The Times and Total Buzz are both reporting that the County of Orange has received a letter from the Consulate General of China asking us not to recognize any events backed by Falun Gong supporters. Supe Chair Norby is steaming.
While I haven’t spent months studying it, I have somewhat mixed feelings about China’s attitude toward Falun Gong. At first glance Falun Gong certainly seems innocuous enough — a little New-Agey, perhaps, though hardly the “dangerous cult” the Chinese government has branded it. But how can those of us who’ve never even visited China know its effect on that society? The German government has taken a stance against the Church of Scientology, refusing to give it religious status in their country, and few Americans have objected to that action.
What concerns me more is whether US government officials like Supervisor Norby will be able, in the long run, to continue to object to requests such as this from China. The more of our debt they own, the more they can call the shots in our country. I don’t believe Falun Gong activities in Orange County are high on the Chinese government’s list of concerns, but I think there will come a day when the Chinese will use our debts with them against us.