The following is English translation
of a post by ttkxhz521 appeared early last year on tianya.cn.
We don't know if or to what extend the allegations made
in the post are factual, but since the claims are extremely
serous in nature, we believe they warrant thorough investigation
by all affected parties in China and in the United States:
In Chinese New Year Festival,
at a diner party I met a man from the GM decision making
circle in Agricultural Ministry. During the conversation
he revealed that Bai Jinming, Director of Science and Education
Department in the ministry is the key figure behind the
whole saga. He is an ambitious man, and once claimed that
he wants to accomplish a great mission that will be remembered
throughout history. He fooled the Minister and the Premier
(Because they are not the people to handle the details).
All major GM projects are set up under his direct command,
and now there are over a thousand people working on them
in China. Often he would release several hundred programs
in one go, many of them are rather bizarre, like GM mad
cow, GM bird flu, GM chemical fertilizer, you name it.
No one knows just exactly how these people spend billions
of yuans of public fund on GM research. He dares not to
reveal the actual figures, hidden behind the excuse of
national security interest.
In September 2009, Bai
Jinming solicited Sun, the Minister for Agricultural at
the time, to take a business trip to the United States
(Sun's child was studying there ). Monsanto considered
this a heaven-sent opportunity and bribed Bai to get the
Minister to agree to be picked up at the airport by Monsanto's
car and stay at Monsanto's headquarters where luxury accommodation
was provided. Bai received payment and did what he was
If you check the official
website of Agricultural Ministry, you'll be able to find
the connections between the earlier visit and the GM decision
made months later.
#1. September 24, 2009, "The
Agriculture Minister Sun Zhencai met with his American
counterpart", "Deputy Chief of Mission Xie
Feng and Director of Science and Education Department
Bai Jinming … were presented in the meeting."
#2, September 22, 2009, "Deputy
Minister Niu Dun met with Monsanto's Deputy CEO …",
"to vigorously implement the agreement between Minister
Sun Zhengcai and Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant."
Bai is a cunning man, and knows how
to find the right moment to push on course: by then Sun
was about to leave his ministerial portfolio for his new
appointment in Jilin Province while incoming minister Han
was yet to swear in.
According to that inside source, Bai
Jinming is well known in the ministry for his accomplished
art of flattering. He likes to boast that "I have
over 10 billion yuans of fund under my control."
When he oversaw tender process to appoint suppliers for
materials for construction of natural gas, he forged a close
bond with the contractors and made a secret deals with the
local administration, which enabled him to channel the fund
into his newly established private gas company. There are
so many problems with the gas projects; last year a huge
blunder in Helingjiang Province was leaked online, but he
managed to suppress the criticism.
The GM rice approval, in his own words,
is a covered action. When the doubts were raised in the
community questioning the deals made behind the closed
door, he had no guts to respond, fearing it could expose
his misconduct and other sinister deeds. Hence he ordered
those who wanted to get projects from him to overwhelm
the online forums with floods of posts so as to bury deep
the challenging messages. He made it clean that only those
who actively defend the GM decision would get money for
their projects, while those who fail to do so would be
taken as opposing government policy thus receive no funding
When GM affair is in the charge of
people like Bai Jinming, what the outcome can it be expected?
What's worst is that he has provided funds to over a thousand
individuals who bribed their way into contract awards,
and before long we may see rice, cotton, corn, wheat, pigs,
cows, sheep and chicken all have genetically modified genes.
  
Citizens' GM Appeal