Investigation Report on the People’s Republic of China’s Consulate-General in Calgary sabotaging Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Performances in the Canadian Province of Alberta
According to a tip-off, due to the interference of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Consulate-General in Calgary, Canada, Shen Yun Performing Arts could not carry out the performing group’s 2017 performances in Calgary and Edmonton. As a result, World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) conducted a phone investigation on the relevant staff members of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary.
Our investigation results show that Shen Yun Performing Arts could not travel to perform in the theaters in Calgary and Edmonton, due to the interference from the CCP’s Consulate-General in Calgary. Our investigation on the officials at the Chinese Consulate-General in Calgary proves that the consulate-general influenced the decision of Alberta Province’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ricardo Miranda, so that the theaters in Calgary and Edmonton continued to have safety nets over their orchestra pits, thus preventing Shen Yun’s performances from taking place.
Since February 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts, with an aim to restore the traditional Chinese culture that had been destroyed by the CCP, has been performing simultaneously on five continents, allowing millions to experience the true divinely-bestowed traditional Chinese culture. In the past 11 years, wherever Shen Yun went, the audience there would become deeply amazed and impressed. Drawn by Shen Yun’s world-class top-notch dances, the admirable divinely-bestowed culture of China, the profound Chinese legends, Shen Yun’s orchestra combining both Chinese and Western musical instruments, as well as the miraculous animated digital backdrops, audience members from the mainstream societies all over the world would flock to the theaters to experience Shen Yun’s performances. These statesmen, billionaires, corporate executives, business tycoons, celebrities, superstars and elites from all fields have been dazzled by Shen Yun’s arts of pure compassion and pure beauty. As a result, after watching Shen Yun’s performances, they would often praise Shen Yun and express their appreciation and admiration for Shen Yun performances.
Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, wrote in her letter to wish Shen Yun successful performances in Canada in December 2017, “Shen Yun has been stirring hearts and imaginations worldwide for over a decade. Its lavish productions draw inspiration from ancient fables and traditions to create a one-of-a-kind presentation onstage.”
However, the CCP sees Shen Yun as the largest threat to its dictatorship. For a long time, the CCP has been using its overseas embassies and consulates to interfere with Shen Yun Performing Arts in many ways. WOIPFG has been tracking down and investigating such vicious incidents and has published a comprehensive investigation report on August 12, 2010. (http://www.upholdjustice.org/node/196)
The following report shows the results of our preliminary investigation conducted on August 6 and 7, 2018, on the interference from the CCP’s Consulate-General in Calgary with the performances of Shen Yun Performing Arts in the Canadian province of Alberta. Below is the translation of two phone investigation recordings.
Investigation Subject: Xiao Xiangming, an official at the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary
Time: 11:38 am on August 6, 2018
Phone number: (+1) 402-537-6903
(recording 1: MP3)
Xiao Xiangming: Hello.
Investigator: Hello, is this the Chinese consulate in Calgary, Canada?
Xiao Xiangming: Yes.
Investigator: How are you? I have something to ask you. How should I address you?
Xiao Xiangming: My last name is Xiao. You may call me Xiao Xiangming.
Investigator: Hello, Xiao Xiangming. Last year, you had Miranda, Minister of Culture in Alberta, Canada, decide to put safety nets on the orchestra pits in the theatres in Calgary and Edmonton, successfully stopping the …
Xiao Xiangming: Not clear. Sorry, I did not hear you clearly. Could you please say it again?
Investigator: I am saying, last year, you reached out to the Minister of Culture in Alberta, Canada and had him decide to put safety nets on the orchestra pits and that successfully stopped Shen Yun’s performances. You did it successfully. I want to learn from your experience. Who directed this at that time?
Xiao Xiangming: You said about working on Miranda, not letting the theater in Edmonton have one certain…
Investigator: Not letting Shen Yun Performing Arts perform.
Xiao Xiangming: Shen Yun, right? Oh, oh, oh… When did it happen approximately?
Investigator: Last April.
Xiao Xiangming: Last April, ok, I will ask about this for you.
Investigator: Who did this at that time? Who was handling this issue? It appears that Consul General Wang Xinping was handling this issue, at that time, right?
Xiao Xiangming: Yes. Last April is when Consul Wang was in office.
