Chinese academic: China successfully modifies Western political system

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Chinese academic, Feng Chongyi, Associate Professor in China Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, whom China’s regime detained while he visited the country in January, warned that West’s unwillingness to defend democracy is detrimental to the efforts of Chinese and other freedom fighters around the world. “If Western democracies are really serious about political civilisation, human rights and the rule of law, they have to defend it very forcefully,” Feng said in an interview for Little Red Podcast.

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“If they submit to the requests of the Chinese regime to have economic engagement at the expense of human rights or the rule of law, that is very detrimental not only to the Chinese but also to democracies around the world”, he stated.

In January Dr.Feng was completing a three-year project funded by the Australian Research Council interviewing human rights lawyers around China when he was twice barred from leaving China, and told that he was suspected of threatening state security.He was interrogated over more than a week before a high-profile campaign led by fellow academics secured his release in early April.

Chinese academic also shared an observation that is important for any human rights activists and people of good will who want to make the elected politicians accountable for their duty to honor and fight for human rights in the spirit of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Dr. Feng made clear that open pressure on the regime is the only means to enforce changes in the area of human rights including release of political prisoners. Dr. Feng stressed that secret negotiations are an inappropriate tacts in dealing with communist behemoth. “If you do something under the table, they can keep it secret,” he explained. “They can keep you whatever period they want. Anything negotiated under the table or within China, they have absolute control.”

Dr. Feng also warned that Western states may not have instruments left to defend itself against the brutal manipulation of the dictatorships, including China, which is stretching “even into Australia, with Beijing holding increasing sway within Australian institutions, including academia.”

Dr. Feng, resident of China in Australia, who is still carrying China’s Communist Party card and calls himself “a good communist”, observed that China “is successful” in modification of “the political system” in Australia. ““They are quite success[ful] to modify the political system here. A lot of things are quite detrimental to the freedom of our press and the freedom of our universities. It’s quite scary,” he stated.

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