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By James W. Tong

The Falungong move originated in 1992 as a method of respiring workouts designed to advertise overall healthiness and future health. driving at the coattails of the qigong fever that swept via China, it attracted an intensive following till 1994, whilst the chinese language govt suppressed the qigong circulate. a chain of protest rallies by way of Falungong organisations opposed to neighborhood govt repression set in movement an upward clash spiral that culminated within the siege of the celebration headquarters in Beijing on April 25, 1999, by means of greater than 20,000 Falungong practitioners. Revenge of the Forbidden City starts off with the surprise of the Politburo opposed to such insolent defiance, resolving to retaliate opposed to the Falungong, a retaliation that represented "the so much severe political incident" because the Tiananmen upheaval in 1989.

James W. Tong unearths how the chinese language government's relentless, sustained repression of the Falungong stream typifies its reaction in the direction of perceived inner threats. notwithstanding many declare that the Democratic reforms in China have eroded the government's skill to watch and regulate its electorate, the good fortune of the crusade to remove Falungong shows differently: the govt. successfully applied a multifaceted offensive concerning unsparing suppression, pervasive propaganda, and coercive conversion. The profitable execution of this complicated crusade finds the resilience of China's authoritarian associations. utilizing empirical proof and thorough research, Tong finds the chinese language state's bold skill to overwhelm dissent and offers a cogent rebuttal to those that declare that the Communist govt is at the brink. The definitive account of China's reaction to Falungong, Revenge of the Forbidden urban is crucial for any pupil attracted to how the chinese language nation truly operates.

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