ICC Note: Given the amount of congressional attention and legal advocacy from the United States that has been provided on behalf of persecuted religious minorities in China in recent years, you may wonder whether there is much of anyone in China doing the same work. The answer is, of course, yes – however, these brave men and women are heavily repressed just as religious minorities are. Zheng Enchong’s case is unique and puzzling, but his captors’ reasoning is the same: a government with no opposition parties, based in a country where authoritarian or even tyrannical rule has been the norm for thousands of years, could care less about checks and balances and will do whatever it deems necessary to preserve an appearance of greatness and respectability among the people. Fearless advocates like Zheng are a problem for the CCP.
7/18/2016 Shanghai, China (Epoch Times) –
Zheng Enchong, a lawyer in Shanghai with political connections, recently experienced a strange form of detention and coerced luxury: He was abducted by local police, taken to a three-story villa on an island in Shanghai’s Angel Bay Vacationland, and plied with the finest food and drink.
It was all part of an elaborate attempt, he said, to have him change his political allegiances—or at least stop talking to the overseas Chinese media about his political nemeses: the clan of Jiang Zemin, the former Party leader, who have run the city of Shanghai like a fief for several decades.
Zheng spent five days in the villa, from July 11 to July 15, under the watchful eye of Shanghai security forces. His wife, Jiang Meili (no relation to Jiang Zemin), was also present. Between meals, they were confined to separate quarters.
Fourteen security personnel—policemen, domestic security agents, public security bureau officers—watched over the couple. Of course, their duties included partaking in the sumptuous meals meant to impress Zheng: There was lamb, pork, lobster, seasonal vegetables, and fine wines—top-grade reds, huangjiu (a type of Chinese grain wine), and even a bottle of expensive Maotai Chinese liquor. The villa had faux French windows that afforded a view of the Yangtze River.
Zheng, seeing the ruse, “didn’t drink a drop with them,” he said in an interview after the strange ordeal. Instead, he reminded them of Party leader Xi Jinping’s new ban on officials consuming alcoholic beverages while on duty, and chastised his minders for wasting public funds.