Arts & Culture 
 Human Rights 
 U.S. Asian Policy 

Home > East Asia > 

Self-examination movement signals a new China
A China free of hatred and violence is a China truly able to harmonize with the globe
Annette Guo, The Epoch Times

This speech was given at the forum "A Closer Look into China: Nine Commentaries Triggers Mass Resignations from the CCP" held Friday, July 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Recently Major General Zhu Chenghu of the People's Liberation Army in China spoke about Taiwan strait issues in Hong Kong. He said that if the U.S. intefered if China attacked Taiwan, then China would use nuclear weapons and "Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds . . . of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese."
This is the first time the Chinese military has said it would be the first to use nuclear weapons. Ever since 1964, China's first atomic bomb experiment, the Chinese government has been, in public at least, adhering to several nuclear weapon policies. That is, not at any time, nor under any circumstances will it preemptively use nuclear weapons to strike any other countries or regions. Please note that [they said] other countries or regions.

At the end of 1990s, high-ranking Chinese military officers once implied that China might use nuclear weapons to strike the west coast of the US. This time, they openly threatened [destoying] hundreds of US cities.

This shocked America. However, this is no surprise to Chinese people, especially those who grew up in China. A lot of Chinese people have deep understandings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Foreign policy is an extension of domestic policies. We have to take a close look at China's domestic policies in order to investigate and study the formation and transition of its foreign policy. Starting from late last year, The Epoch Times published a series of editorials about Chinese Communist Party called the "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party". These nine articles systematically introduce the formation of Chinese Communist Party, its development and the specific actions it made during the process of forming and solidifying its ruling power in China. It has offered in-depth analysis of the behavioral patterns and nature of the organization of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Communist Party and Communism has replicated Darwinism's natural selection and evolution into human society. They think that competition, which in Communist Party language is called "class struggles," is the sole source of mankind's development. Therefore, fighting with out making any compromises is the fundamental way in which Communists function. Mao Zedong has a famous quote: "There is endless fun in fighting with the heaven, figting with the earth and fighting with people." The Nine Commentaries argue that this is the fundamental reason for the Chinese Communist Party's abuse [of its people] and monopoly of violence.

Lying is another fundamental characteristic of Chinese Communist Party. When there is a need to cover up violence, lies are fabricated. Lies and deception are the other side of violence. They smooth the regime's path towards violence. This is another point presented in the Nine Commentaries.
Let's now come back to our initial topic. As for the nuclear threat Zhu Chenghu sent out to the U.S., the Chinese government claimed that it was just an individual's speech. Many Americans may not think Zhu's statement represents CCP nuclear policy. However, please consider the room Chinese people have in terms of "individual speech". I can easily provide a name list of hundreds of independent writers. They were sent to jail because of speaking individually. These people's speeches were not as sensitive as Zhu's. It would be ridiculous if we believed that a Chinese high-ranking military officer had the freedom of making individual view made known in public.

This nuclear threat is producing and spreading terror. Chinese Communist Party has sucessfully ruled China with terror. Therefore, it has naturally extended the use of terror to foreign policy and in dealing with other countries. Namely, the previous nuclear policy of Chinese Communist Party was merely a cover-up. It used deception when it didn't have enough power to attack. [Zhu's] unofficial nulear threat happened because the Chinese Communist Party thought that it had grown big and strong and thus had the power to exert some influence through terror. Imagine that if the CCP continues to grow what China's nuclear policy will be in ten years!

Any criminals, when facing armed police, will retrain themselves. But this is not their true nature. Therefore, we have to start from the human rights situations in China to look at the Chinese Communist Party's foreign policy. Let's see how it is treating dissidents, how it's treating underground churches and Falun Gong.

The fire of violence needs hatred as fuel. Totalitarian regimes inevitably spread hatred. This has been proven in history many times.

After the Epoch Times published the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, it has sparked a mass wave of people to cancel their memberships in the Chinese Communist Party. During the past half a year, over 3 million Chinese have quit the Chinese Communist Party and its associated organizations. These people do not wish to do anything to the Chinese Communist Party, but simply have decided, after reflecting, to cut off their ties with violence and hatred. They are getting rid of the shackles of hatred. [This movement] is a beginning of a great spiritual movement of re-examining the self. It signals a start of a new China.
A China free of hatred and violence is a China truly able to harmonize with the globe.

Annette Guo is the editor-in-chief of the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times.

© Copyright 2002-2007 AFAR