Sixty years of communist Chinese history is not glorious, nor is it great. It is a journey of despair, death, and pain for almost every family in China; of systematic brainwashing that taught the people to praise their captors.
We must be clear about what the Chinese Communist Party is: it is still the repressive, authoritarian regime it has always been. There are still no elections; this is not some type of emerging democracy, and it never will be. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is a scourge to humanity.
The information here may be hard to believe—the disregard for human life is the hardest to comprehend. The fact this disregard continues, albeit in a more covert and insidious fashion, leaves one even more incredulous. It seeps onto our supermarket shelves in the form of melamine, tainted drywall, lead toys, and poisoned pet food. It infiltrates our political systems and compromises our foundations through the lure of money and espionage.
The CCP is responsible for the deaths of more than 80 million of its own people, in peace-time. This statistic alone should be enough for all in free countries to understand how the regime operates.
Background on the Party
Ideologically, the CCP believes in the "dictatorship of the proletariat" and "continuous revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat."
After the CCP took over China, it killed the landowners to resolve problems with production relationships in rural areas. It killed the capitalists to reach the goal of commercial and industrial reform. After these two classes were eliminated, the problems related to economic control were solved.
Solving other problems also called for slaughter. The Anti-Rightists Movement eliminated the intellectuals. Killing the Christians, Taoists, Buddhists, and popular folk groups solved the problem of religions. Mass murders during the Cultural Revolution established, culturally and politically, the CCP's absolute dictatorship.
The Tiananmen Square massacre was used to prevent political crisis and squelch democratic demands. The persecution of Falun Gong is meant to resolve the issues of belief and traditional healing. These actions were all necessary for the CCP to strengthen its power and maintain its rule in the face of continual financial crisis.
Where China Ranks in the World
On the Reporters Without Borders 2008 freedom of the press index China sits at 167 out of 173 countries. China is one of the six Reporters Without Borders “Internet Enemies.”
China is the world’s biggest prison for cyber-dissidents, followed by Vietnam and Iran.
On the Freedom House index, China is rated as “Not Free”
These are the types of countries China is grouped with when looking on the global scale of rights and freedom: Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, and Burma.
China executes more people every year than any other country in the world. Amnesty International recorded 470 executions in 2007, while the U.S.-based Dui Hua Foundation estimated 5,000 to 6,000 for the same year, based on figures obtained from local officials. Official execution numbers remain a state secret.
3-5 million Chinese are currently detained in forced labor camps.
40-50 million people have been jailed in labor camps since 1949.
99 percent of those charged with “endangering state security” are found guilty.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, is still waiting for answers about alleged state-sanctioned organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.
Quitting the Party, Changing China
Throughout its 60-plus years, everything the CCP has touched has been marred with lies, wars, famine, tyranny, massacre and terror.
Chinese people around the world are quietly contributing to the biggest push for freedom in China since the Communist Party seized power 60 years ago. Some are tortured and killed for their attempts to spread the news, but the brave keep stepping forward. Though other media are not covering this story, withdrawals from the Party are accumulating from both within China and abroad.
Since the November 2004 release of the editorial series Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party by The Epoch Times, 60 million Chinese have renounced their membership of the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The withdrawals run to the core of the Party, as diplomats, general secretaries, police officials, and other high-ranking officials publicly sever their ties to the blood-red flag they once vowed to defend with their lives.
History’s Largest Killing Regimes
Communist China 80,000,000
Soviet Union 60,000,000
Nazi Germany 20,000,000
Imperial Japan 5,000,000
Communist Vietnam 2,500,000
Communist North Korea 2,500,000
Communist Cambodia 2,000,000
Communist Yugoslavia 2,000,000
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