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Ching a victim of Beijing's games

By PaulLin 林保華

The arrest of Ching Cheong (程翔), a correspondent of Singapore's Straits Times newspaper, has drawn international attention. Up to now, comments made by Beijing and Ching's family on his arrest suggest that he is a Chinese patriot who has been betrayed by his "homeland."

After all, this homeland is one that has been transformed by the tyrannical Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and is also what officials of its regime like to claim is the "homeland" of the Taiwanese people as well.

A song lyric from the Cultural Revolution period reads "nothing is as immense as the party's kindness to you. Even your parents cannot love you as much as Chairman Mao." It is therefore understandable that the CCP thinks nothing of asking people to "accuse their family in the name of justice."

Ching is a Hong Konger, who considers China his motherland. After graduating from a university in Hong Kong, he declined a well-paid offer and instead chose to work as an journalist for Wen Wei Po, a CCP-backed newspaper. After more than 10 years of hard work, he was promoted to deputy editor-in-chief of the paper.

However, the Tiananmen Massacre that took place on June 4, 1989 led Ching to steer clear of his motherland. Ching, whose love for China has never ceased, always hopes that Beijing can one day relinquish its tyrannical rule, introduce political reform and seek to achieve something for the benefit of people in Hong Kong. Ching even offered his advice to Beijing on cross-strait unification. Unfortunately, eventually his homeland turned on him and accused him of being a spy.

According to Beijing, Ching is a spy who has been working for an "external" intelligence agency, likely referring to Taiwanese intelligence. Since Ching clearly hopes for cross-strait unification, it is difficult to believe that he has been conducting espionage for Taiwan. Lau Mun-yee (劉敏儀), Ching's wife, pointed out that following the demonstration that took place on July 1, 2001, Lu Jianhua (陸建華), a sociologist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, also went to Hong Kong to study public opinion on behalf of Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) and meet with Ching. Oddly enough, Lu has also been apprehended by Beijing.

As a result, the incident has now become even more complicated. It is generally believed that it is Lu who relayed the undisclosed speech made by Hu to Ching. Upon receiving the content of the speech, Ching made a copy and stored it in his computer.

This has led us to associate the whole incident with the power struggle within the Chinese leadership. If the CCP's infighting has already come into play in this matter, anything could happen. Clearly, the 1989 student-led protests do have something to do with political conflict within the Chinese leadership. That is why students were treated as political human sacrifices.

Recently, Beijing has taken rigid measures against the real estate sector in Shanghai. Obviously, China's leadership can no longer bear to see that this small Shanghai clique always has their way to deal with policies enacted by the central government. In April, the government-manipulated anti-Japanese demonstrations which swept through major cities across the country. Shanghai and Shenzhen, where most foreign enterprises are situated and where violent acts are supposed to be the least tolerable, turned out to be the cities where things got most out of control.

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