While it is true that China’s communist regime exercises an unprecedented dominion over its more than 1.4 billion citizens, it is vital to broaden the overall picture of this phenomenon, knowing the background and current affairs of those who oppose this undemocratic imposition of power.
The voices and movements denouncing the crimes and controversial actions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and “digging its own grave” are becoming more and more vocal.
The founding Nationalist leader of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Chiang Kai-shek, was one of the first to oppose the aspirations of CCP leader Mao Zedong. However, after four years of civil war, the latter imposed violent communist repression on the mainland.
In this struggle for control of power in China, geopolitics professor Robert D. Kaplan pondered the Confucianist foundations that animated Chiang, in contrast to Mao’s Communist ruthlessness.
“But Mao may not endure as China’s most important figure of the 20th century. That title may go to the man whom Mao defeated in a civil war in the 1940s, and whom generations of Western journalists and intellectuals have so often disparaged—Chiang Kai-shek,” Kaplan said.
He also postulated that in the future, historical victory would be attributed to Chiang over Mao, prioritizing human values over the lust for power that drove one and the other, arguing:
“History is a battle of ideas. Confucianism has triumphed over communism. Democracy and enlightened authoritarianism have triumphed over totalitarianism. And Chiang’s humanity, however imperfect, will triumph in Chinese minds over Mao’s epic cruelty.”
These are the humanitarian values that many people and individuals promoting the demise of the CCP are trying to rescue.
Violent repression of opposition movements
Since it seized power, the continuous blunders of the Chinese regime have given rise to a long series of dissidents and opponents who denounce these facts and claim their right to democratically elect their representatives, as authentic rulers, instead of those imposed by the CCP. But the CCP’s repression is truncating these aspirations.
In this sense, the tragic episode of the Tiananmen massacre marked a historic milestone among all the atrocities committed against opponents of the communist regime. International observers and eyewitnesses estimate that the attack by the CCP army caused many thousands of deaths, although the Chinese regime continues to deny it.
The fateful date of June 4, 1989, marked the end of demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people, many of them students, who demanded democracy and freedom for seven weeks. “The minimum estimate of civilians killed is 10,000,” recounted Alan Donald, British ambassador to China in 1989.
At that time, the CCP saw the situation as so threatening to its survival that “The Central Committee of the Communist Party was becoming increasingly nervous, and civil society was becoming increasingly aroused, so the Chinese dictatorship began a violent crackdown.” On May 20, 1989, the regime declared a state of siege and sent more than 200,000 troops into Beijing,” one description of the bloody event recounts.
And it adds: “On the night of June 3, a military assault began that wiped out everyone alive there. In the early morning of June 4, 1989, troops of the People’s Liberation Army entered with tanks and fired assault rifles into the crowd protesting there since April 15 to demand democratic reforms.”
Meanwhile, Lucy Zhao, an Internet user and Ph.D. in business, posted a short video summarizing the images of the Tiananmen Square massacre on her Twitter account.
More recently, the abolition of Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms highlighted that the CCP remains ruthless against dissidents who insist on regaining their fundamental rights.
In this case, the Chinese regime had no qualms about violating the international treaty in which it bound itself to the British government and the international community to respect the relative self-domination enjoyed by the Hong Kong people since 1997 after it ceased to be a colony of the United Kingdom.
After 156 years under British rule, Hong Kong became part of the Chinese communist orbit. Under the agreement, Beijing would handle defense and foreign affairs, but the “people of Hong Kong” would manage their internal affairs with “a high degree of autonomy” for at least another fifty years.
The agreement stipulated that Hong Kong would retain its capitalist economic system and currency, the Hong Kong dollar. The same would apply to its legal system, legislative system, human rights, and freedoms its citizens have enjoyed.
But in June 2020, the communist regime managed to formalize its intervention in the city by imposing the controversial National Security Law. Since then, it unleashed relentless persecution against all those citizens who had publicly demonstrated demanding the fulfillment of the rights obtained through the aforementioned international treaty.
As part of the campaign of repression, the CCP has not stopped in its actions to control and suppress the independent press, political dissent, and all aspects that promote freedom and rejection of communist policies.
The first dissidents sacrificed
On the other hand, the recommendations of CCP leader Deng Xiaoping before the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on April 10, 1974, are precise in terms of overthrowing the Chinese regime, should it become the superpower with the characteristics it already exhibits:
“If one day, China should change color and turn into a superpower, if it should play the tyrant in the world, subject others to its bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify it as social-imperialism, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow China,” quoted author Dr. Monika Chansoria.
