Luo Yu, the son of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “founding” general, Lo Jui-ching, recently published an article in Hong Kong’s Apple Daily calling on Xi Jinping to abolish China’s one-party dictatorship. In the article, Discussion with brother Xi, Luo Yu began his letter saying:
‘I think that if you listen, China will have hope under your rule.’
Luo Yu pointed out that China is a “country in crisis,” writing: “If you really want to win the war on corruption and rid China of the Communist Party, then the only way is ordered and gradual democratization. Today’s China is in crisis; faith, morals, the environment, finances, education, healthcare, and resources are all in crisis.
“In short, there is not just one aspect of life in China that is not in crisis. Why? The fundamental reason is the one-party dictatorship. Why not start a gradual democratization, then?”
He goes on to write that Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is not sufficient, and: “The CCP is rotten. Some are supporting you, others are neutral, yet others are waiting for your downfall. If you want to really win [the] war on corruption, and rid China of the Communist Party, then the only way is ordered and gradual democratization.”
Here are the five steps Luo Yu asks Xi to take:
- First, to lift censorship rules. “You said at the United Nations: Freedom, democracy, and equality are the common values of humanity. Chinese people also want those three values. With freedom of the press, the officials wouldn’t dare to be corrupt. Penalizing the officials has not stopped the corruption; this is a proven truth.”
- Lift the ban on political parties. Luo Yu believes that only by allowing opposition parties to exist will the CCP become just itself.
- The third step is judicial independence. “China has a constitution, but no constitutional government. People do not act in compliance with the constitution, with the CCP being the number one violator of China’s constitutional requirements. The Cultural Revolution, the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, and the persecution of Falun Gong adherents are all prime examples of the CCP’s failure to comply with China’s constitution.”
- The fourth is free democratic elections. All officials should be elected by the people.
- The fifth step being the nationalization of the military. “The army can not participate in political struggle.”
Yu then writes: “These five steps are the basis of a democracy. Under the leadership of the CCP, China is a dictatorship, [and] is the world’s most backward political system, and is not for the people.”
On the night of June 4, the People’s Liberation Army stormed Tiananmen Square using tanks, crushing protesters; estimates of the number of people killed vary. The Chinese authorities’ official report estimates that the number of people injured was over 3,000, and around 200 individuals — which included 36 university students — killed that night. However, Western sources cite the death toll as in the thousands.
Today, many Mainland Chinese people under the age of 40 know very little of what happened at Tiananmen Square. It is only in Hong Kong and Taiwan where people commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre every year.
Yu ends his article saying: “Do you think China’s biggest crisis today is a crisis of faith and morals? [The] democratic world sanctions against China shows that democracy is the world of faith and moral strength.
Luo Yu — aged 71 — and Xi Jinping are both princelings (descendants of prominent and influential senior communist officials in the CCP). Luo Yu held the rank of colonel within the CCP General Staff. He attended an Air France show in 1989, and did not return to China to protest the June 4 suppression. He was dishonorably discharged from the Party by Jiang Zemin in 1992.
Research by Monica Song, Kathy McWilliams and Felice Boewe