Overseas dissidents scramble for West’s attention

Source:Global Times Published: 2013-11-27 0:53:01

Wu'er Kaixi, the Chinese dissident who fled China after the June 4th incident in 1989, tried to surrender to Chinese authorities in Hong Kong in an attempt to return to the mainland. He was declined and sent back to Taiwan where he currently lives.

He has attempted to "turn" himself in to China's overseas institutions several times in the name of seeing his ailing relatives. However, he might indicate something different by choosing Hong Kong this time.

Overseas pro-democracy activists launched a campaign on November 15 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the June 4th incident next year. They aim at preventing China from maintaining peace in its surrounding environment and announced that they would carry out more extensive actions. Crossing the border to return to stir China's social order is one of their plans under discussion.

Once refused by Hong Kong authorities, Wu'er Kaixi accepted an interview from the Voice of America, accusing the Chinese government of being "cruel" and "inhumane." He claimed that he just aimed at revealing "the nature of the Chinese government."

China's diplomatic missions and overseas offices are obviously exposed to more potential troubles. Pro-democracy activists have almost been marginalized and consequently feel lonely. The Western world has shown less support for them than for the Chinese separatists and, furthermore, many young Chinese people have never heard of them.

Therefore, the activists want attention from Western countries that may change their attitude. However, they are unable to induce any turmoil and wield any influence upon China's society since what they do is just aimed at obtaining their own interests.

China is now in a critical stage of comprehensively deepening reform. Before these pro-democracy activists become depoliticized, it is impossible for China to consider the demands from some of them to return home.

Overseas activists will continue bashing the Chinese government, simply because it's the only thing they can live on. These people have left the impression that they yearn for trouble inside China. Their interests are at odds with those of China and Chinese people, only sedition in China can bring their opportunity to improve their status.

When older generations of activists left China, it was the time when the gap in living standards in the West and China was huge. Many people sought to acquire a US identity through "political asylum." It was difficult to imagine then that in two decades, China has created an economic miracle.

Today, they should try to combine their interest with the development of the country they once lived in. When they bring no more destructive effect to China, a new opportunity for them may appear. Continuing to be the enemy to the country will cement their fate for their remaining life.


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