China is a slave state
Those who believe that we can democratize China by increasing investment are sadly mistaken. China is using the investment to develop a powerful military with hegemonic aims for the future, and it is utilizing repression at home and virtual slave labor in its factories to attract all that investment. Meanwhile we keep quiet because the products we get from there are so cheap. But they come at a price -- the price of human freedom. Are we willing to pay it?
The Australian: China slammed as 'slave state' [October 22, 2005]
FORMER Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui has accused China of running a "slave" state and said the free world was appeasing China because of its newfound economic power.
Mr Lee made the comments in Los Angeles on the last leg of a 13-day US tour that has infuriated Beijing.
"The West has a double standard for the Soviet Union and China. People in the West believed that Soviet human rights violations and threats to neighbouring countries should be stopped.
"But they believed that China's violations of human rights and threats to neighbouring countries are 'special Chinese characteristics' that can be tolerated," Mr Lee said at a luncheon organised by Taiwan's Formosa Foundation, a lobby group.
He said China was attracting investment "that appeared lucrative because they have used enslavement, under conditions that are tantamount to enslavement by the state," with cheap and "obedient" labour and state-owned land and facilities.
Mr Lee said China and neighbouring North Korea were "slave states" that were holding back the advance of democracy.