The Communist Party’s rule by fear endangers Chinese citizens—and the world
An open letter to Chinese citizens and friends of China at home and abroad
The current global crisis has been caused by the regime so many of you have been tolerating or supporting for decades.
On 2 April 2020 a group of one hundred Chinese establishment scholars wrote an open letter decrying the "many critical voices politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic". They stated that "(at) this stage of the pandemic, the exact source and origin of COVID-19 remain undetermined, but these questions are unimportant and finger pointing is demeaning and hurtful to everyone". They also argued against what they alleged is the politicizing of the epidemic.
The open letter exemplifies what the independent intellectual Professor Xu Zhangrun has called the "ridiculous 'Red Culture' and the nauseating adulation that the system heaps on itself via shameless pro-Party hacks who chirrup hosannahs at every turn."
Professor Xu—now under house arrest—has called on his compatriots to stop their uncritical support for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and instead to "rage against this injustice; let your lives burn with a flame of decency; break through the stultifying darkness and welcome the dawn."
While the exact source and spread of the virus are not clear yet the question of origin is highly important, for the people of China and for all humankind: only by understanding how this global disaster could emerge we can prevent it from happening again.
The roots of the pandemic are in a cover-up by CCP authorities in Wuhan, Hubei province. Under the influence of the CCP the World Health Organisation first downplayed the pandemic. Taiwanese health officials also allege that they ignored their alerts of human-to-human transmission in late December. Under pressure from the CCP, democratic Taiwan—which has coped with the pandemic in exemplary fashion—is excluded from the WHO.
我们永远都不要忘记，中国的“切尔诺贝利时刻”是一个自我伤害的伤口。 中共压制了中国医生，他们想在疫情爆发初期警告其他卫生专业人员：艾芬医生在接受国内一家媒体的采访后就被禁声了； 她的同事李文亮医生在武汉与该病毒作斗争时死亡。 李医生在临终时曾留下广为流传的一句话：“健康的社会不应只有一种声音。"
We should never forget that China’s Chernobyl moment was a self-inflicted wound. The CCP silenced Chinese doctors who wanted to warn other health professionals during the early stage of the outbreak: Dr Ai Fen can no longer appear in public after accepting a domestic media interview; her colleague Dr Li Wenliang died while fighting the virus in Wuhan. On his deathbed Dr Li famously said that "a healthy society shouldn't have only one voice."
中国企业家任志强写道 “没有了媒体代表人民利益去公告事实的真相，剩下的就是人民的生命被病毒和体制的重病共同伤害的结果。” 他于3月12日失踪。
The Chinese entrepreneur Ren Zhiqiang wrote that “without a media representing the interests of the people by publishing the actual facts, the people’s lives are being ravaged by both the virus and the major illness of the system." He disappeared on March 12.
The courageous citizen journalists Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin and Li Zehua, who tried to report freely about the situation in Wuhan, now are also missing.
Mainland China’s political malaise goes beyond the leadership failure of Xi Jinping. In a recent video message a young student called Zhang Wenbin reflected on his evolution from an uncritical CCP supporter to a critical citizen with a conscience: "Since I scaled the Great Firewall, I gradually came to the realization that the Chinese Communist Party has extended its dragon claws into every corner of the world, including collective farming [1950s], the Cultural Revolution [1966-1976], the Great Famine [1958-1961], the One-Child Policy, the Tiananmen massacre , as well as the persecution of the Falun Gong [spiritual movement], and the peoples of Tibet, Hong Kong and Xinjiang…Yet everyone continues to turn a blind eye, singing the party's praises. I just can't bear it". Zhang disappeared shortly after recording his message. His friends fear he will face interrogation and torture by the secret police.
全球大流行病迫使我们所有人面对一个不便的事实：中华人民共和国的一党专制统治继续包括人民健康在内的生活各个方面政治化，从而危害了所有人。 我们不应该相信中共的意图并接受官方学者对党国政策的不予批判的认可，而应该更加关注非官方中国的声音。 这些思想独立的学者、医生、企业家、公民记者、公益律师和大学生不再接受中共以恐吓为主的政治统治方式。 您也不应接受这样的恐吓。
The global pandemic forces us all to confront an inconvenient truth: by politicizing all aspects of life including people’s health, continued autocratic one-party rule in the People’s Republic of China has endangered everyone. Rather than trusting the CCP’s intentions and accepting establishment academics’ uncritical approval of the party-state’s policies, we should pay greater attention to the voices of what can be termed ‘unofficial’ China. These independent-minded academics, doctors, entrepreneurs, citizen journalists, public interest lawyers and young students no longer accept the CCP’s rule by fear. Neither should you.
