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Rampant Crime Belies China’s Claim of a ‘Harmonious Society’ (3)

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, Via The Epochtimes –

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Random individuals targeted

To stop such crimes, the criminal’s motive has to be understood. Whether the killings were triggered by unemployment or by forced demolition, these are problems that Chinese society cannot choose to ignore. In his article titled “2009 Forced Demolition File,” Southern Metropolis Daily journalist Tan Renwei writes, “I witnessed an increase in the threshold of news reporting on forced demolitions (below the threshold, the incident would not get reported). Recently, it seems only the self-immolation could trigger media attention.”

But apparently all these have had no impact on the authorities. No proper investigation was done and no action has been taken against any official in China despite the fact that the self-immolation incident seems directly connected to the forced demolitions. If even such an incident could not awaken the authorities, it is not difficult to see why some, in desperation, are driven to such vicious acts.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an unemployed worker from the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, Tang Yongming, murdered an American tourist and committed suicide by jumping off a building. The “reason” he gave was that only killing a foreigner was likely to draw the world’s attention to problems in China, according to a report from Boxun.com.

It seems apparent that the four attacks targeting innocent school children are a result of a long-term accumulation of hostility, bred by official policies of the regime. From the end of the last century, China has increasingly been turning into a society with no laws. The violent crimes committed by the government in the name of “law enforcement” are no less barbarian than mafia crimes, with people often beaten to death by city administration officials and police.

The land acquisition process in rural areas degenerates into battles between villagers and local armed forces. Forced demolition in the urban areas is met with desperate and violent resistance and is crushed with even greater violence.

Although there have been cases of individuals acting violently against the police and the authorities who put them into misery, in most incidents the piled up resentment and anger seem to have broken out in random acts of violence against susceptible innocents.

A “winner takes all” social structure, formed by a group of degenerated politicians attempting to control all social resources to serve their self interests, is at the root of these problems. Tyranny only fosters mobs. Just as the regime’s political violence seems to have no bottom line, the crimes in today’s Chinese society seem to have no moral bottom line. (END)

– by He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via The Epochtimes

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Rampant Crime Belies China’s Claim of a ‘Harmonious Society’ (2)

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, Via The Epochtimes –

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(Cont’d)

Exposing the regime

Media functions to draw the public’s attention to social problems. With open debate, in the absence of political interference, the media could help people distinguish right from wrong and heal social wounds. The moral condemnation of wrong keeps people from crime.

It is hard to imagine how painful a social indifference created by lack of sufficient news coverage would be for the victims’ families. After the incident in Taixing, tens of thousands of local residents demonstrated on the streets, demanding that the local administration stop covering up the truth.

Why then, did the regime restrict coverage on the murder incidents after April 28?

“Prevention of crime imitation” seems to function merely as an excuse for further controlling the media. What the regime worries about is that an investigation into the motives behind the killings would lead to an exposé of problems the regime itself created and its policies continue to fuel. Even from the limited information available, it seems the incidents have backgrounds that the regime does not want disclosed.

Reports said that prior to committing the crime, the assailant, Chen Bingkang, had been requested to stop teaching and was put on long-term sick leave by his employer, Hongfu Primary School. Mainland media reported that insiders believe Chen committed the crime for revenge. Were there reasons why Chen couldn’t accept the school authorities’ decision asking him to stop teaching? If “revenge” were the motive, why did Chen choose a different school (Leicheng No.1 Primary School) as his target, instead of his own school?

Reports of the case of assailant Wang Yonglai in Weifang, also leave room for such questions. After killing five children, Wang set himself on fire along with another two children. Such behavior cannot simply be explained away as something aimed at “attracting social attention. “

An online post, Wang Yonglai’s Self-immolation: The Secret You Don’t Know, by a person who claims know the truth about the situation, says Wang was not mentally unstable, and that the local regime had forcibly demolished Wang’s newly finished house and accused him of illegally occupying his land. The post says that Wang had registered the property with village authorities. Wang had not been given any compensation when his property was forcibly taken away. (post on China Health Information Net)

Reports on the attack in Taixing were strictly controlled from the beginning. Media were required to use only reports from the regime’s mouthpiece, Xinhua News Agency. And the official story differed dramatically from local people’s versions. Authorities claimed the murderer, Xu Yuyuan, “was a bad guy who had done plenty of bad things.” But locals say that Xu committed the crime after being forced into a state of desperation by the forced demolition of his home.

