This isn’t a reference to the Monty Python skit.

Kevin Rudd recently met with Li Changchun, the Chinese Minister for Propaganda (the name of the portfolio tells you something isn’t right). Big deal; except that it was supposed to be a secret from the Australian public. Why is that, we wonder? Could it be anything to do with China’s egregious record of human rights violations?

Sure, Chinese people were killed by their own countrymen in Tiananmin Square in 1989 and as a result of Mao’s Great Leap Forward – from agriculture to industry – in the 1950s, 20 million people were reported as having died from malnutrition. And of course, there is the fact that Chinese people who are practitioners of Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) are being arrested and their organs harvested. When someone, Chinese or foreign, wants an organ transplant, the Chinese medical institution claims it can usually have a compatible organ in one week!

Representatives of the international Falun Gong society asked David Matas and David Kilgour to investigate. This link gives the whole report; also downloadable as a pdf.

I’m sure 99% of Chinese people don’t know about this – after all, there are over a billion people there. Nonetheless, why doesn’t the international community do something about this abomination? The media is almost silent on it. Why? Could it be something to do with who owns the media and their connections – financially beneficial – with China? China is the backbone of the global economy. What if we did stop trading with them? What would then befall the world economy? If we did, everyone would suffer.

But what are groups like the United Nations, and national governments who are aware of this, doing about it? From what I last heard, the Australian government is dealing with three Chinese people who are giving testimony about their experiences with organ harvesting, and the Chinese government is trying to stop this.

But why aren’t they (1) telling us, the people, what is going on? and (2) making strong representations to stop it?

A snippet from yesterday’s (March 24th) The Australian may give an idea:

The visit by Mr Li, China’s fifth most powerful man, also comes at a time when Beijing wants to win approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board on the $US19.5 billion ($28billion) deal between China’s state-owned Chinalco and Australian- and London-listed mining group Rio Tinto. That deal is one of a flood of applications to the FIRB – including a $2.6 billion takeover of OZ Minerals by China’s Minmetals – which will define the business relationship between the countries for a generation.

It seems a case of money versus humanity.