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The 15th Conference of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition
-- Wei Jingsheng
From December 8 to 10, 2018, the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition held its fifteenth session. The leaders and representatives of the democratic movements from the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan and Taiwan participated in frank debates and exchanges on current situation and many issues related to China and the world. Consensuses were reached on almost all issues. For details, please refer to the statement published by the 15th Conference
(http://www.weijingsheng.org/repo ... ementA1172-O306.htm).
Among them, Professor Lee from Taiwan proposed the establishment of the World Freedom and Democracy Alliance and received unanimous support, but it also caused heated debate. Many of the criticisms were regarding that Taiwan's support for democratization in Mainland China has been close to zero and even has had the opposite effect since its democratization. Therefore, the speakers were dissatisfied with the shortsightedness and wrong policies of politicians in Taiwan.
The relationship between Taiwan and the Communist regime in Mainland China is an important issue that everyone cares about, which is also a concern of the people in Mainland China. That the government of the Republic of China in Taiwan does not care about the democratization of Mainland China has in fact alienated and distanced the people in Mainland China and helped the main enemy of Taiwan, the Communist Party, to gather people's hearts. This is a suicidal strategy and is very stupid.
According to the simplest strategy, it should be using its strength to attack the shortcomings of the enemy, instead of using its shortcomings to attack the strength of the enemy. What is the strength of Taiwan? That is its free and democratic system, and the environment of legal safeguards that are attractive to the people in Mainland China. What is the shortcoming of Taiwan? It is the small size of its economy, which must rely on the external market, especially the market in Mainland China.
The failure of the Kuomintang in Taiwan was a half failure -- in order to expand the market, it gave up its position of freedom and democracy. It flattered the Communist regime; even the people in Mainland China looked down on them, let alone the people in Taiwan. But the DDP government has failed entirety, because it not only distorted the ideology of freedom and democracy, but also gave up the market in Mainland China. So, during the latest midterm election it was miserably defeated.
The Taiwanese professor who attended our conference immediately responded that Taiwan did not give up the idea of freedom and democracy. But the other representatives at the conference immediately criticized; by not supporting the democratization in Mainland China, it is actually giving up the idea of freedom and democracy. In contrast, the practices of Western democratic countries are completely different from those of Taiwan. Although the Chinese overseas democracy movement has also criticized Western countries, these criticisms have not affected the support and help given by these countries. On the contrary, they often absorb the correct opinions rapidly. In comparison, Taiwan has only helped some people who have been flattering, which is comparable to the style of Xi Jinping.
One of the more discussed issues during the session was how to move forward with the process of democratization and legalization as soon as possible, given the current trends. Currently, the biggest situation is that under the pressure of the Sino-US trade war, the opposition within the Communist leadership has gradually gained the upper hand. The possibility of promoting institutional reforms for gradual transformation has greatly increased, which means that the possibility of peaceful evolution is once again on the agenda.
The participants agreed that we should encourage the open-minded faction within the Communist leadership to promote the reform of the political system and the judicial system. But without international and domestic pressures, the weaknesses and entanglements within the Communist system are the biggest obstacles to reform. The people are the mainstay of reform, and the international situation is the driving force for reform. Maintaining the resistance of the people and the pressure of the international community is the main condition for institutional transformation.
The conference continued the criticism of the misconceptions of "peaceful, rational and non-violent" dialogue and reconciliation with the Communist regime. The "peaceful, rational and non-violent" methods are the rules for the democratic way to settle problems within the people and are not applicable to deal with dictatorial tyranny. That is because the characteristics of dictatorial tyranny are unreasonable, so unilateral reasoning is very ridiculous, just as ridiculous as a little lamb wanting to make unilateral reasoning with the old wolf.
Only when the old wolf has to choose between its death and reasoning will it choose reasoning. Only with people's resistance and international pressure, then the Communist regime may have to compromise. This not only applies to the Trump administration but also applies to the democratization of China. Any attempt to lead the people to abandon resistance is to help the Communist regime maintain its stability, which is not the position that the democratic movement should have.
The representatives attended the 15h conference agreed that promoting and helping the resistance of people within China, as well as promoting and helping the Western governments to strengthen the attack against the unfair trade of the Communist regime are the two main goals of the Chinese democracy movement both at home and abroad. Resisting and exposing the deceptive propaganda of the Communist regime is an unrelenting long-term job. Friends of the democracy movement at home and abroad will continue to persevere just like before.
To hear Mr. Wei Jingsheng's related commentary, please visit:
(Written and recorded on December 16, 2018. Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia.)
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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A1173-W801
Release Date: December 27, 2018
Topic: The 15th Conference of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition -- Wei Jingsheng
标题：中国民主运动海外联席会议第十五届会议 -- 魏京生
Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)
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