While all these may have to be verified, the recent incident in Fujian Province in which three bloggers were sentenced to imprisonment for attempting to uncover an alleged gang rape and murder case shows what the regime is capable of. (to be cont’d)

– by He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via The Epochtimes

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Rampant Crime Belies China’s Claim of a ‘Harmonious Society’ (1)

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, Via The Epochtimes –

On April 28, Zheng Mingsheng was sentenced to death for randomly stabbing a group of primary school students waiting to enter their school in southern China’s city of Nanping in Fujian Province. Nine children lost their lives in the incident.

Within three days of Zheng Mingsheng’s execution, three more attacks targeting school children took place in China.

Venting anger against society

The prosecutor investigating the Fujian case concluded the assailant was venting his “anger against society.” The topic of the criminal’s “anti-social tendency” received extensive coverage in Chinese media.

An article published by Nanfang Weekly pointed out that the local government never mentioned the possibility of the killer being a mental patient; neither was that possibility mentioned in official “guiding” of reporting on the issue.

Public opinion on Chinese Internet forums ran that social injustice in China is pushing the lowest strata of society into acts of desperation.

A photo that spread on the Internet showed a banner parents put up in front of a primary school. The banner read, “Every debt has its debtor. Ahead, on the right, is the government office.” The board was asking assailants to settle their grievances directly with the government and not vent them on innocent school children.

Following the three consecutive attacks that shook China, media lost the freedom it had when reporting the first case. All of the reporting on the issue had to echo state-run Xinhua News and the local administrative bodies declined to disclose the assailants’ personal details.

One of the murderers, Chen Bingkang from Leizhou in Guangdong Province, was, according to some reports, a serious neurasthenia patient on long-term sick leave.

Regarding the incidents in Weifang, Shangdong Province, and Taixing, Jiangsu Province, there was little information available on the murderers other than from official outlets.

Articles in the media also changed their tone. A signed article by Cao Lin was posted on almost all news websites. The article’s central theme was that people should abandon the notion that crimes “avenging society” bespeak of flaws in the social justice system.

Other articles stressed that media should not report “just because there is news.” A lot of people carry resentment against the social system, and it may lead people to imitate the crime, the authors argued. Others commented that the attackers are blaming others for their misfortune and using violence to trigger social attention to their personal problems.

The initial discussions on the cause of the crimes had not made the regime take a good look at itself. Instead the blame was eventually diverted to media reports causing “crime imitation.” Perpetuating such an opinion provided the regime grounds to further clampdown on freedom of the press.(to be cont’d)

– by He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via The Epochtimes

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (4)- China’s Ministry of State Security

Posted by Author on March 22, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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4. China’s Ministry of State Security: A Hybrid of KGB and the Secret Police System during the Ming Dynasty

The existing system of reporting can be tracked to the KGB from the former Soviet Union. It also has some traces from China’s own heritage. For example the Secret Police System in the Ming Dynasty was used to monitor its subjects. Another twin brother of such a system was Stasi, the former East Germany’s well-known secret police system.

The Ming Dynasty had a secret agency system that included both the Jinyiwei (Court Secret Agent) and East and West Espionage Agency. These were special agencies of oppression backed by the state. Their role was similar to today’s Ministry of State Security. The agent of this system had the power to monitor, arrest, and torture anyone at any time under the name of the state. People were often executed for saying something against the ruling emperor or for their personal grudge with the agents themselves. A lot more went missing.  It can be said that the Court Secret System was actually a ruthless killing machine of state terror.  People were more afraid of the agents from that system than they were of criminals.

The KGB of the Soviet Union was also a killing machine backed by state power during the reign of the Soviet Communist Party. It is well known for calling white black, fabricating false cases, interrogating people through torture, and killing innocent people. At the KGB’s peak everyone in the Soviet Union, from common people to officials, felt ill at ease. Even high rank State and Party leaders led lives full of anxiety.  Molotov, the second leading figure of the former Soviet Union, could only watch as his wife was arrested and dared not save her.

The Stasi of East Germany used “Shield and Sword of the Party” as its motto, adopting the role of secret police, intelligence agency, and detective agency, even taking on the power of prosecution and trial. The Stasi was everywhere in the life of East Germany. As a result, from January 1992 to 2008, there were some six million visits to BStU, the federal government agency that investigates the past crimes of the former Stasi, to apply to see their files. Unfortunately, those who read their files found out that the informers were not only made up of the secret police, but also their best friends, neighbors, relatives, as well as renowned politicians, professors, and religious people. There were so many cases of people turning on each other. With this revelation of the truth, a painful sensation of suspicion, disappointment, hatred and disillusion spread in the society. The Germans find themselves again and again in a dilemma of moral challenges. Everywhere, couples split, people abandon their families, get divorced or commit suicide.

