Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1406-W1009



Release Date: July 27, 2021



Topic: Reflection on China's Natural and Man-made Disasters -- Wei Jingsheng 

标题:中国天灾人祸的反思 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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Reflection on China's Natural and Man-made Disasters

-- Wei Jingsheng



Natural disasters have happened since ancient times, and man-made disasters sometimes happen and sometimes do not.  Beginning in the era of Dayu’s water control more than 4,000 years ago, one of the important functions of humans organized as a nation was to control water disasters and prevent or reduce the losses caused by disasters, including the construction of various water conservancy facilities to turn disasters into conservancy.  This is the process of human progress.  More than two thousand years ago, the Zhengguo Canal and Dujiangyan irrigation system were classic projects where the ancient Chinese turned water disasters into water conservancy.  Ancient Sumer and Ancient Egypt were the earliest countries formed with water conservancy projects.


Contemporary China under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims to be already modernized, with its expansion of nationalism that is going to shine its red color all over the world.  However, regarding disaster management, it is even inferior to the ancient times, and is constantly causing man-made disasters yet throwing the blame to nature.  Since the Great Leap Forward in the 1950s which caused tens of millions of deaths, the Communist regime has been in the habit of throwing the blame of man-made disasters to God.  After the Great Leap Forward, Liu Shaoqi said the truth for the internal fighting and lost his life for it.  Will anyone dare to tell the truth afterwards?


There is only one exception.  That is the Wuyang Reservoir in Henan Province collapse in 1975, which caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.  News was completely blocked without the need to activate this model of “shifting the blame”.  That's because Deng Xiaoping was busy playing card games and wasted the needed time to take action.  Of course, Deng Xiaoping, who was in charge of the State Council, had the power to block news and deceive everyone to protect their official positions.  For CCP’s gang-style autocracy, the Chinese people are like the trivial ants and crew that work for them.  Therefore, even without natural disasters, or just small natural disasters, are enough to result huge man-made disasters.  As the whole country becomes the private property of this small group, the original intention of establishing the country is already gone.


Now, at the time when the people of Henan Province were mired in dire straits due to the deadly flood, Xi Jinping, as the modern emperor, went to Tibet to escape the heat of the summer.  After escaping from the heat and cooling off, Xi issued a supreme instruction regarding the issue of establishing public toilets.  This not only shows that Emperor Xi does not care about the life and death of the people, but also shows that the entire CCP system has no internal trust.  Even Xi doesn't care about the information released by the internal system.  Instead, one of his relatives who could not find a toilet while out to escape the summer heat became major news worthy of trust.  This is the common characteristic of the autocratic monarchs for thousands of years: the country has become private property, while the lies of the bureaucratic system become a disaster, and only the eunuchs around the emperor are an important source of information.


Mao Zedong was already stuck in this mode.  There were conflicting messages from the bureaucracy at that time.  Some said people were starving to death and some said that there was surplus of food.  Scientists were vigorously proving that it was possible to produce hundreds of thousands pounds of grain per acre.  This made Mao Zedong, who was influenced by the May Fourth Movement which worshiped science with blind faith, completely at a loss as to what to do.  So he sent his personal guards to the countryside to observe and investigate, and finally believed how serious the man-made disaster himself had caused was.  However, Mao didn't condemn himself for his guilt like the ancient emperors, but opened a new mode of shifting the blame, and made God the guilty party.  The modern Chinese Communist regime has already used this shifting the blame model to perfection.


By shifting the blame of man-made disasters to natural disasters, and then vigorously promoting heroes under the CCP leadership, and now also blocking those media which dare to tell the truth, and propagating how desperate the Western people are and the new “toilet revolution”, the Communist regime is trying to divert people's attention.  This whole set of propaganda routines concealed the truth: for example, the Communist government opened the levee to release floods without pre-notice, which treated countless villagers as fish and turtles, and reported afterwards how many centimeters of the dangerous water level it had lowered.  Another example is that even after receiving notices and warnings it let cars and subway trains drive into tunnels, which drowned countless people.  This is in line with the traditional mode of the CCP crisis management, that is, the extent of the danger is not in the scope of consideration; the bureaucrats only consider the issue of the rise and fall of their official positions and who would bear the responsibilities.


Can autocratic politics focus on big things?  Democracy where power rests with the people has many flaws, but its characteristic is that it must do things for the people, no matter how big or small things are.  The autocratic model where power rests with officials and emperors naturally only care about their own interests.  Only when the interests of the people and the country are also related to their own interests, they will concentrate on doing big things.  Breaking the levee and releasing the flood, yet reporting it as their credit is the best illustration for the dictatorship model to do big things.


If the dictatorship is not gone, the man-made disasters will continue.  Everyone should realize this rule of history, especially to about the gangsters like CCP, which combine evil conducts of ancient and modern, Chinese and foreign.  If the CCP is not dead, there will be no peace forever, with disasters being the norm in China.



(This English version is translated by Ciping HUANG, without any compensation.  Wei Jingsheng and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation appreciate her decades of contribution, especially for allowing the use and distribution of her translations of these commentaries.)


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(Written and recorded on July 26, 2021.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia on July 27, 2021.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1406-W1009



Release Date: July 27, 2021



Topic: Reflection on China's Natural and Man-made Disasters -- Wei Jingsheng 

标题:中国天灾人祸的反思 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









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