THEY are factories whose unwilling workers produce goods ranging from tea to engines, some of them for export. Since they were established by Mao Zedong, millions have died within their walls.
Now the hated laogai labour camps, where transgressors and dissidents are incarcerated for months of "reform through labour", will provide the first big test for the reforming intentions of the new Chinese leadership.
(February 5, 2013) In 1987, when Taiwanese President Chiang hing-kuo finally lifted martial law after nearly forty years, Taiwan’s Government Information held its first Taipei International Book Exhibition. The exhibition, which in 1987 gathered 67 publishers from eleven countries, has grown immensely since, attracting 420 international publishers from 60 different countries in 2012.
Forced labor is a scourge on humanity. The People's Republic of China (PRC) has perfected it, and operates under the name LAOGAI the largest storage system in the history of mankind.
The LAOGAI system performs several functions. It is the main instrument of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to assert their power and suppressing any resistance. It also promotes the export prices extremely low and simultaneously fills the coffers of the CCP, which pocketed all surpluses LAOGAI production, not about the state of China.
BEIJING — It is hard to say exactly which “subversive” sentiments drew the police to Ren Jianyu, who posted them on his microblog last year, although “down with dictatorship” and “long live democracy” stand out.