I cannot imagine the impact the Chinese Communist Party will have on the Chinese peoples’ already broken and shabby moral standards due to the evil conduct of procuring informers on such a large scale in order to protect their regime. I only know that once it becomes such a pervasive practice for people to monitor and hurt each other, the members of society will not be able to save themselves from the mud of this immorality.  (END)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Related:
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

Posted by Author on March 19, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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3. What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at School?

Here is a rough description of the system.

a. The school selects some “politically reliable” students who, once they hear some “politically incorrect” comments from teachers or students, will report them to the related office in school administration.  For example, the “Security Information Team” established by Economy and Trade College in Qingdao Technological University has “two students in each class, one male one female. “ They must be student Party members or student cadre. Their prime responsibility is to report the “insecure elements” in their classes and dormitories, including the behavior of some “special students” and the content of some teachers’ lectures.

b. The Information Personnel job is a paid position. The amount they are paid varies in different schools. It could be very low. For example, at Jilin University each informer, if he or she makes twenty reports, he or she can get a 120 Chinese yen reimbursement for his or her books. So each report is worth six yen, which is less than one US dollar. Students from poor families still want to take the job. For instance, Dezhou Institute in Shandong Province has offered their students extracurricular job opportunities to have them work as “Security Information Personnel.”

c. A Security Personnel who does a good job can secure favorable consideration from the school in terms of grading and political advancement. One striking characteristic of such rules of terror is that the Security Personnel are allowed to report incidents based merely on rumor. They are not asked to authenticate the information. This, along with the number of reports affecting the rate of pay, makes many of the personnel create “information” out of nowhere in exchange for the reward, risking the well-being of their teachers and classmates.

In some schools, the “Security Personnel” team is incredibly large. Take for example, the Xi’an Technology University, which received the title of “Peaceful University of Shanxi Province”, jointly given by the Comprehensive Administration Office of Shanxi Province, the Department of Education, and the Department of Public Security. There are 2,627 Security Personnel among the students. In addition, among the staff and faculty members, 65 have been ascribed to be Special Information Personnel. The total number of undergraduates, graduates and three-year college students is 23,404; the number of staff and faculty is 2,326. Consequently, there is one Security Personnel in every ten students or fewer. For every 35 staff and faculty, there is one informer.

Perhaps in no other country in the entire the world can you find universities or colleges like China’s, which turns college, a place for imparting knowledge and nurturing intellectuals, into sites of spies, eroding the soul of the youngsters by encouraging the shameless behavior of “reporting”. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Related:
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

Posted by Author on March 18, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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2. The Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

Unfortunately, such a system does not only exist in Inner Mongolia as it did in years past, rather it is all around the country. There is a “System of Security Information Personnel” established in the colleges. What is a “System of Security Information Personnel”? That is the part-time spy network responsible for monitoring and reporting, a.k.a., the informers.

Under the reign of the Chinese Communist Party, there have always been informers. However, now they appear as “Security Information Personnel”. According to the files I found, the first college they tested this new system on was at Shanghai Normal University. On May 21, 2002, the university released a job description for Information Personnel in Shanghai Normal University. They fully employed the system in the second half of 2005. Many universities and colleges openly posted vacancies on their websites for Security Information Personnel, as well as for Student Information Staff. It is the same job with a slightly different name. For example, in Nanchang University of Jiangxi Province, the job is called Regulations of Information Personnel for Students Teaching and Supervision. In Zengcheng College of South China Normal University, it is called Regulations of Student Information Personnel for Teaching and Management. In North East Electric Power University, it is called Organization and Management of Student Information Personnel. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China

Posted by Author on March 17, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010-

While I was reading through information about the Chinese government hiring informers, my fingers automatically typed this topic on the keyboard, “Are You Being Followed by the Man?” It is indeed a question that any Chinese who cares about public affairs and who likes to express himself on the Internet cannot ignore.

1. “The Man” Is Everywhere in the Country

Let’s talk about the possibilities of being noticed and followed by “the Man”. Recently, in an interview posted on Xinhua Net, Liu Xingchen, Assistant to the County Mayor of Kailu County (in Inner Mongolia), who is also the Chinese Communist Party Secretary and the Chief Commander of the Public Security Bureau, boasted to the reporter that he “has a huge network of informers” that helps him stay “highly alert” to any dissidents and acts of defiance.

