an extremely lavish, lustful, and corrupt life. He spent 900 million yuan (over $U.S. 110 million) to buy a luxurious plane for his own use. Jiang often drew money from public funds, by the tens of billions, for his son to do business.

He used nepotism to promote his relatives and minions to high-ranking posts above the ministerial level, and he resorted to desperate and extreme measures in covering up for his cronies’ corruption and crimes.

For all these reasons, Jiang is afraid of Falun Gong’s moral authority and even more afraid that the topics of heaven, hell, and the principle of good and bad being rewarded accordingly, as addressed by Falun Gong, are indeed real.

Although Jiang held the greatest power in the CCP in his hands, since he lacked political achievement and talent, he often worried that he would be forced out of power amid the CCP’s ruthless power struggles. He is very sensitive about his status as the core of power. 

In order to eliminate dissension, he plotted underhanded schemes to get rid of his political enemies Yang Shangkun and Yang’s brother Yang Baibing. At the 15th National Congress of the Communist Party Committee (CPC) in 1997 and the 16th National Congress of the CPC in 2002, Jiang forced his opponents to leave their posts.

He, on the other hand, ignored the relevant regulations and clung dearly to his post.

In 1989, the new secretary general of the CCP, Jiang Zemin, held a press conference for both domestic and foreign reporters. A French reporter asked about the story of a female college student who, because of her involvement in the June 4 student movement in Tiananmen Square, was transferred to a farm in Sichuan Province to carry bricks from one place to another and was raped repeatedly by the local peasants.

Jiang replied, “I don’t know if what you said is true or not, but that woman is a violent rioter. Even if it were true, she deserved it.”

During the Cultural Revolution, Zhang Zhixin[10] was subjected to gang rape, and when she was detained in prison, her trachea was cut (so that at her execution she could not shout out the truth). Jiang Zemin would probably also think that she deserved it. We can easily see Jiang Zemin’s unscrupulous and deviant mentality and cruelty.

In summary, Jiang Zemin’s hunger for dictatorial power, his cruelty, and fear of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance are the causes for his irrationally launching the campaign to suppress Falun Gong. This is highly consistent with the way the CCP operates.

III. Jiang Zemin and the CCP Colluded

Jiang Zemin is known for showing off and employing political trickery. His incompetence and ignorance are well-known. Although he wholeheartedly intended to exterminate Falun Gong out of personal spite, he was incapable of doing much, as Falun Gong is rooted in traditional Chinese culture and has become so popular as to gain a broad social basis.

However, the mechanisms of tyranny employed by the CCP, perfected through numerous movements, were in full operation, and the CCP intended to uproot Falun Gong.

Jiang Zemin took advantage of his position as the general secretary of the CCP and personally launched the persecution of Falun Gong. The effect of collusion and resonance between Jiang Zemin and the CCP was like an avalanche caused by the shouts of a mountain climber.

Before Jiang officially issued orders for the persecution of Falun Gong, the CCP had already begun suppressing, monitoring, and investigating Falun Gong. It also began fabricating incidents to be used for framing accusations against Falun Gong.

The evil specter of the CCP instinctively felt threatened by truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, not to mention by the unprecedented rapid growth of the practice. Undercover public security personnel in the CCP infiltrated Falun Gong as early as 1994, but they failed to discover any faults, and some even began to practice Falun Gong in earnest.

In 1996, Guangming Daily violated the Three Restrictions (a state policy regarding qigong that rules that the state does not advocate, intervene in, or condemn qigong activities) by publishing an article denouncing Falun Gong’s tenets. After that, politicians with backgrounds in public security or with the title of “scientists” continually harassed Falun Gong.

At the beginning of 1997, Luo Gan, secretary of the Political and Judiciary Committee of the Central Committee of the CCP, took advantage of his power and ordered the Public Security Bureau to carry out a nationwide investigation of Falun Gong for the purpose of finding charges to justify a ban on Falun Gong.