However, it should be remembered that Deng Xiaoping—Mao’s successor—was behind the massacre by the CCP’s armed forces of thousands of students and citizens seeking greater freedoms from the regime in Tiananmen Square.
Deng Xiaoping’s statement points out that the Communist leaders were well aware of the causes that could trigger their “overthrow.”
For the Communist leaders, maintaining power even at the cost of the bloodshed of citizens has been a particular premise since they have followed this harsh state policy since the very imposition of the CCP.
Mao’s words at the Central Committee meeting of the Seventh Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in March 1949, as detailed in The Black Book of Communism, written by European university professors and researchers and published in 1997, made it very clear.
“After our armed enemies have been crushed, there will still be our unarmed enemies, who will try to fight us to the death. We must never underestimate their strength. Unless we think of the problem in precisely those terms, we will commit the gravest of errors.”
For Mao, landlords, intellectuals, and nationalists automatically became “counterrevolutionaries,” as part of the “unarmed enemy,” and, therefore, targets of war. Moreover, it went so far as to calculate 10% of CCP members as “rightists,” subject to repression and elimination.
Thus, for the innocent victims, counterrevolutionaries, members of ethnic minorities, religious practitioners, and other citizens who lost their lives, the Chinese regime is ranked as the most homicidal among communist systems, with around 65 million deaths, according to The Black Book of Communism.
Detractors from abroad
On the other hand, many of the victims of the edicts issued from Beijing managed to settle abroad, where they found the support of other compatriots and sympathizers to form organizations in defense of their rights and those of their compatriots living in China.
One of the most prominent organizations in the deposition of the CCP is the Global Service Center for Leaving the Chinese Communist Party (also known as Tuidang Center), Inc., registered in the United States.
Its mission is to “coordinate the global movement to help Chinese people quit the CCP, and it helps educate people around the world as to the evil nature of Communism.”
Since its founding in 2004, it has succeeded in getting more than 394 million people worldwide to abandon their affiliations with the Chinese Communist regime, and its two partner organizations, the Communist Youth League of China and the Young Pioneers, in a concrete challenge to the regime.
It also explains the implications of withdrawing from the commitment made to the CCP, often under pressures of different kinds:
“Quitting the CCP refers to separating oneself from the CCP by taking back the oaths one has made to the CCP throughout one’s life. In China, under the CCP, from childhood to middle school, high school, and university, a Chinese person may have joined one or more of these organizations. When they do, they make an oath not to China, but to the Chinese Communist Party.”
And he described the motives driving those who abandon the Chinese regime: “Many Chinese used to believe the CCP propaganda touted as “great, glorious, just.” They were proud to be party members.”
To add: “Only after they saw, heard, and experienced the brutality of the CCP personally did they realize that they had been deceived all along and decided to quit the party and stop being attached to it, thus choosing to change their destiny and free themselves from its specter.”
At the same time, some of the most prominent activists, such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate, writer, and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died in 2017 in a CCP prison, take advantage of their celebrity to denounce the crimes of the regime.
Xiaobo dared to say regarding the Tiananmen massacre, “The ghosts of June 4 have not yet been buried.”
He added: “Hate can rot a person’s intelligence and conscience. The enemy mentality can poison the spirit of the nation, can incite cruel and deadly fights, destroy tolerance and humanity of a society, and complicate a nation’s progress towards freedom and democracy.”
He added: “This award is dedicated to the souls lost on June 4, 1989, to the victims of Tiananmen who gave their lives for peace, freedom and democracy,” Xiabo’s words upon receiving the Nobel Prize in prison.
In this context, the associations that gather Tibetans living abroad also remain active, spreading their protests against the CCP.
It should be recalled that the CCP invaded Tibet in 1950: “In the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Tibet suffered irreversible damage to its cultural and religious heritage in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The CCP destroyed Buddhist temples and monasteries while killing its monks and followers.”
Violations of the human rights of the Tibetan people continue today, in addition to the fact that: “The Dalai Lama and his followers claim that about 1.2 million people have died in the region during Chinese rule, mainly during the violent Cultural Revolution between 1960 and 1970.”
In the 1990s, a small protest movement began to develop and grew strong in the West under the slogan “free Tibet.”
Over the years and with the development of the media, the movement managed to spread around the world, aided by show business stars such as Richard Gere and many other celebrities also famous sportsmen, such as recently the renowned NBA basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom, committed themselves to the cause.
It should also be noted that the Uighur ethnic group, which is one of the Asian Muslim ethnic groups from the Xinjiang region of China, is also being eradicated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In this regard, the representative of the Uighur Association of the United Kingdom and former medical surgeon, Enver Toht, denounced that the Chinese regime has labeled the Uighur ethnic people as a terrorist threat to justify its severe repression and surveillance of Xinjiang, a region in northwest China where many Uighurs reside.
