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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Analysis: The status quo is not enough -


(United Press International)

"President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao are praised on the mainland and in Hong Kong for their 'people first' policies, and their bold moves to liberalize society, privatize the economy, and eradicate corruption. In this context it is hard to grasp why they revert to traditional hard-line authoritarianism in dealing with the issue of democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan."

The above quote is from an article analysing the current state of affairs between the mainland and Hong Kong and Taiwan.

I am no expert on these relationships but the quoted text drew me to comment.

One of the things I find incredibly exasperating in looking at China is the lack of consistency in policy and implementaion. The Government can say and do things one day that make you think "Yes, things are changing" then the next day they will do something that makes you scratch your head in total bewilderment and exasperation.

This lack of consistency makes you, as a first response, necessarily doubt everything that they say,rather than the more positive attitude of giving them the benefit of the doubt.

I have said that I hold great hopes for Wen Jiabao and his ability to transform China however when push comes to shove you may see a very different side of the man.

In relation to this story I can assure you of one thing and it is something that I have tried to get across to my friends in Xinjiang who dream of a separate autonomous state for the Uygur people, the Chinese will never give up one square inch of ground which they either occupy or claim.

I believe that they will go to any lengths to ensure this outcome and I mean any lengths. They will, if pushed to the wall on issues of territory ownership commit acts that would not be considered rationale in a western sense. They will have no care as to international opinion or the effects on international trade or relations.

Like a tamed wild animal when threatened they will revert to the wild state in spite of years of apparent docility and acquiescence.

Beware the Dragon stirred.