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Pro-democracy army officer joins Chinese military top brass

Liu Yazhou

SCMP’s Minnie Chan says in her report, “The leadership’s decision to appoint a liberal-leaning officer to the heights of the army is part of the party’s effort to refashion its image as open-minded and inclusive, analysts say.

“Liu Yazhou, who once warned his hawkish military colleagues that China must embrace US-style democracy or accept a Soviet-style collapse, was promoted on Monday from lieutenant general to full general, along with three others in the PLA.

“Liu, 60, has been supporting democracy since the early 1980s when he was a military reporter for the PLA. When he was not reporting on the army, he was penning military novels that enjoyed some success. Liu is the political commissar for the National Defence University.”

“In an internal speech to mid-level officers in 2009, Liu approved of a decision by two former PLA generals, Xu Qinxian and He Yanran, to refuse to suppress protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989.”

“In 2010, the Hong Kong-based political affairs magazine Phoenix Weekly ran an interview with Liu.

“‘If a system fails to let its citizens breathe freely and release their creativity to the maximum extent, and fails to put those who best represent the system and its people into leadership positions, it is certain to perish,’ the magazine quoted Liu as saying.

“‘The secret of the United States’ success is neither due to Wall Street nor Silicon Valley, but its long-surviving rule of law and the system behind it. A bad system makes a good person behave badly, while a good system makes a bad person behave well. Democracy is the most urgent thing; without it there can be no sustainable growth.’”

In my posts “Hu Jintao’s Swan Song on Economic, Political Reform” and “Successor Ignores Hu Jintao’s Call for Democracy” on July 25 and “Democracy Conspicuously Missing in Xinhua Commentary on Hu’s speech” on July 27, I pointed out Hu’s inability to do anything for the democracy he advocated in his swan song.

I was surprised by his wisdom in exploiting recent mass protests to publish a commentary on official media for democratic decision-making yesterday (refer to my post “State Media Advocates Democratic Decision-making” on July 31).

Now, I am amazed at his genius in promoting a pro-democracy general yesterday, as the PLA’s support for democracy is a key to the success of a democratic reform in China. Liu was in charge of political education at the National Defence University where he has the best opportunity to disseminate the idea of democracy in a university that trains PLA elite officers.

Read SCMP’s report entitled “Liberal-leaning officer joins top brass”

About chankaiyee2

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 “Pro-democracy army officer joins Chinese military top brass

  1. Reblogged this on Chindia Alert: forewarned is forearmed and commented:
    Let us hope that the various calls for reform are real and not an attempt to ‘out’ pro-democrats in the manner of Chairman Mao’s “Let a hundred flowers bloom” call in the 50s that led to the anti-rightist movement.


    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | August 2, 2012, 1:56 am
  2. Hu Jintao is a disappointment. he only talks about democracy when he is leaving. H just doesn’t have the exceptionalism to implement democracy. Just leaving it to the next guy. Can’t say i am impressed with his politial foot shuffling. For his own benefit only. No leader is he in this episode.


    Posted by Free Chinese | August 2, 2012, 11:16 pm


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