I mentioned in my post “Innovation Deprivation” a few weeks ago that I found it hard to believe China would be able to topple the U.S. as a world power as long as its communist government practiced violence and oppression towards its citizens on a regular basis. As each day passes it is becoming clearer and clearer that China is facing serious issues in regards to human rights, and there is no telling how the overall situation might play out.
In a February 20th Wall Street Journal article entitled “Call for Protest Unnerves China,” it is described in great depth that the censorship and overall control stemming from the government is not looked favorably upon by Chinese citizens. The most recent display of oppression can be seen in the Chinese government’s issuance of police officers to stifle the “Jasmine Revolution,” a pro-democracy protest (originating in Middle East) among 13 different Chinese cities. In response to these demonstrations, the Chinese government blocked the word “Jasmine” in all search engines, confined at least 100 individuals that publicly supported the movement to house arrest, and publicly arrested supporters of the cause. The most recent showing of this was when man laid down several Jasmine flower petals, and tried to take pictures of them on his cell phone. Chinese authorities immediately detained him.
Although this issue of human rights is only one element of a nation, it is certainly an important one. One of the greatest triumphs in American history was the signing of the constitution, which allowed individuals to freely voice their opinion government without repercussion. Ultimately, this has given Americans an opportunity to have their voices heard, thus giving those who do make the rules an opportunity to mend policies for citizens’ benefit. How could that possible in a country such as China where people’s opinions are not only disrespected, but silenced?
Sure, the Chinese economy may be growing at a rapid rate, and its cities are experiencing commendable growth. In the human rights department however, it seems as though the country is digging a deep hole to nowhere.