The title of an Al-Jazeera article released on March 13, 2012 is “CHINA premier calls for POLITICAL REFORM (?)” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123145268387804.html). CHINA and “political reform” DON’T seem to go together.
“Wen Jiabao warns of risk of ‘Cultural Revolution‘-style chaos, as parliament passes reforms on criminal detentions”. Of course, hundreds of thousands of people died during the Cultural Revolution – some were killed, while others committed suicide not to mention the many millions more who continue to be haunted by nightmares of those horrifying years. Any mention of the “Cultural Revolution” is DEEPLY troubling.
Wen started off: “We must PRESS AHEAD with both ECONOMIC structural reform and POLITICAL structural reform, in particular reform in the leadership system of our party and country“,…Without a successful POLITICAL structural reform, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE for us to fully institute ECONOMIC structural reform and the gains we have made in this area may be lost“. “economic structural reform” should include NOT RIGGING STOCK MARKET INDICES (these indices should reflect the economic news of the day instead of being dictated by government officials) and we can also say this about “political structural reform”. “Such HISTORICAL tragedy as the Cultural Revolution may happen again” and of course, the Chinese government is HYSTERICALLY afraid of this. “I know very well that the reform WILL NOT be an easy one” obviously. “The reform WILL NOT be able to succeed without the consciousness, the support, the enthusiasm and creativity of our people“. “creativity” MUST NOT BE SILENCED and “enthusiasm” MUST NOT BE FORCED.
“Wen’s comments came after China’s parliament approved revisions to a key criminal law that, at least ON PAPER, will restrict police powers to secretly detain people, a tactic which human rights campaigners say is increasingly used against activists and government critics”. Of course, “on paper” and IN PRACTICE/IN REAL LIFE can be and often are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT scenarios.
“Speaking after the closing of the session, Zhang Jianxin, a Zhejiang provincial delegate said the new version of the law was MORE reflective of society“. REALLY? “I think BIG amendments have been made to the original criminal procedure law, these amendments relate better to our Chinese actuality“. “I think BIG amendments have been made” is the latest INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The bill, which comes into effect in 2013, was passed OVERWHELMINGLY with 2,639 delegates voting for it, and just 160 against”. Those 160 who voted against this bill were most likely sent to THOUGHT REFORM labor camps.
Finally, according to Al Jazeera‘s Melissa Chan, reporting from Beijing, “It is an OVERHAUL of China’s criminal procedure law after 15 or 16 years of NO changes, so it is going to be QUITE a MAJOR thing“. “15 or 16 years of NO CHANGES?” HUH? China is supposed to be REFORMING, so WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? “There has been a lot of controversy about it (obviously), but of course, some of the positive things to come out of this new legislation is the fact that suspects will now have access to a lawyer IMMEDIATELY … and there are other BASIC things that you would consider quite necessary to put in the rulebooks concerning the detention of suspects and the arrest of suspects“. Well, these are “basic things” everywhere except in CHINA, NORTH KOREA, IRAN and SYRIA – just to name a few countries that either have dictators or where “basic” DIGNITY and HUMAN RIGHTS is/are a luxury/luxuries. “At this point, IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE what the enforcement of [the new law] will be in terms of preventing secret detentions in China”. So this new law is essentially WINDOW-DRESSING because it’s only significant “ON PAPER“, which really DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING because when people are running around most of the time, they DON’T bring “papers”. Let’s also mention that IF China is TRULY reforming, they should allow people to go on SOCIAL NETWORKING sites such as TWITTER and FACEBOOK (WITHOUT having to go around crazy government censors). China claims to better than countries such as SYRIA, which has a dictator (BASHAR AL-ASSAD), but EVEN this country with a dictator allows people to tweet so China clearly has A LOT of work to do as freedom of expression is concerned.