Investigator: Consul Wang handled the issue when he was in office, is it true?
Xiao Xiangming: Yes. Last April is indeed the time when Consul Wang was here.
Investigator: Correct, Correct. That is to say, Consul Wang handled the issue when he was in office. How did he have it done specifically?
Xiao Xiangming: It must be my husband, who handled this. My husband is the head of the Political and Media Affairs Department.
Investigator: Oh, your husband.
Xiao Xiangming: I will ask him in due course.
Investigator: Oh, What’s the name of your husband?
Xiao Xiangming: His name is Shan Ganggang. You see, we are not working today. I am on duty here. Do you want him to contact you tomorrow or…
Investigator: Ok. Tomorrow, I will call him. Could you please give me his phone number?
Xiao Xiangming: You will call tomorrow?
Investigator: Please give me his phone number. I will call tomorrow.
Xiao Xiangming: Ah, sure. Let me see if it was him. Normally speaking, he is responsible for that.
Investigator: Right. It should be him. Right, right.
Xiao Xiangming: Our phone number is 6903. His phone number is 20, only the last two digits.
Investigator: The last two digits. Good, good. That’s excellent. Thank you.
Xiao Xiangming: Not a problem.
Xiao Xiangming: Bye-bye.
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Investigation Subject: He Jun, Officer of the Political and Media Affaires Department at the Chinese Consulate-General in Calgary
Time: 10:51 am on August 7, 2018
Phone number: (+1) 403-537-6917
(recording 2: MP3)
He Jun: Hello, Good Morning!
Investigator: Hello! Is this the Political and Media Affairs Department of the Chinese Consulate-General in Calgary, Canada?
He Jun: Eh, Yes. May I ask who is calling? How are you?
Investigator: May I speak to the head of your department, Shan Ganggang?
He Jun: Shan Ganggang is not in the office at the moment. Can you call his cell phone? I’ll give you his cell phone number.
Investigator: Ok, ok. Thank you.
He Jun: 403-861-8525.
He Jun: Correct.
Investigator: Ok, ok. You…
He Jun: If you cannot find him, if it is convenient for you, I can take a message for him. Or I can tell him to return your call. Either is fine.
Investigator: It doesn’t matter. May I ask how should I address you?
He Jun: My last name is He. He Jun. “Jun” as in the Chinese phrase “Qian Jun Yi Fa”.
Investigator: “Jun” as in the Chinese phrase “Qian Jun Yi Fa”.
Investigator: Oh, Jun. I mainly want to ask about something. Yesterday I talked to his wife Xiao Xiangming. Possibly he is a bit late for work today. I want to learn something from your experience. I want to ask about something. Last April, we reached out to Miranda, the Minister of Culture in Alberta and had him make the decision to put on safety nets on the orchestra pits of the theatres in Calgary and Edmonton, which successfully stopped Shen Yun’s performances. You handled the issue successfully. We want to learn from your experience. Specifically, who was the main person handling the job? Shan Ganggang, right?
He Jun: It should be Shan Ganggang. Right, right, right.
Investigator: Good, good, good. I also heard from his wife that it was him.
He Jun: All right. Then you may call him.
Investigator: Ok. Thank you.
He Jun: Or, if it does not work, I’ll let him return your call.
Investigator: It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. Ok.
He Jun: Eh.
Investigator: After that, the situation has been maintained well, right?
He Jun: We, currently, according to the information we gathered, there should be no (shows), not again. But there are some objective reasons. Our work is one reason….
Investigator: We stopped them from having shows whatsoever. They have not been able to perform until now, is this correct?
He Jun: Yes, yes, yes.
Investigator: Miranda has not changed his decision yet, has he? Then, after that, the theaters did not allow them to perform there. What specifically did we do to have him stop the show?
He Jun: Please ask Shan Ganggang for further details.
Investigator: Eh, Eh. Ok, ok.
He Jun: Right. The current situation is that they have not been able to perform in those two cities again.
Investigator: Right, right, right. That’s good. Ok. I’ll call him. As you may know, (Shen Yun) are having more and more shows in our region. We have no way to stop it.
He Jun: Yes, yes. The issue is difficult to deal with.
Investigator: All right. Thank you.
He Jun: Ok, no problem.
---End of the Recording 2---