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Persuading China’s communists to give up power is like trying to persuade a tiger to give you it’s skin

Democracy fighter Liu Xiaobo

Democracy fighter Liu Xiaobo

I once said that trying to persuade the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to give up its monopoly of state power is like trying to persuade a tiger to give you its skin. It is utterly impossible.

In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” I said: “Due to its monopoly of power, the CCP is a huge group of vested interests that includes not only 85 million CCP members, but also those who are not CCP members that rely on the CCP for their employment, income, benefits and even assets.

This includes many non-CCP public servants, soldiers, employees of state-owned enterprises and others. The number of those people, including their family members and close relatives, exceeds one fourth of the Chinese population, according to my conservative estimate.”

That is why those who fight for multi-party democracy, like Liu Xiaobo, are imprisoned, and why I have to publish my book on Tiananmen protesters’ tremendous achievements outside the Chinese mainland.

However, there are still people so naive as to think that Xi Jinping’s reform to save CCP from collapse will introduce some reduction of the pressure on the dissidents who try to reduce CCP’s monopoly of state power.

In its report titled “China jails man for seeking repeat of Tiananmen protest: Amnesty,” Reuters says, “Xi (Jinping)’s ascendancy in a once-in-a-decade generational leadership transition had given many Chinese hope for political reform, mainly due to his folksy style and the legacy of his father, Xi Zhongxun, a former reformist vice-premier.”

However the dream of those Chinese (the number of people in China who are so naive as to have such dream is small), and in addition lots of people outside China, is broken, as Reuters points out in the report: “since he (Xi Jinping) assumed office, the party has detained or jailed dozens of dissidents, including anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong and ethnic Uighur professor Ilham Tohti.”

That is simple. Xi was able to have such strong power to carry out his reform that harms lots of vested interests because he has the support of all the powerful elders behind him to save the CCP from collapse by his reform. Do you think the elders will support Xi in reducing the CCP’s monopoly of state power by allowing multi-party democracy? It is utterly impossible for Xi to do so even if he wants to.

The story of how Xi obtained all the powerful elders’ support for his reform is given in Chapter 15 (“The Mystery of Xi Jinping’s Absence in September, 2012 – Xi’s Inaction before and Xi Cyclone after Xi’s Mysterious Absence”) of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements.”

However, Xi will carry out his political reform to develop democratic supervision, democratic decision making, democratic management and democratic election.

His mass line campaign aims precisely at the establishment of democratic supervision.

That is a vital step for democracy: without democratic supervision, there cannot be democratic election, as elections will be rigged by various means including buying votes as described in my post “China: Anti-corruption Storm Sweeps Parliament” on December 29, 2013.

Those who want democracy should exploit the opportunities given rise by his reform to achieve better rule of law, human rights and democracy within the allowed scope, so that their voices will not be silenced, and their actions will not be banned.

That is why I have never tried to publish my book on Tiananmen protesters achievements on the Chinese Mainland. I have to make great efforts to enable my voice to be heard and my actions effective.

I am confident that if we have wisdom and vision and make our efforts cleverly, we will be able to finally transform the CCP and achieve democracy in China.

The following is the full text of Reuters report on Xi’s persecution of dissidents:

China jails man for seeking repeat of Tiananmen protest: Amnesty

China has jailed for 18 months a man who tried to stage a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protest, rights group Amnesty International said on Monday, in another sign of the ruling Communist Party’s intolerance of dissent.

Public discussion of the Tiananmen crackdown, in which rights groups say hundreds were probably killed, is still taboo in China.

Gu Yimin applied last May for permission to demonstrate on June 4, the 24th anniversary of the bloody crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, but the government rejected his application and arrested him.

A court in Changshu, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, found Gu guilty of inciting state subversion, Amnesty said in an email. Inciting subversion is a charge commonly levelled against critics of one-party rule.

Gu had also forwarded several photographs commemorating the movement on his microblog, including one that said: “By the expiry date of 2013, remove the Chinese Communists; on June 4, the city was slaughtered”.

In the statement, Anu Kultalahti, a China researcher for Amnesty, said: “Gu Yimin should be released immediately and unconditionally. Nearly 25 years on from the Tiananmen Square crackdown the authorities continue to stop at nothing to bury the truth of 1989.”

“Rather than ratchet up such persecution the authorities should acknowledge what really happened and deliver justice for the victims.”

Gu’s charge of suspicion of inciting subversion of state power was the first time it had been used since President Xi Jinping took office in March of last year.

The Communist Party has banned references in state media, the Internet and books, to the Tiananmen crackdown, leaving most young Chinese ignorant of the events of June 3 and 4, 1989, when the country’s leaders ordered troops to open fire on demonstrators and sent in tanks to crush a student-led movement.

Xi’s ascendancy in a once-in-a-decade generational leadership transition had given many Chinese hope for political reform, mainly due to his folksy style and the legacy of his father, Xi Zhongxun, a former reformist vice-premier.

But since he assumed office the party has detained or jailed dozens of dissidents, including anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong and ethnic Uighur professor Ilham Tohti.

Source: Chan Kai Yee’s Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements “However Eloquent, One Cannot Persuade a Tiger to Give One Its Skin”
Source: Reuters “China jails man for seeking repeat of Tiananmen protest: Amnesty”

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

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