Responding directly to a report by China’s official Xinhua News Agency on the charity scandal surrounding billionaire Lu Junqing (卢俊卿), the special legal team for Lu’s World Eminent Chinese Business Association issued another “notice” this afternoon insisting no laws or regulations have been violated by Lu or any of his charity organizations.
A full translation of the notice, the 13th issued by the WECBA’s legal team since the scandal broke last month, follows:
World Eminent Chinese Business Association
China-Africa Project Hope Incident Special Legal Team
(2011, No. 13)
1. Up to this point, no office of authority has determined that the World Eminent Chinese Business Association is an “illegal organization,” and public opinion cannot replace the law.
2. The World Eminent Chinese Business Association is a legal organization registered in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and it has violated no prohibitive regulations in carrying out activities in mainland China.
3. The illegal organizations according to the Ministry of Civil Affair’s “Provisional Measures on Stamping Out Illegal Non-government Organizations” referred to by the Xinhua News Agency reporters [in the report dated September 8, 2011] is about mainland Chinese organizations that have not gone through registration with the Ministry of Civil Affairs but make bold to carry out activities in the name of associations. Concerning organizations legally registered in Hong Kong carrying out activities in mainland China, there are no prohibitive regulations.
4. Concerning legal issues involving the World Eminent Chinese Business Association, this legal team has already made a clear declaration in Notice No. 3. This legal team clearly stated in that notice that: “The World Eminent Chinese Business Association is acting within the law in carrying out public charity and other related activities in mainland China.” We advise everyone to refer to [that notice].
5. For all large-scale activities carried out by the World Eminent Chinese Business Association jointly with relevant organizations in mainland China, relevant mainland organizations are responsible for seeking the approval of relevant departments and for obtaining permits.
6. Will media and the public please not misread the report today from the Xinhua News Agency reporters, and we ask that various major media as they re-run the Xinhua release they respect the original and do not play with the headline. We hope that everyone objectively interpret the important information conveyed by the report: 1. Lu Junqing and Lu Xingyu have already truly donated 11 million yuan to China-Africa Project Hope (agreeing to donate 100 million), and the World Eminent Chinese Business Association, the Tianjiu Confucian Business Investment Group, Lu Junqing, Lu Xingyu, none have withdrawn management fees, Lu Junqing having even paid more than 5 million yuan to maintain an unprofitable enterprise. They have not sought personal gain in the name of charity; 2. China-Africa Project Hope has not in its entire operating process violated any relevant regulation of the country.
World Eminent Chinese Business Association “China-Africa Project Hope Incident Special Legal Team”
Chairman of Legal Team: Gao Zicheng (高子程)
Vice-chairman of Legal Team: Zhang Yong (张勇)
Legal Team Members: Gao Zicheng (高子程), Zhang Yong (张勇), Sun Hongli (孙宏礼), Ji Aiping (戢爱平), (兴英杰), Qi Xiaohong (戚晓红), Zhou Shifeng (周世峰), Ren Feifan (任飞帆).
September 9, 2011