Federation for a Democratic China

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Federation for a Democratic China
Logo of Federation for a Democratic China.gif
Abbreviation FDC
Formation September 22, 1989 (1989-09-22)
Type Human rights and pro-democracy organisation
Purpose Protection of basic human rights, social justice, development of the private economy, the end of the one-party dictatorship and establish a democratic China
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Region served
Global
President
Chin Jin
Chairman
Sheng Xue
Website http://www.fdc64.org

Federation for a Democratic China (FDC) is a political group that advocates the democratization of China through opposition of the Communist Party of China and the support of human rights. It was founded on September 22, 1989 in Paris, France, following the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests.

The group has members all over the world, including mainland China. Active members are located in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Thailand and in other European and Asian countries.

The group was very active in the five years following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and has been substantially reinvigorated and active since 2003 with large congresses attracting a broad cross-section of leading Chinese Democracy Activists and exiles.[1][2]

In 2005 Chen Yonglin, then Chinese consulate-general working in Sydney, defected to the Australian government by a formal claim for political asylum. Chen claimed that a network of 1,000 Chinese government spies were operating in Australia, leading the chairman of the Australian branch of the FDC to comment that such claims could "lead to [an] atmosphere of distrust and even antagonism towards the Chinese community."[3]

On October 8, 2012, during the 11th Congress of FDC, Sheng Xue, who lives in Canada was elected as the President of the FDC. She was the first female president of the FDC, and the first female president of any major organization in the overseas Chinese pro-democracy movement.

On March 24, 2017, during the 13th Congress of FDC, Chin Jin, who lives in Australia, was elected as President. Jin Xiuhong of the United States, Sheng Xue of Canada, Wang Dai of Japan and Zhang Jian of France were all elected as Vice-Presidents, and Luo Le from Canada was elected as the Chair of the Supervisory Committee.

Other former Presidents of the FDC include Yan Jiaqi and Wan Runnan, who both lived in France during the FDC's initial stages and later moved to the United States. Wan Runnan currently lives in Paris.

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  1. ^ "Berlin Congress Statement". Beijing Spring. 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2014-09-25.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ Fei, Liangyong (2007-06-07). "2006 Pro-democracy Movement Conference in Berlin Enormous Far-reaching Impact". epochtimes.com. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  3. ^ Danks, Katherine (2005-07-25). "Chen 'gave permission to confirm ID'". News.com.au. Retrieved 2008-01-26. [dead link]