(November 4, 1999) China strongly opposes a
resolution passed by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the
U.S. Senate condemning China's crackdown on the Falun Gong
cult, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said
at a press conference on November 4, 1999.
Zhang said the resolution, which demands that
China immediately cease persecuting religious institutions,
wantonly reproaches the Chinese government's lawful handling
of the Falun Gong cult.
This is a gross
interference in China's internal affairs, Zhang said.
Falun Gong is by no means a religious
institution but a heretical cult which poses a threat to
Chinese society and people, she said.
Chinese government's ban of the Falun Gong cult according to
law has saved a large number of victims brainwashed by the
cult, safeguarded the human rights and freedom of the
Chinese people, and maintained the rule of law, she added.
The position of the Chinese government has won
the support of not only the overwhelming majority of former
Falun Gong practitioners, but also the endorsement of the
Chinese public, Zhang noted, adding that the move has gained
widespread sympathy in the international community.
Regardless of these facts, the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the U.S. Senate passed the resolution and made
groundless charges against the Chinese government, Zhang
China demands that the U.S. senators
respect the support China has received for its actions,
abandon the double standard on the issue of handling cults,
and stop interfering in China's internal affairs regarding
the Falun Gong issue, the spokeswoman said.