VETERAN communists including Mao Tse-tung’s surviving personal secretary, who is 91, have braved the wrath of party leaders in an appeal for more democracy in China, an end to censorship and an independent legal system....while apparently a letter to Obama is being circulated among Chinese dissident communities overseas asking that the Charles Freeman not be appointed NIC chief. The New Republic has it and a list of 87 signatories.
Sixteen party veterans made the call in a letter to President Hu Jintao, ostensibly to voice concern at the lack of public scrutiny of China’s £400 billion economic stimulus package.
“We fear that the privileged class and corrupt officials will make use of this to fatten themselves,” they wrote. “If the relationship between party and people is destroyed in this way, social conflict will become acute.”
The text, published by the intellectual magazine Zheng Ming in Hong Kong, expounds a liberal agenda echoing Charter 08, a mass petition for democracy that is circulating in China despite an official ban.
“We should practise democratic elections, democratic policy-making, management and supervision, entrusting people with the right to know, to participate in politics, express their views and supervise their government,” the letter said.
The calls in China keep coming. Taiwan can inspire them -- but only as Taiwan, and not as a satrapy of the Empire of Beijing or as a security state run by A Certain Political Party. That is why the independence and democracy of Taiwan is so important, not only to the 23 million people of Taiwan, but also to the 1.3 billion people of China.
Why am I restating this blindingly obvious point? Because the subject of the letter, Chas. Freeman, doesn't get it. He has said that annexing Taiwan to China....:
It would, however, eliminate the only conceivable cause and venue of armed conflict between the United States and China. And it would maximize the influence of the values Taiwan exemplifies on the mainland.The reality is, as we are experiencing now, is that as Taiwan moves closer to China, it moves farther from democracy.
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