<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.19019"></HEAD> <BODY> <DIV class="article story"> <DIV class=articlePage><EM> <DIV class="articleHeadlineBox headlineType-newswire"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-articleStamp "> <LI class="dateStamp first"><SMALL>April 12, 2011, 8:51 PM HKT</SMALL></LI></UL> <H1>Has the Communist Party Abandoned Reform?</H1></DIV></EM> <P><EM></EM>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Russell Leigh Moses is a Beijing-based analyst and professor who writes on Chinese politics. He is writing a book on the changing role of power in the Chinese political system. <A href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/tag/russell-leigh-moses/">Read more by Mr. Moses</A></EM></P> <DIV style="TEXT-ALIGN: left" class=mceTemp> <DL style="WIDTH: 78px" class="wp-caption alignright caption-alignright"> <DT class=wp-caption-dt><IMG class="size-full wp-image-5" src="ctsmoses_AV_20100323053958.jpg" width=78 height=117> <DD style="TEXT-ALIGN: right" class="wp-caption-dd wp-cite-dd"> <DD style="TEXT-ALIGN: left" class=wp-caption-dd>Russell Leigh Moses </DD></DL></DIV> <P>On the surface, it certainly seems like China s Communist Party bosses have given up on reform. Nearly everywhere one looks here, the leadership in Beijing hammers away with hard-line politics, rebuffing even the half-chance of a challenge. Chinese officials have dodged the Jasmine Revolution, decapitating any efforts at organizing resistance. Activists and rights lawyers are regularly detained in custody, usually for lengthier terms than before. The filtering of the Internet has become more draconian, with email services often interrupted and a wider range of sites under lockdown.</P> <P>State power is celebrated. Civil society is stuck in the quicksand. The only sort of reform is less lenience.</P> <P>No one should be stunned. The leadership of Hu Jintao never promised Western-style democracy, and its political practices before taking power were conservative. Mr. Hu and his colleagues have always aimed at strengthening Party rule, not subverting it. They have succeeded in making sure that the Chinese State is far stronger than Chinese society. </P> <P>But what happens next?</P> <P>Many officials at the top seem to think that stifling opposition is sustainable. They may be right; but they re also getting set to start their exit in 2012. And what matters to many of their successors is that the party learns to make better public policy.</P> <P>Xi Jinping, the likely heir to Mr. Hu, appears to agree. Last month, Mr. Xi gave a major speech (in Chinese <A href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2011-03/15/c_121189269.htm">here</A>) at the Central Party School that was hailed in the party media. Mr. Xi railed against bureaucratic waste and inefficiency, arguing that too many cadres pursued vanity projects for promotion, instead of looking at what worked for their locality. He saved his most savage comments for the numbing process of meetings and documentation that accompanies so much of policy-making in China, and which Mr. Xi said wasted valuable time and resources.</P> <P>Given the chance to step away from Mr. Hu s hard line after so many victories, Mr. Xi has thus far chosen to stay the uncompromising course. Many officials in Beijing agree that tighter social controls and a bit of administrative tinkering are the best strategies. They see that discontent and dissent at the street level have been largely defeated. They watch as the embryonic middle class in China remains languid and compliant, often disposed to protect a party that has made many of them comfortable.</P> <P>Mr. Xi and his allies should be on safe ground.</P> <P>But the political soil could be shifting. There are bureaucrats and officials in China who are far from satisfied with the sluggish pace and conservative direction of governance. Some cadres resent the growing attacks on their work by party leaders on the make. Still others are tired of anti-corruption campaigns that smash the small but allow the large to retain their loot.</P> <P>Likewise, there are unhappy provincial and local-level cadres who feel under siege. They find themselves pressed more recently to follow central directives without question. Many also feel pushed by a public regularly resentful of their power. And some cadres see the constant barrage of political slogans as more party platitudes for a China that now in fact needs more than just higher incomes and a heavier ideology.</P> <P>These officials have been content to let the conservative wing of the party push and punish. Now, these same cadres would like to see more reform, instead of more overreaction. They are already the proponents of experiments in transparency, accountability, and public supervision, in provinces as diverse as <A href="http://www.jx.xinhuanet.com/news/2011-04/09/content_22481475.htm">Jiangxi</A> and <A href="http://renshi.people.com.cn/GB/14361616.html">Jiangsu</A>. Some would like those tryouts to be extended and expanded. And they have to be looking for Mr. Xi and his allies to emerge as transformational leaders, who want to explore alternatives to the present way of doing political business.</P> <P>Whether Mr. Xi or any of his comrades wish to explore that route is not clear. But they may have to start to be, for the desire by some in the Party for a return to real reform is not going away. The coming challenge for the Communist Party is not how it handles revolt, but what does it really want to do with reform.</P><!-- article end --></DIV></DIV> <DIV style="BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(http://s.wsj.net/img/dotted_grey.gif)" class=postcats> <UL style="BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(http://s.wsj.net/img/dotted_grey.gif)"> <LI><A href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/tag/expert-contributor/" rel=tag>Expert Contributor</A>, <LI><A href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/tag/jasmine-revolution/" rel=tag>Jasmine Revolution</A>, <LI><A href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/tag/political-reform/" rel=tag>political reform</A>, <LI><A href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/tag/russell-leigh-moses/" rel=tag>Russell Leigh Moses</A>, <LI><A href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/tag/xi-jinping/" rel=tag>Xi Jinping</A></LI></UL></DIV> <LI class="commententry listFirst "> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>9:24 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>IMO China s reform is solid, consistent, and self-driven, but probably slow. The Chinese government and most Chinese don t care much about those dissidents who the US pays special attention to. There are a few high-profile legal cases in the past few years that are milestones of China s development of civil rights. They are like Little Rock Crisis in Chinese version.