After it was reported from around the country that no evidence had been found, Luo Gan issued a circular—No. 555: “Notification Regarding Starting an Investigation of Falun Gong”—through the First Bureau of the Public Security Ministry (also called the Political Security Bureau).

He first charged Falun Gong with being an “evil cult” and then ordered the police departments across the country to investigate Falun Gong systematically, using undercover personnel to collect evidence. The investigation found no evidence to support his accusation.

Before the CCP, the embodiment of an evil specter, could begin to crack down on Falun Gong, it needed the right person to initiate the mechanisms for suppression. How the head of CCP handled the issue was crucial.

As an individual, the CCP’s head could possess both goodness and evil—two opposite aspects of human nature. If he chose to follow his good side, then he could temporarily restrain an eruption of the vile Party nature; otherwise, the evil nature of the CCP would manifest fully.

During the pro-democracy student movement in 1989, Zhao Ziyang, then general secretary of the CCP Central Committee, had no intention of suppressing the students. It was the eight party elders controlling the CCP who insisted on suppressing the students.

Deng Xiaoping said at that time, “[We would] kill 200,000 people in exchange for 20 years of stability.” The “20 years of stability” actually meant 20 years of rule by the CCP. This idea conformed to the CCP’s fundamental goal of being a dictatorship, so it was accepted by the CCP. 

Of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CCP Central Committee, only Jiang Zemin insisted on persecuting Falun Gong.

Regarding the Falun Gong issue, out of the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CCP Central Committee, Jiang Zemin was the only one who insisted on the suppression. The excuse Jiang provided was that it was related to “the survival of the Party and the country.”

This touched the most sensitive nerve of the CCP and provoked the CCP’s tendency toward struggle. Jiang Zemin’s attempt to maintain his personal power and the CCP’s attempt to maintain dictatorship by a single party were highly unified on this point.

On the evening of July 19, 1999, Jiang Zemin chaired a conference of the CCP’s highest-ranking officials. He overrode the law with his political power, personally “unified” the understanding of all members present, and personally decided to launch a massive crackdown on Falun Gong.

He banned Falun Gong in the name of the Chinese regime and deceived the public. The CCP, China’s regime, and the violent mechanisms employed by the CCP were used to their full extent in an overwhelming persecution of millions of innocent Falun Gong practitioners.

If the general secretary of the CCP at that time had been someone other than Jiang Zemin, the persecution of Falun Gong would not have taken place. In that respect, we can say that the CCP used Jiang Zemin.

On the other hand, if the CCP had not incurred so many bloody debts with its unscrupulous, immoral, and savage nature, it would not have considered Falun Gong to be a threat.

Without the CCP’s complete and pervasive control over every part of society, Jiang Zemin’s intention to suppress Falun Gong would not have gained organization, financing, and propaganda; or the support of diplomats, personnel, and equipment; or the support of prisons, police, the National Security Department, and army; or the so-called support from the circles of religion, science and technology, democratic parties, workers’ unions, youth corps committees, women’s associations, and so on. In this respect, we can say that Jiang Zemin used the CCP.

[5] On June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army attacked unarmed students who were protesting for democracy in Tiananmen Square. The PLA killed hundreds and possibly thousands, an event now known as the Tiananmen Square massacre.

[6] In 1992, Deng Xiaoping came out of semi-retirement, toured Shenzhen in southern China near Hong Kong, and gave speeches to promote a socialist market economy in China. Deng’s tour is largely considered to have rekindled China’s economic reform after a lull beginning with the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

[7] Hemudu Cultural Ruins is an important village ruin of the Chinese New Stone Age. It was discovered in 1973 and is 7,000 years old.

[8] Qiao Shi was a former chairman of the Chinese National People’s Congress.

[9] Deng once said, “Black cat or white cat, it’s a good cat as long as it catches mice,” meaning that the goal of the economic reforms was to bring prosperity to the people, regardless of the form being socialist or capitalist.

[10] Zhang Zhixin was a female intellectual who was tortured to death by the CCP during the Cultural Revolution for being outspoken in telling the truth.

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