Do Not Give Them the Excuse to Hurt You, HK Democracy Fighters


Protesters open their umbrellas, symbols of pro-democracy movement, as they mark exactly one month since they took the streets in Hong Kong's financial central district October 28, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Damir Sagolj

Protesters open their umbrellas, symbols of pro-democracy movement, as they mark exactly one month since they took the streets in Hong Kong’s financial central district October 28, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Damir Sagolj

I point out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s Tiananmen Syndrome:

Once Bitten by a Snake, One Is Scared All One’s Life at the Mere Sight of a Rope

The above is a popular Chinese saying often used as a metaphor to describe the persistent fear after a traumatic event.

It is understandable that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) felt threatened by mass protest of Falun Gong, an organization that popularizes a kind of qigong, a breathing technique to improve health and treat some diseases, and had to ban it. There were so many people practicing Falun Gong. They could be regarded as a political organization able to confront the Party.

It is still understandable that Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was jailed eleven years for his role in advocating Charter 08 that calls for greater freedom of expression, human rights and multi-party democracy though his campaign got nowhere in China. Within six months, only 8,600 of China’s over one billion people had put their signatures on the document. Since Liu had participated in the Tiananmen Protests and been jailed for that, it was only natural for CCP to punish him again when he continued such activities no matter whether he had violated the law or not.

However, it puzzled everyone that Zhao Lianhai, founder of Home for Kidney Stone Babies, a concern group for victims of melamine-poisoned milk, was brought to court in handcuffs and shackles for fighting for victimized babies’ rights. The handcuffs were not removed until his lawyers protested, but his feet remained in shackles for hours throughout the hearing. What felony did he commit so as to be humiliated like that?

According to his prosecutor, Zhao Lianhai “maliciously made the tainted milk incident an issue on the Internet, instigated and gathered people to shout slogans and hold illegal assemblies and thus seriously disrupted public order.” In fact, Zhao’s website helped families with babies poisoned by tainted milk share their experiences, maintained a database of medical records and provided practical help such as medical information about children sick due to tainted milk. Since the government itself made public the evils done by the enterprises that sold the tainted milk and the trials and verdicts of the cases of the managers of those enterprises, what was Zhao’s website wrong in doing so?

As reported by Hong Kong and Western media, the prosecutor knew well himself that the protests lead by Zhao Lianhai were entirely peaceful and gave rise to no serious disturbance. The protesters merely shouted some slogans and held some assemblies without permission. Article 290 of China’s Criminal Law provides, “Where people are gathered to disturb public order to such a serious extent that work in general, production, business operation, teaching or scientific research cannot go on and heavy losses are caused, the ringleaders shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years but not more than seven years;” Since no work in general, production, business operation, teaching or scientific research was affected nor any losses caused, the disturbance was by no means serious. There is, therefore, no ground to prosecute Zhao!

As for holding some harmless assemblies without permission, Zhao Lianhai contacted government officials times and again but was pressured instead supported by them. Since government officials tried hard to cover up the evils done, how could Zhao get permission for the assemblies? Zhao and others were justified in holding peaceful assemblies without permission. They had such rights according to China’s constitution.

Having seen all the good things CCP has done for the people in providing medical insurance, pension, housing, etc. for workers and peasants and giving relief to earthquake-, mudslide- and draught-stricken areas, people cannot help but wonder why the government has no sympathy for parents of melamine-poisoned babies. The only baby a couple is allowed to have has been poisoned and no one knows how the poison will affect the baby’s health in the future. Thanks to Zhao Lianhai’s leadership, those parents restrained their anger and protested peacefully. Shall the government not make allowance for that?

Moreover, Zhao Lianhai’s own only baby had kidney stones due to the tainted milk. How can he be accused of maliciously exploiting the incident to make trouble? As a victim’s father, Zhao himself has the right to express his anger peacefully on the Internet and in the streets. Is CCP top leader Hu Jintao’s “putting the people first” in his Scientific Outlook on Development empty talks? No, judging by what Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao had done, they did have put the people first in lots of things they had done. Why Zhao Lianhai was treated so callously then?

CCP’s Tiananmen Syndrome

The attack that CCP suffered from Tiananmen Protests was like the bite of a snake, which threatened Party’s very survival. The protests led by Zhao Lianhai though quite harmless like a rope compared with the “snake” the Tiananmen Protests, CCP was scared just as described by the Chinese saying that served as the first subhead: “Once bitten by a snake, one is scared all one’s life at the mere sight of a rope.” That was why CCP made such a show to humiliate and punish Zhao Lianhai. I would like to call this CCP’s Tiananmen Syndrome. It makes CCP suppress any mass protest whatever in order to prevent such protest from growing into one like the Tiananmen Protests that may threaten CCP’s monopoly of state power.

Knowing the above, one will not be surprised that Reuters gives its report today the title “Hong Kong protests a ‘national security issue’ for China”.

