Zhou Fengsuo, co-founder and President of Humanitarian China and Tiananmen student leader has asked other countries to follow India in tacking China’s expansionist policies.
He was speaking at a webinar titled ‘Emperor Has No Clothes: China Under Xi Jinping’.
Fengsuo said, “today the great democracy of India is facing a totalitarian regime of China and I see a big role for India”.
“What can India do to confront Xi Jinping’s China? There are a lot of issues that I am deeply concerned about. First is the interaction with Taiwan. It is a liberal and thriving democracy. During my last five visits to Taiwan, I was amazed to see how wonderful it has done. The country has no match because Taiwan knows CCP very well. This is why they were alert during the Covid-19 and were able to contain it. They need recognition. I hope India could establish a formal diplomatic relationship with Taiwan. Before that, we could have a lot of exchanges,” he said.
“Another important issue is the Hong Kong crisis. Think about national security law. Never in world history, we have seen a law that could prosecute people outside their country. I hope India can do a lot of this. The third issue is the Chinese firewall,” he added.
Zhou further said that India is a very strong tech power. “We have to fight on the firewall technology together,” he said.
“There were internet canons impacting the business of companies deployed by China. Any country that benefits from the global internet shutdown is China as it has built its own internet surrounded by walls. We have to fight together against China to keep the internet free and open. We can work together to break the firewall. This is also a tool for CCP for brainwashing. It is like a fortress,” Zhou said.
On China’s role in spreading the coronavirus, Zhou said, “Very recently, a Professor of Peking University, sentenced for several years in prison and during the pandemic he wrote an open letter criticising China for spreading the virus and asked the world to take action. Wuhan is somehow like Tiananmen. People were not allowed to talk. There is no way for people to speak out. This pandemic has become a global threat because of the totalitarian CCP regime. It is shocking to learn that a Medical General said that China released the vaccine on February 26. This is extremely shocking!”
He argued that the Chinese Communist Party is a threat to the entire world and said that everyone must realise China’s human rights situation as it has an impact on people all over the world including India. “The world should have understood how a regime who is killing its own people would be a threat to the entire world. The even bigger tragedy was the silence of Western powers. I applaud India for banning all these apps,” he said.
Thinlay Chukki, a Special appointee for Human Rights at The Tibet Bureau, Geneva, said in Tibet there has been a massacre of 1.2 million Tibetans and more than 6,000 monasteries have been destroyed.
“All the thirty rights that are enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, have been destroyed by China. These rights are only in letter and never allowed to be practiced. When it comes to freedom of religion, we are not even allowed to keep portraits of His Holiness Dalai Lama in our homes,” said Thinlay Chukki.
She further said that enforced disappearances are not a new phenomenon in Tibet.
“Our 11th Panchen Lama was kidnapped along with his family when he was just 6 years old. Today he has turned 25. China has categorically refused to release him. In his place, China has appointed its own Panchen Lama who is from a family of CCP cadres. The monks are forced to sing and dance to songs claiming victory of China. They are even forced to spit on pictures of the Dalai Lama,” she said.
The webinar was organised by Law and Society Alliance and Defence Capital and was moderated by senior journalist Bipindra NC and advocate H Vaidynathan.