China is Not Red White and Blue – Part 2/2

Ai Weiwei was warned by representatives of the lawful government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to stop his illegal activities (according to Chinese law).

In such cases, it is common to receive an invitation to tea, which may not be refused, where the person responsible for what is considered counter-revolutionary activities (or another crime against the state) is told to stop or face the full might of China’s law.  China is not like Hitler’s Germany where the Gestapo showed up without warning and carried citizens off to be roasted or gassed by the millions.

The facts speak for themselves. Ai Weiwei refused to cooperate, and he violated Chinese law. Now he is locked up.

CNN doesn’t mention Ai Weiwei may have been in violation of the 1982 Chinese Constitution, which says in Article 28, “The state maintains public order and suppresses treasonable and other counter-revolutionary activities; it penalizes actions that endanger public security and disrupt the socialist economy and other criminal activities, and punishes and reforms criminals.”

US Marines Marching

The PRC is not hiding anything except where Ai Weiwei is locked up and the details behind his crime. Even in the US, the authorities are often denied the right to talk about an accused criminal and the facts behind a legal case to the press.

I’ve read in the past where some Western critics say that Chinese law is difficult to interpret and has loopholes that the PRC may use to the Party’s advantage.

Since when was any law in any country easy to understand?  If you aren’t an American lawyer, how easy is if to understand the US legal system, and doesn’t the US have loopholes that the wealthy and corporations take advantage of not to pay taxes in America? President Ronald Reagon did not pay any tax one year, and he said loopholes in the law allowed it.

Compare the language of the 1982 Chinese Constitution to the US Constitution and anyone may see the differences.

In addition, Article 53 of the Chinese Constitution says, “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China must abide by the constitution and the law, keep state secrets, protect public property and observe labour discipline and public order and respect social ethics.”

PRC Troops and Flag Ceremony

An amendment to Article 13 was revised to say, “Citizens’ lawful private property is inviolable” and “The State, in accordance with law, protects the rights of citizens to private property and to its inheritance” and “The State may, in the public interest and in accordance with law, expropriate or requisition private property for its use and shall make compensation for the private property expropriated or requisitioned.”

In fact, nowhere in the CNN piece does it explain that no one owns land or houses in China as they do in the US. It’s more like a lease with the right to pass that property on to someone else in the family after death.

What happens in the US if the property tax isn’t paid? Does anyone really own the house and land they live on?

In part one I mentioned that China’s flag wasn’t red, white and blue. Instead, it is red and gold.

The red of the Chinese flag symbolizes the communist revolution, and it’s also the traditional color of the people. The large gold star represents communism, while the four smaller stars represent the social classes of the people. In addition, the five stars together reflect the importance placed on the number five in Chinese thought and history. Source: World Atlas

Maybe Ai Weiwei forgot which flag flies over his country or he is blind.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is theaward-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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2 Responses to China is Not Red White and Blue – Part 2/2

  1. mrtaurus says:

    Hi there! Thank you for that post. Brilliant just brilliant.

    I am actually curating a project in London for Ai Weiwei’s capture-awareness and release. It is called The Chinese Art Project,, and I am looking to do an exhibition using art as a symbol of unique interpretation and freedom of expression. Hopefully I’ll have 25 peices of art to exhibit from 5 unique artists. You’d be so welcome to come! I guess it’s about pulling together and standing for our rights. Especially in an age of social media power. I’ve put a project video plan up here it would be great if you could find an outlet to let readers know.

    Many thanks! Keep up the good work.
    Mr Taurus.

    p.s. i’m on twitter: ChineseTwhisper
    p.p.s. I’ve added your blog to my links on the site

    • mrtaurus,

      Please do not mistake my intentions with this post. I am not supporting the artist, Ai Weiwei. When I say China is not Red, White and Blue, I mean it is not the United States. In fact, it is another world with another set of laws and a different government and a different culture. There is an old saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

      Well, Al Weiwei was in China but acting as if he were in the US.

      Where does it say in the “Declaration of Independence” and the “US Constitution” that we have a right to export our values, culture, and laws to the rest of the world even if it means having the CIA assassinate people (as it has done — one example being in Iran) and the nation building we did in Germany and Japan after World War II, then South Korea and what we are currently attempting in Iraq and Afghanistan? We tried it in Vietnam too by supporting a dictator there but we lost.

      Since I fought in Vietnam at 19 and 20, I support our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the most part, they are brave and honorable men and women that believe in what they are doing, but I do not agree with the poltical correctness of nation building that our government is following.

      America has its own problems and we should fix those before we go out into the world and attempt fixing what we may not be able to fix.

      What baffles me is after the US supported so many brutal dictators for so long during the Cold War with Russia, how do we justify all of a sudden wanting to get rid of a few but not all?

      Did you know that Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the father of China’s republic, early in the 20th century asked the UK and the US (among other democracies) for help to stabilize China and build a Western influenced republic/democracy after the Qing Dynasty collapsed and he was turned down?

      The world’s leading democracies said no, while millions in China were starving and dying and anarchy was torching the country as warlords went after each other’s throats, and the only country willing to help was the USSR.

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