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The new cold war: the autocracy camp

Shanghai Cooperative Organisation (SCO) Members

In the new cold war, it could be seen that there are two groups: the autocracy camp, centring around China, Russia and the SCO, and the democracy camp, centring around most western democracies in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and South Korea. This article will focus on the autocracy camp.

China: Well-known for persecution of dissidents. Examples: Extralegal house arrest of blind rights activist Cheng Guangcheng; Hunan democracy movement leader Li Wangyang imprisoned for 23 years and died a weird death (described in my post Bizarre “suicide” in Hunan of June 4 leader is suspected murder); and too many other examples, though there are people inside the Party fighting for democracy and human rights.

Russia: Much better than China in having universal suffrage, but Vladimir Putin wants to be always in power by various tricks and restrictions of people’s democratic rights For example, AFP reports: Russian parliament adopted a protest bill on June 6 to increase the maximum penalty for organisers of illegal protests to one million rubles (US$32,100), 150 times higher than before, and the penalty for participants up to 300,000 rubles (US$9,000) each. Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily says that there are also other restrictions concerning the locations and manners of the protests including the restriction that a protester is not allowed to wear a mask.

As for other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) I am not clear and cannot say anything, but since their leaders China and Russian are autocracies, they cannot be much better.

A quite unique member is North Korea, an obvious member of the camp that cannot survive without Chinese support.

North Korea: Worse than any other members as it is a hereditary absolute monarchy. Recently, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) published an ignorant report on the class division in North Korea, stating that the people there are divided into two different classes: one third are slaves and two thirds are foolish loyalists.

Those people who have never lived in a communist class society can never understand the real situation. There are no non-slaves among the subjects of such a monarchy. Everybody is the slave of the monarch. Even the highest official may be killed by the monarch if he displeases the monarch. Even the loyalists who account for two thirds have no basic rights to choose their jobs, places to live, and other things people in the west take for granted. They have no freedom whatever. When they are told to take part in parades, they have to shout, sing, laugh, smile or cry as they are told, as they are watched by their comrades, the cadres and the secret police all the time.

Are they loyal to the dynasty? No. They will all rise up against the dynasty when there is the chance.

Before Tiananmen Protests, about two thirds (perhaps more) people seemed to be loyal to the Communist regime, but when the students rose up and the authorities seemed helpless in dealing with the students, most of those seemingly loyalists followed the students and the Communist regime would have collapsed if it had not resorted to armed suppression.

The camp is regarded as an autocracy camp not only because its major members are autocracies, but also because it supports other autocracies. China and Russia’s support to the Syrian Bashar al-Assad regime by vetoing a UN resolution is quite a clear example.

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


6 thoughts on “The new cold war: the autocracy camp

  1. Great article. Now, are you located somewhere safe? Or, in China?


    Posted by Stan R. Mitchell | June 13, 2012, 10:20 am
  2. Reblogged this on Chindia Alert: forewarned is forearmed and commented:
    Yet another ‘power bloc’!


    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | June 26, 2012, 10:41 pm


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