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President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2017 TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE CHAIRMEN OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES ON APPROPRIATIONS AND THE JUDICIARY, THE HOUSE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS April 20, 2017 Dear Mr. Chairman: In accordance with section 1264 of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Subtitle F, Public Law 114-328)(the “Act”) I have enclosed the initial report on its implementation. This report, compiled by the Departments of State, the Treasury, and other relevant executive departments and agencies (agencies), outlines my Administration’s support for this important legislation and makes clear our commitment to its robust and thorough enforcement. As noted in the report, my Administration is actively identifying persons...

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An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record on Xi Jinping’s visit

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record on Xi Jinping’s visit

A Joint Statement by Human Rights NGOs An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record  on Xi Jinping’s visit We write to the US administration as a group of International US-based organizations advocating for human rights in China, Tibet, East Turkestan, and other regions. For decades, we have regularly engaged with successive U.S. governments and representatives – sharing information, raising concerns and advancing recommendations for U.S. policy on China. Our groups provide a wide breadth of advocacy expertise and experience with respect to human rights in China. Today, during the Chinese President’s visit to the Mar-a-lago resort, we call on US President Trump and his administration to share our concerns and recommendations, and to clearly and strongly communicate them. Our group shares the common view that advocacy for human rights and freedom cannot be compromised in the...

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Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Taiwan, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

NATIONAL REVIEW Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell Standing up for Taiwan, a key democratic ally, will benefit American interests in the long run. By Jianli Yang – April 5, 2017 During China’s recent “Two sessions,” in which some 5,000 governing elites gathered in Beijing to rubber-stamp the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Wang Hongguang, a retired Chinese general, publicly dared the United States to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in Taiwan. He boasted that the deployment would provide the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with an excuse to use force to “liberate” the island. Wang had earlier dared the U.S. to deploy Marines to guard the site of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto American Embassy on the island. He has threatened to use harsh countermeasures to retaliate against...

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Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit #FreeChinasHeroes WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2017) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)—chair and co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)—announced today the “Free China’s Heroes” initiative to highlight cases of individuals who are imprisoned, detained, or disappeared in China. These cases, among many others, should be raised during Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit this week. In its 2016 Annual Report, the CECC documented the Chinese government and Communist Party’s efforts to silence dissent, suppress human rights advocacy, and control civil society. This repression has continued apace in 2017. These cases shed light on the human toll of the Chinese government’s crackdown on basic human rights and those who defend...

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Chinese Activist Yang Jianli on Why He Left Communist Party

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 in News, School Campus Projects | Comments Off on Chinese Activist Yang Jianli on Why He Left Communist Party

Chinese Activist Yang Jianli on Why He Left Communist Party by Katherine Murphy Dr. Yang Jianli Speaks at Boston College   Former Tiananmen Square protester Yang Jianli, who spent five years in prison in China, talked to a packed room Monday night in an event organized by the Chinese Students Association. “When I talk about my story, I say it’s bigger than myself,” Yang proclaimed while introducing himself to a packed room of students at an event organized by the Chinese Student Association. Yang decided to leave China shortly after the protests in 1989. When Yang returned years later, he was caught traveling with fake identification papers and imprisoned for five years. Yang was born in 1963, three years before the Cultural Revolution, to a Communist Party official and his wife. The Cultural Revolution was started by Mao Zedong to...

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Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

PRESS RELEASES Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea   MAR 15 2017 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act which would sanction Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing‘s illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. “China‘s illegitimate actions in the South China Sea threaten the region‘s security and American commerce,“ said Rubio, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee. “These ongoing, flagrant violations of international norms cannot be allowed to go unchecked, and the sanctions called for in this legislation would put Beijing on notice that the United States means business and intends to hold violators accountable.“ Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) during the Jan. 11 Senate...

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Speech by Adela Lan (of IFC & Int. Chinese-Tibetan Association) at the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Speech by Adela Lan (of IFC & Int. Chinese-Tibetan Association) at the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally

March 10, 2017 is the 58th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese government to allow medias in Tibet, respect Tibetan’s human rights, and return Tibet to Tibetans. Initiatives for China and International Chinese Tibetan Association both participated the commemoration event. Below is the speech by Adela Lan, Editor-in-chief of Yibao and Secretary General of International Han/Chinese-Tibetan Association. Speech on Mar 10, 2017, 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally, (in front of the PRC...

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Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10, 2017 is the 58th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese government to allow medias in Tibet, respect Tibetan’s human rights, and return Tibet to Tibetans. Initiatives for China participated in the commemoration event. Dr.  Yang Jianli, President of IFC and Ms. Adela Wang both spoke at the rally in front of the Chinese Embassy. Speech by Dr. YANG Jianli at the Tibetan Rally in Front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC March10, 2017 Dear Brothers and...

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A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress BY FORMER REPS. FRANK WOLF (R-VA.), TONY HALL (D-OHIO), OPINION CONTRIBUTORS –  02/24/17 12:55 PM EST   President Reagan once said the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are a covenant, not only with the people of Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787, but with the people of the world. This covenant extends not only to those who live in free and democratic countries, but also the people who suffer under challenging conditions in countries like Pakistan, China, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea. It binds the ideals and principles on which we have stood for nearly 250 years to the plight of people yearning for freedom everywhere. Extend this thought and we find that America, by virtue of both our founding and our current position of...

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Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S.

National Review Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S. Jianli Yang & Lianchao Han February 23, 2017 4:00 AM http://www2.nationalreview.com/article/445160/donald-trump-china-trade-human-rights-tougher-stance By getting tough with Beijing, President Trump can make life better for American and Chinese citizens alike. President Trump’s views on China are ridiculed by China hands and foreign-policy pundits because they stray from the last 25 years of conventional wisdom about the PRC. But there is much more to his perspective than meets the eye. As Chinese dissidents, we have been closely tracking China’s political and economic development, and we believe the president has hit on something that has long been ignored by many policymakers as well academic researchers. First, a little history. Let’s go back to the most important reference point for studying contemporary China: the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen...

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