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April 03, 2008

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barnychan

Oh, and I'm going to be away from an internet connection for a few days, so you'll only have Mahathir Fan and Chuck Liu to spar with. Or maybe Rebecca could break her strange silence and join the fray...

mahathir_fan

"There simply is not any legal method of starting a alternate party under PRC law, and since PRC law is German -based rather than English-based, anything that is not mentioned in the law is prohibited."

Can you please eloborate or point me to a link regarding German based vs English based. I don't understand this. There is no way a law is to mention everything that can be allowed. I have no knowledge in this matter.

"On the bright side, there is absolutely nothing in Chinese law similar to the Internal Security Act in either Singapore or Malaysia. In particular, the ISA lets the government detain someone at the order of the Home Minister and allows them to hold someone incommunicado for 60 days."

We should not forget to give proper credit to the geniuses that came up with the Internal Security Act(ISA) law. The credit goes to the British, ISA is a colonial law that we simply inherited from colonial days.

Of course, it also took the genius of Dr. Mahathir to use it against political opponents in a civil manner, although the British were already using it against their own political opponents who tried to fight them to get independence. Also, it is not just 60 days, it will be reviewed and the vacation can be extended.

mahatir_fan

"This might be benificial but it isn't a prerequisite - the standard of living certainly wasn't high in Romania."

I think America is a good model for China to follow in its transition to Democracy. The 13 states came together and form a union to fight against the British.

We can copy America's model. China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, etc. can come together and form a Union that is democratic to fight against a common enemy. This would complete the transition towards democracy for China, North Korea and Vietnam all in one shot.

I think it is advantageous when thinking of how to bring to democracy to China to think of America's model, countries coming together and forming a Union instead of the USSR model, country getting split up.

I think the idea of China joining up with North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia to form the United States of Asia which is democratic would receive very favorable public opinion in China.

Michelle

mahatir_fan: "I think the idea of China joining up with North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia to form the United States of Asia which is democratic would receive very favorable public opinion in China."

......but not in North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Mongolia.

Larry S

I think Hu Jia's close ties with the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy has not exactly endeared him with the PRC government. In the USA, if a citizen conspires with a foreign intelligence agency to destabilize our government, we call it treason. Why should we expect Hu Jia to be treated any differently.

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