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DECEMBER 8, 2019



"Another Perspective from China to Freedom"

with with Dr. Shizhong Chen

Hour 1   WE THE PEOPLE RADIO                Hour 2  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO

About Dr. Shizhong Chen

Mr. Eureka Young came to the United States from China as a college student in 1988. He attended Eastern Michigan University in a small town 10 miles east of Ann Arbor (where Univ of Mich is located).

After graduate school, he worked in a Booz Allen Hamilton spinoff, whose search engine was deployed among leading enterprises and government agencies. First as a kernel engineer, and later as an independent consultant, Mr. Young handled high availability and high throughput information needs of clients worldwide, including financial news profiling at Dow Jones, built-in information retrieval features in Adobe Acrobat and Lotus Notes, interest rate announcements by Mexico's central bank, and corporate solutions by London-based consulting firm Accenture.

Mr. Young continued his career in real-time information processing after the search engine company was acquired by UK-based Autonomy, which in turn was acquired by HP. He currently works at a major financial services company.

Since 2012, Mr. Young has provided research, analysis and other services to private investors and not-for-profit organizations, covering macroeconomic and geopolitical topics in US-China relations.

Items to be discussed today:

1980s was a time when China was gradually opening up to the outside world. Sate planning still dominated in what was known as command economy. Joint ventures, which were quite new back then, were established to attract foreign investment and acquire Western managerial expertise.


[1] China-US exchanges

President Ronald Reagan's visit in April 1984; his speech at Fudan University in Shanghai on April 30:


I was in the final semester of senior high; it was the first time I had direct exposure to American values.

Media coverage: televised, yet no announcement of schedule, no Chinese interpretation.


[2] Case study 1: Breaking free from the shackles of command economy, mid-1980s

The college I went to, Shanghai Jiaotong University, is among the earliest ones founded in China.

It benefited from government policies of reform and opening up.

One of my schoolmates, James, who majored in English, was a top student in his class. He got the opportunity to spend a year in Italy. His Department paid for his expenses. When he returned, he would, by convention, be obligated to work on his teaching post in the English Department. When Coca Cola approached him for a marketing position, the department officials refused to release him.

Coincidentally, the recruiting side had an opportunity to raise the issue to then Prime Minister, known as Premier, Zhao Ziyang. Zhao gave the broad guideline that opening up and freer movement of capital and talent were policies that local officials should be pursuing. And my schoolmate, James, was able to leave his teaching post to join Coca Cola.


[3] China's century long pursuit of modernization

Universities were harbingers of modern China.

Education of my grandmother, who was among the first generation of women who received college education.

One of her teacher, Li Dazhao, who was closely affiliated with Soviet mission in Beijing.

    "When the Marxist study groups that Li had created evolved into the formally organized CCP in July 1921, he was instrumental in carrying out the policy dictated by the Communist International and in effecting cooperation between the minuscule CCP and the national leader Sun Yat-sen’s Nationalist Party (Kuomintang). As a party leader, Li’s role was limited to North China. In 1927 he was seized at the Soviet embassy in Beijing, where he had taken refuge, by the Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin, who had him hanged."


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Today, Beijing makes two claims:

    1) Only Marxism can save China;

    2) Only China can advance Marxism.


Put it plainly, it is making the claim, that only the Communit Party can get China out of foreign control, and only the Communit Party can grow China's economy.


[4] Case study 2: Assassination via the Kashmir Princess, 1955

    "In the documents, it was learned that Zhou Enlai had been tipped off about the upcoming bombing of the Kashmir Princess.  Rather than cancel the flight and lodge a protest, he had assigned lower level Chinese cadre officials onto the airplane as well as a set of journalists (as their presence would result in a wider array of press coverage)."

Pheonix TV had a documentary, the link was accessible a few years ago, featured the younger brother of director of Hong Kong Branch of Xinhua News Agency, who recalled how the director said farewell to his wife when he boarded Kashmir.

(no longer accessible; footage total length 71'10"; farewell at the airstair of Kashmir was at 27'30").


