I envision a China that is a multi-party democracy, that is federal, with Tibet having its own state level parliament, with human rights, so Tibetans have religious freedom. I envision a China where the Chinese Communist Party is still the largest party in the country within a multi-party framework. I envision the multi-party framework not to be like the one in India or America, but one where parties are state funded.
You are not trying to reclaim the Tibet of the 1950s. Tibet is not going to be a separate country. And the religious leader is not also going to be the political leader. The political leader has to be popularly elected.
And I do envision a unification of Taiwan and China, like East and West Germany. But that will not happen as long as China remains a one party state.
How long before China is no longer a one party state? I don't know. What will bring about the transformation? I think the country's rapid economic growth - something the Global South as a whole can learn much from - is the best bet to that end.
I have talked to many Chinese in America. It is amazing how they do not talk democracy. The last Chinese I talked to referred to the Chinese Communist Party as "something like the Great Wall of China." These are not people fearing persecution. They are not in China. This setiment must be to do with how the West has treated China in the past, and continues to do so today. If democracy is such a great idea, the Chinese should not have to feel racism in America, but they do. A Chinese political activist in Manhattan I met told me he lost his bid for City Council because too many white folks thought shoud he win he might only take care of the Chinese in Chinatown. The Chinese seem to feel about the Chinese Communist Party the way African Americans feel about the NAACP perhaps, only much stronger. And that sentiment has to be respected.
It is just that the way the Chinese brand of communism has morphed to become more nationalism than anything else is of relevance to the peace process in Nepal. There is a genuine ideological struggle going on. The titanic clash of ideologies that played out across the globe the past century is playing out in Nepal now.
The best way is to attempt a fusion. You take the best of both and come up with something new. You together create a new kind of democracy. Saying goodbye to power through the barrel of a gun is the first condition. Then making party finances transparent is the second condition. Then you move to state funded parties. That is what I have been proposing. If the seven parties will not, the Maoists should take the lead on this one. They should avoid the temptation of relapsing into dogmatism.
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