作为公众人士、安全政策研究者和中国观察者国际团体的成员，我们与勇敢有良知的中国公民站在一起。在此仅列举一些英雄：许章润、艾芬、李文亮、任志强、陈秋实、方斌、李泽华、许志永和张文斌，他们为自由开放的中国冒着生命和自由的危险。 他们各自的声音已经汇成一首合唱曲。 他们呼吁重新批判性地评估中共的政策，以及这些政策对中国公民和全球各国公民所带来的影响。 我们也敦促您加入他们。
As an international group of public figures, security policy analysts and China watchers we stand in solidarity with courageous and conscientious Chinese citizens including Xu Zhangrun, Ai Fen, Li Wenliang, Ren Zhiqiang, Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin, Li Zehua, Xu Zhiyong, and Zhang Wenbin, just to name a few of the real heroes and martyrs who risk their life and liberty for a free and open China. Their individual voices are already forming a chorus. They demand nothing less than a critical evaluation of the impact of CCP policies on the lives of Chinese citizens and citizens around the world. We urge you to join them.
Signatories (in alphabetical order) 签名（以字母排序） Judith Abitan, Executive Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and a Human Rights Advocate Patricia Adams, Probe International, Canada Mantas Adomėnas MP, Parliament of Lithuania Yoko Alender MP, Parliament of Estonia Lord Alton of Liverpool, House of Lords, United Kingdom Lord Andrew Adonis, House of Lords, United Kingdom Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster Matteo Angioli, Global Committee for the Rule of Law "Marco Pannella" Swati Arun, Jawaharlal Nehru University Nathan Attrill, Australian National University Rt Hon Norman Baker, Former Home Affairs minister, UK government Christopher Balding, Fulbright University Vietnam Carol Bao, University of Sydney Geremie R. Barmé, Historian, Professor Emeritus, The Australian National University Bastiaan Belder, Historian, Rapporteur European Parliament on EU-China relations 2004-2019 James Bezan, MP, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, Shadow Minister for National Defence Teng Biao, Hunter College, City University of New York Luca Biason, The Australian National University Mattias Bjornerstedt, Swedish Tibet Committee, Sweden Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow, FPRI.org Harald Bockman, University of Oslo Anne-Marie Brady, Global Fellow, Kissinger Institute on China and the US, Wilson Center, USA; Professor in Political Science and International Relations, University Canterbury, NZ Charles Burton, Macdonald-Laurier Institute and European Values Center for Security Policy Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University William A. Callahan, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics Kevin Carrico, Monash University Chuangchuang Chen, St John's University School of Law, USA Duanjie Chen, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Alvin Y.H. Cheung, NYU School of Law Josephine Chiu-Duke, University of British Columbia, Canada Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, Humanity Beyond Borders, Thailand Donald Clarke, George Washington University Jerome A. Cohen, Founding Director, US-Asia Law Institute, New York University J Michael Cole, University of Nottingham and Senior fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Ottawa, Canada Damian Collins MP, House of Commons, United Kingdom John Conti, California State University Dominguez Hills Stéphane Corcuff, University of Lyon Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Centre for Human Rights, Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Halyna Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Group Hon Michael Danby MP, Seven term MP, former Parliamentary Secretary & past Chao Australian Parliament Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee Michael Danielsen, Taiwan Corner David A. Dayton, Utah Valley University Axel Dessein, King's College London Michael S. Duke, University of British Columbia, Canada Stephen Ezell, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, United States Horst Fabian, Independent researcher and Europe - China civil society Ambassador Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers Fredrik Fällman, Associate Professor of Sinology, University of Gothenburg Antonia Finnane, University of Melbourne Isaac Stone Fish, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Anna Fotyga, European Parliament Andrew Foxall, Henry Jackson Society Vanessa Frangville, Université Libre de Bruxelles Aaron L. Friedberg, Princeton University Andreas Fulda, University of Nottingham, School of Politics and International Relations Daniel Garrett, Securing Tianxia Thomas Gold, University of California, Berkeley Angela Gui, University of Cambridge Martin Hála, Sinopsis and Charles University Clive Hamilton, Charles Sturt University, Canberra Dan Harris, Harris Bricken Laura Harth, Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella” John Hemmings, Henry Jackson Society Frank Herschel Finch III, University of New Haven Michael Hsiao, Academia Sinica Ho-fung Hung, Johns Hopkins University Susie Hughes, Executive Director, International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse In China (ETAC), Australia Massimo Introvigne, Sociologist, editor in chief of Bitter Winter Dolkun Isa, World Uyghur Congress Jakub Janda, Director, European Values Center for Security Policy, Prague, Czech Republic Chin Jin, University of Sydney, Australia Filip Jirouš, Sinopsis Rasa Juknevičienė, European Parliament Thierry Kellner, Université libre de Bruxelles Tinatin Khidasheli, Civic IDEA, Former Minister of Defence, Georgia Tamar Kintsurashvili, Media Development Foundation Adéla Kleckova, German Marshall Fund, Czech Republic Ondřej Klimeš, Researcher, Czech Academy of Sciences Marcus Kolga, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Marko Kovic, Independent researcher and writer in Zurich, Switzerland Andrius Kubilius, European Parliament André Laliberté, University of Ottawa School of Political Studies, Canada Gabrielius Landsbergis, Chairman