jueves, 26 de abril de 2012

The oppressive China

In the past years, the Republic of China has turned into a sort of international attraction, not only for being the country with the highest number of inhabitants on Earth or because of its great walls and pandas, but for representing a gigantic market whose entrance window is narrowing for not developed countries. This millenary nation of the far East probably hosts “the biggest
dictatorship," with a hybrid political system, hold by a communism different from the couple of remaining Marxist states in the planet.

In 2011 by the influence of the Arab Spring, tens of chinese citizens stepped out of their places asking for a change in the political regime. However, manifestations were shortly finished due to the sistematic repression imposed by Beijing to public manifestations and to the ferreous control over means of communication, either conventional or digital ones.

China is a country where free press does not exist. Religions are persecuted by the regime, which even owns a catholic church “parallel” to the official institution set by the Vatican. The tibetan population as well as the uighur are brutally repressed and persecuted in order to avoid any type of critique against the government. Internet is limited and mightily controlled by authorities who constantly remove comments against the dictatorship.

For the chinese communism, press notes are still “crimes” related to the “divisiveness of the nation” or the “political subversion." Any person who dares to commit crime against the state is severely sentenced to prison, torture and even death. The death penalty is still in force and applied to various “crimes."

It might seem ridiculous but the threat to the communist regime does not come from the opposition, but from its own lines.

Weeks ago the Chinese Communist Party, the only one legal since several decades ago, had performed a depuration of its members suspending and consequently substituting some of its main leaders that could have played an important role in needed reforms inside the political party.

The drastic changes executed are drawing attention in a period of time when strong internal pressures demand the renewal, although maintaining the comunist tradition, of not only authorities of the party, but also of some political outlines.

China is still growing economically and nowadays plays a protagonic role inside the international community. It holds multimillion-dollar contracts in investments in several countries of the world and pursues to implement a long term politics for the nation to sustain itself successfully in the next decades. It also has the largest and most powerful army on planet Earth.

The fact that the free market could not eradicate yet the prevailing authoritarism and the static politics regarding human rights, turns out to be a paradox. The economic system should at least, give a break to the millions of chinese people who could never enjoy freedom entirely inside their own country.

Political reforms in China will come by the hand of “comunists themselves," because it is very unlikely that some public manifestation would bring any positive result for the validation of individuals rights. In the past months the number of tibetan monks who immolated themselves in order to draw attention over the invasion they are going through since more than half a century ago, has raised.

The process of the chinese economic progress will demand more freedom earlier than later, and will allow repressed ones to perform a handful of minimum but revolutionary changes. The power that Beijing will keep exercising in the world will also constitute a determining reason for the international community to demand reforms. Necessary and urgent reforms that cannot be kept away any longer.

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