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A Book That is Changing China Today

Not often does a book transform a nation. For one year The Epoch Times award-winning Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party has been changing China in a big way.

The Epoch Times is proud to re-publish the "Nine Commentaries," one commentary at a time, beginning with today's issue (see pages 5-6).

The Nine Commentaries was first published as a series of editorials in the Chinese-language edition, with the first editorial published Nov. 19, 2004.

Drawing upon official Chinese Communist Party (CCP) records, eyewitness and third-party accounts, and extensive personal testimonies, The Nine Commentaries is arguably the most comprehensive analysis of the CCP reign in China. It discloses how the CCP came to power and provides insight into the policies and methods—many of which have never before been disclosed in full—it has used to rule China for the past 55 years.

The Nine Commentaries tells us that the CCP of today—increasingly portrayed in the West as open, reformed, even normal or like us—is at heart the same entity as its monstrous Mao past.

The West Needs to Understand the CCP

No country is so important for the West to understand today as China, and perhaps no country is so difficult to understand.

It is a huge land with approximately 20% of the world's people. It is also a land with out-sized problems. Its pollution is the worst in the world. Its economy is said by many economists and China watchers to be a "bubble" threatening to burst. With rapacious corruption, 800 million in desperate poverty, and no civil or political liberties it suffers growing social instability. The New York Times recently reported an estimated 70,000 demonstrations in China last year.

China has a potentially catastrophic combination: a population indoctrinated with hyper-nationalist sentiments, a military that has rapidly modernized its forces—using the dollars from foreign investment and the plans for advanced weapons stolen from the U.S.—and a CCP that understands war as the means to solve its domestic problems.

Thus, in a speech entitled "War is Not Far From Us and is the Midwife of the Chinese Century," former Defense Minister Chi Haotian makes disturbing comparisons between Nazi Germany and modern-day China. He suggests that the extermination of the U.S. population with biological weapons is the only way in which China can both solve its internal problems and gain the "lebensraum" ["living space," the concept advanced by the Nazis to justify conquering Europe] he says it needs.

The CCP is the key to understanding all of these disturbing trends in China, and the Nine Commentaries is the key to understanding the CCP.

Withdrawals Offer Hope

The power of the Nine Commentaries may be seen in an amazing and completely unprecedented development—the peaceful renunciation of the CCP thus far by 5.6 million people, with thousands more renouncing the Party every day.

Those who have withdrawn from the Party include such well-known individuals as Olympic-medal-winning swimmer Ms. Huang Xiaomin and Mr. Meng Weizai, the former Bureau Chief of the Central Propaganda Ministry.

They also include ordinary people—rice farmers, factory workers, office workers, government clerks, policemen, and soldiers.

They do so by sending e-mail messages to a website established by The Epoch Times, sending faxes or letters, or simply by posting a notice on a telephone pole or bulletin board.

Those who renounce the Party speak of how the Nine Commentaries has revealed to them the essential nature of the CCP. Once that is understood, the conclusion reached by Huang Xiaomin is unavoidable: "All people want to withdraw from the CCP. No one wants to live under its shadow of threat and fear any longer."

Those who quit the Party share the conviction expressed in the conclusion of the Nine Commentaries: "Only without the Chinese Communist Party, will there be a new China. Only without the Chinese Communist Party, does China have hope."

The Party's Response

Those who have renounced the Party have exhibited extraordinary courage.

After the publication of the Nine Commentaries the Party initiated the "Mutual Advancement Campaign," which has been presented to the Western press as a series of mandatory study sessions in Communist doctrine for all Party members. It is that—and is derided by the Party members as a stupifying waste of time. The day that Party members actually believed in communism passed long ago.

But the Mutual Advancement campaign has a face not shown to the Western press—the attempt to track down every single individual who has renounced Party membership. Mass arrests and imprisonments have even been recorded in several provinces, with individuals being sentenced up to 10 years in prison for the "offense" of quitting the Party. Torture and murder have resulted.

Martial-law conditions were imposed in areas of Shandong province and elsewhere as state authorities conducted manhunts for individuals believed to be distributing the Nine Commentaries. On one of its government websites the CCP calls the Party-quitting movement "the most serious challenge the Chinese government has ever faced in [the CCP's] history."

Recognition for the Nine Commentaries

The Asian American Journalists Association at this year's convention honored the "Nine Commentaries" with the top award for "Asian American issues—online."

This award is gratifying to the staff of The Epoch Times. However, the most profound recognition the Nine Commentaries can receive is in the hearts of readers. Each Chinese who renounces the CCP peacefully helps disintegrate the CCP, choosing conscience over safety.

Western readers who have come to know the Nine Commentaries have been eager to support the brave Chinese who have risked all for the sake of a better future for China and the world.

The Catholic Bishop of Prague, Václav Malý, wrote a letter supporting a peaceful demonstration held by the citizens of Prague to support those who have withdrawn from the CCP. Bishop Malý's letter ends: "Only democratic China can contribute to the family of nations on our planet."

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