The writer of the report is correct in mentioning the separatist trend in the Umbrella Movement. It is natural that those who fight for democracy may believe that they may achieve true democracy if Hong Kong is an independent state.

However, that will give democracy fighters a dangerous label as separatism is a heinous crime in Chinese law while democracy is citizen’s right advocated in Chinese constitution though such provision on democracy has not been implemented.

When Chinese troops fired at democracy fighters during Tiananmen Massacre, they killed democracy fighters for their “counterrevolutionary crime” instead of their fight for democracy!

Hong Kong democracy fighters, be careful to avoid that dangerous label!

The following is the full text of the report:

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial center, a delegate to China’s rubber-stamp parliament said on Thursday.

Businessman and lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was crucial to the city’s future stability and there was no longer any room to remain neutral.

The protesters have blocked key intersections for a month in their demand for fully-democratic elections for the city’s next chief executive in 2017. Beijing has said it will only allow a vote among pre-screened candidates.

While the protests have remained largely peaceful, flashes of violence and dramatic images of students dressed in raincoats and safety goggles using umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas and pepper spray have reared a new political consciousness in the city of seven million.

“Because China has declared there are foreign forces and political influence behind Occupy Central, it has been elevated to a national security issue,” Tien said, referring to one of the protest groups.

“They are not fighting for democracy. They are fighting for independence. We are dealing with a sovereignty issue… Occupy Central is asking for complete democracy, something that only an independent state can provide.”

Tien was speaking a day after his brother, James Tien Pei-chun, was expelled from China’s top parliamentary advisory body and resigned as leader of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Liberal Party after urging the Leung to step down. Beijing has said it fully supports Leung.

James Tien’s swift removal from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is a sign of how concerned Beijing is about the protests which, at their peak, drew more than 100,000 people into the streets.

Hong Kong’s increasingly charged political climate is also putting Chinese government officials on tenterhooks.

China’s liaison office in Hong Kong called an urgent meeting with Liberal Party leaders on Tuesday, calling them in the morning and asking them to attend a dinner meeting that night, said Liberal Party lawmaker Felix Chung.

China’s most senior official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, explained the CPPCC’s decision was specific to James Tien, Chung said. Zhang also said Beijing would continue to support the Liberal Party, according to Chung.

The party in Hong Kong is pro-establishment and comprised largely of businessmen.

Michael Tien said that the CPPCC was forced to act given the backdrop of the protests. CPPCC members are expected to fully support and promote its resolutions – or at least keep quiet once they are made, he said, adding that if the CPPCC had failed to respond to his brother’s comments, its bylaws and code of conduct risked becoming “a bunch of hot air”.

“Membership comes with a certain price tag,” Tien said. “I think my brother made the mistake of not recognizing that.”

While CPPCC officials have said they still consider James Tien loyal, his brother says there is still debate over how to categorize him.

“One camp calls him the ‘conscience of Hong Kong’ because he is willing to sacrifice his own political career to speak his mind. The other camp says he is not loyal and has betrayed his status as a pro-establishment member,” Michael Tien said.

“I think both camps are correct. That’s why it’s best for him not to be a CPPCC member. When you accept that appointment, it comes with certain obligations.”

James Tien declined to comment.

Source: Reuters “Hong Kong protests a ‘national security issue’ for China”

Related post at tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com:

  • The Wise Way to Fight for Democracy in Hong Kong dated September 3, 2014
  • Hong Kong Democracy a Model for China’s Democratization dated September 6, 2014
  • China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash dated September 12, 2014
  • Hong Kong College Students Took the Lead in Fighting for True Democracy dated September 29, 2014
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Dining at Fast Food Restaurant, Xi Jinping’s Way to Fight Corruption


President Xi Jinping's intense corruption crackdown has put enormous stress on corrupt officials.

President Xi Jinping’s intense corruption crackdown has put enormous stress on corrupt officials.

As corruption has permeated entire China, prevention is much more important than punishment. Now, Chinese president has been sending investigation teams to provinces, cities and regions at provincial level, agencies and institutions of the state and state-owned enterprises. The teams have discovered lots of corrupt officials and punished them.

However, by what means can Xi Jinping prevent corruption?

Lots of political experts and experienced journalists outside China hold that Xi is fighting a hopeless war against corruption as the essential means to prevent corruption is transparency in the government, which is precisely what China is short of.

There can be transparency in local governments. Xi Jinping’s mass line campaign allows common people to supervise local governments. That will lead to transparency in local governments.

However, what about the three black boxes described in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition.

Regarding the first black box, the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), people often see its members in CCTV primetime news, but its operation is a well-guarded secret.

There is little information available about the second black box, the powerful elders who rule China behind the scene. Reports about powerful elders’ activities are few and far between.

The third black box the secret police that plays the role of America’s CIA and FBI, is entirely off limit to the general public. Unlike in Mao era when people always felt that they were being watched by secret police, now most people even do not sense the existence of secret police. However, secret police are keeping a close watch on political dissidents, official conspiracies and foreign spies without our knowledge.

