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According to Chinese state security in 1999, Falun Gong numbered 70 million

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Submitted by david scott (United States), Apr 9, 2011 13:35

this is nonsense. 1 of every 20 prc nationals? crazy talk. as a foreign correspondent i reported on the falungong crackdown, and feel strongly it was a mistake precisely because of how marginal the movement was, lack of freedom of religion does the most damage to china's own rulers, falungong was never a genuine threat and never remotely as large as gutmann suggests. but irresponsible figures like this undermine an otherwise persuasive argument. please produce said chinese state security documentation, it will not be hard to debunk if it does exist (which i stake my three decades' reputation as a reporter in china it doesn't).


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⇒ According to Chinese state security in 1999, Falun Gong numbered 70 million [105 words]

david scott 

Apr 9, 2011 13:35

Good piece. [7 words]

David kilgour 

Apr 9, 2011 09:30

Profound Admiration. [42 words]

James Poulter 

Apr 8, 2011 13:11

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