However, it is Ma Xiaoguang’s criticism that goes against reality and history.
After Xu was imprisoned for calling for a non-violent political transformation, who is going to believe in China’s peaceful development?
The CCP claims that it respects Confucianism, but the opening sentence of the Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義) clearly states: “Domains under heaven, after a long period of division, tend to unite; after a long period of union, to divide (話說天下大勢，分久必合，合久必分).”
In other words, both union and division are historical trends. About 100 countries around the world declared independence after World War II, did they go against the historical trend?
Among historical trends, the trend toward democratization is the strongest.
Whether in unity or divided, walking toward democracy is always the right choice and whoever goes against the trend is a dictator who should be condemned by all.
Which trend will Ma and Xi choose to follow?
Paul Lin is a political commentator.
Translated by Eddy Chang