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Chinese flag will be hoisted over the White House South Lawn on
September 20, 2009-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: Forwarded emails abourt
reports that said that the Chinese flag will be hoisted over the White
House South Lawn on September 20, 2009. One report is from a China
Daily News Service and the other is World Net Daily.
The Truth: This is fiction according to a Fox News report
on September 4, 2009 that said, "The
White House on Friday dismissed as inaccurate reports from China that
the administration will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the
People's Republic by flying the Chinese flag on the South Lawn."
The article went on to say that a ceremony would take place in the
District of Columbia, but not on the White House grounds. Instead,
a ceremony will take place on the Ellipse, a public area near the Executive
Click here for news story.
It is only proper
protocol to display a foreign flag only when that nation's head of state
or leaders are visiting the Pennsylvania Ave residence.
World Net Daily
released a correction on September 10, 2009.
Click for news story
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
eRumor sample #1:
The People’s Republic of China is celebrating 60 years of hard core
communism ... by raising the flag of that communist country on the south
lawn of the White House on September 20. Well, that is what two Chinese
sources are reporting. China Daily reported — apparently unnoticed until
last week — that the Fujian Association had applied to the White House
for permission to hold a celebration to honor the founding of the
People’s Republic of China, and to hoist that country’s red flag on the
south lawn of the White House.
Chen Ronghua, a Spokesman for the Fujian Association, said that
permission was approved because of closer China-U.S. relations in recent
years. And because, “Many Americans admire China due to the success of
last year’s Beijing’s Olympics,” he said.
Also involved in the celebration are the Union of Chinese American
Professional Organizations and the coordination Council of
Chinese-American Associations. The ceremony is to be hosted by other
“overseas Chinese organizations,” according to the Chinese publication
Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the flag-raising
While the flags of many nations are flown at the White House when
dignitaries of those countries visit, this seems to be the first time a
foreign nation’s flag will be hoisted to celebrate that country’s
founding, communist or not.
There is no flag rule or regulation that prohibits the flying of flags
from foreign nations at the White House; although the Capitol grounds
are another matter. The updated 2008 federal flag code is a bit
confusing, but it says no flag can fly higher on American soil than the
U.S. flag, except for the UN flag at UN headquarters. So there is no
direct violation of the U.S. flag code here.
But it does seem to be culturally and universally understood by patriots
of all nations that one wouldn’t want to fly the flag of a rival nation
that has a governmental philosophy that is diametrically opposed to the
founding principles of your own nation.
If the Chinese flag is raised on the south lawn of the White House on
September 20, then perhaps the present occupants of the White House,
appointees and advisors, see little difference between their own
political beliefs — statist-to-socialist — compared to the statist-to-full-fledged-communist
outlook of their confreres in Beijing.
Veterans and other patriotic groups should be adamantly opposed to any
plan to hoist a communist flag over American soil. Many placed their
lives on the line, fighting and witnessing the utter brutality of
communist regimes in Russia, Korea, North Vietnam — all of whom are
supported by the Soviets and the Chinese Communists. Today, the human
rights record inside China is as dismal as they come. Their murderously
enforced one-child family policy is an abomination as well. But all this
matters not to the White House.
“It was always my dream to raise a Chinese flag in the center of
Washington, D.C.," says Chen Ronghua. “This year, my motherland’s 60th
birthday, is the perfect time for it.”
September 20 will be the day we find out whether Chinese sources were
correct in their reporting and the Chinese flag is raised on U.S. soil
in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the deadliest regime in all of
history. And if so, what's next: May Day parades to celebrate the
Russian communist worker, or Mao's image on Mount Rushmore?
The national flag of the People's Republic of China (PRC) will be
hoisted at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on September
20, media reported
Chinese associations in the United States had applied to hold a ceremony
in front of the US President’s residence to celebrate the 60th
anniversary of the founding of PRC. Chen Ronghua, chairman of Fujian
Association of the United States, told reporters that their application
was approved not only because of the sound Sino-US relations but also
because China is a responsible country.
