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Exiled Chinese dissident questions survival of CPC-controlled China

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) An exiled Chinese dissident questioned Sunday the ability of China's communist government to survive for another eight years. "Many countries like England, France, Germany and Russia, transformed themselves into a republic system after experiencing tens of years of dictatorship rule," said Xin Haonian (???), founder of the council for restoring the Republic (of China) on the mainland, in a speech in Taipei. For example, Russia went through 74 years of totalitarian rule between 1917 when the Russian Empire was overthrown in the February Revolution and the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, "thus I would say that there is still a question of whether the CPC-controlled China, which has existed for over 66 years, can sustain itself for eight more years." He said that since 1985, while celebrating the 40th anniversary of the second Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945), Beijing, for the purpose of furthering its "united front tactics" against Taiwan, for the first time recognized that the "Kuomintang also played a part in the war against Japanese invasion," resulting in the mass study of the Republic of China (ROC) and the publication of articles on the war, and self-examination among the public. Citing the results of his "personal self-examination," Xin said that "the new China" as has been espoused by Beijing, should have been the ROC, rather than the People's Republic of China, because even during the Beiyang government (????, 1912-1928) period -- when China was ruled by successive warlords -- the republic was more open that it is now. He cited two examples to make his point: then-Republic of China retained a fairer judicial system than the current People's Republic and people at that time enjoyed greater freedom of expression, as evidenced by the over 1,000 papers published by the private sector during that time. Xin said that although his goal of "restoring the republic" on the mainland has not been well received by many as a possibility, he urged Taiwan to learn more about the heart of most mainland people and what they have been pursuing, and even form a "joint anti-Communist" front line so as to safeguard the existence of the ROC, which he said is the beacon for restoring the republic on the mainland. Xin, 67, who once served as a standing member of the People's Congress of Anhui Province before he went into exile in the United States over 20 years ago, said that democratic Taiwan should be proud of itself because it is the only government that has successfully implemented such a system in the 5,000-year history of China. (By Chang Chu-ling & Bear Lee)

Updated : 2021-09-25 18:35 GMT+08:00