New Book Uncovers Atrocities From China’s Civil War

Changchun after the siege. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)
Changchun after the siege. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

A new book available in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Changchun Hunger Siege, discloses for the first time that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) intentionally starved hundreds of thousands of civilians in the siege of Changchun 70 years ago.

In his book, the Beijing-based author, Du Bin, revealed the truth of this bleak episode that occurred between 1947 and 1948 in the Chinese civil war. He spent 10 years conducting interviews with survivors in order to determine what happened during the siege of Changchun. In the course of his research, he discovered that the forces of the Chinese Communist Party won the battle against the Nationalist army by intentionally starving 370,000 civilians.

Seige of Changchun. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Seige of Changchun. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Du Bin said: “To fight an enemy using starvation and the bodies of those who have starved to death is a serious violation of human rights. It is unacceptable no matter the era of history.”

Du Bin also pointed out that: “In addition to Changchun, the starvation strategy was also utilized by Chinese Communist forces at the battle of Yongping in Hebei Province.”

Du Bin continued: “In a city of 30,000 people after seven to eight months under siege, only 3,000 survived. All soldiers of the Nationalist army were imprisoned. The Chinese Communist troops forced the remaining civilians to skin the top officers alive and eat them.”

Seige of Changchun. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Seige of Changchun. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

The siege of Changchun is still a forbidden subject in China. Du Bin hopes that its true history can be exposed and that a monument can be erected for the victims. He said: “Since the day the CCP was established, it has been a disaster to humankind.”

Du Bin also said: “Wherever there is a Communist regime, famine, war, disaster, and unnatural deaths always follow. Disaster, war, famine, and unnatural deaths will always be here until Communism is eliminated from the earth.”

Du Bin has also published a book on the truth of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and another that exposes torture at the Masanjia forced labor camp. In 2013, Du Bin was arrested by Beijing’s Public Security agents and detained for five weeks.

Translated by Jean Chen and edited by Mikel Davis.

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