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  • Jeroen Kumeling
    ... Van: Paul Anderson - TMP / CPR-Canada Aan: psa@direct.ca Datum: donderdag 6 januari 2000 7:35 Onderwerp: TMP News: China
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      Van: Paul Anderson - TMP / CPR-Canada <psa@...>
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      Datum: donderdag 6 januari 2000 7:35
      Onderwerp: TMP News: China sees UFOs and Calls it Science, not Superstition


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      |January 5, 2000
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      |China sees UFOs and Calls it Science, not Superstition
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      |Updated 12:43 AM ET January 2, 2000
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      |By CHARLES HUTZLER, Associated Press Writer
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      |PUSALU VILLAGE, China (AP) - Poor farmers in Beijing's barren hills saw it:
      |an object swathed in colored light that some say must have been a UFO.
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      |They're not alone. People in 12 other Chinese cities reported possible UFO
      |sightings last month. UFO researchers, meanwhile, were busy looking into
      |claims of an alien abduction in Beijing.
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      |At the cusp of the new millennium, China is astir with sightings of
      |otherworldly visitors. And for a country usually straightjacketed by its
      |communist rulers, alien sightings are getting serious treatment.
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      |China has a bimonthly magazine - circulation 400,000 - devoted to UFO
      |research. The conservative state-run media report UFO sightings. UFO buffs
      |claim support from eminent scientists and liaisons with the secretive
      |military, giving their work a scientific sheen of respectability.
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      |"Some of these sightings are real, some are fake and with others it's
      |unclear," said Shen Shituan, a rocket scientist, president of Beijing
      |Aerospace University and honorary director of the China UFO Research
      |Association. "All these phenomena are worth researching."
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      |For thousands of years, Chinese have looked to the skies for portents of
      |change on Earth. While China is passing through its first millennium using
      |the West's Gregorian calendar, the traditional lunar calendar is ushering
      |in the Year of the Dragon, regarded as time of tumultuous change.
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      |"All of that sort of millennial fear and trepidation fits in so nicely with
      |Chinese cosmology - and also the Hollywood propaganda that everybody's been
      |lapping up," said Geremie Barme, a Chinese culture watcher at Australia
      |National University.
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      |In Pusalu, a patch of struggling corn and bean farms 30 miles (48
      |kilometers) from Beijing, villagers believe cosmic forces were at play on
      |Dec. 11. As they tell it, an object the size of a person shimmering with
      |golden light moved slowly up into the sky from the surrounding arid
      |mountains.
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      |"Some say it was caused by an earthquake. Some say it was a UFO. Some say
      |it was a ray of Buddha. I'm telling everyone to call it an auspicious
      |sign," said Chen Jianwen, village secretary for the officially atheistic
      |Communist Party.
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      |What "it" was remains a topic of debate. Many villagers are fervent
      |Buddhists. But local leaders want to play down any religious overtones,
      |fearing that government censure may spoil plans to attract tourism to
      |Pusalu.
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      |"It was so beautiful, sort of yellow," villager Wang Cunqiao said. "It was
      |like someone flying up to heaven."
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      |State media ignored religious interpretations and labeled the celestial
      |events in Pusalu, Beijing, Shanghai and 10 other Chinese cities in December
      |as possible UFOs. But UFO researchers have largely dismissed the sightings
      |as airplane trails catching the low sun.
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      |"If the military didn't chase it, it's because they knew it wasn't a UFO.
      |They were probably testing a new aircraft," said Chen Yanchun, a shipping
      |company executive who helps manage the China UFO Research Resource Center.
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      |Operating from a dingy three-room flat in a Beijing apartment block, the
      |Resource Center keeps a version of China's X-Files: 140 dictionary-sized
      |boxes of fading newspaper clippings and eyewitness accounts of sightings.
      |The collection has, among others items, accounts that the military
      |scrambled planes in 1998 in unsuccessful pursuit of a UFO.
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      |Chen said the center had 500 reported UFO sightings in 1999, but after
      |investigation confirmed cases will likely number 200 or so.
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      |He's currently checking on a worker's claims that aliens entered his
      |Beijing home in early December and, with his wife and child present,
      |spirited him 165 miles (265 kilometers) east and back in a few hours.
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      |"The increase in flying saucer incidents is natural," said Chen, a former
      |Aerospace Ministry researcher with a Ph.D. in aerodynamics. He cited more
      |manmade aerospace activity and radio signals from Earth penetrating farther
      |into space.
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