Zhang Hongbao in Blast Furnace

---- A documentary on how the outstanding spiritual leader transformed to a political leader

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State Department was Criticizing Beijing's Suppression of Zhong Gong

as Politically Motivated

THE NEW YORK TIMES: U.S. Delays Asylum Hearing for Leader of a Chinese (Excerpt)



Last year, Beijing outlawed Zhong Gong, the quasi-religious group Mr. Zhang founded in 1987, along with several other groups that practice the Chinese meditation and exercise regimen known as qigong.


While human rights groups say that Mr. Zhang has a strong asylum claim, American officials now have the delicate task of assessing the credibility of the Chinese charges.


United States officials and human rights groups say that: China in the past has brought charges of rape against people whom it considers seditious, the charges have  in some cases proved unfounded.


Immigration and State Department officials said they do not comment on individual asylum cases. People involved in the case said the State Department was preparing an advisory opinion criticizing Beijing's suppression of Zhong Gong as politically motivated and noting the risk to Mr. Zhang if he returns to China.




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