China has “opened and reformed” for 25 years. Profound change has also taken place as “open” society gradually has demanded deeper “reform”. Every industry is checking what it has gained after China joined the WTO, and international reactions seem positive. But don’t forget that when China’ s economy tries to meet the standards of the WTO, other aspects of the country should too. The Chinese government has subscribed to both the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” and the “International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.” These are both tests of the government’s credibility. If we can ensure people’s political rights as we do economic development, recognition of China’s market economic status might have better results.
Not only does “openness” demand “reform”, but “democratic knowledge” demands “democracy”. The more that people have the right to know, the more they demand democracy. A society without transparency is blind, for anything could happen, or not happen. We have some good examples, but that’s not enough. “Informing people about everything that matters” is a fundamental guarantee of modern harmony. “Modern harmony” is based on democracy while “ancient harmony” simply meant silence on the surface. That is the difference. Nowadays, harmony survives by undertaking democracy, and seeking “harmony” through suppressing dissent kills harmony along with democracy.