China signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1998, but to this day, it still has not been ratified by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
Beijing signed the covenant as part of a deal to allow then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin (江澤民) to go on a state visit to the US.
When he had successfully completed the visit and returned to China, there was no longer any reason to ratify the covenant and create trouble for himself.
The current “unified” leadership of the Chinese Communist Party continues in the same vein.
The question now is whether Ma will abolish the constitutional separation of powers into five governme t branches and proclaim himself Emperor Ma.
Paul Lin is a political commentator.
Translated by Perry Svensson