|Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:50 am Post subject: Peaceful Rise in China or Belligerence continues?
|Young Canadian Gabriel Latner about imprisoned member of Canadian family by Communist Chinese because of his desire for democracy...
Gabriel Latner stands up for a disheartened Canadian family and wrote an article to stir the Canadian government and perhaps the "standing committee" to convince the Chinese Old Guard Communists to release Wang Bingzhan, who I knew little about.
Standing Committee Canada
Free Wang Bingzhan - Gabriel Latner (National Post)
Wang Binghzhang represents the kind of immigrant Canada's successes have been built on. He studied hard at McGill, eventually earning a PhD in pathology -all while raising a family. Dr. Wang is dedicated to the Canadian values of freedom, democracy and peace. According to his daughter, it was this dedication that lead him to try bring these values to his native land of China. He co-founded the International Pro-Chinese Democracy Movement, and played a key role in organizing the Tienanmen Square protests in 1989. For these actions, he is hated by the Chinese government. That raises the question over how much China can truly claim to respect Canada -it treats our values as threats to its own existence.
When Dr. Wang was in Vietnam in 2002, China "disappeared" him -they sent a team to kidnap him and take him to China, where he was held secretly for months. When Dr. Wang's family finally found out where he was, the news only got worse. Dr. Wang had been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment -without any evidence or witnesses to condemn him. He is currently in solitary confinement. All this for the "crime" of preaching the merits of democracy and human rights, the birthrights of all Canadians.
So far, Canada's official response has been lacking. In 2003, a parliamentary standing committee submitted a report, noting that the standing committee -not even Parliament -"Calls upon the Chinese Government to release Dr. Wang Bingzhang from prison, and permit him to be reunited with his family and colleagues." Nothing further has been said in the eight years since.
Young Latner was involved in a terrific debate 'Is Israel a Roque State" at Cambridge University in the UK. But the selection committee were legitimately fooled and shocked because the anti-Israel contingent lost.
Israel is a Rogue State — debated proposer Gabriel Latner at Cambridge University
But this posting is about the Chicoms' fear of democracy, (the communists die-hards of the Old Guard). They ordered that Mr. Bingzhan be kidnapped in Vietnam then imprisoned in China.
Years ago the old guard even virtually imprisoned their own Premier Zhao Ziyang who had considered reform and progress. They blamed him for mishandling of the Tiananmen Square student protest.
CHINA is "rule of men" not "rule of law" — said Premier Zhao Ziyang.
I hope Prime Minister and the CPC continue to show what we Canadians are made of, our federal government stands up for Israel, and ask the Chicoms to let him go... or tell them to bugger off from our oil.
Too complex? Too risky because of the trade and financial ramifications? We could replace Chinese products with items from democratic India or other countries. I am fed up with "Made In China", especially when the BIG, BAD BULLY tries to show size.
I ask you Prime Minister Stephen Harper to get involved and speak up like Canadian student Gabriel Latner, who I am proud of, boldly and articulately has.
A Diplomat Looks East- Bret Stephens, Wall Street JournalWill Beijing continue to pursue a policy of 'peaceful rise' or become a more belligerent player on the world stage?.
I would say the old guard remains belligerent rather than going forward with "the peaceful rise" which could be a deception as written in "The Art Of War" by Sun Tzu (circa 500 B.C.E).
18. All warfare is based on deception
19. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
20. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. (All commentators, except Chang Yu, say, "When he is in disorder, crush him." It is more natural to suppose that Sun Tzu is still illustrating the uses of deception in war.)
21. If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.
22. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. (Wang Tzu, quoted by Tu Yu, says that the good tactician plays with his adversary as a cat plays with a mouse, first feigning weakness and immobility, and then suddenly pouncing upon him.)
23. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. (This is probably the meaning though Mei Yao-ch`en has the note: "while we are taking our ease, wait for the enemy to tire himself out." The YU LAN has "Lure him on and tire him out." If his forces are united, separate them. Less plausible is the interpretation favored by most of the commentators: "If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them.")
24. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected