Archive for November 3rd, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Good Ganbu: a Strong Chain for your own Safety

Good Ganbu: iron hands are the way forward

Good Ganbu: iron hands lead you forward

Comrades:

Comrade Zhao Qiang (赵强) is a vigilant comrade who unvaveringly seeks the truth in the facts.

In the eyes of the West, the disintegration of the Soviet Union was a victory. But for Russians whose welfare was directly concerned, this was an unprecedented disaster. The reasons for disintegration and change in the Soviet Union are numerous, but among these “news reform” and the loss of control over public opinion played a very important role.

Such were, as correctly described by Comrade Qiang, the terrible events that unfolded in the Soviet Union. I believe that the loss of control of public opinion and that Russians aren’t Chinese were the most important calamities for the Soviet peoples: the Russians, the Estonians, the Latvians, and the Lithuanians, to name only some. If we opened the gates, a torrent of anti-CCP and anti-socialist content would flood our media – they could even refer to Chairman Mao as a gangster!

The worst mistake of our northern comrades who went astray was to stop interfering with Western government mouthpieces. For the people of the Soviet Union, standing at the crossroads of reform, the lure and incitation can be clearly guessed. As one of our not-so-easily-to-be-fooled subjects observed correctly, China, too, is the target of some radio stations broadcasting 24/7/365 trying to get our sons and daughters to take up their beliefs and rise up and topple us.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

So, let me address those comrades among you directly, those who are apparently just as gullible as most of our more common subjects:

You must understand that it serves neither our enemies, nor us, if we, China’s rightful  leaders, lose control. Without an adversary, the United States would be unable to stay united, as Colonel Dai Xu (戴旭) correctly observed. This is easy to understand – after all, without an adversary, we can’t unite our people either, right? Besides, our people are very innocent. If they are exposed to uncontrolled foreign information, they will fall for it just as they’d fall for opium. You must see the lilywhite innocence of our people which needs protection. We need powerful iron hands which can make our enemies respect us, and we need powerful iron hands to make our own subjects respect us.

How can’t you understand that? You should learn from our UN Undersecretary Sha Zukang (沙祖康), who, despite all the temptations of a big decadent western city, never went astray, and truly understands that a harmonious society stands and falls with the iron hands that guide it! He didn’t even want to go to New York, it was the last thing he wanted to do!

But how useful he has been! This is from an American paper, the Foreign Policy:

As Ban Ki-moon finalized his preparations for his visit this week to Beijing, one of his top advisors, Sha Zukang, traveled to China to present an award to a retired Chinese general who had authority over troops that fired on unarmed civilians during the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Sha, the U.N. Undersecretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, presented the World Harmony Award — a glass plaque cut in the shape of a dove — to former Chinese Defense Minister, Gen. Chi Haotian, in honor of his unspecified contributions to world peace, according to a report in Chinese state media. The World Harmony Foundation, a private charity headed by a Chinese businessman named Frank Liu, established the award.

That’s the way forward, Comrades, rather than leaving dubious messages to our already-confused subjects in foreign places!

And if you don’t get it, sooner or later, you will feel the power of our iron hands yourselves! Don’t think you’re out of our reach, only because Red-Flag review cars carry you through our socialist realms. Socialist democracy is a reality.

Hao Ganbu

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Related
“A Hard-Earned and Efficient Political System”, Oct. 31, 2010
Red-Flag Review Car, wo buy ni, Oct. 24, 2009

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Huanqiu Shibao: “Eyes on China”

The following is an interview with Helmolt Vittinghoff, a retired sinology professor, with the Fürther Nachrichten (a southern German paper) as rendered by Huanqiu Shibao. After that, a German-English translation of what I believe is the original interview.

1) Rendition by Huanqiu Shibao, on Wedensday

In a Fürther Nachrichten article of October 30, originally titled “Western Politicians awarding Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo are Paper Tigers, putting tension on Sino-Western Relations”, Helmolt Vittinghoff, a retired sinology professor who visited the Far-Eastern region’s superpower fifty times, believes that the effect of such actions by the West on China is very small, if not non-existent.

Vittinghoff believes that to China, a Nobel Peace Prize to a dissident is above all a loss of face. To Chinese people, saving face was very important. In Africa, they hoped to develop natural resources and to earn infrastructure projects. If globally displayed as an unjust country, they believed that their aspirations would be hampered. People shouldn’t believe that this would change the views of the CCP.

He said that in China, three quarters of its 1.3 billion inhabitants lived in remote provincial areas, and their main interest was to sustain their families. The government was very intelligent in that it had done everything to raise peoples’ living standards. The absolute majority of Chinese were very proud of their country.