</P> <P>The US didn t pay attention to those changes. That gives the Chinese the image that the US only cares about interfering China s internal business but doesn t really care about Chinese people.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83305></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>10:00 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>pug_ster</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>When Russell Leigh Moses talks about  reform in China, he talks about how can China be a Vassal State of the West. Of course, it is not going in that direction.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83308></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>10:14 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>anon2011</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>It s impressive that the first commenters on this subject in U.S. publications are invariably Chinese. It s been said a million times, but I ll say it again: isn t it nice to enjoy freedom of expression on the internet? Wouldn t it stink if the U.S. gov t came and deleted your comments because they differ from official positions?</P> <P>Many in the Chinese commentariat seem to miss the simple but important idea that once China has decided to globalize itself, inviting in Western companies to do business there, that the question of rule of law, a dependable and transparent legal system that follows its own written laws, is important not only for the Chinese but for the many foreign institutions attempting to business there. When an American geologist is taken into custody, denied a lawyer, tortured with cigarette burns into giving a confession, and thrown in the slammer for a good long while, it is not  the internal affairs of China . It s a case in which Western business comes crashing into the lack of a proper legal system in China.</P> <P>It s entirely unrealistic for China to hope to benefit from integration with the world economy, and yet to treat its own legal system like a joke or a tool of convenience to swat down political enemies. When it does so, it is breaking the confidence that Western business has in the country.</P> <P>Now, it may well be that the Chinese leadership has concluded that it no longer needs the West, and therefore doesn t care what reaction is generated to its crackdowns and lockups and disappearances. But it should hardly be surprised by them.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83310></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>10:41 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>China is changing in last 30 years, while America is not, as promised by Obama in his election. But if threatened and disturbed on its way of reform,, China will change back and become even redder. If America is keen to seeing China change, it should leave China alone and let it do it own way, especially when America is not a model country, with its real bad record.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83311></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>10:48 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>gere</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>anon2011 nagged about an  American geologist taken into custody in China, he is too dense to know how many Chinese were  taken into custody in USA . Did you see China government ever nag like you do? Americans are no special species who are not subject to law. Wake up.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83313></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:23 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>anon2011</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>@gere: I don t know which Chinese you mean or even what period of U.S. history you are referring to. If you give a bit more detail, maybe I or someone else can comment. In any event, if the U.S. has done something unjust to Chinese, then why shouldn t the Chinese gov t stand up in defense of its own citizens and its own principles? What would be wrong with that? And would you honestly expect that the U.S. gov t would comb the internet looking for negative comments about such an injustice and deleting them, or arresting and imprisoning those who made the remarks? Your own remarks here are highly critical of the U.S. I m not sure whether you are physically in the U.S. at present, but if you are, I m sure that you know that you are in no danger simply because you post such remarks at the WSJ.</P> <P>But to your larger point, that Americans are also subject to law: of course we are. And we insist therefore on knowing what that law is. And if we hire a lawyer to defend us using those laws (laws passed by our Congress) we do not expect for our lawyer to be beaten or imprisoned for doing so. It is not necessary to be a death-defying martyr in order to be a lawyer in the United States.</P> <P>As I m sure you know, the reaction to Ai Weiwei s disappearance is coming not only from the U.S. but from Europe, India, virtually the entire world.</P> <P>There are many jurisdictions where the West has heavy interaction and does a lot of business that are not democratic but that nevertheless have reliable legal systems. Singapore comes to mind. Some of it s laws are very different in character from American laws, but it is quite clear what the laws are and they are enforced as laws by and large. Exceptions happen everywhere, but still, I think you know what I mean. What s important about  rule of law is that you know what the laws are and you have some right to defend yourself against the charge of violating them using a lawyer. When that is not the case, it makes for a very, how to say, bu kaopu legal system that is not appropriate for serious business or even for ordinary life.</P> <P>Democracy and rule of law are not the same thing. Rule of law is quite important for a globalized economy.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83314></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:36 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>JB</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>10:48 pm April 12, 2011 gere wrote: & he is too dense to know how many Chinese were  taken into custody in USA .