As China celebrates 70 years, its rhetoric on ‘dignity and rights’ drifts even further from reality
  • Tue, 10/01/2019 - 21:05

By Dolkun Isa
1 October 2019 14:01

The People’s Republic of China is celebrating 70 years since its founding this week amid triumphant cries of its development miracle, unity, dignity and even rights. While it’s important to recognise the achievements of any country, the rhetoric is disingenuous and deeply offensive to millions living within China’s borders who have seen nothing of the sort their entire lives.

I’ve worked for three decades to support these very ideals that we hear so often emanating from Beijing, but scrutinizing the Chinese rhetoric itself around the anniversary, in particular, is instructive. Who could argue against “dignity and rights”, “all-round prosperity”, “world peace and development” or a “global community of shared future”?

One needn’t look far to discover where the gaps exist.

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