After Centuries of Plunder, the West Shows 'Concern' for Chinese Human Rights
With the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Beijing is at its
angriest. This article by an overseas Chinese named Dai Yan for China's
state-run Global Times lays bare China's angst over centuries of abuse at
the hands of the Western powers, and the indignance many Chinese feel toward
the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.
City Hall in Norway, on December 10, as though they were having mercy on him, a
group of smartly dressed White men with legs arrogantly crossed presented a
Chinese criminal, Liu Xiaobo,
with the Nobel Peace Prize. The strong opposition of the Chinese people seems
to have strengthened the Nobel Committee's sense of superiority, which likely
fancy itself the "saviors" of 1.3 billion "uncivilized
Chinese." The chairman
of the Nobel Committee claimed that Liu "became the very symbol, both
in China and internationally, of the struggle for such [human] rights in
China." The audience responded with a long period of applause.
the question must be asked: do politicians in Norway, and the Western powers
behind them, really care about human rights in China?
with a little political common sense knows that human rights mean, first and
foremost, the human right of survival and development.
As our ancestors once said, "those who are well fed, are well bred."
When people have no guarantee of survival, how can one talk about human rights! Why not take a look at what
"good things" Westerners have done to the livelihoods and development
of people over the past two centuries!
hundred seventy years ago, just as China's Qing Dynasty was in
decline and the people were destitute, the Western powers didn't offer charity,
but boatloads of opium, poisoning countless Chinese and making their country
the "sick man of Asia." One hundred fifty years ago, based in the
accounts of French writer Victor
Hugo, two bandits named "France" and "England" broke
into Yuan Ming Yuan [Summer
Palace], one looting it and the other setting it alight, destroying many of
China's greatest cultural treasures and scattering them across the world. One
hundred years ago, the Eight-Nation Alliance
led by Europe and the United States attacked Beijing. They killed, pillaged and
burned, and even the watchtower of Qianmen
was half blown up. Seventy years ago, the cruel Japanese army was rampant in
China, marking a new extreme in China's history of invasion.
This was China's most tragic century - the darkest hundred years in the long
history of China's people. The influence the superpowers had on China during
this period was unprecedented. They have had plenty of opportunities to improve
China's human rights situation. But what did they do? Whether from Western literature or
Japanese, how many stories can they cite that show how they have helped achieve human rights in China?
seat of honor at the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize goes
as China refuses to allow democracy activist and dissident
Xiaobo to attend the award ceremony in Oslo. Click photo or
China embarked on the road to reform and opening up 30 years ago, contrary to
the dark days of the past, the livelihoods and development of China's people have
improved like never before. And as the lives of common people have improved, some
Westerners have suddenly "grown a conscience" and taken a keen
interest in Chinese human rights.
what kind of human rights do they want? If we take a look at
who they awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to, perhaps the answer will become
At the White House in 2008, President George Bush meets one of Mainland China's most wanted: Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer.
The Dalai Lama, a traitor to the
motherland and a splittist who fled in panic and triggered serious bloodshed in
Lhasa in March of 1989 and 2008, received the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. Another such
traitor is Liu Xiaobo. His academic background and political experience is
complicated, but he has repeatedly claimed that "China should be colonized
for 300 years." In which colony have the people ever really had human
rights? In addition, the leader of the Xinjiang July 5th Riot, Rebiya Kadeer, has also
been listed as a Nobel Peace Prize candidate. We would like to
know, what does this have to do with a peace prize and human rights? In
addition to encouraging resistance against the current Chinese regime and chaos
in China, what can they implant in Chinese society?
[Editor's Note: Liu Xiaobo comment on the length of time it would take
for China to realize a 'true historical transformation' was: "It would
take 300 years of colonialism. In 100 years of colonialism, Hong Kong has
changed to what we see today. With China being so big, of course it would
require 300 years as a colony for it to be able to transform into how Hong Kong
is today. I have my doubts as to whether 300 years would be enough."'
deny that China has had its problems trotting along the road to development.
But the Chinese nation has always had a tolerant and all-embracing attitude. We
welcome sincere help, and never refuse constructive criticism. But as far as the "concern"
reflected by this Nobel Peace Prize - forget about it.
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