"Many Americans admire China due to the success of last year’s Beijing
Olympics," said Chen.
More than 1,000 people will attend the ceremony and the performances
held after it, according to Zhao Luqun, who will direct the
Zhao said the performances will demonstrate the friendship, magnanimous
spirit and kindness of modern Chinese people.
White House to fly Red Chinese flag
People's Republic marking anniversary at White House
Posted: September 04, 2009
8:19 PM Eastern
The administration of President Barack Obama, whose official blogger
while Obama was a candidate came under attack for hanging a Communist
Party flag in his Harvard apartment, apparently has given permission to
raise the emblem of Communist China over the south lawn of the White
The plan, reported by several English-language Chinese media outlets,
has raised concern among those who are working to guard the United
States from outside influences that could be threats.
According to the Global Times English-language edition, the national
flag of the communist People's Republic of China on Sept. 20 will be
raised for the first time on the White House's south lawn – a secured
area seldom available for public events – in recognition of the Chinese
"The ceremony has gotten official approval," Xiao Shuigen, secretary of
the Union of Chinese American Professional Organizations, told the
"It was always my dream to raise a Chinese flag in the center of
Washington, D.C.," Chen Ronghua, chief of the U.S.-Fujian Association,
told the newspaper. "This year, my motherland's 60th birthday, is the
perfect time for it."
According to China Daily, Chinese associations in the United States
applied to have a ceremony.
Such emblems were an issue during Obama's presidential campaign, when a
Houston Fox TV affiliate captured images of a volunteer in an Obama
campaign office working in front of a flag featuring the image of Che
Guevara, the South American revolutionary who became Fidel Castro's
executioner after the communist takeover in Cuba.
At that time, the Obama campaign issued a statement calling the flag
"inappropriate" and noting that the office where it was displayed was
funded by "volunteers" and was not the official campaign headquarters.
However, it was Sam Graham-Felsen, a journalist-on-leave from The
Nation, who joined Obama for America in 2007 and worked as the official
blogger. He, according to a 2003 article in the Harvard Crimson, adorned
one corner of his shared student apartment with "a Communist Party flag
... Bought on their trip to Russia the summer after sophomore year."
The proposed event at the White House was condemned on the forums page
on Fox News commentator Sean Hannity's website.
"People could understand if there was a Chinese visitor at the White
House and the Red flag was placed on the stage behind the speakers, but
to hoist the commie pinko flag in 'honor' of the founding of the
People's Republic of China is absurd," the forum participant said. "This
only goes to prove the Obama administration is out-of-touch with the
William Gheen, chief of Americans for Legal Immigration, the pre-eminent
organization battling against illegal immigration, said it's the message
that is sent to the world that will be significant.
"Our concern is that sovereign wealth funds, like the Chinese, now
control the executive branch more than the American people," he said.
"China is not our friend. China is our enemy. Our enemy is coming and
raising their own flag in a type of proclamation.
"I expect the Chinese media will make a big thing of it," he said,
saying something like, "'Look how strong and powerful China is, raising
our flag on the White House.'"
He said it conveys the same message as if Old Glory would be raised on
the property of the Kremlin.
Gheen said the issue becomes clear "why the new water stations at
illegal alien crossings into the United States have instructions in
English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese."
At the Red County blog, the author said, "Celebrating Americans of
Chinese descent is one thing. Celebrating Communism is another. Now our
president will hoist the Communist flag over the White House. How
fitting and in sync with his political belief system."
A spokesman for the American Legion told WND that if the proper
protocols are followed, there should be no issue with the actual display
of a Chinese flag, especially since diplomatic visits routinely include
the display of foreign flags.
But those with obviously U..S. Leanings on the Global Times forum page
"Another public short coming and failure by the Obama administration."
"It can now be official – leave the flag there."
"So let me get this straight – the Chinese are going to celebrate the
founding of their country on the south lawn of the White House! Did we
celebrate the 4th of July in Beijing in front of their Leader's House?
What other proof do you need that Obama is the Manchurian Candidate."
"Oh Crap, Have the Chinese foreclosed on us already?
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