The Daily Telegraph
From correspondent in Hong Kong
July 31, 2004
Mr. Yuan Hongbing in Sydney,
(photo from www.epochtimes.com)
A Chinese dissident once detained for
participating in counter-revolutionary activities was seeking
asylum in Australia, a Hong Kong newspaper reported today.
Yuan Hongbing, an ethnic Mongolian and law school dean at
Guizhou Normal University, left China on July 21 for a trip to
Sydney where he hoped to stay, the New York-based group Human
Rights in China told the South China Morning Post.
"This is his first overseas trip and he is not
preparing to go back," Liu Qing, president of the human rights
group, told the Post.
In 1994, Beijing's security officials arrested Mr
Yuan for allegedly taking part in anti-government campaigns. He
was detained for six months and released without being charged,
the Post said.
Mr Yuan learned from a friend earlier this month
that the authorities planned to arrest him again, this time for
distributing compact discs containing his work, the newspaper
The content of the discs was not clear, but the
human rights group said Mr Yuan hoped his asylum bid would
highlight the persecution of dissidents, Mongolians and Tibetans
by mainland authorities.
Neither Human Rights in China nor officials at
the Australian Immigration Department immediately returned calls
seeking comment. Immigration officials in Australia routinely
decline to comment on asylum cases.
China's Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment
on the reports.
Australia's government has strong links with the
Beijing administration and officials from both countries are
currently investigating whether to begin negotiating a free
Yuan Hongbing's resume in English:
My name is Yuan Hongbing. I used to teach at Peking University
Law School and was the head of the Procedure law Office. After
1998, I have been politically persecuted by the Chinese
Communist Party just because I created and organized "Peking
University Faculty Support Association", an "illegal"
organization that was also the only one in China to provide
support to the student's democracy movement. During the
period, I have been continuously engaged in the democracy and
human rights activities.
As the result, on March 2nd in 1994 in Beijing, I was detained
secretly by Bureau of Chinese Security, a secret police
agency. Because of my reputation and wide influence on all
institutions of higher education in Beijing, government
authority did not want to take the risk to prosecute me there
but sent me directly to Guizhou, a remote mountainous terrain
in Southwest of China. Guizhou is a poor and backward province
in terms of its political, economic and cultural development.
Guizhou is famous for its cloudy sky in all four seasons. So
it has been the ideal place for the rulers in the history to
exile its political dissident.
My alleged crime was "Attempt to Overthrow Socialism System".
All specific allegations are as follow: 1. participated as a
candidate in the "illegal" (unapproved by the government)
elections of delegates to the National People's Congress; 2.
created and organized the "Peking University Faculty Support
Association", the only "illegal" faculty association among
nationwide universities, and initiated and organized the
university wide faculty and staff and party members meetings
and drafted an open letter to all local level communist party
organization and its affiliations in the attempt to aggravate
political unrest; 3. published "Desert Wind" in 1990, which
systematically discrediting official ideology of dialectic
materialism and eulogized for the counter revolutionary riot
in its postscript; 4. incited Peking university students to
elect him as a local delegate to the National People's
Congress twice in both 1990 and 1993; 5. interfered with
national diplomacy by inciting Peking University students to
demonstrate against Japanese Emperor visiting China; 6. edited
and published "Tide of History" in attempt to cause a split
within the Communist Party Center; 7. brought law suit against
Chinese People University Party Committee and Central
Government News and Publishing Agency for illegally censoring
the "Tide of History"; 8. on June 14 1992, initiated,
organized and held political meeting in Olympic Hotel with
over 100 political dissidents. As the result, "Bourgeoisie
liberalism" once again menaced the nation; 9. In November 1992
held and organized the meeting in Grand Bell Temple Hotel
attended by government officials and intellectuals attempting
to repeal official verdict in June 4th crackdown; 10. in the
fall of the 1993, held "illegal" sitting to protest against Wu
Shuqing, the Peking University president, for suppressing
academic freedom out of political motives; 11. attempted to
incite social unrest by organizing signature drive in protest
of police brutalities against the freelance artist Yan Xuezhen;
12. created and organized nongovernment sponsored independent
unions movement across eleven provinces, which is called
"Chinese Labor Federation for the protection of workers"; 13.
attempted to organize human rights group with participation
from Wei Jingshen and Ming Qi; 14. In February 1994, incited
and aided Christian peasants from a county in Shandong
province to protect against local police infringement upon
freedom of religion in Beijing, and agreed to represent them;
15. organized underground anticommunist party organization
with Cai Zhiguo and other Communist Party dissidents; 16.
attempted to infiltrate Party, governmental and military upper
echelon by forming commercial entities and organizing
political discussion group; building political, economic and
social groundwork for post Deng Xiaoping era democratization;
17. drafted the theoretical guidelines for Democratic movement
in "Democracy and Republicanism"; 18. wrote the
counterrevolutionary novel "Freedom in Sunset" , in which
genocide against Mongolian people by the Chinese Communist
Party was depicted, and philosophical writing in "Proverbs in
The trumpeted charges by the government authority were totally
unacceptable to modern conscience and were no more than means
of political persecution.
