The Chinese Communist Party is a “common component” of many of the challenges facing the international community, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister said in a panel discussion in Ottawa to coincide with the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident.
Minister Wu Joseph gave the opening remarks at the webinar. Titled “China’s Challenge” It was hosted by the Human Rights Research and Education Center (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa on June 2nd and 3rd.
Mr. Wu talked about the rise of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tyranny, saying that “human rights are an aversion to authoritarianism” while free and open democracy fosters humanitarianism.
“The authoritarian regime that wrote the bloody history of the Tiananmen Square incident 33 years ago is no better today than it was then,” he said in telecommunications.
“In fact, it’s now stronger, smarter, more ruthless, financially and tech-powered.”
The panel consisted of legal experts and social scientists from the University of Ottawa, Taiwan, Canada, France, the United States. Some of the topics covered are that the international community can learn from Taiwan how to deal with the human rights issues raised by the communist government across China’s borders, and what for Canada and its Indo-Pacific partners. Was in danger.
“Beijing is taking advantage of its growing influence to undermine democracy around the world,” Wu said.
“It exerts diplomatic, military, trade, and technical coercion. The economic power to harness the freedom of speech in democracy to flood us with propaganda and fake news and target the free market system. Is a weapon. “
In recent years, China’s communist government has “accelerated domestic and international authoritarian agendas,” said Wu, a human rights violation against both ethnic and religious minorities, a crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy, and a radical ” He said he pointed out “zero COVID”. Lockdown policies that have caused hunger in some parts of the country.
“We can all agree that we are in an era of rapid change,” he said. “Many of the new changes create challenges for stability, a rule-based international order, and our common values of freedom, democracy, and human rights. And the new things we face today. Most of the challenges have one common element: China. “
The administration is also becoming more and more hostile to Taiwan’s self-governing democracy, Wu said.
“Taiwanese people have a good understanding of what it is like to be bullied by authoritarian invaders,” he said.
History of CCP infringement
According to the Communist Black Paper, the CCP is responsible for an estimated 65 million human deaths through the death penalty, artificial famine, war, deportation and forced labor.
The administration has also suppressed many human rights lawyers, including Zhisheng Gao, who opposed the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on Falun Gong.
Pittman Potter, an honorary professor of law at the University of British Columbia, said Beijing was “responsible for many wrongdoings, deaths and destructions,” noting that China’s legal system is far from enforcing the rule of law. ..
“When it comes to the rule of law, I’m very tired of arguing, frankly, as if the Chinese legal system were quite similar to the rule of law, because I can’t get far from the truth. “Body,” he said. ..
“China’s legal system is an instrumental system that uses legal texts to govern the country. It is not a system that forces the government to comply with legal standards outside the government, until it happens. In my opinion, it is not a system of rule of law. “