</P> <P>NOT SURE WHAT THIS REFERS TO BECAUSE THERE IS NO FACTUAL SUBSTANTIATION WHATSOEVER  WHICH MAKES IT MORE LIKELY TO BE RANDOM, BASELESS PROPAGANDA.</P> <P>WHAT EVERYONE KNOWS, INCLUDING THE 50-CENTERS, IS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHINESE WANT EXACTLY WHAT THE ACTIVISTS WANT  ACCOUNTABILITY, FREEDOM, END TO CENSORSHIP, ETC  BUT KNOW THAT IF THEY SPEAK OUT THEY WILL BE ARRESTED OR IMPRISONED. SO THEY KEEP QUIET. BUT THE WORLD KNOWS THAT THE MINORITY IS THE CCP, NOT THE LIU XIAOBOS AND AI WEIWEIS.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83318></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:42 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>DaDa</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Free Ai Weiwei. By imprisoning him, China is only hurting itself. .</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83319></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:45 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>The Wall Street Journal should grow up. Chinese people are happy, period.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83322></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:45 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Zhao Ziyang</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>If this is true, the CCP has nothing to fear. Allow some free discussion, debate and maybe even an election to prove the Chinese people are happy with the current Gov.</P> <P>@ Anonymous wrote: The Wall Street Journal should grow up. Chinese people are happy, period.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83320></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:47 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>xie</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>anon2011 Of course comments are mainly Chinese, either pro- or anti. What do you expect? Most American know nothing about China. Yes, including you. All you know is nothing but your media lines. No offense. We don t expect you to know anything more than that. But a little humble is appreciated. </P> <P>How do you know there is  no freedom of expression on the internet ? Do you know in some Chinese forums, many post can get ten of thousands of comments? Unlike in the US, people just read. Chinese are always comments on any news. Yes, some of them got deleted, so what? Name one american reporter dared to criticize Jews and does not forced to resign immediately? After 911, hundreds if not thousands of American disappeared, taken into custody. It may not difficult to image what america will become if there were ever another attack. The world is lucky. Of course, except Iraqis, where millions died after the 911.</P> <P>yes, China can benefit from integration with the world economy yet still has its own way. Because every country does that. Moreover, like it or not, it is time that China will start making the rules, and the world welcomes it. Chinese legal system may not perfect, but it is not there for the so call political enemies. China execute its own Governors, vice parlement speakers, mayors, but never the political enemies. Most of them now live happily in the West. </P> <P>There is another story. A Chinese american received huge international support from the american president, congress, and media after she was arrested as a spy. Chinese government caved in and released her. Human right wons. Now she live happily ever after in an American jail, already almost serve the full term that Chinese court delivered.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83323></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:56 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>anon2011</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>@xie,</P> <P>I know a bit more about China than you think. I have lived there for many years now. I am very fond of China, but I think nevertheless that the day China decides to make the  rule of law more than a goal, but a living reality, it will be a very good day indeed for China. The idea of China as a country of a rule of law is not mine: it is an idea that Premier Wen and many others have articulated over and over in the country s own publications. It is a great idea. They should do it.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83324></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:59 pm April 12, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Gao Zhisheng</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Who was taken into custody? feel free to talk about it , debate it. </P> <P>What Chinese law are you referring to ? How can someone be subject to a law that was not even published until after they were arrested? </P> <P>Where does Ai Wei Wei  s wife go to force the Chinese Gov to obey the law that families should be notified when someone is arrested? </P> <P>@gere wrote: anon2011 nagged about an  American geologist taken into custody in China, he is too dense to know how many Chinese were  taken into custody in USA . Did you see China government ever nag like you do? Americans are no special species who are not subject to law. Wake up.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83325></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>12:05 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Xie</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>@anon2011, you will see it happen. China just want to be another America, not another Iraq.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83326></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>12:11 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>@xie</P> <P>I believe you, and I hope so too. And for what it s worth, I agree that the West should stop trying to push democracy on China; it s like pouring gasoline on a fire. But the rule of law is different, that is critical for successful globalization. It is incidentally good for the Chinese people themselves, I think, and I don t think it s wrong to say so since the gov t of China itself has announced this as an ideal and goal.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83327></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>12:15 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>anon2011</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>oops, the last comment should have been signed  anon20113 . -anon2011</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83328></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>12:43 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>PEASANT</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>i don t know law and politic. I don t hate nor love the government. But after seeing Ai Weiwei video clips, I think that the government should not jail him but should immediately shoot him to death. Such inferior pervert is even lower than the lowest animals. Oh yes before I forget, that Lu Xiaobo simply looks evil. He does not need any make up to become a horror movie star. Such ugly and evil looking man should also be shot on sight. A grain of rice eaten by him is a grain too many to waste.