PAP Guard in front of Tiananmen Square

In China, criminals arrest the police.

The Chengguan, known officially as The City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, is not as orderly as their name would suggest.  Across China they are scorned because of their ruthless and violent tactics they use against illegal housing and unregistered street vendors and anyone who blocks the path of their perception of the law.

Their actions are similar to barbarians than public servants.  The lists of atrocities they have committed known no end.  A one-legged street vendor was brutally beaten to death in broad daylight.  Western foreign exchange students were stalked and forced off a food stand they were operating. A police officer, aiding an old man who was being beaten by the Chengguan, was chased down, strangled, and arrested.

The Chengguan are above the law.  Even in the incident with the brutalized police officer the Chengguan escaped unscathed.  There was no follow-up investigation, police were report they have little knowledge of the incident, and the assaulted police officer refused to meet with the reporters.

This suppression of justice is commonplace in China.  Even their twitter counterpart has administrators dedicated to rooting out any “polluted” information concerning the true face of the Chinese government.  Radical artists, such as Al WeiWei, are mercilessly persecuted and arrested on downright false charges because of their antigovernment messages.

China aspires to be a world leader.  Currently they are acting like a radical and destabilized country.  Their human rights practices are more comparable to Syria, who has also been rightfully accused of butchering its own citizens.  While racism and income and economic inequality persist in the developed countries their human rights violations are sporadic and severely mitigated.  The single worst incidents of the Occupy Wall Street protests involved pepper spray.  Isolated incidents of police brutality and violent discrimination taint the image of the Western World on the whole these are stable countries with honorable police.

China is the emerging superpower.  This is fact.  However, they will only be treated like an equal country once they treat all of their citizens equally and fairly.  As long as rampant breaches of human rights, such as this state sponsored brutality, their widespread environmental disasters, and suppression of minorities, they will not be treated as an equal member in the developed world.

They have made it clear they want to be treated with respect.  I say let them earn that respect by correcting these mistakes.  That is how America got to where it is today. Fractures in that american integrity, such as widespread anti-immigration racism, are one of the great threats to that stability.

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