I'm surprised we don't have more discussion/debate on this issue.
What's everyone's take on the protests? They've been going on since late March.
What interests me primarily are the pro-(Communist) China demonstrations in the West, including here in Canada, by among others Michael Chan, an ex-Ontario Liberal Trade minister. One just naturally has to wonder how much of this movement is sponsored by that very communist regime? IMO such actions and words such as Chan's are just short of traitorous:
Let me get this straight sir: you lived off the public purse here in our democratic society for a time, and then very publicly uphold and stridently support a barbaric oppressive communist regime, one which is currently holding Canadian citizens on whatever fabricated trumped up charges they cared to make up? One that ironically, given your previous position, is simultaneously cratering Canadian-Chinese trade by arbitrarily banning various Canadian imports for a variety of ludicrous reasons....
The same country BTW that has the temerity to lecture Canada about "international law" - whether we like or even agree with holding the Huawei executive is irrelevant, we are in fact a signatory to an extradition treaty with another sovereign nation. We have no option but to honor its terms and conditions. That my Chinese friends is adhering to international law.
OTOH overt Chinese aggression and bullying tactics designed to claim vast swaths of the South China Sea - an area to which China has Zero historic claim - including the construction of massive military bases virtually within sight of several nations, which incidentally do have historic claims on that sea, are examples of not adhering to International Law.....
You spoke at an event Mr Chan sponsored by an organization well known to work hand in glove with the Chinese Consulate, and which therefore is really little more than an extension of the Communist Party. I suggest perhaps you are living in the wrong country sir. And rather than enjoying the benefits and rights and privileges afforded by Canada, in spite of the fact you have now slunk back to the private sector, that perhaps you would be better served returning to the Motherland that you so clearly still support.....
More interestingly from a purely human standpoint, is this op-ed from the LA Times by an ex-mainland Chinese Student, who now works for Human Rights Watch, trying to explain for those of us in liberal democracies, how and why it is that so many of these demonstrations are occurring in the West, by explaining the degree to which the Chinese State controls education, information and ultimately individual thought.
I found these passages both particularly illuminating and simultaneously damning:
"....For those us who grew up in a system where information control is all-encompassing, processing ideas contrary to what we were taught and believed all our lives is not easy. It takes an innate curiosity, constant reading of uncensored information and self-reflective thinking — none of which are encouraged in China.
".....it is only human to want to speak one’s mind, but when years of conditioning teach people that having one’s own thoughts and speaking them can bring serious reprisal, you gradually learn to avoid thinking for yourself at all.
When I was in school in China, facing incomprehensible concepts like “the scientific system of Mao Zedong thought,” and “socialist system with Chinese characteristics,” I told myself not to think about their meaning but just to memorize them and regurgitate them on the exams. When you live under Communist Party rule, 'not thinking' is self-preservation...."
Edited by AllseeingEye, 26 August 2019 - 06:15 PM.