Friday, October 17, 2008

For the Chinese Communist Party, foreigners come first

The Chinese Communist Party has spent many a year insisting that it was the only entity that could be entrusted with the safety, prosperity, honor, and dignity of the Chinese people. Today's news and events have combined to expose that claim as utterly laughable.

How many ordinary Chinese even know that foreign journalists had more freedom to operate than Chinese reporters over the last few months (BBC and Boycott 2008)? Given the restrictions already in place on cyberspace in Communist China (Boycott 2008), we can be all-but-certain the number is very, very low.

I'm sure the Chinese people would also be thrilled to hear that the regime has been far more sensitive to reports of tainted exports (Epoch Times) than the fate of domestic children who have fallen ill.

Workers who are seeing their jobs disappear (BBC) will likely not react well to the news that the very regime which refuses to pay their wages is sending rivers of cash to Pakistan (Washington Times).

At some point, the Chinese people will want to know why Pakistani rulers, foreign reporters, businessmen in New Zealand (Between Heaven and Earth), and Korean sycophants (Washington Times) get more attention from Beijing than they do. When that happens, imprisoning Tibetan monks and flailing against Falun Gong (Boycott 2008) won't stop the CCP from sinking beneath the waves of history.

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