Angela Merkel Talks Human Rights at Tsinghua University
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a speech
on global economic sustainability and climate change
at Tsinghua University.
She openly discussed human rights
and the importance of free speech.
She emphasized that the fall of the Communist regime
in East Germany has made free speech possible.
But these contents of her speech have been censored
by the Chinese Communist media in its reporting .
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a three-day visit
to China between July 6 and 8.
On the last day, she delivered a speech at Tsinghua University
on topics of the environment and sustainable development.
Merkel spoke frankly to the students, in carefully worded
remarks, on the sharp topic of human rights.
The German leader, who grew up in the former East Germany,
emphasized the importance of human rights and free dialogue.
Merkel also spoke of East Germany, formally known as the
German Democratic Republic, “To me, this dialogue is very
important because 25 years ago, when the peaceful revolution
took place in the former GDR, this finally led to the fall
of the Berlin Wall and enabled us to have a free dialogue."
Jing Chu, online writer: “In human society, the Communist
Party is nothing but an example of backwardness.
This is the consensus of human society.
Despite claims about ‘universal truths’
and continuing to insist on the Communist Party,
even the Soviet Union has collapsed.
Yet this puppet regime of the USSR still exists, how absurd."
Merkel stressed, “I think it’s also important here in China
to have such a free dialogue."
Jing Chu: “A group of traitors have seized China’s state power.
In its decades of rule, it has continually opposed basic values
such as human nature, human morality and human rights.
Though it signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
that was only a ploy to deceive the international community.
But it unleashes its ghastly true nature on mainland Chinese.
The collapse of the Communist Party is a historical necessity."
Merkel also told the students, “It’s important to have laws
on this regard, that function as a guardian of principles.
“You need an open, pluralistic and free society
in order to shape the future successfully."
This is Merkel’s seventh visit to China since 2005,
and it isn’t the first time she’s raised concerns
over human rights in China.
During Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe in March,
Merkel had also talked about related issues.
Jing Chu: “It’s the basic consensus of human civilization,
and I definitely agree with it.
But in China, such things sound like a fairy tale.
China has become so isolated from the rest of the world."
Historical biographer Wang Di says many Chinese people
can all agree with Merkel’s opinions, but the CCP can’t.
Wang Di: “This is determined by the nature of the CCP.
It’s a dictatorship to begin with
and it can’t fit with universal values.
Everything it does is to secure its power,
and in this way it is doomed to fail."
Merkel also spoke about the rule of law and justice.
She said, “It’s important that citizens can believe in
the power of the law and not the law of the powerful."
AFP reports that, “Merkel’s comments are in contrast to many
other recent Western visitors to China, who have shied away
from public comments on human rights as they pursue trade
deals with the world’s second-biggest economy."
Chinese state media reportedly left out the parts of her speech
related to human rights and freedom.
Jing Chu: “They deliberately delete it,
which is a normal practice in mainland Chinese media.
Any mention of human rights, morality or human nature
that could shake the foundation of the party will be blocked.
That is their usual practice."
Merkel’s trip originally included a meeting with Zhao Ming,
the son of the jailed Chinese dissident Gao Yu.
But Zhao Ming was reportedly told by the police
to reject the invitation.
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