NEW YORK, NY -- The wife of a diplomat stationed in the Chinese Embassy in Canada has defected, bringing with her documents and testimony said to expose illicit activities organized by the Chinese Embassy against Falun Gong practitioners, democracy activists and other critics of the Chinese regime.
48-year-old Ms. Jiyan Zhang, the wife of a high-ranking accountant for the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, announced her defection at a rally on March 30th, saying she defected because of her disgust with the actions of the Communist Party and how they attack Falun Gong.
Zhang says a special unit within the Embassy is dedicated to spying on Falun Gong practitioners in Canada and she personally witnessed Embassy officials stockpiling materials to incite hatred against Falun Gong practitioners. She also said the Chinese Ambassador Lu Shumin personally delivered materials defaming Falun Gong to Canadian government officials
On April 5th Zhang produced a document on Embassy letterhead that detailed high level officials plotting to stop the licensing of NTDTV TV in Canada, a station that freely reports on the human rights abuses against Falun Gong and other groups in China. In the document, Mr. Huikang Huang, the Deputy Chief of the Chinese Embassy states, “it is still possible for us to knock down New Tang Dynasty TV's attempt to enter the cable television network. We should reinforce the strength of our work.” Mr. Huang then suggests rallying Chinese-Canadians and overseas Chinese students to write letters to stop the licensing of NTDTV.
Zhang says she began practicing Falun Gong shortly after the founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, gave a lecture at the Chinese Embassy in France in 1995. Her husband was stationed at the French Embassy at the time. “I was deeply touched at heart by Falun Dafa’s teaching and I later became a practitioner,” she stated. “However, I was shocked to see how untrustworthy the communist party was as they contradicted their earlier support and attacked the practice in 1999 without reason.”
Zhang’s defection is the latest in a string of Chinese officials fleeing China. On July 15, 2005 Yang Jianhua, a staff member from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa walked out of the Embassy with his wife and son. In 2005 Chen Yonglin, the top secretary of the Chinese Consulate in Sydney Australia, defected and exposed massive spy operations of the CCP overseas. In 2005 Mr. Guangsheng Han, former Judiciary Bureau Chief in China defected to Canada and exposed the corruption within the judicial system in China and the intricacies of the spy network in Canada.