The regime banned students from speaking Uighur in schools, persecuted their religion—most of them are Muslims—burned their religious books, and more recently put them in detention camps.
The repression is of such magnitude that several countries have labeled the crimes committed by the CCP against the Uighurs as genocide. The Uighurs’ clamor for freedom adds to that of so many other Chinese, which is growing all the time.
In addition, the CCP is engaged in persecuting members of age-old spiritual movements such as Falun Dafa, Christians, Buddhists, and others who persist in cultivating the spiritual values they have preserved for countless generations.
It should be remembered that the communist regime is atheistic and pressures all citizens to abandon the higher principles that were the foundation of the great classical Chinese civilization for millennia.
Among other movements fighting for the freedom of those suffering under the rule of totalitarian regimes, such as the CCP, is the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. This Washington D.C.-based anti-communist organization describes itself as “dedicated to pursuing the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.”
Emerging internal opposition
To a large extent, counterrevolutionary movements have been drastically stifled by the CCP; however, social pressure is steadily increasing. With no substantive solutions or approaches to the dialogue being sought, and no measures taken to address the needs of the people, it is to be expected that a point of no return is approaching.
The silent protest of the thousands of young people who choose to live “lying flat,” marginalizing themselves from the social programming presented to them by the communist system, is already a serious threat to the CCP.
Even the Draconian management of the population with extreme sanitary measures in the face of epidemics is causing the traditionally patient eastern population to begin to rebel, bordering on violence.
It is clear from the reactions of the inhabitants of Shanghai, where 25 million residents have been confined to their homes for an indefinite time. Likewise, those in Jilin, a northeastern province that has been under blockade since mid-March.
“Both areas are struggling with the economic and personal ramifications of the lockdowns, with food shortages, a lack of medical care and shuttered manufacturing plants bringing misery to residents,” Bloomberg reported on April 5.
They added: “Rumors spread on social media that some in Shanghai who didn’t qualify were able to get traffic permits to override lockdown restrictions, then drove to buy food at shops including Metro AG’s stores,” which is a violation of anti-epidemic rules.
Simultaneously, “There are rising signs of frustration among residents of Shanghai, which is home to top banks, insurers and the biggest stock exchange in the world’s No. 2 economy.”
In addition, “Videos of a rare protest in a locked-down housing compound were said to have been deleted from a social media platform by tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd,” Bloomberg added.
Meanwhile, the Tokyo-based journalist and North Asia correspondent for the Australian Financial Review reported on the Shanghai case in one of his tweets:
“The situation in Shanghai is scary. Reports of millions struggling to feed themselves, elderly unable to access medicine, videos of small riots breaking out circulating on social media. Many households relying on inadequate govt food deliveries.”
Moreover, journalist and broadcaster Patrick Madrid contributed a video in which the heart-rending cries of residents of very tall buildings, who are forbidden to leave their apartments under any circumstances.
This video was taken yesterday in Shanghai, China, by the father of a close friend who verified its authenticity: People screaming out of their windows after a week of total lockdown, no leaving your apartment for any reason,” Madrid tweeted.
Also, “A video posted on the Internet—now deleted by China’s censors—showed people in a Shanghai housing complex chanting, “We want to work, we want to eat, we want the right to know, we want local authorities to resolve the situation, we want freedom!” reported The Telegraph.
In the face of the residents’ nonconformity, the CCP’s nervousness seems to be evidenced in a letter in which it “implores” members of the regime to help contain the situation by urging them to: “take the initiative to speak out against all kinds of noises, especially rumors, to clarify right and wrong, and to unite a strong force to overcome the difficulties together.”
Reactions from users of the Chinese social network Weibo who could access notes such as a comment written by netizen “Ancient Things,” who said the CCP’s letter was a “good stereotypical writing, but the policies are a complete mess. ‘You’re fighting the pandemic without any good leaders but with all positive energy,'” noted Bloomberg.
In the same vein, Weibo user “Ah Dai Is Speechless,” exclaiming: “Where’s the party flag? Where’s your fortress and vanguard?” and, “We don’t see anything but chaos, disorder, and discrimination.
Likewise, the book Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party synthesizes the aspirations that all these groups have in common in defense of democracy and fundamental freedoms, to which their 1.4 billion compatriots are entitled.
“More than a decade after the fall of the former Soviet Union and the communist regimes of Eastern Europe, the international communist movement has been scorned throughout the world. The demise of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is only a matter of time.”