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Xi's ambition mirrors those of past emperors: Chinese student

2019/03/13 20:42:10

Li Jiabao (李家寶)

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) A Chinese student in Taiwan said recently that he hoped China would one day become a democratic nation like Taiwan and he expressed the view that Chinese President Xi Jinping's (習近平) ambition was to be like the emperors of the past.

"The current situation in China is even worse than before the 1911 Xianhai Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty (the last imperial dynasty in China)," Li Jiabao (李家寶) said in a live stream Monday on Twitter from National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan.

Li Jiabao (李家寶)

In the video titled "I oppose," Li criticized Xi's decision last year to remove the two-term limit on the presidency.

With that move, modern politics in China has become an extension of the past autocratic empires, Li said, adding that Xi is now "Emperor Ching Feng (慶豐帝)."

"China today is like one of those absurd and deplorable worlds British author George Orwell wrote about in his novels," Li said. "In China, it is darker now than before the Xinhai Revolution."

The people who suffered oppression in China -- Falun Gong followers, human rights lawyers and those who died in the 1989 Tiananmen Incident -- were yearning for freedom, Li said.

"They were children waiting in vain for their parents to return from a far place," said Li, a 21-year-old student from Shangdong Province in a short-term program at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science in Tainan, southern Taiwan.

The Chinese people are living in an environment jeopardized by toxic milk powder and fake vaccines, while many of the "low-end population" from rural areas have no choice but to return home because they have lost their city jobs and are being forced out of their urban locations by the government, he said.

Li Jiabao (李家寶)

Almost every Chinese citizen has to bow to the government in order to survive, Li said.

In China, freedom is so rare, even the privileged people have never experienced it, he said.

"Chinese citizens live with no dignity and they just drag out an ignoble existence," Li said.

He posted a picture of his national ID card to openly show his identity and said he is also living under China's oppression but is prepared to stand up because the days of the Chinese communists are numbered.

Li said he hoped that the Chinese, like the people of Taiwan, would one day be able to enjoy freedom of expression without fear that "they would be made to disappear."

"One should never betray one's beliefs," he said, stating that he had no regrets about publicly opposing Xi and the Chinese communist regime.

"Although we may have to endure another 20 years of it, I believe we will one day be able to see a starry sky," he said.

Li Jiabao (李家寶)

(By Miao Chung-hen and Flor Wang)