Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A48-W13



Release Date: January 15, 2004



Topic: We Shall Overcome (Wei Jingsheng's review of 2003 on Radio Free Asia)



Original Language Version: English (Chinese version at the end)





On this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday, a national holiday in the United States, we celebrate the freedom movement not just in the USA, but all over the world.  Here, I want to share this hundred-year-old African American song with everyone.  With the progress of the American civil rights movement, this song became familiar to everyone.  I like it because it is a song that every freedom loving people would love to sing.


"We Shall Overcome"


We shall overcome, we shall overcome, we shall overcome someday!

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome someday!


We'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand someday!

Oh deep in my heart I do believe we'll walk hand in hand someday!


We shall all be free, we shall all be free, we shall all be free someday! 

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe we shall all be free some day!


We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace, we shall live in peace someday!

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe we shall live in peace someday!


-- Ciping Huang




Wei Jingsheng: review of 2003 (Radio Free Asia)



The new year of 2004 has come and we are used to making a little summary of the past year at this time.  However, inside China, our countrymen do not get to know a lot of things due to the government's blockage of news media, or the misguided focus by the State controlled media.  So I am going to make a summary of some face-losing and face-saving events of the past year.


The first event was face losing.  When Hu JinTao was visiting the USA, he refused to accept a letter from US Congressional members, although he was already told it was a letter with the signatures of many Congressional members who asked that he read it.  Under a typical protocol, or with an open-minded politician, he should have taken it and read it.  Even though he might be afraid that he could not deal with it, he should at least have taken it then and dealt with it later.  At least he should not have behaved as if given a hot potato, and retracted his hand immediately - this action left a really, really embarrassing view.


The second event was similarly facing losing.  Wen Jiabao is the other half referred to in the many claimed "new politics of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao".  When Wen was visiting the USA last December, the news media within China had all the fabulous propaganda.  However, while Wen was visiting Boston, the Chinese embassy behaved very rudely, by preventing the reporters that the Chinese government dislikes from attending Wen's lectures and press conference there.  These reporters all had legal media licenses and worked for media agencies that were invited.  The Americans arranged these public forums.  However, the Chinese embassy personnel were so determined that they even formed a human chain to prevent access by these reporters.  To the least it violated diplomatic protocol.  It ended up that the Americans had to use their police to force them to accept the US laws.  In the US, there are laws for a free press, regardless of your political stand.  Obviously, China is totally different than many other countries in the world.


The third event may be counted as face saving, at least from the point of view of the Chinese Communist government.  The Chinese government has continued Jiang Zemin's "bribery plus threat" type of policy in the past year.  In particular, it timely took advantage of the international circumstances (e.g. global terrorism), which made the Bush administration retreat from an originally hard-line policy toward China.  By now, there is not as much pressure on the Chinese government to improve its human rights record, so it can be very relaxed.  This change could be counted as a "diplomatic success".


I am telling you these events as a few minor things that reflect the year of 2003.





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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A48-W13



Release Date: January 15, 2004



Topic: We Shall Overcome (Wei Jingsheng's review of 2003 on Radio Free Asia)
























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第一件丢脸的事:胡锦涛访美的时候,在美国国会拒绝接收国会议员递给他的信件,虽然被告知这是很多国会议员签名的一封信,希望他能看一看。在正常的情况下,或者是大度一点的政治家,就会接过来看一看再说;即使害怕、处理不了,先接受回去再说,至少不要当场就象碰了一个烫手的山芋似的,把手一缩 ---非常非常丢脸的一个镜头。















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