By Judi McLeod
Canada Free Press
The Red Dragon, it seems, has been out in outer space for some time.
In China, believing in Jesus could get you jail or worse. Believing in ETs, which one prominent professor claims live among the general Chinese population, could land you a government grant.
China’s craze for UFOs seems to have followed right on the heels of a revival in Christianity.
Even in the face of persecution, the Chinese church has been growing by an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 new believers each day, making it the largest revival in the history of the church.
But especially since the millennium, flying saucers are almost as big a business boom in China as the trademark cheapie bric a brac the nation exports to the outside world.
While supermarket tabloids of the west continue to carry stories of alien abductions and accuse elected governments of hiding the real truth about extraterrestrials from the masses, China looks for ways to capitalize on ETs and to harness their energy for the homeland.
"We hope to use the UFO phenomenon to resolve China’s energy and efficiency problems," says Sun Shili, professor of International Business and Economics, who once held court at China’s hallowed Academy of Science along with a South Korean delegation from something called the Embassy of Extraterrestrials." (Kathy Chen, Wall Street Journal, November, 1997).
And if Professor Shili’s ambitions to tap UFOs for energy and efficiency sound a little out there, he originates from the same university that only a month ago conferred a professorship on Kyoto architect and one world religion advocate, Canadian Maurice Strong.
In the west, chasing flying saucers is the stuff of occasional television specials.
In china, it’s a job with pay.
"The Chinese UFO Research Association receives government grants, and its members include some of the nation’s most respected scientists and academics–even Communist Party officials." (Chen, Wall Street Journal).
Non-believers in the west call flying saucers and little green men so much bunk.
In China they’re calling it science.
Mind you, filing flying saucers under `s’ for science saves you from the wrath of communist rulers who are death on the other ‘s’: superstition.
"Officially registered UFO associations in China have about 50,000 members, but some estimate the actual number of Chinese interested in the subject is probably in the tens of millions."(The Standard, China’s Business Newspaper).
States La Voz de Galicia (newspaper-Spain, November, 2003): "Half the Chinese population believes in the existence of UFOs according to the results of a survey made known by the Outer Space Investigation Organization.
In September, the International Chinese UFO Association will hold an international meting on UFO research in the northern port city of Darlian.
Meanwhile, there must be life on other planets. The Communist Party of the People's Republic of China says so.
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