A Chinese student at Duke University was accused as being a "traitor" simply because she did not side with the local Chinese Student Association controlled by the Chinese Consulate at a gathering supporting human rights on April 9. Photos from the AFP showed that on the walls of her family's residence in China, someone wrote in red paint, "Kill the whole family, kill the traitor." The New York Times and Washington Post also reported that someone even sprayed feces on her family home in China.
As many already know, Chinese student associations at universities in the United States are often controlled by the Chinese government. The chairman of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Duke University admitted that they received funding from the Chinese Consulate. The student was humiliated simply because her actions were not completely consistent with the Chinese Communist Party's policies. This begs the question: Does love for the country equate with love for the Communist Party?
Chinese Communist Party Confuses the Concepts of the Party and the Country
In order to protect its dictatorship, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) often spreads slogans along the line of, "Loving the Party is loving the country." When its regime is threatened, it often says, "If the Party dies, the country dies." This is a wicked lie told by the CCP to tie the fate of the CCP with the fate of China. Rationally, it's not difficult to separate the CCP from China. Those who love the CCP may not love the country, and those who love the country may not love the CCP. If the CCP dies, China will still exist.
The CCP often lumps together the CCP and the country, placing the CCP above the country. This is actually hijacking the country, which is unthinkable in a normal society. The CCP always mixes the concepts of the CCP and the country in its propaganda, intentionally confusing the two. As a result, many Chinese people naturally consider the two concepts to be the same.
When democratic countries criticize China's human rights conditions and dictatorship, the CCP calls them "anti-China," as though those who are against the Communist Party are all against China. The CCP has twisted the idea of patriotism by saying, "Weaknesses of the Party are also weaknesses of the country, and need to be kept internal."
China Does Not Equate With the CCP--Love for the Country Does Not Equate with Love for the CCP
China has a 5,000-year history, only 58 of which have been under the control of the CCP. There have been more than 20 dynasties in China. These dynasties, however long or short they may have been, were only a moment in the long history of China. The CCP's regime is also just a short, passing moment of history. How can it call itself China? When the CCP collapses, China will still stand.
Samuel Johnson said, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." After the bankruptcy of the international communist bloc, the CCP buried itself even more deeply under the banner of patriotism. When any Western country criticizes the CCP, it is called "anti-China." When the Chinese public resists the CCP, it calls them "anti-government." When overseas Chinese people criticize the CCP, it calls them unpatriotic.
Those who have long been brainwashed by the CCP often say, "Without the CCP, there is no 'new China.'" Since the collapse of the USSR and Communism in Eastern Europe, only China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, and Laos remain communist. These countries are all marked by poverty, dictatorship, and persecution. In contrast, after abandoning communism, Eastern Europe has developed quickly, and people's lives are improving. This shows that, "Only without the CCP, can there be a 'new China.'"
Absurdity in the CCP's Lies
The CCP has a set of absurd "logic." "The country is the CCP, the CCP is the country. Love for the CCP is love for the country. Anyone against the CCP is unpatriotic and is involved in politics." As an extension of this, whoever makes a suggestion or criticizes the CCP is considered to be "involved in politics" and is a bad person. To take this one step further, no one could offer any suggestion to their supervisor without being labeled a "bad person" or "involved in politics."
To the Chinese people who have been confused, anyone who criticizes a high-level CCP official is labeled unpatriotic, "involved in politics," and sometimes even "cooperating with overseas anti-China forces." During the last few years, Falun Gong practitioners have exposed the brutal persecution by the CCP and Jiang Zemin against Falun Gong, and the CCP has instigated the Chinese public to say, "Falun Gong has stained the reputation of China," or "Falun Gong is unpatriotic." Does anyone who points out the crimes of the CCP automatically becomes unpatriotic, and someone who "stains the reputation of China"?
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