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83335></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>1:36 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Bill Rich</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>CCP does not want China to be another USA, nor another Iraq. CCP wants to be Qin Dynasty  and this time, succeeding in staying in power for ten thousand years. And I think CCP is succeeding, just by reading some of these comments.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83341></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>2:26 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>No Western Style Democracy for China. It is impossible</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>China would not go the path as multi-party democracy for lot of reasons.</P> <P>1, There are still about 200 millions left winged people who used to the red guards or followers of red guard in culture revolution. They are demanding China go back to Communism and Maoism. 2, Only the Liberal members like Liu Xiaobo is advocating multiple party democracy. 3, The New Left Wing advocate democracy with Chinese characters. </P> <P>The democracy demands in China are getting high every day. I think Mr. Hu Jingtao know it very well. But he is not doing anything to start reform in his term. He is cleaning up the path for Mr. Xi Jinping for one party democracy. We can expect that in Xi s term, China will start one-party democracy by following the model in Hong Kong and Singapore.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83357></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>5:37 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Warning</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>The most dangerous road is the path backwards. On that way ghosts of the past will haunt the traveler s footsteps.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83367></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>6:54 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>@Warning,</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>I agree with you. China has passed the point of no return. I have said many times in this forum that we have to wait. We can not just push western style democracy into the throat of Chinese. </P> <P>If you look at the video in the following link, you should realize that the current situation in China, is forcing the top leaders to slowdown the capitalization. Because the old generations are still have voices in the society. They are the ones who are left behind by the economy reform.</P> <P><A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH9mtn5y4vA" rel=nofollow>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH9mtn5y4vA</A></P> <P>If you go to Beijing, in the Shi Jing Shan park, you can see this kind of lecturing meeting every weekend. If China started western style reform right now, the left wing will rise up and against the government. It would only causes chaos.</P> <P>I hope there will be some visionary politicians can start analysis on the different groups of people in China and how many of them. I am sure you will get the conclusion, in short run, 30~50 years, the Singapore/Hong Kong model is the only option for China. Then America should have a new policy and encourage China to become a society like Singapore/ Hong Kong. </P> <P>This is to the best of China and American. And, to the people of this world.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83380></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>7:40 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Jack</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>China is doing pretty well. The US is not. China is on the rise, the US is on the decline. Which country need reform?</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83382></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>7:54 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>The Economist and the Anglo-Saxon press is once again being discrete about topics considered sensitive to the West, just like what they did with the  mini-Muni crash of 2010. </P> <P>This time it s the 800lbs gorilla-in-the-room Question which no one is raising: Was Japan in the process of making a bomb. Or, at least, were they building up this capability when the Fukushima accident happened? This is relevant especially because of the confrontations with N. Korea, it is easy to assume that Japan would like to have the capability to respond to NK s threats of aggression</P> <P>All we hear is a deafening silence on this earth shaking issue! No wonder suddenly we re reading about a lot of distracting stories about China this and China that, and Japanese civil response to the catastrophy. All these nice things said about Japan by Western media belies the dangers this Japanese calamity is heaping on the rest of humanity. Radiation in the air and rain, plutonium 239 waste dumped into the ocean that definitely will get into the fish-related food chain, the panic induced by the criminally non-transparency of TEPCO and the Japanese govt. Now, nobody s even mentioned the possibility of Japan re-arming itself with nuclear capability.</P> <P>As early as March 20, I saw on the WSJ comments board a set of posts suspecting that plutonium was leaking from the reactors into the environment. They were taken down immediately, like a day or 2 later. Questions have to be asked: Reactor 4, 5, 6 were supposed to be shutdown on the day of thue tsunami, but why did it catch fire in #4. #5 and #6 was leaking hydrogen. Were they reprocessing uranium byproducts? Were they trying to produce uranium based weapon?</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83383></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>7:57 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Jas</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Flower Power ! !</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83399></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>10:52 am April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>slim</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Logic needs to be introduced into Chinese education before rule of law can ever take root.