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China’s political reform on its way, says playwright Sha Yexin

Sha Yexin

Political reform and freedom of speech are imminent on the mainland, renowned playwright Sha Yexin has told the South China Morning Post.

“Sha, 73, was in Hong Kong last month to promote a rerun of his play I am Chairman Mao‘s Bitch, which the Spring-time Experimental Theatre is showing later this month.

Sha, known as a forthright voice on cultural and political affairs, said most of the plays in the mainland over the past 40 years lacked quality, with good works appearing only occasionally.

“‘The main reason is there is no freedom of literary creation in China,’ he said.

“Culture was a political tool in authoritarian regimes such as China, he said. Under such a system, ‘true culture is almost impossible’.

“People working in the cultural sector, especially the outspoken ones, are often under strict government control, he said. Many writers are not allowed to publish their works, or are arrested for fabricated crimes, while some writers are forbidden from leaving the country.”

“Many of his works are banned on the mainland, including one of his most controversial plays The Imposter (If I were Real). Based on a true story, the play examines corruption within the Communist Party after the end of the Cultural Revolution.

It opened to wide acclaim in Shanghai in 1979, but has never been officially performed on the mainland due to its critical take on the party.

“I am Chairman Mao’s Bitch, which focuses on the relationship between Jiang Qing and her husband Mao Zedong, was written in 1991 but only arrived in Hong Kong in 2010.”

“Sha said there were signs of reform in the mainland’s political system, citing the ideas of Guangdong party chief Wang Yang and the fall of former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai .

“Wang is widely seen as a reformist within the party. ‘We must abandon the idea that people’s happiness is granted by the party and government,’ he said in May.

“It would have been impossible to state such an argument previously on the mainland, Sha said.

“Bo was removed from his post as Chongqing party secretary in March and later stripped of Politburo membership for ‘serious breaches of party discipline.’ He was said to have run roughshod over the rule of law in a controversial anti-triad campaign.

Although Bo’s fall presented a crisis, Sha said it showed political reform was possible.

Read the full SCMP report

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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


4 thoughts on “China’s political reform on its way, says playwright Sha Yexin

  1. Now i’m looking both for blogs and forums which provide independent, well balanced remarks in most challenges and / or blogs and forums which have some sort of generous and / or left-wing slant. Thanks..


    Posted by schlanger pad | August 14, 2012, 12:51 pm


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