What is China’s magic? How does the Communist Party get away with it? Beijing exports weapons of mass destruction to dangerous states, oppresses its minorities, locks up political and religious dissidents, menaces Taiwan, looks the other way as human organs and blood are illegally secured and sold, denies the extent of AIDS and executes more people extrajudicially than the rest of the world combined.
Despite such a damning dossier, and this would not be the case with any other country, some China-watchers and officials in democratic countries find it difficult to face the facts of China’s rule over its own subjects–one cannot use the word citizens–or they rationalize them away. They insist, undeniably, that “things are much better now than five/ten/twenty years ago” and certainly much better than in Mao’s day. Such improvement does not excuse us from looking squarely at Beijing’s depredations.
THE BINGHAM EXAMPLE