By Mr Chin Jin
Over the past 100 years, there have been all sorts of autocracies which have ruthlessly suppressed human rights. They brought tremendous tragedy to human society, and created disaster and shame for the entire world. They have come to mark the most miserable pages in human history.
To focus more closely on the factors leading up to these tragedies, we find that all of them are directly linked with conflicts and antagonism between the fundamental concepts of human values. Human society has been treading prudently between conflicts of such contrasting values as liberty and slavery, human rights and oppression, democracy and autocracy, peace and war, etc.
These threats that people have had to face in the past have still not been eliminated today, nearly 20 years after the end of the Cold War. Despotism, which used to be symbolised together with anti-civilisation and anti-humanitarianism, has succeeded in concealing its hegemony seeking ambition with money, thus deceiving a contemporary world which has been tainted by material interests, and consequently breeding a new kind of evil.
This world is far from becoming more secure and harmonious. Those who harm mankind, those who create lethal weapons, and those who stoop to the lowest debasement of human morality by practicing terrorism - such authoritarian regimes are pervading the civilised world, and international society is merely appeasing them during the change of world hierarchy.
The “conflict of civilisations” horror typified by the example of September 11 is a genuine affront to our most basic human concept of "core values" by those totalitarian regimes. International society has neglected another threat which has more horrendous implications to the existence of mankind than the ostensible conflict between Islamic and non-Islamic cultures. Communist China, the colossal despotic stronghold and the ultimate base of the largest number of international terrorists, has been the biggest beneficiary from this crisis, by dividing and seizing economic dominion over the world.
In the midst of the financial tsunami which is currently exacerbating the issues facing the world economy, international leadership standards of ethics and behaviour are degenerating. The fortresses of fundamental values have been hastily abandoned by developed nations. Democracies have failed to examine their own short-sightedness in hastily embracing the totalitarian China as Messiah when dealing with their critical economic dilemmas.
Due to the enormous economic interests, and the surrender of the idea of liberty in the West, Western democracies are continually making strategic mistakes with disastrous long term ramifications. International society has been compromising and appeasing the Chinese Communist Government, enabling it to grasp at its last efforts for survival, almost 20 years after the collapse of the entire communist camp.
In China, the communist authority has been doggedly obstructing political reform, and has been crushing all political dissent by force. Although the social atmosphere in China is already full of resentment and there have been isolated resistances where society has tried to defend its rights, it is very difficult to form an effective tide of democratic reform to reflect the true aspirations of the Chinese people. Therefore, Chinese people, who represent one quarter of the entire human race, still have not been able to break free from despotism and slavery.
To serve their own self interests for continued autocratic rule and international expansion, the Chinese Communist Party has long been providing either overt or clandestine support to its North Korean ally, making North Korea the most volatile “powder keg” which could inflict war at any time onto a generally peaceful and reluctant human race.
Because of the Chinese communist government’s diplomatic repression, the highly democratised Republic of China in Taiwan is still isolated in the international environment: the Republic of China in Taiwan is continually facing the threat of communist annexation and military intimidation, and is bulldozed by the communists in all areas, such as economy, trade, culture and international communication, even though the Republic of China in Taiwan has itself achieved progress in socio-politics, economy, culture, education, environment and ecology.
After enduring under the ruling of the Chinese Communist Party for half a century, Tibet is facing the crisis of erosion of its “national identity”. The former Shangri-la, the last pure land in the world, has already been diminished to being “a living hell on earth”. Because of the policy of repression and the siege mentality of the Chinese communist authorities, the Free Tibet movement, under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is still a long way from their political aspiration, which is true autonomy for Tibet.
The Chinese democratic movement, fuelled with the objective of bringing an end to the sole leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, in favour of democracy and constitutional politics in China, has been fighting hard towards its goal. Although the objectives of this great democratic movement are to eliminate the threat of autocracy and to promote world civilisation, it has not attracted attention and support from international leaders, and, consequently, is facing difficulties in making any progress.
As long as Chinese communist despotism continues to exist, it will continue to be the cause of more human rights tragedies in the China, in Taiwan and Tibet, and will pose potential threats to peace in the Asia Pacific region.
We believe that the world should become acutely aware of this alarming crisis and pay more attention to how they respond to China with regards to the long term global implications.
It is impossible for China, a super-nation, to experience a systematic transition to a democratic society without the aid and participation of the broader international community. The fate of China is more and more intertwined with the rest of the world in this rapidly developing contemporary globalisation.
Therefore, China’s future represents a massive influence on the future of mankind, changing China is changing the world, and the key to this process is the promotion and awareness of the priorities of the Chinese democratic movement.
It is essential for the Chinese democratic movement, the Free Tibet movement, democratic Taiwan and all forces of justice, liberty and democracy in the rest of the world to co-operate sincerely and effectively, to form a robust political alliance to restrain the global expansion of the Communist China. It is crucial for international society to realise that only by supporting and accelerating China’s democratisation and promoting its political reform can the situation of China be changed to improve global peace and stability.
We expect that in the near future, that is, around the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911, China, the land which has endured under communism, will have a democratic and federated new China. Perhaps a new historical chapter is to be initiated here. Chinese history and world history will be written by our generation. Only if China changes from insulation to openness, autocracy to democracy, will the future world be secure and peaceful.
The writer is an M.A. graduate of the University of Western Sydney and Chair of the Federation For A Democratic China, Australia.
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