Taiwan Should Heed `Charter 08` Message

From Taiwan News:

The publication of ““ by over 300 prominent Chinese citizens on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in conscious imitation of the path-breaking “Charter 77“ of Czechoslovakian democrats is a noteworthy step toward the formation of a broad-based and unified democratic movement in the People`s Republic of China.

Both the launching of the “Charter 08“ campaign and the predictable crackdown by the PRC`s Chinese Communist Party regime merits concern and support from Taiwan`s 23 million people for many reasons, not the least of which is the paramount importance of political change in China for the survival of Taiwan`s own democracy or national existence.

The issuance of the “Charter“ is also timely for both the world community because, as observed earlier this week by the Washington Post,“ it punctures the notion that CCP neo-authoritarianism can offer either an alterative political or economic development path for a world shaken by the structural crisis in the global neoliberal model.

December 25, 2008, 1:35 PM
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