|New York, Aug. 26 (CNA)
A spokesman for Practical Idealism in the United States said Monday he
hopes "Taiwan will be able to go about its business,
By China, that is, according to
John Kusumi, the former 18-year-old for U.S. President (1984). That
year, he introduced Practical Idealism -- a series of principled and
thought-through national policies.
He later found himself to be the
same age as college students in Tiananmen Square, when he founded the
China Support Network in 1989.
The China Support Network is an
organization which insists upon two things: 1. China must have
self-determination. 2. China's future must include all of China's
"The second point is made
because we have concerns about human rights in the mainland. It is not a
Taiwan policy. Taiwan is a distinct geography, for which we hold the
same principle. We support self-determination on both sides of the
Taiwan Strait," he told the CNA.
To ensure this hopeful future, he
said American leaders must take the blinders off, and know that
"Beijing is not our partner in moving to a hopeful future. Neither
should it be our business partner."
One way to exclude China from the
trading partners list is to clamp down "tyranny tariffs" on
Chinese exports, he said, recalling U.S. embargos against South Africa
and the former USSR.
He praised U.S. President George
W. Bush's Taiwan policy, saying it is the model for free world policy.
"Taken and applied to the whole free world, that policy writ large
says that we will defend the free world," he said.
On the other hand, Kusumi cited
as "the model for world of tyranny policy" Bush's Cuba policy,
which, writ large, means "that the U.S. will not give aid and
comfort to despots."
Based on the Practical Idealism
ideology for freedom and for preventing future disasters, he said he
"stands on the side of George W. Bush" in his Iraq policy.
Standing in Generation X, Kusumi,
now leader of a software company in Cheshire, CT, had advocated that
Bush ought to re-establish classic American ideology by drawing a line
at the border of the free world and standing opposed to the world of
A second principle bespeaks the
need for action against Saddam Hussein, he said, noting this pragmatic
principle says that the U.S. should prevent any new "nuclear
This is a choice between less
casualties now, or more casualties later, he said. If Hussein were
deploying nuclear weapons, his top two targets would be Israel and the
U.S., he added. 910826
(By S.C. Chang)
"Free The Democracy
Three!" is the new, resonant rallying cry for China's democracy
movement. Today is Day #70 in captivity for the Democracy Three, leading
Chinese dissidents. The Free China Movement coalition has undertaken this
campaign to win the freedom of the Democracy Three, and their plight can
be looked at as a hostage crisis, and attempt by China to decapitate its
opposition democracy movement.
For the relatives of the missing,
it is an anguished wait. For the Democracy Three themselves, it is an
unexpected detour in their trip to Vietnam, which was legal and above
board. For the democracy movement, it is a time of heightened tension and
activism. For governments, it is a test of the principle of sovereignty,
and time to learn whether leaders will "get on the page" with
the rule of law, principles of sovereignty, and humanitarian concerns.
It may first be noted that China is
committing an international crime. The Democracy Three set out from their
homes in the U.S. and France. They traveled to Vietnam on valid U.S.
travel documents. They attended a meeting in Vietnam near the Chinese
border. From there, they were kidnapped, vanishing on the night of June
Dissidents can best
present their evidence, but they tell that the kidnappers were agents of
the Chinese government. Reports first indicated that the Democracy Three
were taken across the border from Vietnam into China. Later reports tell
that the Democracy Three were moved, and are now being held in Beijing.
Here, we learn what is
new and different about this case. Jaded Western reporters may ask,
"What's new about Chinese dissidents being in trouble?" --What
we have here is a first. Historically, dissidents encounter trouble in
China, and are not hindered in their operations internationally. The
precedent since 1989 has found the dissidents able to go about their
business freely outside China. What is new and different about this case,
is that it is a "cross-border kidnapping," violating the borders
and the sovereignty of Vietnam, and that it involves no crime on the part
of the Democracy Three, and no legitimate activity of Chinese law
Especially where the
Democracy Three live in the West, having relatives and children who are
U.S. citizens, this kidnapping is an out-and-out international crime,
perpetrated by Beijing's communist regime. The Democracy Three belong at
home with their families. Anguished relatives appeared at a Free China
Movement press conference last Thursday, on Day #65 of this crisis.
Secondly, a response
is called for on the part of political leaders. The China Support Network
condemned China and "cross-border kidnappings" as the story
first broke on Day #30. Involved here is a clearly illegal action, which
violates national borders; Vietnam's sovereignty; international law; and,
all of humanity's conscience.
Moreover, George W.
Bush ought to withdraw his invitation for a visit to his ranch, in Texas,
with China's President Jiang Zemin, as was extended for October. The
timing is in advance of China's 16th party congress, soon to follow in
November. With Jiang Zemin to be stepping down, Bush's invitation to the
ranch looks like a gratuitous love fest with an outgoing mass murderer. In
light of the international crime, that meeting would only send a seedy
signal to world audiences, and American voters, on the eve of
Political writers can
appreciate that this story has meat on it. According to one commentator,
"The international crime is huge....This is a new, tawdry low point
for Beijing's regime." In an early release on this story, I
want Ted Koppel to cover this for 444 days, if it takes that."
With a slogan like "Free The Democracy Three!," this is a
campaign which can catch on with Americans.
For political writers
who care to illuminate and explore the Chinese democracy cause, this story
is valuable -- for what it represents, and for how much of the democracy
movement is drawn into the story, falling under the magnifying glass. If
we simply ask the question, "Who are the Democracy Three?" we
learn that, as leading figures of the movement, they each represent much.
As a founder of the China Democracy Party, Wang Bingzhang represents the
democracy movement. As a prominent labor leader, Yue Wu represents the
Chinese labor movement. And, as a leading figure in Zhong Gong, the qi
gong practice, Zhang Qi represents a Chinese spiritual movement.
It therefore speaks
much, simply to answer the question, "Who are the Democracy
Three?" The next good question is, "What were they doing when
they were kidnapped in Vietnam?" According to the Free China
Movement, they visited Vietnam to
meet with Chinese labor leaders inside Vietnam, to promote the fledgling
Chinese labor movement.
image conjured is that of a political alignment, with three Chinese
movements getting together. Each brings millions of followers to the
table, and they now appear to be joining forces, making for a
much-expanded Chinese democracy movement. Do the leading dissidents now
hold the levers to activate three movements in China, simultaneously? (An answer:
"Well, that's for communists to wonder about.")
story may also be the mother lode for the dissidents' cause. This story
has more than that of Chandra Levy, and would support wall to wall
coverage. For sidebars, one could explore the Chinese democracy movement,
the Chinese labor movement, and the Zhong Gong spiritual movement. This
would lead back to the issue of China's human rights violations, in the
form of repression, labor conditions, and religious persecution. This
campaign may become a Christmas tree on which is hung many Chinese
dissident issues. Already in the campaign, we have heard calls to abolish
China's slave labor camps, and to re-evaluate Western policies on China.
anguished relatives may simply want their family members back. We must
also ask, "Where are the Democracy Three? What is happening to them?
What is their status, by the governments of China, Vietnam, France, and
the U.S.?" But, the relatives also know that the political cause
means much to the Democracy Three, being their life's work. News media
analysts may find it stunning how much is entailed and represented in the
rallying cry, "Free The Democracy Three!"