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Liu Xiaobo: RIP. But we should never forget the 14 million yuan from the National Endowment for Democracy!

1. Grants in US$ from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a US government entity, to «Minzhu Zhongguo» or «Democratic China, Inc.», where Liu Xiaobo was the founder:

2005: $136,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2005/
2006: $136,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2006/
2007: $145,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2007/
2008: $150,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2008/
2009: $213,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2009/
2010: $220,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2010/

Total sum from NED to «Democratic China, Inc.»: $1,000,000 (2005-2010)

2. Liu Xiaobo also received money from National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as president of «Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc.»:

2005: $99,500; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2005/
2006: $135,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2006/
2007: $135,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2007/
2008: $152,350; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2008/
2009: $152,950; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2009/
2010: $170,000; http://www.ned.org/region/asia/china-2010/

Total sum from NED for «Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc.»: US $844,800 (2005-2010)

Total support from NED during these six years is US$1,844,800, which at that time was about 14 million yuan – a huge sum of money in China – where salaries were about 25% of the level in the West.

Correction:  The links above are not working any longer. It seems that NED is trying to conceal their support for Liu Xiaobo. But by using the WayBackMachine, it is still possible to find the original pages:

Original links recovered by using WayBackMachine at https://archive.org:

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(Then scroll down to Democratic China, Inc. and Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Inc.)






In which way were the NED-money transfered?

A money receipt from 2010 «Figure 1» and some supplement information «Figure 2» shows that the money for ‘Democratic China magazine’ (Minzhu Zhongguo) from NED were paid in three parts: US$23.004 for President and Editor in Chief Liu Xiaobo (at that time imprisoned), US$26.004 for Acting President/Editor in Chief Cai Tianyi, and US$18.000 for the magazines’ board member Zhang Zuhua.


How the rest of the NED-grant were transfered is not clear.

What’s the purpose of National Endowment for Democracy (NED)?

The purpose of the National Endowment for Democracy is to fund individuals, political parties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) favorable to US interests.

In 1991, Allen Weinstein, who helped draft the legislation establishing NED, candidly said: «A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.» (Washington Post, Sept.22, 1991)

Testifying before the Sub-committee on International Operations and Human Rights of the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives on March 13,1997, Mr.Carl Gershman, President of the NED, said: «I just want to say that the Endowment’s work is based upon a very, very simple proposition. And that is, where there are people who share our values, where there are people who might be called the natural friends of America, then it is our obligation to help those people in some way.»

Bill Berkowitz of «Working for Change» writes: «The NED functions as a full-service infrastructure building clearinghouse. It provides money, technical support, supplies, training programs, media know-how, public relations assistance and state-of-the-art equipment to select political groups, civic organizations, labor unions, dissident movements, student groups, book publishers, newspapers, and other media. Its aim is to destabilize progressive movements, particularly those with a socialist or democratic socialist bent.»

Ralph McGehee writes: «… the current US policy of using (rightly or wrongly) the theme of human rights violations to alter or overthrow non-US-favored governments. In those countries emerging from the once Soviet Bloc that is forming new governmental systems; or where emerging or Third World governments resist US influence or control, the US uses ‘human rights violations,’ as an excuse for political action operations. ‘Human Rights’ replaces ‘Communist Conspiracy’ as the justification for overthrowing governments.»

Republican congressman from the Texas, Ron Paul, who is more Libertarian than Republican, writes: «The misnamed National Endowment for Democracy is nothing more than a costly program that takes US taxpayer funds to promote favored politicians and political parties abroad. What the NED does in foreign countries … would be rightly illegal in the United States. … The National Endowment for Democracy, by meddling in the elections and internal politics of foreign countries, does more harm to the United States than good. It creates resentment and ill-will toward the United States among millions abroad. It is beyond time to de-fund this Cold War relic and return to the foreign policy of our founders, based on open relations and trade with all countries and free from meddling and manipulation in the internal affairs of others.»

British writer Patrick French writes: «The NED constitutes, so to speak, the CIA’s ‘civilian arm’».


By receiving money from the US government funded «National Endowment for Democracy» Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese citizen, became an American agent.

  1. pug_ster
    July 13th, 2017 at 10:53 | #1

    With CIA runned NGO’s on the way out of China, hopefully that is the last chapter of Liu Xiaobo’s.

  2. Charles Liu
    July 14th, 2017 at 10:15 | #2

    Liu Xiaobo’s death couldn’t come at a better time – right after the revelation of Donald Trump Jr. meeting with the Russians. I’m sure people following Trump campaign collusion story, that they violated campaign finance laws:


    Well, Liu Xiaobo did not only meet with foreign entities, he took large sum of money from foreign governments. Liu’s meeting with NED officials and affiliates, which easily qualify as US government officials and ancillary apparatus, are of public record. For example Professor Perry Link publicly touted his involvement with Charter 08 that called for abolition of China’s constitution. Taking money from US government to advocate abolition of China’s constitution – if this isn’t collusion I don’t know what is:


  3. N.M.Cheung
    July 15th, 2017 at 04:59 | #3

    As usual the liberals and conservative both heap praises on Liu Xiaobo. Here is my reply to the comment section of NYT.
    xeroid47 Queens, NY Pending Approval
    “I suggest Mr. Stephen change the title to ” Donald Trump and the Decline of U.S”. Apparently Mr. Stephen has been ignorant the thesis that China will collapse imminently for the last 50 years. The total GDP by price purchase parity standard, China has already exceeds U.S.. Now per capital might still be a way to go, but wait another 20 years and we will see. I suggest he read the interview by Jamie Damon, CEO of Chase Morgan, “It’s almost embarrassing to be an American after traveling around the world”. Liu Xiaobo might be a hero to conservatives like Mr. Stephens or liberals like Mr. Kristof, but to ordinary Chinese, he’s a non entity who wants China to be a U.S. colony for 300 years, and praised Iraq War for killing millions there.”

  4. pug_ster
    July 23rd, 2017 at 12:26 | #4

    The problem with western propaganda wants to portray this guy as person who wants to bring ‘democracy’ to China but would not defend Liu’s statements of 300 years colonization of China, wars in Iraq, Korea and Vietnam. Western propaganda is defending this guy yet they can’t defend his statements, what’s a joke.

    I hope that western propaganda keeps bringing up the statement about this guy, because is not only convince the Chinese that this guy is an not advocate of China, it convinces the Chinese that the West is not Chinese’ friend.

  5. alanking
    July 23rd, 2017 at 21:56 | #5

    The falsehood of Liu’s 300 years of colonization is good for china is easy to demonstrate – just take a look at India. After a couple hundred years of colonization by the master colonist, the English, where are they now after independence around 1948, almost same year as the birth of new China? India’s GDP per capital is only $1700 US, practically same as Africa, while China is 5 times as much. Half of india’s population still have no toilets, their sacred river the Ganges is littered with corpses, and india has the largest number of the world’s most polluted cities, which western msm conveniently ignore, not to mention child marriages, where India makes up like over one third of worlds cases, and all the famous gang rapes cases…

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