How big is this network? Let’s look at the figures Liu Xingchen gave out. The number of informers under the control of the Public Security Bureau in Kailu County alone is 12093. The whole population of that county is 400,000. Disregarding a quarter of the population who are under the age of 18, there is one informer for every 25 adults. According to the Olympic Security Format by Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of Ministry of Public Security, which centered around the “Six Networks”, i.e., Street Level Prevention and Control, Community Level Prevention and Control, Inside Workplace Prevention and Control, Video Monitoring Networks, Regional Police Co-operation Network, and Virtual Social Prevention and Control, the proportion of informers in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities, is much higher than a remote area like Kailu County.

The lowest level of informers is the “50 Cent Party”. They are active on the Internet, and earn 50 Chinese cents per comment they post that favors the government. Considering the difficulty of getting a job these days, the demand for this soul selling “employment” exceeds the supply. Thus, the pay was reduced. Recently, the government of Hengyang City, Hunan Province announced that each posted comment would only earn 10 Chinese cents, and the monthly salary for each person cannot exceed 100 Chinese yen, which is slightly over 10 US dollars.

I didn’t know which dynasty in Chinese history had ever gotten such a complete, widely spread, self-contained system of informers, apart from the Mao Period, which had a mechanism of using “active individuals”, people mobilized from the public to inform. Yet even during Mao’s time, since the information was limited, and their policy to fool the people was quite successful, Mao felt quite secure with his subjects when compared with the rulers today. Only during the Yuan Dynasty were the rulers as anxious and insecure about their subjects.

A minority in China, who invaded the middle land, established the Yuan Dynasty. Of course they would worry about the Han people who made up the majority of people at the time. Hence, they divided people into four classes. Among them, the Han were divided into Han and Southerners, which resembles what Mao did with the exploiting class, by having “landlord” and “urban business owners”. The latter has a better status than the former. Such a division creates barriers among people and makes it hard for them to stay united. The Han people were especially regulated. They could not have any organizations, were not allowed to worship in groups, nor could they have weapons. For example, ten households had to share one kitchen knife. The Mongolians were sent to reside in the Han peoples’ communities to manage them.

It is safe to say the Chinese government still uses those means to control their population today, only modified and more advanced. For example, guns used for game hunting replaced kitchen knives. Compared with the rulers during the Yuan Dynasty, their counterparts today have more effective monitoring methods thanks to technological advances accompanied by a system of informers, which forges a “Golden Shield” that is going to protect the “Chinese Communist Party’s reign for tens of thousands of years.” (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

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Speech (1/2): China amidst deep economic crisis before the global financial crisis: Chinese economist

Posted by Author on November 2, 2008


(excerpt) Qinglian He, Chinese economist, via Epoch Times , Oct 31, 2008-

FLUSHING, New York— On October 19, the Committee for recalling New York City Councilmember John Liu and New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Young held its 8th symposium in Flushing, New York City.

Chinese economist He Qinglian spoke at the seminar, entitled “The Global Financial Crisis and China’s Economic and Political Development.” She talked about how China blames the United States for its economic hardships, how there really isn’t a viable crisis in the United States and that the United States will recover from this supposed fall, while China may not.

He Qinglian illustrated, with extensive facts, that the Chinese economic crisis began before the global financial crisis occurred.

The following are excerpts from He Qinglian’s speech:

Chinese economist Ms. He Qinglian speaks at the “Global Financial Crisis and China’s Economic and Political Development” forum. (Zhong Tao/The Epoch Times)
Chinese economist Ms. He Qinglian speaks at the “Global Financial Crisis and China’s Economic and Political Development” forum. (Zhong Tao/The Epoch Times)

CCP Practices Deception Amidst Cooperation

The financial crisis in the United States has reverberated around the world. More surprisingly, China may not be dramatically affected by the U.S. financial crisis, unlike Japan and some European countries.

The Chinese communist regime reacted in a crafty way.

The CCP has had two different approaches in the way it speaks about the repercussions in China by this international crisis. For example, during an interview with CNN, China’s prime minister Wen Jiabao made it clear that China would do its best to work together with the United States at this difficult time because China holds one trillion U.S. dollars in U.S. securities.

The next day media reports around the world quoted his statement, but strangely his statement did not appear in any newspapers or websites in China. Reports only covered statements centered on “opposing Taiwanese Independence.” To say the least, the CCP only seemed to take some corporate measures after the U.S. government approved a $700 billion rescue plan followed shortly thereafter with other European countries taking steps to resolve the crisis.

