45 Million Deaths In The Great Famine
On October 1, National Memorial Day, Southern
Metropolis Daily published a long documentary report
on the period of the Great Leap Forward to the Great Famine,
documenting the disaster of thousands being starved to death,
when even cannibalism occurred. Feng Ke,
a history professor at the University of Hong Kong,
recently published a monograph,
concluding famine deaths were 45 million.
As always, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been
covering up its crimes and the historical truth.
Professor Feng Ke (Frank Dikotter)』s new book, “Mao
Zedong’s Great Famine:1958-1962 Catastrophe in China,"
was published on September 29, by HK New Century Press.
He points out that the true scale of the disaster is unknown.
From 1958 to 1962, Mao launched the Great Leap Forward.
He established the Three Red Flags, aimed to produce
more iron and steel than UK and US, boasted courage
of people would result in the same crop production.
He praised communism greatly, and brought unprecedented
economic, political and social disasters.
The CCP History Volume II published earlier this year states,
that according to the National Bureau of Statistics,
the three year 『natural disaster』
caused more than 10 million deaths.
Mao Yushi, a well-known Chinese economist,
chairman of Beijing Tianze Institute of Economics,
said he did research in this area,
and has doubts about the data of 10 million deaths.
Mao Yushi (chairman, Beijing Tianze Economics Institute):
“CCP』s history claims that the population was reduced
by 10 million, who starved to death, which is very naive.
A lot of people were born in these three years.
Adding them, if the population is still reduced by 10 million,
it is apparent that the deaths were more than 10 million."
In the book, “Tombstone: Documentary of China』s 1960s
Great Femine," Yanhuang Time magazine』s vice president
Yang Jisheng says that from 1958 to 1962 the climate was
normal, but 36 million Chinese still have starved to death.
The father of Yang Jisheng, a retired senior correspondent
of Xinhua Agency, had starved to death in the Great Famine.
NTD reporter Liyuan Han’s grandparents starved to death too.
Before dying, they ate bark, grass roots, and cotton in quilts.
Professor Feng Ke pointed out in his new book, according
to police reports at the time and CCP』s internal reports
in the last few months of the movement, there were at least
45 million unnatural deaths, 6-8% from torture or execution.
Chen Yizi, China’s Economic Reform Institute』 former head,
did a survey 20 years ago, as requested by Zhao Ziyang,
and also concluded that there were 45 million deaths
as a result of the Great Famine in China.
Mao Yushi:"It is definitely not caused by the climate, but by
fake reports』 lies that grain production achieved 5,000 kg/mu.
Like Qian Xuesen, people who told the truth were detained.
Plus, people’s communes ban families』 right to cook
at home and people were ordered to eat in a large dining hall.
For the refining of steel all were asked to make steel plants.
How could peasants know how to refine steel? It was a joke.
Their crops rotted in the field and nobody went
to harvest them. This is the cause of the famine."
Nanfang Urban Newspaper published a long,
two-page documentary on September 28,
titled, 『Famine Followed Leaping Forward
3-Year Disasters in Eastern Sichuan Province.』
Zhu Quansen in Dazhou, Sichuan said during the three-year
disaster, 10 cases of cannibalism happened locally.
Cannibalism also occurred in many parts of the country.
Former President Liu Shaoqi then told Chairman Mao
after the 『7,000 people meeting:』
“So many people have starved to death. You and I will
go in the history, cannibalism would be recorded in books."
In 1961, Liu Shaoqi audited rural Hunan Province for 44 days,
and said, the famine is “30% natural and 70% man-made.”
Liu also asked Mao to criticize himself publicly.
In order to get himself out of this situation, Mao launched
the Cultural Revolution causing another 10-years of disasters.
Mao Yushi: “The CCP made a big and unprecedented
mistake, but it did not dare to admit its fault.
These mistakes are not related to today』s CCP people,
but are mainly Mao’s mistakes. However, nowadays people
dare not criticize Mao Zedong. If you (CCP) do not consider
the past, how can you (CCP) avoid mistakes in the future?"
Prof. Feng Ke points out, in the Great Famine death was not
the worst; it destroyed people’s spiritual and moral values.
People became tools in the hands of the CCP rulers,
and the basic ethics and civility amongst people were lost.
Yang Jisheng believes that the Great Famine
is “10% natural, and 90% man-made."
The major cause of the famine is the Chinese totalitarian
regime, which has not changed.
He pointed out in the book – Tombstone also means to set
a tombstone for the system, that caused the Great Famine.
Today tens of millions may not starve to death in a few years,
but in the CCP-controled China, catastrophes are inevitable.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Li Yuanhan and Xiao Yan.