Former Peking University Professor Wants to Join Investigating Coalition

By Gao Ling, Epoch Times
April 24, 2006 12:00 am Last Updated: April 24, 2006 12:00 am

After Chinese leader Hu Jintao's recent visit to the United States, The Epoch Times invited Dr. Jiao Guobiao, writer and former professor from Peking University, to share his thoughts on China's current issues.

Jiao Guobiao was born in 1963, in Ji County, Henan Province. Dr. Jiao obtained a doctorate in journalism from the People's University in Beijing. He was formerly an associate professor of journalism at Peking University. A prolific writer, Dr. Jiao has published more than 10 books in mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea. Due to a controversial article Dr. Jiao wrote in spring of 2004, Dr. Jiao received a notice from Peking University asking for his resignation. In November 2005, Dr. Jiao spent 17 days with human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng investigating and documenting the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China. Dr. Jiao currently works as a writer.

“I Am Speechless!”

On the issue of organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners, Dr. Jiao said that any horrible thing is possible in China.

He said, “When I heard about the harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, I feel that such a thing could conceivably happen. I was not surprised. The brutality of the Chinese people, and between the Chinese people, is everywhere and easy to see. When a beast catches a prey, it does not blink or feel sorry. In today's China, nobody thinks that one should treat others with empathy. They don't think others are of the same species. If you truly observe what's going on in China today, you can see that although the people look like people, their hearts are worse than that of beasts.”

“If you look at China today, there is only violence between people. No sympathy, no consideration, no humility, no tolerance. It's everywhere. You don't need to look for something specific. Just look at their gestures, their glance, and you can tell how arid the hearts of the Chinese people are. It's just a desert.”

“When I heard about the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, all I could think of was a quote by Lu Xun (a famous Chinese writer from 1930s), who said, 'Oh, I am speechless!' I was indeed speechless.”

Wants to Be Member of “Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong”

Dr. Jiao thinks that a committee going to China to investigate the persecution of Falun Gong has great significance. No matter if they could get visas to go to China, such a process is important. In addition, he wants to be a witness and join the committee.

Dr. Jiao said, “I am willing to do anything. I don't know what it takes to be an investigator, but I can at least be a witness. There's no problem. I can be objective and witness the full process of the investigation to find facts. Prior to this, I have spent 17 days with Gao Zhisheng investigating the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.”

On the response by the United States government on Sujiatun, Dr. Jiao thought it was too simplistic. He said, “The United States should publicize the details of the investigation at Sujiatun. Who organized it? Who attended? Who arranged everything? Many details are pretty ridiculous.”

Dr. Jiao said that without an authoritative investigation agency, the result of the investigation cannot be trusted. The process should be open and transparent. The coalition should include a victims' representative, the alleged criminals' representative, the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union. The process should be open, and any evidence of crimes should be made public.

When the Epoch Times reporter asked if the CCP would allow such an independent coalition to enter China, Dr. Jiao said that the situation is the same as that of Taiwan under the rule of the Kuomintang. When the Kuomintang controlled everything, it was very difficult to know what was really happening. However, “We cannot just give up.”

China's Biggest Problem: Democracy and Human Rights

Dr. Jiao said that the United States has consistently helped China. He also hopes that the U.S. government could show more concern on the safety and well-being of human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng.

Dr. Jiao emphasized that the biggest problem in China is democracy and human rights. After this issue is resolved, the other problems, such as the Taiwan issue, the relationship with Japan, trade conflicts, and the Falun Gong issue, will all be resolved. At least the issue of democracy and human rights will not be like a thorn stuck in every other issue.