[5] Recent developments in Hong Kong

Polytechnic University besiege in mid-Nov


    "Tears and pride

    By Grace Tsoi, BBC News, Hong Kong

    Worried parents whose children were trapped inside the Polytechnic University were among the 200 protesters who joined a peaceful rally on Monday night in eastern Tsim Sha Tsui, a tourist area which is only 300 metres away from the besieged campus."

HK's former President of Legislative Council had to clarify that a young student he escorted out of police besiege is not the grnddaughter of former premier Zhu Rongji, who negotiated China's accession to WTO with the US.

Two HK executives, exposed by a would-be Chinese defector, have been tracked by Taiwan since 2016


[6] Relationship between China, Taiwan, and the US

President Reagan's answer to CCTV anchor in 1984 regarding US relations with Mainland and Taiwan.

President Reagan told CCTV that he came to China with utmost sincerity, yet the U.S. will not turn its back to Taiwan, an old friend. A freind who honors his commitments is more worthy of others' trust.


[7] Beijing's assertiveness since 2009

  [7.1] President Obama's comment on Mainland-Taiwan relations during his visit to China in Nov 2009.


Here Beijing has sensed softness in U.S. policy.

     1) President Obama mentioned the three communique, without mentioning Taiwan Relations Act;

     2) President Obama observed that these were "tensions that date back before you were born or even before I was born".


  [7.2] Soon second-level Chinese officials started shouting and wagging his finger at the US President

    "Chinese diplomacy at this meeting overall was somewhat puzzling.

Second-level Chinese officials showed up at critical meetings of heads of state on Friday afternoon - the kind of clumsy tactic that Beijing is usually far too smart to employ. The open dissent at the Friday evening meeting - including having one member of Wen's [premier Wen Jiabao] delegation shout and wag his finger at President Obama - suggests that Wen had lost control over his own negotiating team (Wen told the translator not to translate this official's initial outburst and then simply ignored him the second time he raised his voice). Was Wen going beyond the limits of his negotiating authority? Were members of his negotiating team protecting their personal flanks back in Beijing?

Whatever the explanation, this initial Chinese foray into the middle of a global conference with extremely high stakes highlighted that Beijing still has some work to do as it assumes more central roles in global negotiations on financial, nuclear and other issues."


  [7.3] Barack Obama 'deliberately snubbed' by Chinese in chaotic arrival at G20


[8] It is time to stand firm on American values

   [8.1] Beijing's position oscilates on tariffs during the trade talk

     [8.1.1] China’s White Paper on U.S. Economic and Trade Talks Bloomberg News June 2, 2019

    "One prerequisite for a trade deal is that the US should remove all additional tariffs imposed on Chinese exports ..."


     [8.1.2] China’s Commerce Ministry says trade war should be ended by removing tariffs

    "China is still calling for the U.S. to roll back tariffs as part of any “phase one” agreement, as trade negotiations between the world’s two largest economies drag on."


[8.1.3] From "removing" to "[China] believes that ... tariffs should be lowered"

Trump Upbeat on US-China Talks as Beijing Underscores Tariff-Cut Demands By Reuters December 05, 2019 06:38 PM

    "The Chinese side believes that if the two sides reach a phase one deal, tariffs should be lowered accordingly," Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters, adding that both sides were maintaining close communication.


[8.2] Huawei employee wrongfully jailed for 251 days

    "The case has caused widespread outrage in China, with Mr Li receiving an outpouring of support from users on social network Weibo.

    In an open letter addressed to the Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei, the former employee apologised for causing a scandal.

    He wrote: "It wasn't my intention to cause so much attention online and I am sorry about it."


[8.3] Results of HK district election


The landslide victory of pro-democracy candidates and record voter turnout in Hong Kong's district election last Sunday is a stunning show of support from HK citizens for protestors who put their lives on the line.

People in HK share the same values on which the United States was founded. Support and voice from WeThePeople Radio, at a time when Beijing's resort to deceit and coercion is chipping away at the truths and values of America's founding, speaks volume that America still holds these truths self-evident, and our support for people in Hong Kong is best defense at home on these universal values that transcend time and space.


Here's the Associated Press 1-minute footage of how Putin turned his cold shoulder to Xi :)