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83406></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>12:04 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Gary Zaetz</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>In a recent article, noted Chinese dissident Fang Li-Zhi comments that  The international community should be especially concerned over China s breach of international agreements to which it is a signatory. A ca& se in point is China s breach of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, to which China is both a signatory (December 10, 1949) and a ratifier (December 28, 1956). These conventions obligate governments to do everything in their power to expedite the return of the remains of military personnel killed in war to their home countries. But by pressuring the US and India to cancel operations in 2010 and 2011 to recover the remains of US military personnel killed in India during World War II, China is clearly in breach of the Geneva Conventions.</P> <P>Gary Zaetz Project Homecoming (<A href="http://www.projecthomecoming.org/" rel=nofollow>http://www.projecthomecoming.org/</A>)</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83417></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>2:54 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>PEASANT</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>The Chinese government doesn t like lies and disinformations being spread in China s cyberspace. The people who feel disadvantaged are obviously those Chinese traitors who need to use disinformation to press on their issues and western media and people who are inherent liars.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83420></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>3:44 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Crackdown in China</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P><A href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/opinion/08iht-edbequelin08.html?_r=1&amp;pagewanted=print" rel=nofollow>http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/opinion/08iht-edbequelin08.html?_r=1&amp;pagewanted=print</A></P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83421></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>3:56 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>PEASANT</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Since the days Julian Assange exposed the facts that US diplomats and embassies staffs are acting as US spies, I simply unable to believe news spread by the west. And since the days Julian was being persecuted for having sex using damaged condom, I could not help but feel that not only the west are inveterate liars but they are also incurable hypocrites.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83422></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>4:11 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Witch-hunt driven by fears of a broad conspiracy</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P><A href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/04/12/us-china-politics-crackdown-idUSTRE73B3DF20110412" rel=nofollow>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/04/12/us-china-politics-crackdown-idUSTRE73B3DF20110412</A></P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83429></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>5:01 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>blue moon</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Lucky guys, those being incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay were detained for years subjected to continuous loud noises, forced to stay awake for days, given electric shocks, beaten until they fainted and bitten by army dogs. These Chinese are lucky to be in China s custody rather than in US custody.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83430></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>5:23 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Jasmine arrests: Arrogance? Or Insecurity? </CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P><A href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/04/the-chinese-crackdown-arrogance-or-insecurity/237234/" rel=nofollow>http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/04/the-chinese-crackdown-arrogance-or-insecurity/237234/</A></P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83436></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>5:36 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Ducky</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>The intensity with which China is being attacked by the news will make people suspicious that those news are part of a campaign to smear China. I say those behind it are quite naive. Worse injustices have happened everywhere in the world and they barely receive a fraction of attention being poured here.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83435></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>5:40 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>clear mind</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>It seems to me that these propaganda news from the west even overwhelm the previous Iraq War where a million people were killed. We have to hand it to the west that they are very good at spreading propaganda and fooling gullible readers.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83442></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>8:05 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Annoyed... Yay, another 50 cents!</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>@Ducky,  The intensity with which China is being attacked by the news will make people suspicious that those news are part of a campaign to smear China </P> <P>Should be qualified as anglo saxon press& afterall, the anglo saxons invaded and killed off the natives in america, canada, new zealand, australia, set up press officed and called themselves international press when in fact they re the same people.