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Zhang Hongbao Was Not Forced into Presidency

Jian Feng

Contribution by Reader
8/29/2003 12:24:00 AM www.world-chinese.com

On August 8, 2003, a historical event of tremendous significance for the future of the Chinese people began became known throughout the globe: the shadow government of China formally began its operation, and Zhang Hongbao was elected its first president.

Like the first clasp of thunder in spring, the establishment of China’s shadow government has given rise to heated repercussions from around the world and from various circles of the society. Different people have expressed different views, each according to his or her lights. In the media, some people hold the view that “Zhang Hongbao has been compelled to go to extremes.” Regarding this issue, I have a different viewpoint.

There are two reasons why Zhang Hongbao was compelled to revolt. First, since 1996, the Chinese Communist authorities have launched several scores of all-dimensional, ruthless raids against Zhonggong central leadership, especially Zhang Hongbao, using military forces, police, and secret agents, on land, sea, and air. At the same time, the Chinese government has carried out a defamation campaign against Zhonggong, which was labeled as “a clique with counterrevolutionary political tendencies.” After Zhang Hongbao was forced to go into exile in the United States and attained the status of political asylum there, this insane persecution has continued in various forms. Second, Zhang Hongbao has been harassed by the accusation launched on March 15 of this year by He Nanfang as well as a series of accusations made by Yan Qingxin, Zhang Qi and Liu Junguo.

It is true that the persecutions from the Chinese Communist authorities against Zhonggong as an organization, especially Zhonggong leaders are brutal; however, as Zhang Hongbao pointed out at the press conference held on August 18, it is fair to say that the persecutions and attacks suffered by Zhonggong, compared to what have happened to various religious and political groups in Mainland China, are not the most serious. Altogether, thousands of Zhonggong members have been arrested and imprisoned; whereas more than twenty thousand Falungong disciples have suffered from persecution. The renowned writer Cao Changqing pointed out in one his articles that during the eighty years of Chinese Communist Party’s history, thirty million to sixty million lives have lost as a result of its brutality. On average, each of Chinese Communist Party’s sixty million members is guilty of the murder of a half or one human life. What a shocking figure! As the Communist tyrant Stalin put it: “while the destruction of one human being is a tragedy, the destruction of a million lives will become a statistic;” the tyrant’s beastly savor is a true expression of the bloody, ghastly truth of the communist dictatorship. Fortunately, having resorted to Zhonggong’s strength and his superb fighting tactics, Zhong Hongbao succeeded in averting his own physical destruction by the CCP and preserved a great life for China’s democracy cause.

Confronted with the Chinese Communist dictatorship, the epitome of authoritarianism, any opponent, either a massive organization of political opposition or a zealot devoted to democratic ideals, is doomed to fail, if he is not equipped with long-term, systematic preparations in terms of theories, materials, and population mobilization, as well as rich experience accumulated from a struggle against the ruling authorities, if he only acts on the impulse or fights back with nothing but feelings. Whether you are engaged in a serious political struggle or you want to be just a dilettante, what you will face is inevitably the brutal and decisive suppression from the ruling authorities.

Zhang Hongbao is an outstanding statesman in contemporary China. Upon the basis of his repudiation of Marxism and Leninism, Zhang absorbed the essence of historical wisdom of the Chinese civilization regarding the management of national affairs, integrated contemporary and modern thoughts as well as Eastern and Western cultures, and laid a solid foundation among the people of China. As a diligent learner, he was occupied with national and global issues during his stay in a farm in China’s ice-bound northern land. He became a legendary figure in that region because he was able to recite The Communist Manifesto and Dialectic Materialism and Historical Materialism, which is a text of hundreds of thousands of words. In the state-owned farm-reclamation systems of Helongjiang Province, he was widely known for his ability to “promulgate the original works of Marxism-Leninism without having to consult the texts.” With his unique critical perspective, however, he soon discovered the fatal loopholes in Marx/Lenin’s doctrines and embarked on his transition from a blind worshiper of Marxism/Leninism towards a critic of Marxist theory. Later, as a result of his assiduous studies of various schools of thought, he became an accomplished scholar. At that time he was only over 30 years old, but he published many books and research papers in philosophy, economics, social sciences and other areas. These works still assert a strong impact on truth seekers in Mainland China today. Under the guidance of correct theories and strategies, Mr. Zhang carried out his first experiment: transforming Qigong into an enterprise, which benefited 38 million people. Within a few years, he attracted as many as 100 million people in Mainland China. Needless to say, with this amazing potential, once Zhang raises high his banner again, it will effect a devastating shock to the rulers of Mainland China.

