Since the regime of Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party has used Western capital and know-how to turn the People’s Republic of China into an economic superpower. The economic rise of China has been viewed favourably in the West because it was assumed that prosperity would foster a middle class and democracy.
The massacre of Chinese young people in Tiananmen Square in 1989, authorised by Deng himself, should have convinced even the most optimistic westerners that a ‘Chinese glasnost’ is wishful thinking. Instead, western business leaders, politicians, academics, and media personalities, perpetuated the myth that China is becoming an open and free society.
Today, few deny that China’s Communist Party runs a repressive, totalitarian, one-party State. All-powerful Xi Jinping has consolidated his grip on the Party, which has tightened its grip on the Chinese people. A sophisticated cyber-spying system makes dissent more difficult and dangerous than at the time of Tiananmen Square. The Party has revived the personality cult of Mao and, significantly, added the new cult of Xi Jinping.
Western friends of the Chinese Communists trimmed their sails in response to these developments. Now they tell us that although democracy is a long way off in China, and might never even happen, this is acceptable because only a totalitarian state can cope with the challenges facing China.
While these apologists for the Communist Party are frequently champions of human rights in other situations, they turn a blind eye, oblivious to the irony, to the wholesale violation of human rights in China.
Especially worrying for its neighbours, China is arming at a rapid pace. The Party is fanning the flames of xenophobic nationalism at home, and abroad is interfering in the national life of sovereign nations, particularly those of the Asia-Pacific region.
Understandably, Australians are growing uneasy about the Communist Party’s intentions. An uncritical, fawning, friendship for Beijing has become suspect in the eyes of public opinion.
Australia’s sovereignty is not for sale;
we will not compromise our values.
Since the regime of Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party has used Western capital and know-how to turn the People’s Republic of China into an economic superpower. The economic rise of China has been viewed favourably in the West because it was assumed that prosperity would foster a middle class and democracy. The massacre of […]
Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2018 notes that under Xi Jinping China is sliding towards the bottom of the human rights abusers list. This comes at a time when Western governments, beholden to China for economic reasons, are increasingly mute about human rights in China. Some western governments shamefully stoop to do Beijing’s bidding by […]
Hong Kong was returned to the Peoples Republic of China in 1992 in accordance with a nineteenth-century treaty that allowed Britain to establish the city-state. China made empty promises to respect Hong Kong’s democratic way of life and autonomy. China has broken its promises, abandoned the “two systems, one country” principle, and is absorbing Hong […]
In the eyes of Beijing’s policy makers, Australia poses a considerable risk if left unsecured. On the other hand, it would be a boon as a client state due to its enormous natural resources and small population. For twenty years, the Chinese Communist Party has encouraged Australia to become dependent on it for trade and […]
1. Remember that China is not a free country but one controlled by a totalitarian, ruthless and belligerent regime. 2. Speak out clearly when our principles, sovereignty, or national interests are at stake. 3. Remember that our national interests are not limited to economic interests. 4. Insistently call China to account on religious persecution, human […]