US Consulate Met Deng Enchong Right before China-US Summit
This Monday, the White House announced that U.S. President
Obama is going to meet with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) new leader Xi Jinping on a farm in California.
This Wednesday, Meng Rusheng, Diplomat
at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, met Deng Enchong
in Shanghai in a hurry to learn about the current situation
of human rights lawyers in China.
Later, Shanghai police claimed that Deng Enchong’s
scholar visit to Hong Kong had been approved.
Deng Enchong suspects that the CCP’s authorities
are trying to present a false appearance of peace
and prosperity before the China-US Summit,
and that he was used as a tool.
On the morning of May 23, Zheng Enchong broke through
the CCP’s 24-hour tracking and monitoring and
successfully met Meng Rusheng, Director of the
Political Department at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.
Meng Rusheng asked about Zheng Enchong’s current
situation and the situation of other lawyers in China.
Meng Rusheng said that he is going to write a report
on their conversation and send it to senior authorities
so as to get prepared for the human rights dialogue
between China and the U.S. in July.
Deng Enchong, lawyer in Shanghai:
“Meng Rusheng’s intention is very obvious.
The conversation was for the dialogue on human rights
between China and the U.S. Treatment of lawyers is one of the focuses.
I showed him the invitation letter I received on April 8
from Professor Aihua from the Law School of Honk Kong Chinese University.
Professor Aihua signed the invitation letter and invited me
to speak on China’s land policy and city construction as a visiting scholar.”
It’s said that Yu Zhengsheng, member of the CCP’s Standing
Committee who spoke at one of the official conferences last year,
mentioned that 3% of lawyers in China are rebellious.
Yu mentioned that Deng Enchong and Ni Yulan
(a lawyer in Beijing) are two of them.
Meng Rusheng showed interest in Yu Zhengsheng’s speech.
Deng Enchong: ”Yu Zhengsheng said that we couldn’t beat
Deng Enchong and Ni Yulan with legal knowledge but we could deprive them of their jobs.
Therefore, the authorities stopped claiming that
we disclosed national secrets, but deployed political means to make us unemployed.
Later, I learned that Zhou Yongkang originally made this speech
in one of the conferences of Politics and Law Committee.”
On the same day that Deng Enchong met the U.S. diplomat,
an official from the Shanghai Bureau of Public Securities talked to Deng Enchong at 7pm.
The official complained about Deng’s meeting with the U.S.
diplomat and mentioned that they were working on Deng’s academic visit to Hong Kong.
The official also said that Shanghai authorities
already approved his trip to Hong Kong and submitted
the request to the CCP’s Central Politics and Law Committee
for further permission.
On May 24 and 25, Shanghai police talked
to Deng Enchong again.
Deng Enchong: “The police told me that
they are very relaxed with me.
He told me to get prepared to go to Hong Kong and
I could even take my wife with me.
He also told me that they are going to escort me to Hong Kong.
I am surprised that their attitude toward me has changed
all of sudden.
I think that it’s probably related to the approaching meeting
between Xi Jinping and the U.S. on June 7 and June 8.
If it’s known that lawyers in China are suppressed publicly,
Xi might have to go through pressure.”
Deng Enchong stated that Ding Xuexiang,
current Associate Director of the Central Office
and former Sectary of Shanghai Politics and Law Committee,
knows Deng Enchong’s situation very well.
Deng Enchong: ”I personally think that
Xi Jinping learned about my situation from Ding Xuexiang.
Xi was aware of what questions the U.S. might possibly
Therefore, Xi would allow me and my wife to go to Hong
Kong so that the U.S. can’t make a deal with my case.
In fact, Xi is using me as a tool. I am not very comfortable
about it. How can you use me as a tool?”
Deng Enchong criticized the CCP’s authorities for
presenting a false appearance of peace and prosperity before the China-US Summit.
Right after he had a conversation with the U.S. diplomat,
the CCP’s authorities became relaxed with him.
As a matter of fact, a lot of lawyers in China
are severely suppressed.
Some lawyers cannot even walk out freely and plainclothes
police have been tracking and monitoring them even in the court.
When they get out of court, they are asked to get into
police cars immediately.
Across China, some lawyers are not allowed to register
and some lawyers are even driven out of the court.
Right now two lawyers in Guangxi are on a hunger strike.
Deng Enchong told Meng Rusheng that there are many lawyers
in China working on human rights, forming a strong force.
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