In an exclusive interview given to rfa on Thursday, November 18, human rights activist Lee Ming-che revealed – after being imprisoned in China – that in the top echelons of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) corruption is the rule and that it is not an option where you follow it or not.
The consequences of sacrificing freedom in the name of the Party can be just as devastating. Lee said that while in prison in 2018 he saw how a former senior official Zhang Shuguang, the “king of China’s high-speed train,” had to steal food food just to be able to eat.
Lee also told what several imprisoned officials thought about their situation and conditions of confinement, saying, “These are the last (acts of sacrifice) they will dedicate to the Communist Party.” The saying allows one to assume that the sacrifice has been too great or that the CCP has gone too far.
Lee’s story is of the corruption of power
The despotic use of the law is one of the many facets of CCP corruption. Appearing as democracy it can only be described as corrupt power.
Applied to the victims, it translates into systematic violation of people’s rights, civil rights, and human rights. Therefore, if there is law, one can only speak of its alteration or abuse from a position of power that leaves the victim at a disadvantage, which is ultimately the meaning of the word corruption.
From the outset, the arrest and detention process used against Lee was against international human rights laws and standards. E-ling Chiu, executive director of Amnesty International Taiwan, said, “Crime is always misused against dissidents or human rights defenders in China.”
Beijing considers Taiwan a Chinese province and intends to one day retake it, while Taiwan’s democratic government says Taiwan is a sovereign nation. Since Lee was first jailed, relations between Taiwan and Beijing are the worst in many years.
Beijing cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 2016, and Chinese authorities seem to miss no opportunity to lash out at Taiwan’s democracy. Lee’s detention process is just a sample of the corrupt power of the CCP.
Far from what happened in the trial being true, it is well known that Chinese regime censors remove content that is not aligned with the ideas of the CCP. This is made possible by the close collaboration of companies like WeChat with the Chinese regime.
CCP officials also do not escape the corruption of power
Corruption is the rule and officials in the service of the CCP do not escape it, even if the regime officially denies it.
Without realizing it, Chinese patriot Li Chuanwei recounts a vivid hell on one of his workdays after only three months of serving as a guard at the Coal Face Detention Center. Could he be exaggerating just like the former detainees.
Timothy Grose, a professor of China Studies at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, conducted academic research using open-source Chinese-language social networking data, in which he compiled evidence of the tailor-made atrocities of corrupt power taken from the perpetrators’ own social networking accounts, unfiltered by Western media and not “held hostage by geopolitics.” The facts speak for themselves.
Nor do they transcend the countless ranks of regime loyalists who are sacrificed as scapegoats for corruption, indispensable for the CCP to keep up appearances of legality.
According to Xinhuanet, the detainees in Yancheng Prison, where Lee was held with Zhang, are mainly ordinary people of investigative value, people who have committed crimes in the line of duty, and foreign prisoners.
In 2013, Zhang was prosecuted on suspicion of accepting $6.58 million in bribes. He received the death penalty sentence that was suspended and commuted to life imprisonment.
Lee said in the interview, “What they think they do is what every official does.” In the Chinese bureaucracy, if you are not corrupt, you can’t survive. Because everyone does it, if you don’t do it, it will be seen as possible dissent, and you will be ostracized.”
Lee said officials felt that if everyone did the same thing, there was only one chance of getting caught, and that chance would come if for some reason they fell into the crosshairs of political power.
For thousands of years, ethics and service to the people were a priority for rulers. The teachings of the philosopher Mencius governed the conduct of Chinese officials. For the great sage, if leaders did not follow high moral standards, the entire society would be corrupted.
Those days have come and since Mao, decadence and corruption have ruled governance and consequently, the lives of the Chinese people.