[ut.chinese] Dec. 1

chi@vlsi.uwaterloo.ca (Bo Chi) (12/01/89)

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             * C h i n a   N e w s   D i g e s t *

		    (ND Canada Service)

                       -- Dec (I), 1989

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1) Some Clarifications on Family Reunion Issue ......................... 55
2) CBS and ABC Reported the Veto News .................................. 38
3) China's Boarders Further Control .................................... 66

1. Some Clarifications on Family Reunion Issue
                                  by     Zhengfang Lu

Editor's Note:

      The  following  message clarifies a few important points on
the  family-reunion  issue.    This message is from Mr. Lu Zheng-
fang,  the  chairman  of CSSA at University of Manitoba.   Mr. Lu
himself is facing the same difficulties in this respect.

Hello,  Editor.  I  just read the message which was posted in the
latest  ND.  I  really worry about the BY-PRODUCTS of this issue,
which  will, I think, damage the image of the Chinese among Cana-
dians and other foreign friends and will possibly hurt our common
interests.  Therefore  I  would like to put some comments on that
issue.   To  avoid  possible  misunderstanding,  I should declare

1. Presently the Canadian Embassy in PRC dealing with the visa
   application from the spouses of Chinese Students in Canada means
   that the SPECIAL POLICY which has been carried on for three

2. Everyone who applied PR might sign a statement agreeing that the
   family left in China will be treated SEPARATELY after the
   principle applicant get PR status. Therefore the way they
   refuse VISITOR's visa application is REASONABLE based on NORMAL
   CASE though not be favorable to the Chinese students.

3. Canadian government is in favor to protect Chinese students in
   Canada is well known as the best one in the world. We shouldn't
   hurt their feeling. The immigration is a complicated issue. At
   the time they offer you an OPTION to stay in Canada to avoid
   getting trouble if going back to China, the Canadian government
   DOES NOT HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to get all of your family members
   to Canada. Namely WE have no reason to complain, leave alone to
   "push" them. Could we complain someone due to the HELP IS NOT
   ENOUGH? If this is going to the news media, how will the
   Canadian people think of the Chinese students?

4. Therefore what we want is to get a SPECIAL treatment. It could
   be possibly given only if the immigration officer UNDERSTANDS
   This is why I suggested the members in our association JUST
   to write appeal letters. I also suggest that FCSSC be careful
   in considering to take any action. We should be reasonable
   ENOUGH when we try to ask for something.

2. CBS and ABC Reported the Veto News
               by Wu, Fang   (INT3FWU@OAC.UCLA.EDU)
               From: "J. Ding" <IZZYQ00@OAC.UCLA.EDU>

     CBS and ABC national networks reported the presidential veto
of  the  HR2712  bill this evening at 6:30 and 7:00 respectively.
It will be very interesting to hear how they reported this.

     CBS  reported  that  the  Chinese students went to the White
House  and Liu Yongchuan read the letter to Bush.  It also played
some  scenes  in  Tian-an-men  Square.   Nancy  Pelosi  said:"the
presidential  veto is the one that was signed  by President Bush.
But  his  hand  was got by Deng Xiaoping."  The reporter stressed
that the bill passed the house "with unanimously 403 to nothing",
and  passed  the  Sanate  by  voice  vote.  He also said that the
Chinese  governemt strongly protested by saying "to have the bill
passed  will  worse the relationship between Beijing and Washing-
ton".   Although  the Spokesperson of the White House said "under
the  current  law" the President has given the students necessary
protection,  the  reporter  said "the Chinese students prefer the
security of a law and said to veto the bill will quiet down their
voice of democracy in the United States".

     ABC  reporter  reported the fact that the bill was vetoed by
the  President,  however  "it is unlikely to be the last words on
the  subject".  A student was interviewed with his faced shadowed
and  voice  changed  saying that he got threatening phone call at
school.   It  was  also  stressed that the congress agreed unani-
mously  and  the  Chinese  government  threatened  to cut off the
exchange  programs.   The  reporter said:" Refusing to change the
law,  the  President  change the regulation instead, allowing the
students  untill  1994  to return to China.  It's not likely that
will  keep  the  congress  from passing the legislation again and
overriding his veto."

3) China's Boarders Further Control

   From: "J. Ding" <IZZYQ00@OAC.UCLA.EDU>

  The  national police have urged stepped-up controls at China's borders to
keep  activists  from  last  spring's  democracy  movement from fleeing the
country, the official press reported Wednesday.

   The  People's Public Security News, a state-run newspaper, said the call
came  at  a  conference  of  immigration  officials from around the country
sponsored  by  the  Public  Security  Ministry, the Chinese national police
agency, which oversees border control.

    The  conference  took  place  in  Beijing  and ended last Saturday, the
newspaper said. It did not say how many security officials attended.

    Chinese  security  agencies  are  known to have been embarrassed by the
escape  abroad  of  prominent  dissident  intellectuals and student leaders
after  the  brutal  suppression  in June of the pro-democracy protests that
swept the nation last spring.

    "The meeting emphasized the important function of border entry and exit
work   in   cracking  down  on  the  counterrevolutionary  rebellion,"  the
government's official term for the demonstrations, the newspaper said.

    National  police  officials  agreed  controls needed to be "better" and
"carried  out  strictly,"  the  report  said, "to prevent those who want to
participate in rebellion from entry" and "to prevent those who took part in
the rebellion from fleeing abroad."

    At  least  a  dozen  of the dissidents who fled China were on public or
secret  most-wanted  lists  for  arrest,  including the student leader Wuer
Kaixi and the leading political scientist Yan Jiaqi.

    Many  escaped  using forged travel documents or through an "underground
railroad"  from  southern China to Hong Kong. At least one managed to elude
police for three months before escaping.

    Several  of  the  escapees  have  since  formed  an  overseas dissident
organization and have repeatedly spoken out against the Chinese leadership,
drawing harsh condemnation from Beijing.

    One   student  leader,  Chai  Ling,  23,  formerly  of  Beijing  Normal
University,  is  believed  to still be in hiding in China with her husband.
Both are on wanted lists.

    The   People's  Public  Security  News  gave  no  details  of  possible
strengthened border controls, but said meeting participants also called for
intensified political indoctrination for border officers.

    The  official  Xinhua  news  agency  last week quoted a Public Security
Ministry official as warning its agencies "will make great efforts to crack
down" on forged or altered travel documents.

    Also Wednesday, another state-run newspaper, the Legal Daily, reporting
on  prison  recidivism  in  Beijing,  gave  figures appearing to contradict
government  claims  that  large  numbers  of  those  who  took  part in the
demonstrations were criminals and ex-convicts.

    The  newspaper,  quoting  a conference of city judicial officials, said
only 7.3 percent of those arrested in five districts for offenses linked to
the  disturbances  had  records  of  previously  having served sentences in
prisons or labor reform camps.

Editor's Note:

Dear Friend

Thank  you for your concern and reading News Digest. To keep more
of  our  Chinese  friends  informed, you are kindly asked to help
introduce  the  News Digest to more of your close friends. As you
know,  your  great  help  would  benefit many Chinese now and the
future of China. You will be certainly remembered then.

Have a very good weekend!

Best regards

-- Bo Chi, on behalf of NDCanada
News    Transmission    chi@vlsi.uwaterloo.ca   (or)
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Local Editor: Bo Chi    chi@vlsi.waterloo.edu    
Fri Dec  1 12:54:40 EST 1989