As for changing the human rights problems in China, Vittinghoff believes that the West must make fewer declarations, and talk  more [“to talk” seems to refer to talks with Chinese leaders – JR]. If Angela Merkel makes demands concerning human rights, but business circles behind her relied on China, China would be very angry, and Merkel or whoever would only be a paper tiger. Instead, human rights should be discussed with China honestly behind closed doors [this is how I read 与中国谈人权,应该关起大门直言不讳地说 – JR]. This would only be a different procedure, but at the same time be more respectful. Threats would only meet rejection. Besides, the West didn’t speak with one voice. Chinese affairs would change gradually. Compared to 20 years ago, people could travel in China as unhampered as in America.

2) An Interview with Vittinghoff, nordbayern.de, Oct. 30, 2010 (Saturday)

Western Politicians are considered Paper Tigers

After the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, relations between China and the West are once again unsettled. Most recently, Jimmy Carter and fourteen other former*) Nobel Peace Prize laureats demanded the release of the dissident who has been sentenced to an 11-year-prison term. Helmolt Vittinghoff (66) from Fürth, a retired professor of sinology who has travelled the vast country some fifty times, thinks little or nothing of such campaigns.

Q: Mr Vittinghoff, how do you stay up-to-date about what’s going on in far-away China?

Vittinghoff: The most important source of information is the internet. All Chinese papers are online. There are also huge scientific text collections with which the Chinese earn a lot of money. For example, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft pays a substantial amount for this service.

Q: Isn’t that information all censored?

Vittinghoff: I wouldn’t say that. Rather, there is proactive obedience. One wouldn’t write something at all which could be politically problematic or subvert the absolute claim to power by the Communist Party.

Q: Is there criticism of the reprisals against Liu Xiaobo or his wife Liu Xia?

Vittinghoff: One has to read between the lines. There are articles which say that “we want to play an important role globally, so we need to arrange ourselves internationally. Someone who is interested in the topic will know what that means.

Q: Why is the CCP leadership so irritated when chancellor Angela Merkel meets with the Dalai Lama, or, as recently, one of the CCP’s critics from their own country gets the Nobel Peace Prize?

[Mr Vittinghoff’s answer here basically is the same as reported by Huanqiu Shibao]

Q: Why not? [Why wouldn’t obstacles in Africa, due to the way China is globally portrayed, change the CCP’s position?]

Vittinghoff: It is almost exclusively the urban intellectuals in China who discuss human rights issues. But some three quarters of the 1.3 billion Chinese people live in rural areas, many of them in the most remote provinces. They are mostly interested in how to feed their families. Besides, the government is quite deft in prasing everything national. By far the most Chinese people are very proud of their country, exactly as is. The propaganda is efficient. Besides, the CCP also convinces the people by stoking fears of job losses. That’s not much different in Europe, either.

Q: So the West can’t influence the ways in this totalitarian state?

Vittinghoff: Sure, if one didn’t talk that much, but act instead. When chancellor Merkel demands a bit of human rights in China, but there are many business bosses right in her wake who do business absolutely independently, the Chinese will be annoyed, but think of Merkel or whoever as a paper tiger. Rather, there would need to be frank talk behind closed doors. Bluntly: this or that order will only be placed if you respect human rights. Such threats must only be made if one is ready to put them into practise. But that isn’t going to happen, because the West doesn’t speak with one voice.

Q: Do you have any hopes that things will change for the better in China?

Vittinghoff: Why, that has begun to happen long ago. Contrary to twenty years ago, you can travel there almost unhampered, probably less hampered than in the United States. The CCP leadership aren’t politicians who took part in the Long March and the early years of Mao Zedong’s reign, but rather young, pragmatic, frequently western-educated technocrats. They will, also on account of the absence of religious influence in China, react to changes – which I believe will happen anyway – with cool heads.

Q: What do you mean with that?

Vittinghoff: Since 1986, the one-child policy has been in effect, according to which every family is only allowed to have one child. Meantime, it has been realized that this will lead to similar demographic problems as we have them here; the Chinese are growing old. The air and water quality and nature in general i also problematic. And the growing prosperity needs to be distributed in a way that rural areas don’t fall further behind the special economic zones. The migrant workers are a huge problem here. If you offered their sleeping berths to German dogs, you’d be called on by the humane society (Tierschutzbund) one day later. The CCP rulers are no philanthropists, but they will act in time, to secure their power.

Q: You would rule out a revolution by the citizens?

Vittinghoff: The Chinese fear chaos and unrest. Therefore, in the history of this country, reforms have always been top-down.

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Notes

*) Translated as read.

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