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Chinese Olympic Medallist Renounces Communist Membership
The wave of Chinese renouncing their membership in the Chinese Communist Party that was prompted by a late-November editorial series in the Chinese-language version of the Epoch Times has now exceeded 2000. Among those who have recently proclaimed their quitting the CCP are an Olympic medallist and a retired high-ranking official in China’s Propaganda Department.
Xiaomin Huang, who won China’s first-ever medal in swimming, a silver at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, renounced her Party membership on December 22. In an interview with an overseas television station, Ms. Huang stated that she had been forced to participate in the CCP after she won the silver medal so that her achievements could be attributed to the CCP.
Beginning on November 18, the Epoch Times issued an editorial series on the history and nature of the Chinese Communist Party. The series consists of nine substantial and detailed essays that expose the CCP’s history of killing, deception, destruction of Chinese culture and other acts. The series provides a sharp contrast to the history many Chinese were taught growing up in Communist China. To handle the interest in the editorial series, the Epoch Times established a separate web site, www.9ping.com, where the series and comments about it have been posted. The series has sparked a trend of Chinese denouncing their CCP membership.
On December 7, a well-known Chinese painter and writer, Weizai Meng, wrote a declaration on the Internet, renouncing his CCP membership. Meng, 70, is also a retired official of China’s Propaganda Department. Meng said, “With my life experience of 70 years and party membership of 50 years, I call on everybody to renounce his or her party membership.” Three days later, China’s leading state run news web site, Xinhua, wrote that it had been authorized to by Mr. Meng refute the statement that he had withdrawn from the party and quoted Mr. Meng as saying he would be a communist forever. On December 12, another article signed by a Mr. Weizai Meng appeared on The Epoch Times web site stating, “I was communist, but now I am not and I will never be. After I am dead, I won’t visit Marx in the other world.”
That China’s leading news mouthpiece reacted demonstrates that the Commentaries have shaken even the top leadership in Beijing. The Xinhua report made no mention of the Nine Commentaries, the Epoch Times or the 9ping web site. There have been reports that propaganda departments in workplaces and schools in China have recently issued intensified commands to stay away from “overseas web sites” that are “anti-Chinese” and to strengthen allegiance to the Communist Party. No mention of the Nine Commentaries has been made, apparently out of concern that explicitly banning the commentaries could play the role of promoting the commentaries among the mainstream.
On December 21, 23 young teachers from the Harbin Medical University in Northeast China renounced their party membership collectively. According to the declaration, they are thoroughly disappointed by the Communist Party’s corruption and have lost hope in the Party.
To date, 2091 people have renounced their Communist Party membership on the Epoch Times web site. The site is blocked inside of China, however, underground efforts to break the blockade and share the Epoch Times’ Nine Commentaries on the CCP has allowed a growing number in China to access them.
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