The group, banned in China as an
"evil cult", said she was being held simply because she
was a Falungong practitioner.
Chen's parents have been contacted
by officials from the National Security Bureau who threatened them
if the husband made the incident public in Australia or on the
internet, it said.
The Australian embassy here said
today it had received no further information about what happened
"We're trying to obtain
information about her whereabouts and to contact her," an
embassy spokesman told AFP.
China considers the Falungong,
which has millions of followers in the mainland, the biggest
threat to social stability since the 1989 Tiananmen democracy
Since banning the group in 1999, it
has jailed tens of thousands of its followers in prison, labor
camps or police stations.
Source: Herald Sun, Melbourne
29, 2002: Satellite debris injures boy
nine-year-old boy in northern China was injured after debris from a
satellite launch rained down on his remote village in Shaanxi province,
state press has reported.
The boy, named Wu, was hit on his left foot by the metal debris, part of a
Chinese-made rocket which launched an earth resource satellite from the
Taiyuan Launch Centre in neighbouring Shanxi province on Sunday, the
Huashang Daily reported.
In all, 19 pieces fell on
the boy's village of Yanghe, in Shaanxi's Danfeng county, the report said.
The debris belonged to the
outer shell of the Long March IV carrier rocket which protected the
satellite as it was propelled into orbit, the paper said.
After the satellite
separated from the rocket, the shell was jettisoned and was expected to
fall in or around Danfeng county, it said, citing space officials.
Police in the village
collected the 19 pieces and are awaiting launch officials to come and
collect them, the report said.
The boy was hospitalised in
a local infirmary, it said, not saying how badly he was injured.
The ZY-2 satellite, the
second of its type, will transmit remote sensing data and help in the
exploration of geologic resources, environmental protection, urban
planning and disaster prevention, the report said.
24, 2002: Chinese "UFO launching pad"
team of Chinese scientists is to head to the far
west of the country to investigate a mystery
pyramid that local legend says is a launch tower
left by aliens in space.
scientists will probe origins of the 50-60 metre
tall structure - dubbed "the ET relics"
- in the western province of Qinghai this month
pyramid was three caves with triangular openings
and is filled with red-hued pipes leading into the
mountain and a nearby salt-water lake, a spokesman
June 21, 2002
26, 2002: Space apace as China readies for Mars
with plans to merely send a man into space possibly as
early as next year, China has apparently set its sights on
emerged this week of a prototype Mars Explorer, the
first Mars probe developed by China.
project is due to be unveiled by the Beijing
University of Aeronautics and astronautics during
China Sci-Tech week in May.
six wheeled dual-engine Mars Explorer looks like a
lunar roving vehicle and is designed to traverse
United States space administration NASA, plans to
send its Ranger probe to Mars in early 2004.
a host of Earth-Bound problems, China is pushing
ahead with its expensive space program. While it
lags several decades behind major space powers, it
is committed to a manned flight program.
month ago, China shot three sophisticated astro-dummies
into orbit aboard the Shenzhou III rocket and
brought them safely back to earth six days later.
rare interview this week, the head of the
country's manned space program, Su Shuangning,
told the China Youth Daily that training of
China's first generation of astronauts was well
first unmanned spaceflight was in late 1999. a
second unmanned flight, in January last year,
carried a monkey, a dog, a rabbit and some snails.
2002: Four yellow UFO's sighted by thousands in Beijing
yellow-colored spiral UFOs made a surprise appearance over
Beijing, the capital of China.
were reported in two newspapers, the Beijing Times and the
Shanghai Star. According to the newspaper reports, the
four UFOs were seen for just over an hour.
emitted beams of bright yellow light. Chinese observers on
the streets estimated that the UFOs were "very high
up," an estimated 10 kilometers (6 miles) above the
They hovered for a while in pairs and then departed
to the south.
Songzhu, a scientist at the Xinglong observation station
operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Beijing, said
the observatory had received more than 10,000 reports of
UFO phenomena in the past hundred years, but only five
percent of these 'had no natural explanation.'"
the newspaper China Daily for April 25, 2002.
The largest political group in China
outside the Communist Party is the Falun Gong that attempts to improve a
person's health through exercise, mediation, and contact with unseen
On February 11, 2002, several Falun Gong
members were arrested by police in Teinemen Square when they attempted
to unfurl a banner. The contents of the banner remained a mystery. The
forcible arrests were aired on international news services.
The group has up to 70 million
members, and is considered the most serious threat to communist rule
since the 1989 pro-democracy protests.
Falun Gong doctrines draw
on a belief in extraterrestrial forces, martial arts, Buddhism, Taoism,
high moral standards, and traditional values.
This belief system
results in members who are seldom sick, and so they rarely use Chinese
On April 25, 1999, ten thousand Falun Gong members
conducted a silent protest against government harassment outside the
Beijing compound where President Jiang Zemin lives.
silent protests were carried out in more than 30 Chinese cities
allegedly coordinated over the Internet by sect founder Li Hongzhi, who
lives in New York.
Coupled with the NATO bombing of the Chinese
Embassy in Yugoslavia the Communist government is extremely worried.
Thousands of Falun Gong members are being arrested and put in prison
while millions of their books are being burned. Old Chinese
legends talk of fiery dragons on which the sons of Heaven rode.
Although China has asked the United Nations in recent years to join them
in studying UFOs, this spreading belief in extraterrestrials terrifies
The threat of a civil uprising against Communism in China is more likely
than is generally realized. China is attempting to stop further
trouble by issuing an arrest order for the popular Li Hongzhi the leader
of Falun Gong.
A significant sign from heaven, such as UFO sightings could set off
spectacular events in China.
(From a June 1999 news story).
Chinese history, like that of many
other countries, records several UFO sightings.
Shen Kua was a famous
scientist and a scholar who lived at Yangzhou, beside the Yangtse river,
more than 900 years ago.
He wrote of a big pearl that rose from the
marshes near the town and hovered over a nearby lake.
It had a round
double shell and many people had seen it open.
Inside was a silvery light
the size of a fist which dazzled everyone who looked it."
shell would then leave "as if surrounded by fire. (From: The
Worlds Greatest UFO Mysteries.)
W Bush re-initiated SDI to
"protect the US, it's friends and allies from new and emerging threats."
This came shortly after the China-US P2 Surveillance Plane incident in
April which saw relations between the countries to deteriorate.
been extremely strained by the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy during
fighting in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1998.
Oct 4, 2000
Space Agency states that it is interested in instigating its own moon shot
program. A representative said that he Communist Republic wants to participate
in a international program to research the possibility of extracting resources
available from the moon.
Since it's origins in the early 70's, the highlight of
the Chinese program has been putting the Sheznu into orbit in November 1999. The
Chinese hope to join the US and the Soviet Union as the only nations with manned
It is seen as the key to China establishing it's international
In July 1977, astronomer Zhang
Zousheng and several colleagues at the Yunnan Observatory watched a glowing
object pass overhead, from north to west.
'It was yellow at the core with a
giant spiral extension', Zhang was reported as saying. 'The lengths of columns
of light being given off by the object kept changing creating a misty halo