After six months of illegal imprisonment, in September 1994,
the government authority released me from the prison under the
condition that I can never set my foot in Beijing in my
lifetime in spite of the fact that all my family and friends
are living there. This is a de facto lifetime exile to the
remote province of Guizhou.
Historically speaking, exile is the next worst sentence to
death penalty since the ancient times in China. Ironically,
such penalty does not exist in the current criminal law in
China. Such a discrepancy between the written code and real
life practice is predetermined by the hypocrisy in the nature
of the Communist regime. My exile for life is a clear example
of such hypocrisy.
I was allowed backing to a teaching position in Guizhou Normal
University in 1994. After a few years' hard working, I was
promoted to be a tenure professor, thanks to my academic
credibility and outstanding performance in teaching.
The following titles evidence my achievements and recognition
from the legal professionals: 1) Dean of Guizhou Normal
University Law School; 2) Best professor in Guizhou; 3)
Provincial legal expert in Guizhou; 4) the head of the Guizhou
Procedure Laws Study Committee; 5) Member of the Guizhou
provincial administrative review committee; 6) Member of the
board of arbitration of employment law; 7) Member of the
Academic Committee in Guizhou Normal University; 8) Arbitrator
of the Board of the Arbitration in Guiyang; 9) Guest professor
in Guizhou police institution.
Since beginning of my exile, I devoted my time in writing to
disclose the Communist Party's crime against its people and
humanity. I wrote four volumes during my eight years exile in
Guizhou as follows:
1. "Freedom in Sunset", depicting genocide against Mongolian
people by the Chinese Communist Party;
2. "Lamentation of a Civilization", an autobiographical novel
using the time line of my life depicting the detour of china's
democratic movement during the last half century;
3. "Golden Holly Mountain", depicting the Communist cruelty
against Tibet culture and religion;
4. "Back to Desolation", exposed the tragedy of cultural and
human degradation under the Communist Regime in China.
Exercising totalitarian control over culture and mind in China
is characteristic of communist dictatorship. Consequently,
none of my writings could be published in China after I
finished those four volumes under a great deal of secrecy. Ms.
Zhao Jing transcribed into electronic form and burned on CDs.
I have distributed over 100 copies to my close friends in the
hope that my writings will reach a wide audience eventually.
I was informed by a source in the government that the
authority is aware of my writings and the distribution of my
CDs. It was said that an order has been issued by the head of
the secret police "to begin collecting evidence against me for
the eventual secret arrest and imprisonment of my person in
the near future. It is apparent that all my writings will be
confiscated and destroyed before long. They will not be
reaching the intended audience if I stand idly by. In order to
preserve my writing as a record to the crime and cruelties
committed by Chinese Communist Party against by people and
humanity, I had no choice but to escape from clutches of
Communist Regime. Based on the same reason, I am seeking
political asylum in the United States.
Zhao Jing, my companion is seeking asylum with me because of
the fact that she transcribed my entire manuscripts into
electronic form, helped me distributed my writings on CDs, and
transported out of China. She is in imminent danger of being
arrested by the Chinese secret police.
1. Yuan Hongbing publications: (missing information of the
publishers and year in which they are published.
"Essays on the Spirit of Law"
other collected writings on jurisprudence.
2. It is worth to note that my name was brought into attention
by U.S. Department of State in its "China Human Rights
Practices, 1995"(See page 32 in "China Human Rights Practices,
("In March 1994, a petition calling for workers to have
"freedom from exploitation," the right to strike, and the
right to organize
A nonofficial trade union was circulated in Beijing. The
authorities detained Zhou Guoqiang, Yuan Hongbign, and Wang
Jiaqi after they presented the petition. Zhou is an associate
of Han Dongfang, the leader of the Beijing Autonomous Workers'
Federation. He was sentenced in September 1994 to 3 years'
reeducation through labor, although the charges against him
were reportedly not linked to the petition (see Section 2.d.).
Accurate figures are not available on the number of Beijing
Autonomous Workers' Federation detainees still being held for
their participation in the 1989 Tiananmen Square
3. Zhao Jing's information:
born in Guizhou on Oct.20 1972.
She graduated from Yunnan University in 1995.
From 1995 to 1999, Zhao Jing taught at Guizhou Normal
In June 2000 she was employed by P&G in Guangzhou (the China
division) as a regional manager in its customer relation. She
was responsible for core business channel development in