Guo Wengui. (File Photo)
Guo Wengui, a Chinese real estate and investment billionaire living in exile, broke a long period of silence this year, giving video interviews with overseas Chinese media in which he described a complex web of business and politics connecting China’s elite.
One of the most surprising revelations to result from Guo’s interviews is what he had to say on the subject of forced organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, in particular from practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that is heavily persecuted by the Chinese regime.
After describing how his now-imprisoned business rival Li You was able to locate a replacement liver without any difficulty, Guo said he made enquiries among his network in China, and found that the liver was to come from a murdered practitioner of Falun Gong (at the time of the interview, Li You had not yet undergone the liver transplant).
In a tweet that followed his second interview, Guo apologized to adherents of Falun Gong, saying that he previously thought that organ harvesting was a hoax. “But judging from Li You getting a new liver, I saw that this kind of thing is really happening! I didn’t make this clear [in the program], so here I express my apologies to Falun Gong believers,” Guo said.
Later, Guo voiced support for the meditative faith, which has been suppressed by communist authorities since 1999, on orders of then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin.
Citing Falun Gong’s main philosophical tenets, Guo said Falun Gong practitioners were “very friendly and dedicated” people who had “indeed put ‘truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance’ into practice.”
“I really have no idea why [Falun Gong] was labelled an ‘evil religion’,” Guo said in a March 12 telephone interview with a reporter from New Tang Dynasty Television, a Chinese-language broadcaster based in New York.
Guo’s comments about organ harvesting corroborate from a unique angle what human rights researchers have long been investigating: that not just death-row inmates, but prisoners of conscience—mostly Falun Gong, but also independent Chinese Christians, Uyghurs, and Tibetans—have been killed on the operating table for China’s massive organ transplant industry.
The inside revelations on Falun Gong and organ harvesting reportedly invited ire from the Chinese authorities, sources close to the regime told Epoch Times. Simultaneously, Guo Wengui’s statements reflect a little-known role that Falun Gong plays in political infighting within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).