of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats Nathan Law Kwun Chung, Demosisto Gregory Lee, University of Lyon Eric S Li, Senior Member, Association of Computing Machinery, Canada Anastasia Lin, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Petra Lindberg, SHRIC -Supporting Human Rights In China Jan Lipavský MP, House of Commons, Czech Republic Dimon Liu, Independent human rights activist Olga Lomová, Charles University Edward Lucas, Author, journalist, and senior vice-president, Center for European Policy Analysis Nicola Macbean, The Rights Practice Paul Macgregor, Historian of Chinese in Australia Hon. Peter MacKay, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, National Defence, Justice and Attorney General of Canada Paul Maddison, Director UNSW Research Institute, former Canadian High Commissioner to Australia, former Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, University of New South Wales Rahima Mahmut, Uyghur Human Rights Activiest, U.K. Project Director, World Uyghur Congress Paul Maidowski, Fletcher School alumn Shuvaloy Majumdar, Program Director & Munk Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Dorian Malovic, Asia Editor La Croix Jonathan Manthorpe, International Affairs Commentator and author of "Claws of the Panda: Beijing's Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada" and "Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan." Kyle Matthews, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Stewart McDonald MP, House of Commons, United Kingdom James Millward, Georgetown University, USA John Minford, Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, Australian National University David Missal, Sinologist and Freelance Journalist Alan Mendoza, The Henry Jackson Society Juraj Mesík, Slovak Foreign Policy Association Giorgi Moldini, Stratcom Georgia Joseph Moschella, Attorney and Founder, Americans For Global Engagement Enrique Miguel Sanchez Motos, Senior Civil Servant. President of Association for the Defense of Freedom of Conscience John MacKenzie Nicolson, House of Commons, United Kingdom Manyan Ng, International Society for Human Rights Valérie Niquet, China and Asia specialist Mareike Ohlberg, Analyst, Mercator Institute for China Studies Kyle Olbert, Citizens of the American Republic Jojje Olsson, Swedish journalist Shaun O'Dwyer, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Kyushu University Richard C Owens, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Canada Tsering Passang, Adviser, Tibetan Community UK Karen Patterson, Freelance Writer - Taking on China: How I Freed My Husband From Jail (2020), Canada Katarzyna Pejda, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland Andrew J Phelan, Med Tech Entrepreneur Johnathan Pollock, Editor, 9DashLine Patrick Poon, PhD researcher, Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III) Katerina Prochazkova, Sinopsis Luke de Pulford, Coalition for Genocide Response Liwen Qin, Independent writer, Germany Jafer Qureshi, Consultant Psychiatrist - Fellow Of the Royal College of Psychiatry. Philanthropist Aaron Rhodes, President, Forum for Religious Freedom Europe Pablo Rodríguez-Merino, University of Warwick Benedict Rogers, Deputy Chair of Conservative Party Human Rights Commission & Chair of Hong Kong Watch Wendy Rogers, International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China, Macquarie University, Australia Bert-Jan Ruissen, Member of the European Parliament Stuart Russell, Professor, Macquarie University School of Law, Sydney Australia (retired) Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, President of the "Global Committee for the Rule of Law- Marco Pannella" Łukasz Sarek, Researcher, Asia Explained Katarzyna Sarek, Jagiellonian University, Poland David Schak, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University Puma Shen, National Taipei University Radosław Sikorski, European Parliament Michaela Šojdrová, Member of European Parliament, Czech Republic Duncan Stirling, Former participant; EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme. Former foreign expert; China Central Television Mark Stokes, The Project 2049 Institute May-Britt U. Stumbaum, Freie Universität Berlin Joshua Tang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University Didi Kirsten Tatlow, Sinopsis Nury Turkel, Attorney and Board Chair of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, USA Thierry Valle, President, Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience Tsering Wangchuk, United Nations for Tibet Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine Gerrit van der Wees, George Mason University, USA Charlie Weimers MEP, Member of the European Parliament (Sweden, ECR Group) Kerry Wright, NSW Education, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Australia Tibet Council, Australian Women for Tibet, Australia Steve Xue, Boston University School of Theology Michael B. Yahuda, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics; Visiting Scholar, George Washington University Lee Cheuk Yan, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movement in China Jianli Yang, Founder and President of Citizen Power Initiatives for China Solomon Yue, CEO of Republicans Overseas & Republican National Committeeman for Oregon Anna Zádrapová, Sinopsis Michal Zelcer-Lavid, Bar-Ilan University Adrian Zenz, Senior fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Xiaoshi Zhang, Cardozo School of Law Peter Zoehrer, FOREF Europe (This list was updated on April 15, 2020 at 1:55pm ET) Sign the Letter and Media Inquiries Are you an expert or a politician interested in signing onto this letter? Or are you a member of the press looking for more information? If so, please contact MLI's Communications and Digital Media Manager, Brett Byers: email@example.com
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