Unless a thorough political reform or transformation has taken place, the above-mentioned three essential parts of Chinese government will remain black boxes even when there is transparency in most other parts of the government. Of course, functions concerning security will remain state secrets just like such functions of America’s CIA and FBI.

Are there any other ways out?

China’s traditional Confucianism advocates education by good examples and benevolence to move the people to be good. However, there are always bad elements that cannot be reformed by education or examples.

Confucianism shall certainly be supplemented by some means to deal with the bad elements.

In his masterpiece Han Fei Tzu, China’s top Legalist taught sovereigns to rule common people by law and control officials by awe, tricks and intrigues.

Awe is a must.

Over the past few decades, awe has indeed played a vital role in Chinese politics. The awe created by Tiananmen Protests enabled Jiang Zemin to carry through the reform Deng Xiaoping and Zhao Ziyang had difficulties to carry out. It also enabled Jiang to successfully carry out a coup to substitute intellectuals’ dominance of the Party and state for uneducated workers’ and peasants’.

In my previous post, I mentioned that the awe created by shocking US victory in Gulf War had prevented quite a lot of bad elements’ activities due to their fear of US strength. Al Qaeda did not dare to admit that they attacked the US on September 11, 1991 while Russia dared not veto West’s resolution on Libya.

There are lots of trouble when there is no longer such awe now in the world as US failures in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have given the world the impression the US is not invincible. Al Qaeda openly wants to set up an Islamic state while Russia wants to annex parts of Ukraine. They are now bold enough to openly challenge the US. Restoration of the awe is now US first priority in maintaining world order.

Trick and intrigue are sometimes unavoidable.

In my book, I describe how the legal and democracy faction used trick and intrigue to bring down Bo Xilai, the head of the powerful conservative faction.

For Xi, he has to create the awe so that corrupt official dare not commit corruption. In late 2013, he placed under house arrest a powerful elder Zhou Yongkang referred to by Western media as security Tsar. If he succeeds in punishing powerful elder Zhou and retired top general Xu Caihou, he will create the awe he needs as all the corrupt officials however high their ranks and great their influence will be scared.

Corrupt officials countered by spreading the fear among corruption fighters: Beware of powerful officials’ retaliation when you have offended so many of them.

Xi fought back by dining at a fast food restaurant for common people in late December last year. He gave the impression: Yes, I have offended lots of powerful corrupt officials, but I am not afraid of retaliation. I did other leaders did not dare to do in dining among the general public without any fear of assassination.

This was not an act to show that he was close to the people. He had shown that in quite a few visits to common people. This was a predetermined brave act to intensify the awe created by his anti-corruption storm. It told corrupt officials that he was not afraid of death in carrying through his fight against corruption.

SCMP’s report today “More stressed officials taking their own lives as corruption crackdown presses on” tells us how the awe created by Xi works.

It says, “Last month alone, six officials committed suicide, according to media reports. Two, from Henan and Hubei respectively, left letters saying they were depressed; one was reported to have accepted bribes.

“Experts say President Xi Jinping’s intense corruption crackdown has put enormous stress on corrupt officials.”

Source: Chan Kai Yee Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd edition

Source: SCMP “More stressed officials taking their own lives as corruption crackdown presses on”

Related posts:

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping Lined up to Buy Steamed Buns dated December 28, 2013
  • China Urges US to Accept It as an Ally ahead of Key Meeting dated July 4, 2014

Last Day of Discount on My Book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition


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This is to remind those who are interested in buying my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition that the big discount of 70% and 50% respectively for Kindle and print versions are effective only in June to commemorate Tiananmen Protests. After June, there will be no discount provided by me and the price of Kindle and print versions will respectively be US$9.99 and US$30.00 or their equivalents in other currencies. Amazon will perhaps continue to provide 10% discount on its own on the print version. I do not know whether there will also be discount on Kindle version.

Thanks for your support.

Chan Kai Yee
Author of Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements


Buy Print Version of My Book at Amazon US for US$13.50 in June


I have checked Amazon website and found that Amazon provides 10% discount on my 50% reduced price of US$15.00; therefore, I hereby give advice to those who intend to buy the print version of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition that they had better buy the book at amazon.com for US$13.50 using the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/Tiananmens-Tremendous-Achievements-Expanded-Edition/dp/1497537703/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401531611&sr=8-1&keywords=tiananmen%27s+tremendous+achievements

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The 50% discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests. Amazon’s 10% discount has nothing to do with me. It is up to Amazon to decide whether it will continue to provide the 10% discount after June. If it does, the price of the printed version of my book after June will be US$27.00 instead of US$30.00 at amazon.com after June.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at MXN38.66 from Mexico


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to MXN38.66 in Mexico equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.com.mx/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_es_MX=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at CDN$3.27 from Canada


cover 2nd ed

It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to CDN$3.27 in Canada equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at B$6.72 from Brazil


cover 2nd ed

It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to B$6.72 in Brazil equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.com.br/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_pt_BR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.