When the Communist Party of China (CPC) boss Hu Jintao made his first official visit to the United States [in April 2006], he followed the old low-key pragmatic approach the CPC regime had adopted in its relations with the U.S. since June Fourth, with the intention of maintaining stable relations between the two countries. In order to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China, the CPC regime put in an order for $16.2 billion worth of American goods. To placate U.S. concerns about the problem of intellectual property rights, Hu Jintao paid Microsoft chairman Bill Gates a house call and, during a tour of Microsoft’s headquarters, made lofty reiterations of China’s commitment to protect intellectual property rights. To ease strong U.S. dissatisfaction with the CPC’s control of the currency exchange rates, the Chinese side promised that it would handle exchange rates with increasing flexibility. In every speech Hu Jintao made in the U.S., he declared that China and the U.S. share broad common interests, have a solid foundation for cooperation, and shoulder the important responsibility for promoting world peace and development, and that a healthy, stable and ever-growing China-U.S. relationship will not only benefit the people of the two countries, but also be good for the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region and the world at large. At the same time, in an effort to reduce or deflect U.S. concerns about communist China, Hu Jintao privately told Bush that he was busy with domestic political and economic issues and had no intention of challenging the U.S.
But the contrast between the positive buzz that accompanied Hu Jintao’s trade trip to Seattle and the chill surrounding his visit to the White House highlighted once again the close economic ties and political distance, as well as the lack of trust between the two countries. At the Bush-Hu summit, each leader essentially said his piece and there were no breakthroughs on significant problems. Regarding the issue that most concerned Hu Jintao—Taiwan—Bush’s declaration of the U.S. position evidently did not meet the Chinese side’s expectations. And regarding the issue that most concerned Bush—the Iran nuclear issue—Hu Jintao reasserted China’s opposition to sanctions. Therefore, the U.S. media did not give the Bush-Hu summit high marks. The Associated Press even used the word “failed” to describe it.
The last stop of Hu’s visit to the U.S. was a speech at Yale University. Turning Chinese government slogans of “putting people first” and “harmonious society” into the language of diplomacy, Hu promised that China would abide by its commitment to a peaceful rise and would devote its efforts to building a harmonious world.
In the post-Cold War world order, China has already risen to the ranks of countries that get a lot of attention. The reform and opening up policy have transformed dictatorial China into the fastest developing nation, while the disintegration of the Soviet Union has turned communist China into the biggest dictatorship in the world today. There cannot be many genuine common interests between the world’s biggest free country and the world’s biggest dictatorship. When the CPC boss panders to the U.S. and the American president receives China’s dictator as his guest, both are, in my opinion, acting out of expediency. In its gamble with the free world, todays dictatorial Chinese communists are already completely different from the traditional totalitarian Soviet Communist Party. The CPC no longer adheres to ideological positions or to the concept of military confrontation; rather, it has devoted its efforts to developing the economy and has abandoned numerous friendships based on ideology. But while it has pursued market reforms on the economic front and made every effort to integrate China into the global economy, when it comes to politics, it is tenaciously clinging to its dictatorial system, fully dedicated to forestalling Western peaceful evolution.1
Therefore, the CPC’s lame reform has failed to bring China any political progress; on the contrary, the dictatorial regime has employed money diplomacy to degrade world civilization. The current CPC regime is flush with money, and money diplomacy is very effective: it has enabled the remaining despotic regimes to linger on, while making the free countries lower their civilized standards to pander to the political demands of communist China. One could even say that as the world’s biggest dictatorship, communist China has become one of the biggest obstacles to global democratization.
To eliminate the negative effects of the sudden rise of dictatorial communist China on world civilization, we must help the world’s largest dictatorship transform into a free and democratic country as soon as possible. In the great cause of global democratization, China is a key link: if China is in the game, then the game is on for everyone. Therefore, whether to let the CPC dictatorship, which has taken more than one billion people hostage, continue to degrade human civilization, or to rescue the worlds largest hostage population from enslavement, is not only a matter of vital importance for the Chinese people themselves, but also a matter of vital importance for all free nations. Were China to become a free country, its value to human civilization would be incalculable. It would inevitably follow in the wake of the global collapse of the Soviet Eastern European totalitarian empire to bring about another global avalanche among the remaining dictatorial systems. It would be difficult for dictatorial regimes such as North Korea, Myanmar, Cuba, and Vietnam to continue, and those Middle Eastern countries with firmly entrenched dictatorial systems would also suffer a great blow.
1. On the perceived Western “peaceful evolution” threat, see for example, Russell Ong, “The Threat of ‘Peaceful Evolution’ in China’s Security Interests in the Post-Cold War Era, Routledge, 2001, pp. 116–135. ^