After a century of being dominated by the Chinese Communist Party, China’s people continue to search for a way towards democracy and the right to determine their destiny as a nation.
Of course, democratization processes are fiercely resisted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which perceives them as the cause of its imminent demise.
Among the first public demonstrations of aspirations for political freedom was the Xidan Democracy Wall Movement (Beijing), which is considered to be the spark that started the debate on this right in China. It began in the fall of 1978, after the death of Mao Zedong.
Since then, the trend became so strong that the CCP ordered the bloody Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, where tens of thousands of outraged citizens who demanded to participate in decision-making about their future were killed.
Democracy advocates for China
Despite the brutal repression, the demand for freedom remains a priority for its advocates, mainly based abroad, including the legendary anti-communist hero Wang Bingzhang.
Wang was one of the first young people to study abroad, after Mao.
In 2002, he was kidnapped by the Chinese regime in Vietnam, and taken to China where he was sentenced to life imprisonment: “convicted of trumped-up espionage and terrorism charges in a sham trial that lasted only half a day,” reports The Globe and Mail.
At the time, leader Jiang Zemin panicked over Wang’s pro-democracy activities and ordered his abduction and subsequent conviction.
For 20 years, he has been held in solitary confinement, most of the time in a prison in Shaoguan, Guangdong province. Like him, hundreds of activists and dissidents have been imprisoned and wrongfully convicted.
Since then, pro-democracy activists, human rights defenders and lawmakers around the world have been clamoring for his release and denouncing abuses against him.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio denounced in a February tweet: “As Beijing 2022 begins, Chinese dissident Wang Bingzhang will celebrate his 74th birthday in prison, where he has been sentenced to life for his political activism, deprived of medical care & denied access to his family, this is the true face of the CCP.”
It is timely to consider that the need for democracy in China is imperative, given the high rates of inequality caused by the Chinese regime, which harm the entire population.
“First, inequality in China is far more pronounced and unjust than in various comparable countries, and is recognized by the regime itself as a major source of potential instability.” So argued Freedom House President and former U.S. Ambassador for Anti-Trafficking, Mark P. Lagon, PhD.
The population loses patience
Although the CCP’s repressive power over the people is gigantic, there are signs of progressive deterioration in the system. Contrary to expectations, numerous protest demonstrations, increasingly violent, are occurring every day.
In addition to all the abuses registered by the intolerant “Zero Covid” campaign, thousands of bank customers in Henan province lost their life savings in the face of the banks’ refusal to hand over their money.
The angry savers complained to the authorities, but authorities did not defend their rights but sent in security forces to beat them up.
The unjustly treated people then turned to the U.S. Embassy for help. This behavior was unthinkable for citizens a short time ago, because of the terror of repression by the Chinese regime.
One can observe that citizens are losing their patience and have overcome previously insurmountable barriers. They are moving decisively closer to achieving their national aspirations, including democracy. Protesters went so far as to chant loudly that the authorities are a “mafia”.
Is democracy on the horizon?
Despite the tight control of the Internet, Chinese youth are increasingly updating their notion of the reality of the outside world, and this differs greatly from the negative version shown to them by the Chinese regime.
Likewise, the strength of the millions of dissidents living abroad is such that it has penetrated the consciousness of their compatriots. They observe all the mistreatment and violations suffered by Falun Dafa practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, and most of the Han ethnic group throughout China.
Even Taiwan, which remains under threat of invasion and annexation by the CCP, took a major step in its international relations by sending Vice President Lai QingDe and a delegation to Japan to pay their nation’s respects to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 11.
Shinzo Abe was assassinated while giving a street speech in Japan on July 8.
Lai Qingde is the highest-ranking Taiwanese special envoy to visit Japan in the last 50 years. This diplomatic move is a clear challenge to the Chinese regime, which claimed sole responsibility for Taiwan’s international representation.
The unexpected visit also shows that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is not afraid of CCP repression and intimidation.
In rejection of this diplomatic action, the Chinese news outlet, Sina, called it an “element of the corrupt nation,” and called those who reported the event “yellow media.”
Sina retorted, “The frog media said that it ‘is Lai QingDe’s private journey,’ and added, “The truth the yellow media will not tell.” Beijing, classifies pro-democracy media organizations as “yellow.”
After decades of increasingly organized and coordinated struggle, advocates of democratic aspiration and freedom for the Chinese people are moving forward steadily, even against heavy repression and the sacrifice it represents for them.
But the CCP doesn’t tolerate any of this. They don’t want political change, so they send these people to jail, torture them, and have them disappear. However, the Chinese people don’t stop fighting for their freedom and democracy, said civil rights lawyer and dissident Teng Biao.
Teng has been a Chinese human rights advocate and one of the founders of the Open Constitution Initiative since 2003.
He adds we don’t know how long it will take…. but we believe that Chinese society will enjoy democracy and the rule of law. China’s dictatorial regime will not last much longer.
He also emphasizes: the dictatorial regime is against human nature, against humanity, so it will not last long.