As the Beacon of Democracy Flickers, Darkness Arrives

March 29, 2021 Updated: April 4, 2021

Survivors of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gathered in Canberra in February for the inaugural Victims of the Communist Regime of China conference. Below is an abridged version of a speech delivered by Chinese democracy activist Dr. Chin Jin.

I must admit that I am not a victim of this regime, I am only a maverick who is an opponent of this regime.

I am not going to review the countless crimes of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since its establishment. What I have always been concerned about is how to change China’s political status quo. It affects all of us, one way or another. And if it doesn’t yet, it soon will.

Let me focus on the historical facts and project into the future.

The world must realize that the CCP is extremely vicious. Our struggle with the CCP is a battle between man and beast. It is a battle between mortals on the one side (ours), and Satan and demons on the other. I do not use these images lightly. The stakes are high and the evil forces are real. In this game, we have no chance of winning if we are to continue as we have done to date.

The reality is that policies in the United States over the past few decades have helped the CCP reign supreme in China, with the regime’s power ever more unchecked. It’s grown into a behemoth. Its citizens are now completely under its control, physically and mentally. Their every action is monitored, their privacy gone. Their individual worth is constantly and intimately assessed by social credit monitoring—a form of psychological torture.

The United States failed to foresee the CCP’s evil growth. U.S. liberals had delusions that, via free trade and by welcoming researchers and students, China under communist rule would grow into a liberal democracy. The great irony is that, instead, the United States itself may turn into a Chinese Communist-controlled state.

The liberal West ignorantly helped the CCP to strengthen its state apparatus to suppress its own people and any political resistance. With the help of the United States and Western democracies, the CCP is now using modern science and technology to govern and control the Chinese people through force, lies, and deception. Its facial recognition technology came from the West.

The original facilitators of the CCP’s rise were American socialist-inclined, pro-communist figures, such as George Marshall, the four Johns (John Davis, John Vincent, John Service, John Fairbank–the so-called “China Hands”), and Owen Lattimore.

These deluded types who with their high IQs and mastery of the Chinese language thought they understood the complexities of China, and laid down the doomed China policies of the United States.

The opportunities the China Hands and their cohort created all helped the CCP extend its power across mainland China.

The CCP ended up dominating China and ruled harshly for over seven decades.

Every aspect of its rule was harsh to its people, from its one-child policy and forced abortions to its suppression of dissidents, organising of informants to spy on its citizens, and its denial of opportunity for those outside of the party.

To its more recent horrors, such as gunning down pro-democracy students in Tiananmen Square, its crackdown on House Christians, detention and organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs, these are all breathtakingly ghastly features of a regime “drunk” on unchecked power.

The CCP has been able to rule China with unbridled power, thanks initially to the support of the Harry Truman administration. Now, we face the danger that a massively strengthened CCP could stay in power if there are successive administrations that are soft on the far-left regime.

The only conclusion one can draw from an analysis of history is that if the occupant of the White House is a Democrat, the CCP will not fall. Whether it is for reasons of weakness in the Democrat leadership, or a shared socialist outlook, the result is the same.

The biggest problem is that in the whole world, few in the West understand the nature of the CCP, China, and the true face and intentions behind the CCP’s mask of hiding behind the Chinese people.

I have long waited for the appearance of a figure akin to Ronald Reagan.

In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the world witnessed President Donald Trump, who is more businessman than politician, with no clear political boundaries. But for all his human faults, he has the great attribute of being the first U.S. president to start reigning in the CCP.

He acknowledged and responded to the facts.

Significant intellectual property was being stolen from America, there were CCP spies—both commercial and military—in the country. Manufacturing and associated jobs were collapsing in America as a result of the CCP subsuming much of the market.

Trump’s offensive against the CCP—from protective tariffs to raising public awareness of the danger posed by the regime—could well have shaken it.

The cumulative effect of Trump’s measures offered China and its people the opportunity to be liberated from the CCP’s rule.

