|Wu Zongsu spoke outside of the Consulate
General of the People’s Republic of China in
San Francisco on Aug. 18, 2014. A latern,
used by Wu and attorney Xia Jun to protest
can be seen to the right. (Photo courtesy of
China Aid Association
(San Francisco—Aug. 20, 2014) The son of Wu Yaozong, who founded China’s official church organization, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, is filing a lawsuit against the United Front Work department of Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.
Wu Zongsu, along with his attorney Xia Jun, held a press conference in front of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco at 2 p.m. on Monday. Wu had previously made an appointment with a representative to report that the consulate refused to certify the authorization letter for Wu’s other attorney on the case, Wang Shengsheng.
When Wu’s request was once again denied, he and Xia stood outside the consulate for an hour holding signs and a lantern in a show of protest.
“I am T.S. Wu, a U.S. citizen. My father was Y.T. Wu, founder and former Chairman of China’s official Christian Three-Self Patriotic Movement. After his death, his 40-plus volumes of diary were taken away by the Shanghai government,” Wu said. The Shanghai government asked to “temporarily borrow” the diaries, Wu said, and has yet to return them over the past 30 years.
“The request to return our family’s private property has been repeatedly denied,” Wu said. “Thus, I hired attorneys Xia Jun and Wang Shengsheng to being action against the United Front Work department of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. But the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco has refused to notarize my letter of appointment for my hired attorneys.”
“Please give your justified support. Thank you,” Wu said.
Wu stated in a previous interview with Radio Free Asia’s Chinese service that his father was a “tragic figure” and that “there was an evil backstage manipulator behind everything my father did, and this manipulator was the Chinese Communist Party” (see https://chinaaid.org/2014/02/wu-yaozongs-son-wu-yaozong-founder-of.html).
Wu, in his 80s, has spent the past few decades seeking the return of his father’s diaries by negotiating with the Central Party Ministry for United Front Work, the State Administration of Religious Affairs, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, and other government departments. He has received various excuses from the different government departments, including that the diaries contain state secrets and, therefore, cannot be returned.