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The Mystery of Blind Activist’s Escape


Chinese Activist He Peirong

Hong Kong’s Ming Pao learnt the thrilling story of Chen Guangcheng’s escape from He Peirong (named “Pearl” on the Internet), the Nanjing teacher who brought Chen to Beijing from Shandong.

She said that she received an unexpected email stating, “The bird has left its cage, what shall we do?” She immediately understood what it meant. At that time, she was in Beijing visiting friends. She replied, “message received, I am now in Beijing.” Along with Guo Yushan, a Beijing scholar, and others, she set off for Shandong and arrived at the suburbs of Linyi City at midnight after driving for 6 hours.

It remains a mystery who sent her the message and why she immediately knew what was hinted in the message. It seems to me that there is a secret network of sympathizers to provide assistance to dissidents.

She said that it took two hours to find Chen as she had no telephone contact with him. However, if no one had given her instruction about Chen’s approximate location, how could she have known which part of such large suburbs of the city she should go to search for Chen? She would have been looking for a needle in the haystack if no information about Chen’s approximate location had been given to her by phone. She said in addition there were other vehicles and another five people who came to rescue Chen.

However, in order to protect other participants and those who gave the information, she did not disclose their names and identities or the specific area in Linyi suburbs where Chen was found.

When she met Chen, Chen was already hiding in the field for 17 hours, but his clothes are clean and decent though he broke his leg when scaling a wall. It seemed to her that Chen was being satisfactorily taken care of. She had not contacted Chen by phone and had never met Chen but Chen knew that some one named “pearl” was to come to take him away from Shandong. When Chen was helped into the car, he said, “You are Pearl, aren’t you? Thanks, thanks a lot.”

Since Chen was placed under house arrest in September 2010, He Peirong has issued a statement everyday on the Internet. She went to Chen’s village six times to visit him, but was hindered by the guards each time. It was the first time she met Chen when she picked up Chen in Shandong.

Chen’s acquaintance Liu Meiyuan, head of the Beijing branch of the American news website the Daily Beast, described Chen’s escape as an event filled with danger and thrill. Chen had to scale quite a few surrounding walls in dark evening and in the darkness of a blind man and had broken one of his legs when he was out. He could not walk and had to climb on the ground. He had to stop and wait in fear whenever he heard any noise of people approaching him until he heard that they had gone away.

It is obvious to me that Chen was helped by others in leaving his house and going away to hide in the suburban area of Linyi City. Otherwise, he would not have appeared clean and in good spirit. He Peirong believed that Chen was given shelter by some one and had had some rest before she met Chen. She said that she kept on contacting human rights activists abroad and asking them to seek assistance from US Department of State and Congress.

As for China, even in the darkest era of the Cultural Revolution, there were good people willing to help others. I gave a story in my book out of my personal experience of bystanders preventing four rebels from illegally arresting a man. I myself was secretly helped by my two interrogators when I was placed under house arrest and told to inform against my father. Mine was a sad story but compared to the experience of those much more miserable than me, I do not think it is worth telling. However, it is a pity that to avoid the painful memory of past sufferings, so far none of those people have written their true stories.

He Peirong’s personal experience also proved that. She said that when she announced Chen’s escape from Shandong on April 27, she was soon taken away by the authorities from her home in Nanjing and placed under house arrest for a week in a hotel, but the policemen guarding her were friendly. Everyday, they asked her how she brought Chen away, how many people took part in it, whether there had been any prior planning and what was the plan.

She and Guo Yushan watched along with three guards “The Shawshank Redemption”, a film about a thrilling escape from prison. At the end of the film, she told the policemen that she wanted to tell them a story more thrilling than the film. She then began to tell them the unbelievable story of Chen Guangcheng’s escape.

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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7 thoughts on “The Mystery of Blind Activist’s Escape

  1. Reblogged this on Craig Hill.

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    Posted by Craig Hill | May 10, 2012, 7:22 am
  2. Very interesting reading … brave and very beautiful woman. Thanks a million for this post.

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    Posted by viveka | May 10, 2012, 6:10 pm

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