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Chinese Ufology

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 09:21:07 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 22:07:46 -0500
Subject: Chinese Ufology

The following was in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, November 7:


Chinese Scholars Tap Physics

To Learn About Flying Saucers



BEIJING -- In ever-changing China, which in places has rocketed
from agrarian poverty to urban modernity in less than a decade,
nothing seems impossible these days.

Not even UFOs.

That may explain why 60-year-old Sun Shili, professor of
international trade at Beijing's University of International
Business and Economics, is holding court at China's hallowed
Academy of Science along with a South Korean delegation from
something called the Embassy of Extraterrestrials.

 Mr. Sun poses with a dress-up alien

In the West, unidentified flying objects and alien abductions are
the stuff of Hollywood pulp and supermarket tabloids. But in
China, UFOs are a matter of great national importance. Prof.
Sun's group, the Chinese UFO Research Association, receives
government grants, and its members include some of the nation's
most respected scientists and academics -- even Communist Party

These enthusiasts aren't merely trying to prove the existence of
UFOs: They are attempting to figure out what makes them fly and
then harness that power for everyday use in China.

"UFOs are faster than any airplane or car," Prof. Sun explains.
"We hope to use the UFO phenomenon to resolve China's energy and
efficiency problems." The professor, who once worked as a
translator for Mao Tse-tung, adds that while "the focus of
foreign UFO studies on sightings is a little passive," in China
"we've always linked our research with science."

Of course, classifying the study of UFOs as "science" protects
Prof. Sun and his group from Communist Party prohibitions against
engaging in superstition. And China does have its official
skeptics: Ji Fusheng, general director of the Department of Basic
Research and High Technology of the China Association for Science
and Technology, says "the study of UFOs does no harm, but I
believe it won't have any concrete results."

Yo-Yo Mao

A serious scholar with a dignified air, Prof. Sun experienced
what he says was his first and only close encounter in 1969, when
he spotted a bright orb bouncing like a yo-yo above the horizon
during a Maoist learn-from-the-peasants campaign at a rural
cooperative. Not having heard of flying saucers, "I thought it
was a Soviet reconnaissance plane," he recounts. Mr. Sun only
considered the other-worldly possibilities of his sighting after
the author of a Spanish-language book on UFOs sent him a copy to
translate. At the time, Mr. Sun was working for the government,
even translating for Mao during meetings with Spanish-speaking

Before long, Mr. Sun had become the nation's leading UFO expert.
He attended official conferences organized and funded by the
government. A vice premier, Yao Yilin, wrote a commentary in 1980
urging the Chinese to respect his findings.

Sitting in his Beijing apartment in a study crammed with UFO
books, Mr. Sun recounts how he helped transform the nation's UFO
association from a science-fiction club, founded at Wuhan
University in 1979, into a nationwide organization with 5,000

One of his first moves after taking the helm in 1986 was to use
his connections in government and academia to move the
association's membership away from mostly students and laborers.
He stepped up contact with the outside world, attending
international conferences and posing for photos with dress-up
aliens. Today, he brags, "80% of our members are college
graduates or above."

Gao Ge is characteristic of the members Prof. Sun has been trying
to recruit. The 52-year-old scientist at Beijing Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics holds three Chinese patents and one
U.S. patent for aerospace-related advances, as well as China's
National First-Class Invention prize for his research on
improving the efficiency of jet engines. Ever since spotting what
he says was an orange UFO in Miami, where he was a visiting
professor at Florida Atlantic University in 1990, Mr. Gao has
been trying to build his own. What he envisions is an ellipsoid
with tiny wings that he says can take off vertically and move
like an alien spaceship, albeit at subsonic speed.

Beds and Dragonfly Wings

Mr. Gao says he has test-flown a wooden prototype with the
dimensions of a king-size bed. He is confident that, someday,
with his craft's maneuverability and energy-saving "vortex
generator" (a device that creates lift much like dragonfly wings)
"you won't need airplanes anymore." He can't offer much more than
a description, however: He says Beijing Institute has labeled his
invention top secret and has banned him from showing even
blueprints to outsiders.

Strolling by a lily pond at a senior citizens' recreation center
in the southern city of Guiyang, another UFO buff and association
member, Ma Ruian, 54, envisions a future filled with superfast
submarines, floating cars and energy-saving ships shaped like
flounders -- all gunned by his patented flying globe.

Mr. Ma conducts some of his experiments on this pond, using
rudimentary models to test his theory. He believes that by
redirecting air or water flow, his globe can decrease resistance,
significantly speed up moving objects and save energy. To
demonstrate, he releases a balloon fit with a special plug that
controls the outrush of air. The balloon moves fast as it
deflates, but Prof. Sun has his doubts about Mr. Ma's theory. "It
could be a little exaggeration that the globe's speed could
exceed that of a rocket," the professor says.

Fountain of Youth?

Perhaps the boldest dream belongs to Liu Zhongkai, 47, an
official at the Beijing Meteorological Bureau with wild eyes and
vertical hair. Patent authorities are weighing whether or not to
register his invention, which he describes as a magnetic field
that produces as much as a third more energy than it requires to
run. Among other things, he claims, his magnetic field can alter
time. "If you live to be 100 on Earth, in my UFO you will be able
to live at least 100,000 years," he says.

Tinkering with his contraption -- two steel bars with coils of
copper wire at each end -- Mr. Liu says his self-generating
energy machine "is what UFOs must use to fly long distances
because they can't use gas. It's a simple logic thing."

Which, of course, begs the question: How do these scientists know
what makes a UFO run, since none claims to have ever been inside

"I've studied many photographs of UFOs," Mr. Ma says with a shrug.
"In physics, you can work backward to figure out the theory."

That isn't to say the quest isn't tough. Says Mr. Sun: "Working
with UFOs is more complicated than translating for Mao."

[Greg Sandow]

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