Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Resolution 599, which asked the Beijing government to ‘respect freedom of assembly, expression, and religion, the rule of law for all its citizens, and to stop censoring discussion of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and their violent suppression.’ This editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu refers only to the ‘political turmoil that occurred in Beijing 25 years ago,’ and condemns U.S. lawmakers for seeking to undermine China’s social order by, among other things, seeking to ‘pass information onto the Chinese people.’
Frome Huanqiu, this latest defense of the single party state’s massacring of its own citizens on this day in June, 1989, which values the owning of cars and property over pluralism and free speech, begins this way:
On May 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution [House Resolution 599] condemning China’s human rights situation. The resolution revisited the political turmoil that occurred in Beijing 25 years ago, and criticized China for the measures taken to maintain social stability. It also called on the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors to engage in information penetration in China, and urged the White House to put the human right issue at the top of the agenda in its dialogue with China. The House of Representatives, which set aside its usual bickering and overwhelmingly passed the resolution, with only a single vote against.
[Editor’s Note: 379 voted yes, 51 didn’t vote, and Republican Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina was the lone vote against House Resolution 599]
For many decades, the U.S. Congress has adopted countless anti-China resolutions, which constitute an important element in Sino-U.S. relations and reflect deeply-held perceptions and social attitudes of the American elite. Yet they do not represent bilateral ties. Generally speaking, China has adopted an attitude of defiance toward these noises from the U.S. Congress.
In fact, over recent years, the more harshly the U.S. Congress has reproached China, and the more arrogant its demands, the more damage has been done to America’s image in Chinese mainstream society. These actions by U.S. lawmakers have to some extent shaped the Chinese people’s understanding of the United States.
As our contempt for U.S. accusations and preaching have risen over the past 20 years, China has been the big winner in terms of social competition. In the early 1990s, China was in the midst of a struggle to vanquish poverty. Back then, people could never have imagined driving their own cars, owning their own real estate, and rarely if ever were able to travel, particularly since there were hardly any highways and few airports.
Today we live in “another China,” where our living conditions and essential rights have been incredibly improved. Meanwhile over these same 20 years, many developing nations which had blindly obeyed Washington’s trickery have consequently been plunged into war, unrest, or social stagnation.
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