Hoping for the Chinese people to change the formidable CCP regime is unrealistic. The level of monitoring and suppression that takes place inside China makes it unlikely to be achieved.

Only external forces can feasibly have a fatal and destructive effect on the regime.

Once the emergence of political opportunities to change China became visible, CCP leaders will be aware of their impending demise. But they will not wait for their doom. Instead, they will fight for the survival of the regime.

Even with the outbreak of COVID-19 and international outrage over millions of deaths, the CCP has still managed to successfully defend itself and survive.

If people fail to have the courage to uphold justice and conscience today, tomorrow, this evil will attack the whole world more brazenly.

I believe the CCP will further encroach on Australia and the West by repeating its successes in the United States.

In Australia, the CCP has commandeered strategic assets such as the Port of Darwin, and its state-owned entities have substantial interests in the Ports of Newcastle and Melbourne too.

It has taken over a number of our essential services, including water, gas, electricity grids, universities, and some of our key food supply sources. Fortunately, our 5G telecommunications are untouched.

The regime has also detained a number of Australians, including businessperson Matthew Ng, newsreader Cheng Lei, and employees of Crown Casino.

It even had the gall to be indignant with Australia for instigating the most reasonable and sensible of requests—an independent investigation into the origin of the global pandemic.

I would like to take this opportunity to convey to Prime Minister Scott Morrison my serious concerns about the future of Australia.

I am concerned about whether Australia can withstand retaliation from the Red Dragon of Beijing, especially with the United States’ role as the world’s beacon of democracy and freedom facing challenges.

I am worried whether Australia has the fortitude, wisdom, and strength to prevent the same tragedy that befell the United States’ democratic system.

What is to stop Beijing from manipulating and carrying out a similar strategy in Australia?

I sincerely wish the Morrison government remains vigilant and takes precautions, and does not end up hoodwinked by Beijing’s plots and stratagems.

Australia must not replicate—either through apathy, negligence, or compromise—the pitfalls from the recent U.S. election process that led people to question democratic institutions. The Australian people should be fully awake to the possibility of this detrimental political evolution, as the CCP surely is.

Preparedness averts perils. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. We must resist the combination of misguided liberalism and red communism.

Sadly, there are those who will side with Beijing. Some are hesitant with their loyalties and are easily swayed with changing political winds. Others are dogged collaborators with the CCP.

China’s leaders must demonstrate a genuine interest in world peace, human flourishing, truth-telling, and a respect for other countries’ sovereignty before the Middle Kingdom can once again be fit to be a world power.

In the meantime, Australia must show strength. If Australia sets itself on a true path and refuses to bow to Beijing’s coercion, then those vacillators will stand firmly by Australia’s interests.

If Australia shows weakness, however, and simply kowtows to the CCP, Beijing apologists will undermine us from within.

Preventing Australia from being engulfed by this icy red tide is the key to this country’s happiness.

I finish by urging that we, as a society, must decouple from China.

We do not have the luxury anymore of thinking that the CCP’s tentacles we see extending elsewhere, will not try to choke us too.

We must eradicate the CCP’s propaganda outfits in our educational institutions.

We must stop any acquisition or ownership where such rights are not reciprocated and where it is not in our national interest.

We must claw back some of our manufacturing.

We must diversify our markets—to source goods from elsewhere and reduce our dependency on that one country.

We must take back our ports.

We must take back ownership of our essential services.

We must secure our internet.

We must ensure our intelligence agencies are across all risks to our national sovereignty—whether cyber, public health, foreign ownership, strategic encroachment through China’s Belt and Road Initiative, or any others avenues.

It is high time now to act, to save our country. We can do it, and we must do it.

Australia-based Dr. Chin Jin is the global chair of the Federation for a Democratic China. The group advocates for the democratization of China through opposition to the Communist Party and support for human rights. It was founded following the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Chin himself experienced first hand the tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.