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83445></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>9:41 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>2010 Human Rights Report: China</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P><A href="http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/eap/154382.htm" rel=nofollow>http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/eap/154382.htm</A></P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83469></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:50 pm April 13, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>PEASANT</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Hear hear hear and read the above link to the State department of a country which lied to invade Iraq and killed 1 million Iraqis. This country has also detained and tortured people because of their religion and jailed them in Guantanamo for years without trial. Now this country is giving lessons on human rights.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83476></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>12:16 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Hello from Llasa</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Your facts are just a little crooked, 1150  not surprising for a peasant.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83486></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>3:07 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>The real 50 centers are slim and ooda loop & as they need tp pay for shelter desperately ASAP</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83492></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>4:14 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Man Outside of the Wall</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Please look through the obvious attempts to smear, deflect, and confuse. Please support release of Ai Weiwei <A href="http://www.change.org/petitions/call-for-the-release-of-ai-weiwei" rel=nofollow>http://www.change.org/petitions/call-for-the-release-of-ai-weiwei</A></P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83516></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>7:38 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Error& . Anonymous (@ 7:54 am April 13, 2011 )  The Economist and the Anglo-Saxon press is once again being discrete about topics considered sensitive to the West, just like what they did with the  mini-Muni crash of 2010. This time it s the 800lb gorilla-in-the-room question which no one is raising: Was Japan in the process of making a bomb. Or, at least, were they building up this capability when the Fukushima accident happened?  </P> <P>Should have wrote: China Real Time (WSJ) and the Anglo-Saxon press is once again being discrete about topics considered sensitive to the West, just like what they did with the  mini-Muni crash of 2010. This time it s the 800lb gorilla-in-the-room question which no one is raising: Was Japan in the process of making a nuclear bomb. Or, at least, were they building up this capability when the Fukushima accident happened?</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83537></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>9:29 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Chanthou K C</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Communists are communists; they are always bad and not going to change easily.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83538></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>9:39 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>EquationOfFact</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>COMMUNISM = CHEATS + LIES + CORRUPTION</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83550></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:02 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Yeah yeah China is bad & how come all the luxurious brands are setting up shop in China & BMW sales in China is rocketing up & Mercedes Benz, Rolex watches, Burberry coats, Louis Vuitton bags etc etc, & so who is the one driving the jalopy and getting poorer, eh? & . Not China buddy but u, equation, Chanthou and all those stupid 50 centers from some loser country that u come from & thick headed</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83556></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:59 am April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Ha ha</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Yeah yeah so materialistic, 1102 wrote  & how come all the luxurious brands are setting up shop in China & BMW sales in China is rocketing up & Mercedes Benz, Rolex watches, Burberry coats, Louis Vuitton bags etc etc, &  </P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83643></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>11:03 pm April 14, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Anonymous</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>EquationOfFact wrote: COMMUNISM = CHEATS + LIES + CORRUPTION = MODERN DEMOCRACY</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83674></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>1:01 am April 15, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Chanthou K C</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>So China benefited from those capitalist countries. The world tried to help China hoping China will become the biggest consumer. However, the reform will never actually happen in Chian as long as it s a communist country. Only the officers and communist members get all the wealth and advantages in China. The majority of Chinese people are still very POOR and lacking human rights. Don t be fooled by the old communist propaganda tricks.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83779></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>7:36 pm April 15, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>slim</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>As in every thread, Chinese commenters prevail by quantity; non-Chinese ones come out on top in quality. It comes down to logic.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-83851></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>10:53 pm April 16, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>Magna Carta</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>I always argue that what China needs is a magna carta for communist party members. The evolution will happen from there& </P></DIV></LI></UL></LI><A name=newest></A> <LI class="commententry "><A name=comment-84077></A> <UL class="unitList unitType-thread"> <LI class="unit first"> <UL class="cMetadata metadataType-postInfo"> <LI class=postStamp>8:57 am April 20, 2011</LI> <LI class=posterName><CITE>DoReMi</CITE> wrote: </LI></UL> <DIV class=commentContent> <P>Communism is the only thing that is keeping China from going past US to be leader of the world. The reason is everyone knows how bad communism is and nobody trust it.</P></DIV></LI></UL></LI></BODY></HTML>