Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
The "Falun Gong" organization has been publicizing and selling tickets for a so-called "Shenyun" performance recently in an attempt to round up audience and convince the public to endorse the event by way of sending letters of congratulations or sponsorship. The Embassy of the People's Republic of China wishes to remind you that the so-called Shen Yun" performance is not an ordinary cultural event. Before you watch the show, it is necessary to find more about "Falun Gong" and "Shenyun" performance.
1. "Falun Gong" is an anti-society cult.
"Falun Gong", also known as "Falun Dafa", was founded by Li Hongzhi in China in the early 1990s. This organization preaches heretical fallacies that are anti-humanity and anti-science, and exercises extreme mental manipulation on followers. It is a cult that seriously harms the society and violates human rights, and is a cancer in the body of the modern and civilized society. Li Hongzhi, the chief ring leader of "Falun Gong", claims that the mankind has been destroyed 81 times, and that he has delayed the explosion of the earth by 30 years. He claims that the mankind is corrupted, and the earth is the biggest dumping ground of the universe, and that by practicing "Falun Gong", the "true law" above all religions, one would never become sick or get in danger. He even claims that the Holocaust of Jewish people by Hitler was a result of the changes in celestial phenomena. According to incomplete statistics, over 1,000 cult practitioners in China died because they followed Li's teachings and refused to seek medical treatment for their illnesses. Several hundred practitioners committed self-mutilation or suicide. Over 30 innocent people were killed by mentally deranged practitioners of "Falun Gong". "Falun Gong" claims to advocate "truthfulness, benevolence and tolerance", but in fact, the cult tolerates no opposing views whatsoever. It has, time and again, organized practitioners to besiege ordinary Chinese citizens, media and government institutions who questioned its fallacies. To find out more about "Falun Gong" organization, please visit www.facts.org.cn.
2. "Falun Gong" is a political group that is utterly anti-China and seeks to undermine China-US relations.
To protect human rights and the interests of the public, the Chinese Government outlawed "Falun Gong" cult in accordance with law in 1999. But here in the United States, the cult appears as a "religious group" and continues to deceive the public and preach cult messages. In addition, it is also engaged in anti-China political activities aimed at undermining China-US relations. From fabricating stories to attack and vilify the Chinese Government and filing unwarranted lawsuits against Chinese Government institutions and officials, harassing the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the US to engage in anti-China propaganda aimed at undermining China's stability and overthrowing the Chinese Government, the cult group has sunk further and become a downright anti-China political group. The Chinese community in the U.S. generally opposes and condemns the cult and its anti-China activities.
3. The so-called "Shenyun" performance is a tool of the cult and anti-China propaganda.
The so-called "NTDTV" and the "Divine Performing Arts" are controlled by "Falun Gong" cult. They have been staging the so-called "Shenyun" Performances in the U.S. in recent years in the name of promoting Chinese culture and showcasing the oriental charm. But in fact, the performances were filled with cult messages and implied attacks against the Chinese Government. Li Hongzhi himself claimed openly that it was he who instructed the various "Falun Gong" groups to organize the "Shenyun" performances aimed at "showcasing the practitioners, salvation and telling the truth" rather than entertainment for the ordinary people. Clearly, the so-called "Shen yun" is not a cultural performance at all but a political tool of "Falun Gong" to preach cult messages, spread anti-China propaganda, increase its own influence and raise fund. Such show denigrates and distorts the Chinese culture, and deceives, makes fool of and even brings harm to the audience.
The Chinese culture, with its long history and rich variety, has long been popular and loved by the American public. When endorsing or appreciating events and performances in celebration of the Chinese New Year, the public need to stay away from the so-called "Shenyun" performance of the "Falun Gong" organization so as to avoid being deceived and used by the cult.