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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.

Friday, March 05, 2004

The Manila Times: China evolves

The Manila Times Internet Edition | OPINION > China evolves:

"The protection of private property puts China on the road to capitalism and the eventual dissolution of Maoism."

A big statement from the Editorial of the Manila Times.

The Editorial argues that West is incorrectly downplaying the importance of the proposed amendment to the Chinese Constitution guaranteeing ownership of "private property" and that in fact it is, in the terms of the Editorial, a "sea change" such is it's importance.

The editorial states a belief that private enterprise and political freedom are symbiotic by nature. The more private enterprise the more need and desire for freedom.

As such the editorial implies that this is the first step in the dismantling of "Maoism" that will ultimately lead to a less threatening and predictable China.

Well I have got to agree that it would "appear" that this is the road that China is on but as the editorial also notes "This is not the first dalliance of the Peoples Republic with capitalism. In 1949, soon after the revolution, private enterprise was allowed only to be banned in 1952."

But this time there is a definite strategy behind what is happening in China over the last decade and particularly in the last couple of years. The question is what are the strategic goals?

Is it as simple as only being a desire to integrate with the world economy or has the Chinese leadership looked into a crystal ball and seen a pending social disaster on a scale unheard of in history if it continued to follow the old ways? Just think where China would be in 25 years if it does not change. Hundreds of millions living in poverty, a disproportionately aged population with no social security safety net, critical fuel shortages, crippled health systems, ethnic turmoil. Unimaginable.

Yes, I agree with the Editorial I do think we are seeing the beginning of the end of a political system in China and hopefully with it a new emphasis on Human Rights.