The Epoch Times: Chinese Diplomat Says Overseas Chinese Media Fear CCP Retaliation

Jun 06, 2005

SYDNEY - Defecting Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin said that the Chinese media in Australia conduct self-censorship because they are afraid of retaliation by the Chinese government.

Chen told The Epoch Times on June 6 that when he worked for the Chinese Consulate in Sydney, part of his work involved restricting media freedom. He said that Chinese-language media in Australia would not publish articles on Falun Gong because they feared retaliation by the Chinese government, since all the media had economic interests in China.

Canada: Displaying the Beauty of Falun Dafa at the Heights Festival in the City of Burnaby (Photos)

( The annual Heights Festival and Parade in the city of Burnaby, Canada were held on June 4, 2005. Falun Gong practitioners were invited for the third time to participate in the celebration. As more and more people practice Falun Gong, the Falun Gong procession has become longer and longer and the practitioners' performances richer and richer. Spectators often warmly applauded. People also took pictures and videotaped the beautiful scene.

The Age: Asylum bid tests values and diplomacy

June 7, 2005

An awkward reminder of the nature of the regime in Beijing has intruded on Australia's embrace with China.

Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin has publicly confronted Australia with the unspoken difficulties of its relationship with China in a way that neither government would welcome. Indeed, according to Mr Chen, his bid for political asylum was refused within 24 hours of approaching immigration authorities on May 26, at which stage he had not even had a meeting to discuss his application. More troubling still, he says authorities ignored his offer of detailed intelligence on the activities of 1000 Chinese agents in Australia and immediately informed the Chinese embassy of his request for asylum. Mr Chen then went public in a high-risk but shrewdly calculated appearance in Sydney on Saturday. At a rally to mark the 16th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators, Mr Chen said China still had no political or religious freedom, "although the economy is good". Therein lies the dilemma for the Australian Government, which has invested so much in closer political and economic relations with China.

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