Three Hundred Years – Part 5 of 5

April 7, 2010

When I read the Chinese Constitution, Article 35 does say, “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.”

However, there are resitrictions to Article 35 when other articles in the Constitution are considered.

Article 1. The People’s Republic of China is a socialist state under the people’s democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants. The socialist system is the basic system of the People’s Republic of China. Sabotage of the socialist system by any organization or individual is prohibited.

Liy Xiaobo and his wife

Regardless of how many in the West sympathize with Liu Xiaobo’s prison sentence, he was sent to prison according to Article 28 of China’s Constitution. Liu had to know what the potential consequences were. After all, the Chinese Constitution is taught in the public schools.

There will always be individuals in China like Hong Xiuquan, Liu Xiaobo and other Chinese activists who would fit better in a Western culture than in China.

The only way to change China is if the West fought an apocalyptic war killing more than a hundred million Chinese then spent three hundred (or more) years brainwashing future generations to adopt Western ways.

This should please American neo-conservatives, since it would create a world they advocate.

See American Genocide


Three Hundred Years – Part 4 of 5

April 6, 2010

I’m sure that Liu Xiaobo spoke he did not remember the Boxer Rebellion when many Chinese became angry due to the foreign influence and Christian missionaries converting an increasing number of Chinese to an alien religion that did not fit the culture.

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese took part in the Boxer Rebellion at the end of the 19th century. Their goal was to drive the foreign influence from China even if they had to kill them all. Tens of thousands died while only a few hundred foreign Christians were killed. Western troops, once again, poured into China to suppress this uprising by Chinese peasants who wanted to reclaim their culture and rid the country of foreign influences.

Liu Xiaobo's Grieving Wife

This leads me back to Liu Xiaobo’s wife, who (after her husband was sentenced to eleven years in prison) said, “The constitution says citizens have the right to free speech. But in 20 years in China, Xiaobo has never enjoyed that freedom. The words he wrote were only published outside.”

Wait a minute!  If Liu Xiaobo does not live in the United States, does the Constitution of the United States have an influence on legal decisions in China?

Since Liu may have violated the rule of law in China, the Chinese courts interpret what their constitution means—not the United States or any Western nation/citizen.

To understand the Chinese Constitution, one should read it carefully. If one article mentions a freedom, another article may partially restrict it. The American Constitution is no different. There are restrictions on freedom of speech even in America—they just aren’t the same as those in China.

See Foreign Devils and Barbarians


Different Cultures Different Laws

March 19, 2010

Language is a powerful tool. When abused by the media or “any” political agenda, the audience is misled and forms incorrect opinions. The Western media often judges actions in China based on Western law from a Judeo-Christian foundation.

Chinese law uses the Chinese Constitution as its basis—not the American Constitution.

China’s Legal System weighs the Law from different values

When the legal system in China arrests and finds political activists guilty, consider Article 28 from China’s Constitution. “The State maintains public order and suppresses treasonable and other counter-revolutionary activities; it penalizes acts that endanger public security and disrupt the socialist economy and other criminal activities, and punishes and reforms criminals”.

If you are not a Chinese citizen and you do not agree, don’t go to China. Understand that Chinese criminal law uses a mixture of Legalism, Confucius, Marxist, and a Leninist, Maoist philosophy as its guide in addition to being modeled on German Law.

Since 1979, China has educated its people about the law in the universities and other education institutions like the primary, middle and high schools. China has also publicized information about their legal system through the China Law Journal and many provincial and municipal journals, magazines, and newspapers. Public lectures are often organized in factories, mines, and rural communes in order to increase the people’s understanding of China’s Constitution and laws. Chinese citizens probably understand their country’s law better than most Americans do.

Discover Justice–a Matter of Opinion


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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