Chinese Media Widely Report on Dismal Organ Transplant Record

By Olivia Li, Epoch Times
July 21, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
A re-enactment of the communist regime in China harvesting organs
A re-enactment of the communist regime in China harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners at a public rally in Tokyo on Sept. 13, 2006. (

Before the Chinese regime’s leadership change at the upcoming 18th National Party Congress, a surprising Beijing News article revealed China’s organ transplant record.

The report, which was widely circulated by many state-run Chinese media, indicated that 1.5 million patients are waiting for transplants every year, but in the past two years there were only 200 organ donors. 

The Beijing News article stated, “Between 1999 and May 2012, there were 72 successful donations in Shenzhen. Most of these occurred after the national organ donation program was launched in 2010. This is a dismal figure, especially when compared with the 1.5 million people who bet their lives on the luck of a matched organ.” Unfortunately, this report does not reflect the number of prisoners who were executed for their organs nor how much this “dismal” figure improved from executed prisoners.

Although state-run Chinese media did report in March about China’s intention to stop organ harvesting from prisoners, the reasoning was not based on human rights issues, but rather due to the rate of infected organs, according to a New York Times article citing Xinhua news. In March 2012, The Epoch Times published an article, citing the Legal Daily (a quasi-official Chinese newspaper), stating the Deputy Minister of Health, Huang Jiefu, admitted that the main source of organ transplants came from executed prisoners due to the shortage of organ donors. 

At this sensitive time when the Chinese communist authorities seek to safeguard stability before the commencement of the 18th National People’s Congress, this current wide distribution of organ transplant statistics seems unusual—yet the numbers don’t comport with the past admission of organ harvesting from executed prisoners.

The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) released a report, which cited official numbers from China, indicating that the actual number of transplants increased dramatically since the CCP started persecuting Falun Gong in 1999.

Since the persecution in 1999, the number quickly multiplied with 118 liver transplant surgeries in 1999, 254 in 2000 and 486 in 2001. By 2003, the number drastically increased to over 3000, which means the nationwide supply of organs increased dramatically since 1999, according to the WOIPFG report. The WOIPFG report used liver transplants as an example because without this single organ, the donor could not survive. 

The China Liver Transplant Registry recorded 9,911 liver transplant cases between Jan. 1, 2005, and June 24, 2007. Furthermore, in stark contrast to the average two- to three-year waiting period in other countries, many hospitals in China indicated that it took only one to two weeks to locate a matching organ.

The Beijing News report’s limited figures and the subsequent wide adoption of the report by other official mouthpieces could lead people to wonder about its implications.

China analyst Lan Shu with the New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television, a primarily Chinese-language broadcaster, said in a telephone interview that in the face of strong international pressure and recurring internal protests, the Chinese communist authorities were preparing a way out for themselves.

Lan said, “Among the possible scenarios, one is the ultimate collapse of the entire communist system. Another possibility is that the top executive level may sacrifice part of the system through scapegoating.”

He indicated that in his opinion, the former option would be preferable. 

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