Taiwan's Democracy Expected in China





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Published on Dec 21, 2011

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Taiwan's 2012 presidential elections is near.

Three television debates have attracted nationwide
Mainland citizens' interest.
Taiwan's democracy is affecting the young
generation across the Strait.
On 20th December, professor Xia Yeliang at Peking University,
was invited to lecture at the National Taiwan University.
Envying Taiwan's democracy, prof. Xia said that the
democracy in mainland China still relies on more online citizens to promote it.

Prof. Xia Yeliang was squealed on by his students for
spreading "anti-Party, anti-Socialist" remarks.
In his lectures at the National Taiwan University, Prof. Xia
praises Taiwan's democracy, which sets a model for the mainland people.
He admired Taiwan's presidential election debates,
looking forward to a chance that
mainland citizens would ask questions to the political leaders.

Prof. Xia says he will ask Hu Jintao, "Are you really willing to
pay with everything you own for communism? " and
"Why have so many mainland senior officials transferred
their personal properties overseas? "

According to Taiwan media reports, Prof. Xia cites
the example of mainland China's authorities' tightening control over micro blogs.
He says it's still hard for the mainland citizens to
participate in democracy.
Beijing and Shanghai recently held the township
grass-roots general election of representatives to the national people's Congress.
However, none of the independent candidates were ranked
in the list of official candidates.
Prof. Xia adds that this shows the Chinese Communists Party
(CCP) regime tries every means to suppress oppositions.

Independent candidate Wang Zhongxiang says, once the CCP
regime collapses, all crimes that its officials have committed will definitely be tracked down.
That's why no independent candidate is allowed to run for
the election.

Wang Zhongxiang: "A few days ago, an Australian television
reporter came to interview me, but was prohibited by the authorities.
In reality, they are intentionally suppressing
freedom of speech."

Wang Zhongxiang expressed hope that in mainland China,
voters and candidates have a chance to talk in public.
However, in the high-handed political environment, most
people remain indifferent to the participation in politics.
It will take longer time to educate and enlightenment them.

As to asking questions to CCP President Hu Jintao,
commentator on China, Gong Shengli, says that
every citizen in a country of rule by law can make it.
It is still an impossible reality in China.
Since the CCP began its violent revolution, it became their destiny.

Gong Shengli: "During 62 years of its reign, it uses violence.
In a nutshell, it never uses any democracy to maintain its regime.
So its use of violence and suppression have certainly fueled
social conflicts, even enraging those intellectuals to resist."

In recent years, mass protests across China have intensified.
The CCP regime did not do anything but "crack down".
Xia Yeliang says, "Some mainland people sneered at Taiwan's
democracy not being mature.
But they were always refuted by one question:
Is autocracy more superior? "

In his lecture, Xia Yeliang says it is impossible to discuss
with the CCP about asking for freedom, nor for constitutional democracy.
The mainland community should exert strong pressure on
the regime, to force it to make gradual concessions.

Known for speaking out, Xia Yeliang, in his open letter in 2009
condemned the CCP's Central Propaganda Department
for stifling Chinese people's thoughts, impeding academic
freedom, and bringing infamy onto China.

NTD reporters Chang Chun, Li Ting and Sun Ning.



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