China’s central bank immediately announced a decrease in its three-pronged rate, which includes the interest rate, the bank reserve ratio, and the bank loan interest rate. So, the United States and Europe should be pleased with such cooperation by the Chinese authorities.

China has never been one for cooperation, especially regarding human rights issues.  Because of this, it’s cursed by nations around the world. So now, everyone is somewhat relieved by the Chinese authorities’ apparent cooperation. What they fail to see, however, is what is going on behind the scenes. The Chinese authorities turned right around and are now blaming China’s entire economic crisis on the United States.

Chinese Regime Blames U.S. for the Subprime Lending Crisis

Newspapers in China have been publishing numerous series of articles that examine the problems in China’s real estate, stock market, and banks. These reports state that the root cause has been the U.S. financial crisis. They also state that China suffers additional losses from purchasing U.S. Treasury bonds. In fact, China’s stock market crises happened last year and the years before. The real-estate market first crashed in 2005. It was predicted that China would have an economic crisis.

One report said that 90 percent or more of Shanghai’s real-estate market was supported by foreign investors. It is no wonder their markets crash. Since no government’s real-estate can rely soley on foreign investment. Everyone knows that China’s real-estate is going through a desperate time.  All the business tycoons know of the hardships yet to come.  This seems to be a case of “shift the blame,” since they accuse the U.S. subprime lending crisis of being the cause.

China also suffered a wave of bankruptcies this past year. Tens of thousands of China’s export companies went bankrupt. In Zhejiang alone, there were around 67,000 bankruptcies, which has been also blamed on the U.S. subprime lending crisis, which has, in reality, only affected it very little, if at all.

Actually, the main reason for this is that many overseas nations had boycotted Chinese products.

Toys manufactured in China were found to pose a great risk as it was discovered that they contain large amounts of toxic lead.  Since a number of other raw materials used in China also contain toxic ingredients, China’s products have been boycotted by many nations around the world.  As a result, the amount of exported goods declined dramatically and many businesses were forced to shut down. Since January 1, China increased export taxes between 12 to 15 percent, thus minimizing profit margins.  However, the Chinese regime yet again blames this on the U.S. subprime lending crisis.

A Conceited Dream

What’s most surprising is the CCP has been patting itself on the back. It boasts that the Chinese and Russian models supposedly prospered, while stating that the financial crisis in the United States is due to its impoverished free market system and that its well-established freedom and democracy have collapsed. Then what is the Chinese model? Totalitarian dictatorship stimulates a market economy?

The CCP-controlled newspaper in Hong Kong, Wenhui bao, published an article that examined the free market economy promoted by the former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Reagan was president during the critical period of the Cold War which ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the arms race. In the United States, Reagan is regarded as a hero. Now, the CCP blames Reagan for the financial crisis because he promoted less government regulation of the economy.

There are indeed many problems in the world due to this financial crisis. However, this doesn’t mean that the Chinese model should replace the American model, and this doesn’t mean a bankruptcy of the free market system either. Although Americans currently feel terrified, I personally think the U.S. real economy is going well. The consumer price index (CPI), which is the most widely used measure of inflation, is normal. The balance between family income and expenditures in the United States is good. High-tech and other industries are all normal. Major problems are only in the virtual (hypothetical) economy related to financial derivatives, especially home mortgages. After the recovery, everything will gradually return to normal.

Exhaustion of the Labor Force

However, serious problems exist in China’s economy. China’s economy is export-dependent, with 60 percent of its products sold abroad. Therefore, if there is a recession in the exporting industry, its position of the world’s factory is at risk.

Second, the Chinese world factory is not the same as the one of the United Kingdom which, during the industrial revolution, had the world’s most advanced technology and led in developing manufacturing trends for centuries.

Chinese factories are labor-intensive and produce low quality products. Even when producing television sets and refrigerators, they still need to import key components. In other words, at best, China is an assembly workshop which has developed at the expense of the country’s environment and the exhaustion of its labor force. China hasn’t grasped core technologies and the standard of its real economy is not very high. (to be cont’d)

The Epochtimes

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Intellectual: NetEase Online Survey Strike the CCP’s Nerve

Posted by Author on October 13, 2006


He Qinglian, Huaxia Dianzi Newspaper (Chinese), Oct 12, 2006-

In early September, an online survey conducted by NetEase incited a wave of political uproar with the finding that 64 percent of Chinese people “do not want to be Chinese in their next life.” As a result of this survey, NetEase Chief Director Tang Yan and Chief Commentator Liu Xianghui were dismissed from their jobs. Several world-renowned news organizations were puzzled by the reaction of the Chinese authorities.

