On the afternoon of July 18th, a forum on the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was held at the US Capitol in Washington D.C., and three Representatives gave speeches. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee expressed her respect for the twenty-three million Chinese people who have renounced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organisations.
|Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of the Democratic Party commends the 23 million Chinese people who have renounced the CCP|
|Representative Rush Holt expresses the importance of the forum|
|Representative Dana Rohrabacher from California|
|Forum on the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party held at the US Capitol|
At the forum, three House Representatives, government officials from many countries, specialists, and media reporters examined and talked about the harm that the CCP has brought to Chinese people and people across the world, the wave of CCP withdrawals, and what awaits the future.
Professor Ming Chu-cheng from the Department of Politics at National Taiwan University said that he noticed that since last October, the number of withdrawals every month is over one million. So far, among the over-twenty-three million Chinese people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated organisations, 65% were former CCP members. Such a large scale withdrawal is occurring for the first time in the CCP's history, and is thus worth attention.
Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of the Democratic Party agreed with Professor Ming. Congresswoman Lee thanked the twenty-three million Chinese people who have quit the CCP. She said that she did not wish to see the CCP's crimes and persecution to continue, yet it is still happening. She encouraged more Chinese people to quit.
Representative Rush Holt of the Democratic Party said the forum was very important. He said that the US Congress would continue to exert pressure to the CCP for violating the human rights of Falun Gong practitioners and other Chinese people.
California Representative Dana Rohrabacher of the Republican Party expressed his respect for the brave Chinese people facing the CCP's brutal persecution, imprisonment, and live-organ harvesting, and for stepping forward to speak out. He said this forum lets American people understand the real China. He said that we should cooperate with Chinese people but not with the persecutors.
Mr. Huang Wei-feng, Vice-Representative of the Taiwan Economic and Trade Office, hoped that Chinese people would awaken and fight for their rights until successful.
Mr. Zhou Shiyu, Vice-President of New Tang Dynasty TV, said at the forum, "If the CCP cannot control information and people's thoughts, then the CCP cannot exist."
Washington think-tank experts, media reporters, officials of foreign embassies in the US, and staff working in the US Capitol attended the forum. The Epoch Times, NTDTV, Sound of Hope, and the YouMaker Website conducted a full live broadcast of the forum.
Mr. Stephen Gregory, editor of The Epoch Times and host of the forum, said this was the first forum on the Nine Commentaries held at the US Capitol since the publication of the Nine Commentaries two-and-a-half years ago.
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