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12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Day 2 Report 3  Documentary Film Showing and Discussion: Doris Liu, a filmmaker from Canada, showed her award-winning documentary, “In the Name of Confucius,” to the conference participants. The film looks at the battle over Confucius Institutes (CI) in Canada, specifically focusing on the personal story of a former CI teacher and Falun Gong practitioner, whose political asylum request to the Canadian government and complaint against the Toronto District School Board led to the first closure of a CI on a North American campus. Following on some of the themes from the morning’s speeches and discussion, the film explores China’s use of financial incentives and soft power abroad to export pro-Communist Party propaganda, and groom foreigners from an early age to be favorably disposed to the Chinese Communist Party and its version of history and events.    Former Umbrella...

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Joint Letter to Interim UMass Chancellor regarding Confucius Institute

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Joint Letter to Interim UMass Chancellor regarding Confucius Institute

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”    Chair:      Professor Homare Endo, Professor of History at University of Tsukuba Speakers:  Mr. Yoichi Kato, Senior Fellow, API Initiative      Madam Ambassador YANG Maysing, VP of the Taiwan Foundation for      Democracy, Ambassador-at-Large      Dr. FEI Liangyong, Chairman of Forum for a Democratic China      Ms. Eun Kyoung KWON, Director of Open North Korea      Mr. Shin Harimoto, Reporter, China Commentator, Falun Gong Practitioner Click Here to Listen to Recorded Audio  In his remarks, Mr. Yoichi Kato (Senior Fellow API Initiative) addressed the current tense strategic environment of U.S.-China relations. He focused on three issues that are particularly critical at the moment: 1) North Korea, 2) China’s Belt and Road strategy, and 3) the reemergence of cross-strait tensions. Mr. Kato said that the North Korea situation is very tense.  There is no...

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IFC Statement on the US Sanction against Global Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Officials

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the US Sanction against Global Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Officials

Initiatives for China (IFC a.k.a Citizen Power for China) applauds the Trump Administration’s first round of sanctions imposed on 52 individual human rights abusers and corrupt officials under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, a 2016 law that allows the President to deny U.S. visas and freeze U.S.-based assets of any individual human rights abusers and corrupt  officials in the world. IFC is particularly pleased that Gao Yan was included among those sanctioned. Gao Yan is a former director of the Beijing Public Security Bureau Chaoyang Branch and is directly responsible for the death of human rights activist Cao Shunli. In September 2013, Gao Yan commanded his police force to arrest Ms. Cao at the airport when she attempted to board a flight to Geneva to attend a human rights training course sponsored by the Office of the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Posted on Dec 17, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Day I Report (2): Footage of the Opening Ceremony https://youtu.be/MRf8nUVboSE His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video CECC Co-Chairs (Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith) Joint Letter Click here to read CECC joint letter U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Letter Click here to read Senator Cruz’s letter U.S.Rep. and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Letter Click here to read Leader Pelosi’s letter U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s Letter Click here to read Congressman McGovern’s letter U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s Letter Click here to read Congressman Raskin’s letter Taiwan MP Yu Mei-yu’s Letter Click here to read MP Yu Mei-yu’s letter Taiwan MP Chen Hsueh-sheng’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Former Canadian MP Irwin Cotler’s Video Greetings Click here to view the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Day II Report (1): Steve Bannon’s Keynote Speech at  the 12th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon delivered his much-anticipated keynote speech on the morning of the second day of the conference. In his wide-ranging speech –which Mr. Bannon described as his first international speech–he focused his remarks on the rise of China and the failure of previous U.S. administrations as well as China pundits to adequately recognize and address the consequences of China as an emerging global power. Bannon spoke at length about Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power and his recent 3.5 hour-long speech at the 19th Party Congress in October, which Bannon described “as a wake up call to the world.” Rather than a liberal, democratic China that many had expected would develop as China embraced capitalism, what we have seen emerge instead is a Confucian, mercantilist, and authoritarian model.  Bannon described Xi’s speech...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings 3

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings 3

Day I Report (3): Recently Released Hong Kong Student Leader Joshua Wong’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Recently Released Hong Kong Student Leader Nathan Law’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center Director Enghebatu Togochog’s Written Greetings Click here to read  the...

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