Probably any individual or organization entrusted with the mission to move history forward and promote social progress cannot help pondering upon this issue: how to obtain the right of speech regarding social development, (this right may include the state power), at a relatively little cost in term of social turmoil?

What consumes the attention of any ruler or ruling clique is the other side of the same issue: How to obviate future troubles and consolidate its own rule so that it will last for generations to come? Whether it is democracy or totalitarianism, any party that has obtained the power will not give it up easily. There is a consensus concerning the change of power in recent history: what triggers the change of power should be attributed mainly to the emergence of certain “super dynamic characters.” Therefore, these “super dynamic characters” tend to incur fear in the rulers and become the main targets of suppression and elimination. Zhang Hongbao is one of these “super dynamic characters,” which is attested to by two important documents issued by the Chinese Communist authorities: when he was alive, Deng Xiaoping told Jiang Zemin that “the future challenge for the Chinese Communist rule will come from religion.” Here religion specifically refers to Zhonggong. A state-level investigation report on Zhonggong issued by the Chinese government pointed out that “he (Zhong Hongbao) possesses intrinsic talents as a religious leader, able to transform esoteric religious doctrines into some kind of modern language that most people can understand and are willing to follow. We must prevent him from raising his own banner and establishing an opposition party.” Jiang Zemin made a note on this report: this group should be snipped out before it begins to bloom. This decision led to a series of maniac persecutions in Mainland China and hunting expeditions abroad launched by the CCP authorities against Mr. Zhang and Zhonggong members.

Great historical figures with outstanding accomplishments share the ability to make correct assessments of the situation. With the initiation of “National Reorganization Theory” as his benchmark, Zhang Hongbao established a complete theoretical system to run state affairs and to achieve a new order of global politics and economy. This theory sheds great insight into the future development of our world, which may seem confusing and unintelligible to today’s politicians. He has a clear view of the rules governing the future movement of this world. With his perspicuity, how could Zhang have chosen to do anything else other than act according to his judgment of the situation?

With his aspirations derived from his historical mission to lead a democratic new China, with his confidence in his strategies and plans to establish a prosperous new China and to advance world civilization, with his populous foundation of tens of millions of supporters in China, with his rich experience and fortune accumulated in the process of transforming Qigong into an enterprise, it can only be a matter of time before Zhang Hongbao becomes a new leader of China’s democracy. At present, it is obvious that after various attacks from the Chinese communist authorities, the overseas Chinese democracy movement is at a low tide; this situation calls for a new leader of democracy movement to come forward, a leader with ideals, theories, his own team, and substantial strength. Thus, Zhang Hongbao has responded to the call of history and taken the advantage of this historical juncture to raise high the banner of the shadow government of China, to unite all forces in and out of China dedicated to the cause of advancing China’s democracy, “to expedite China’s political progress and economic prosperity.” This is the inevitable result of Mr. Zhang’s explorations, practices and struggle with the Chinese Communist authorities for the past twenty years; what is more, this is a sagacious move in accordance with the historical trend. In this process, there have been some elements of truth that Zhang was “forced to rebel;” however, more accurately, it should be regarded as an organic manifestation of ideals, strength, and responsibility.

As to He Nanfang incident, it is far less adequate as an evidence of Zhang Hongbao’s being “forced to rebel.” China’s shadow government was registered in November 2002, while He Nanfang incident took place a few months later. To juxtapose these matters is absurd.

A government that has responded to its historical responsibility and dedicated itself to the promotion of China’s political progress, together with its banner holder Zhang Hongbao, has been and will be subject to attacks and persecutions from various directions. The diversity and brutality of these attacks and persecutions may exceed people’s imagination to an unprecedented degree. But what can these attacks amount to? Nothing can weaken the determination of China’s shadow government to promote democracy in China.

Zhang Hongbao has spent twenty years sharpening his sword. Today, the time has come for him to try his sword. Who dares to test the sharpness of his sword? When Zhang raises his sword, it will pierce the insensate rocks of dictatorship and utter in the dawn of China’s democracy.

August 23, 2003
Bay Area, American West


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