Chinese Regime: Uprooting the ‘Soil that breeds terrorism’

15 May, 2011 at 22:24 | Posted in China, human rights, persecution | Leave a comment
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The CCP labels every element that threatens it totalitarian rule as ‘terrorism.’

By Sun Yanjun

The world celebrated when President Obama announced that on May 1 U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. The killing of Bin Laden was a major victory in the fight against terrorism, and, needless to say, the world showered the victory with praise.

The Chinese Communist regime, after over 10 hours of silence, had to make an official statement. The spokesperson of China’s foreign ministry said, “This is a significant event and active progress in the international counter-terrorism war.” “Terrorism should be eliminated from its root and surface. Active work must be done to eliminate the soil that breeds terrorism.”

These statements may have pleased the world, but only because their meaning was not fully understood. The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) ideas of counter-terrorism and the “soil that breeds terrorism” are very different than what might be expected.

Counter-Terrorism

The CCP has a natural animosity to democracy, whose spread poses a major threat to its totalitarian rule of China. The profound influence of the United States’ democratic system on the world has given the CCP an increasing degree of pressure. Therefore, the CCP has always treated the United States as its enemy in China’s domestic propaganda. This causes tensions between China and the United States.

After 9/11, the United States asked the CCP for its cooperation in the global war against terror. US-China relations thus changed in form from that of strategic opponents to a temporary alliance. The pressure on the CCP was suddenly released.

However, China has used the excuse of counter-terrorism to mitigate the United States’ influence in Asia. The CCP has been actively building the mutual security compact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO); it has sought to establish a free trade zone among China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) and a China- ASEAN free trade zone. It is forming alliances with neighboring countries to block the United States out of Asia.

At the same time, inside China the CCP has been brutally suppressing freedom, democracy, human rights and appeals for autonomy from ethnic groups. China labeled its oppression against Tibet on March 14, 2008 and against Xinjiang Province on July 5, 2009 as counter-terrorism actions.

However, those who are familiar with Chinese politics know the peaceful appeals in Tibet and Xinjiang had nothing to do with terrorism. The CCP often purposely guided the peaceful appeals into violent conflicts in order to justify its suppression.

The CCP labels every element that threatens it totalitarian rule as “terrorism.” Counter-terrorism in the CCP’s vocabulary is thus another word for suppressing democracy, human rights, and freedom.

Read more: Chinese Regime: Uprooting the ‘Soil that breeds terrorism’ | Opinion | Epoch Times

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