It is well known that Chinese authorities cannot tolerate disparities in political views, yet this topic is apolitical. One cannot help but wonder where the Chinese government draws the line concerning repression of speech?

These news organizations naturally do not understand the significance of such a topic in China. The Chinese regime’s current existence relies on controlling the Chinese people solely through infusing them with pro-nationalism sentiment.

How does the Chinese authority utilize patriotism, which has persisted and evolved over thousands of years, to bring people together, thus solidifying its political stance? This involves historic factors and targeted, precise manipulation.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gained political power by tactfully using the Chinese people’s nationalist sentiments during the war against Japan over half a century ago. The CCP has since exploited educational institutions and the media to modify the contents of “patriotism” according to its own political agenda. Pro-nationalism education was emphasized less in the mid 1980s but regained popularity in the 1990s.

After the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, the CCP concluded that the problem was to be found within the educational system. It was determined that decreased amounts of pro-patriotism education, which is in fact pro-communism education, in school curriculums provided a channel for democratic ideology to spread among intellectuals and college students. This resulted in political instability in the late 1980s, so the government restored pro-nationalism education.

In April 1991, the Committee for the General Office of State Education issued a paper entitled, “Some Suggestions for Further Improvement on Pro-Nationalism Education in Middle Schools and Primary Schools.”

Then in August 1994, the CCP Central Committee published “Annals For Implementation Of Pro-Nationalism Education” which clearly states that the goal of such education is to, “Arouse nationalism, bring more people together, strengthen national respect and pride, establish and develop the most extensive pro-patriotism support network, and direct the people’s patriotism to the establishment of a great enterprise, a Chinese-styled socialism.”

The publication of the “Annals…” resulted in the development of various teaching methods to promote patriotism. These included founding a patriotism education headquarters, building a social momentum for pro-patriotism education, instilling and advocating reverence and rules of etiquette for the flag, national anthem and emblem, enthusiastically propagandizing acts of patriotism, etc.

The terms patriotism and nationalism can be used interchangeably. The three main points of nationalism are, “economic development, political stability, and national unification.” National unification implies opposing Taiwan independence.

The CCP declares itself representative of China, the Chinese people, and even the Chinese culture. It thus utilizes the so-called “pro-patriotism education” in schools to effectively spread its political propaganda among students. The students are taught to love socialism and, above all, love the founder of socialism in China—the CCP.

Furthermore, patriotism and collectivism are linked together. The middle school political studies textbook states: “Patriotism is advocated by the state and it is written in the law. The Constitution of the Peoples’ Republic of China (The Constitution) maintains: ‘The state advocates the civic virtues of love for the motherland, for the people, for labor, for science and for socialism; it educates the people in patriotism, collectivism, internationalism and communism and in dialectical and historical materialism.’ The Constitution also specifies various responsibilities of the citizens for the state, including the responsibility of loving the country. Therefore patriotism is not only a way of thinking, but also a legal responsibility of each citizen.”

How is “collectivism and patriotism” related to love for the communist party? Those who are familiar with the communist ideology understand that collectivism places emphasis on obedience of the individual to the collective. The highest level of the collective is the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee and its regime. As such, individuals are to obey the CCP unconditionally.

According to the explanation given by the CCP regarding itself, it is the highest, natural representative of China, the Chinese people, the Chinese nation, and even Chinese culture. Therefore, to love China is to love the CCP.

We have to state that China does not allow the formation of associations. Any organizations, “units,” or “groups of people” are under the control of the government and its political organizations, with the CCP branch office as the highest leader.

Therefore, individuals’ obedience to the collective is obedience to the CCP. The results of this survey conducted by NetEase lets the Chinese authorities realize in no uncertain terms a fact that they most certainly do not like: The Chinese people’s opinion of the CCP is not a positive one.The CCP’s last tool, patriotism, has lost its power.

The Chinese people have voiced their dissatisfaction with the current situation by saying that “they do not want to be Chinese in their next life.” Special attention should be paid to the bottom line of this survey, which is that the Chinese people have rediscovered the proper dignity of a human being. (translated by The Epoch Times)

He Qinglian, renowned social economist, works including China’s Pitfall (also translated as China’s Descent into Quagmire), Media Control in China: 2004, etc.

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Chinese website survey: I love China, China does not love me , Sep 20, 2006

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