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Editorial: Who cares about the people in the People's Republic of China?

Mar 10, 2005

In the People‘s Republic of China, they say, everything is for the people by the people. The powerful organs all carry the mantle of the people.

There is the China‘s National People‘s Congress, the People‘s Political Consultative Conference and the People‘s Daily, which is the most influential and authoritative newspaper in China.

A glance around Beijing will turn up the People‘s Bank of China, the People‘s Family Planning Commission, The People‘s Courts and The Supreme People‘s Procuratorate, just to name a few.

But other than the name game, China‘s communist leaders know or care very little about the people they glorify.

This month the communist nation famed for human rights abuses has once again claimed a medal on the international podium of shame.

The U.S. State Department, in its 2004 Human Rights Report, lamented over China‘s human rights record in a 56,000 word section.

It states that China has used the international war on terror as an excuse to clamp down on Uighur separatists and Muslim leaders in Xinjiang Province and on the people of Tibet.

It also states that China is ruthlessly detaining political dissidents — including people expressing their views on Internet forums — religious followers, lawyers and other activists.

China is seducing the West with fashionable images of the bright and bustling centers of Shanghai, Beijing and other big cities.

What we don‘t get to see is the stark reality of a brutal regime which among other things is expropriating without compensation arable land, triggering riots and protests by an increasingly disgruntled peasant class.

To curb public discontent and stabilize the society, the administration of President Hu Jintao recently declared “people-friendly politics,‘‘ designed to respect the voices of the masses.

If anyone believes this decree, they should go sell bicycles in Beijing. Emboldened by the lack of action by the West — except for rhetoric — China today feels that it can also threaten and show disrespect to its neighbours.

This month, the so-called National People‘s Congress defined Taiwan as an inalienable part of China‘s territory and passed “anti-secession“ legislation.

The law would criminalize attempts to promote Taiwan‘s independence and create a legal foundation for taking military action against Taiwan.

Taiwan-China tensions have risen over Beijing‘s plan, which Taiwanese leaders say could set the stage for an attack on the island.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 amid civil war, but Beijing insists the island is part of its territory and repeatedly has threatened to attack if Taipei formalizes its de facto independence.

China also warned the United States and Japan not to include Taiwan within the scope of their military alliance, saying Beijing would not permit interference in what it considers an internal matter.

Voicing their firm opposition to the anti-secession law, Taiwanese-Canadians joined millions of others around the globe to condemn China.

Taiwan‘s leaders told protestors the proposed Chinese law is unjustified since Taiwan is not a part of China and that Taiwanese must fight to stop being slaves of a Communist country.

China‘s tough talk is a reflection of the West‘s reluctance to get directly involved in calming the tensions between the two countries.

It is high time for Canada and the international community to help Taiwan and put pressure on China to stop its bully tactics.

The communists must be told and must be shown they cannot treat their neighbours like they treat their own “beloved” peoples.

Copyright 2004 The Asian Pacific Post