Zhang Hongbao in Blast Furnace
---- A documentary on how the outstanding spiritual leader transformed to a political leader
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China is Blocking Zhang Hongbao Efforts to Get Political Asylum
THE WASHINGTON POST: The Founder of Zhong Gong reached Guam (Excerpt)
By William Foreman Associated Press Writer Saturday, July 29, 2000; 10:49 AM
The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said: Despite a nationwide manhunt, Zhang Hongbao eluded Chinese police and in February reached Guam, a U.S. territory 3,700 miles west of Hawaii,
Authorities began cracking down on Zhang's group shortly after a ban was imposed in July on a similar sect, Falun Gong. China's communist leadership views the groups as a threat to its monopoly on power.
Zhang thought Guam immigration authorities would approve his political asylum status on July 21, but his case was delayed when the Chinese Embassy in the United States requested Zhang's extradition, the center said.
In a formal letter sent to Guam officials, China said Zhang should be returned because he left the country illegally and is a suspect in a criminal case, the center said. The letter did not provide further details, it said.
The rights group said if Zhang is sent back to China, he could face the death sentence.
Like Falun Gong followers, Zhong Gong members refer to their founder as "master" and themselves as "disciples." They say they use Zhong Gong to open energy channels in their bodies, promoting health and vitality. They also say Zhang's teachings promote moral living.
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