採訪/常春 編輯/李謙 後製/周天
Xi Jinping “Shoe That Fits” Theory Questioned
On March 23, the Chinese Communist General
Secretary Xi Jinping gave a speech in Russia.
In it, he said, “only to try will you know if the shoes fit.
Only the people will know the way
for his own country’s development.”
This statement was believed to be an excuse
to defend the Communist’s dictatorship.
Many Chinese netizens objected to this statement.
Some stated, “To insist with a pair of
shoes that doesn’t fit is absolutely painful.”
On March 22, the Communist Secretary General Xi Jinping
conducted his first foreign visit in Russian as Chinese President.
On March 23, Xi delivered a speech at the renowned
Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
In his speech, Xi Jinping described his foreign
policy in relation to Sino-Russia development.
He also discussed his views on
the current international situation.
Xi Jinping said that only to try them will you know
if the shoes fit. Only the people would know the
way for his own country’s development.”
Hu Ping, editor in chief of Beijing Spring, a Chinese
magazine based in the U.S. spoke to NTD Television.
Hu considers that finding the right shoes was
supposed to imply “consent of the governed.”
Hu Ping: “The Communist regime has stolen people’s rights.
Xi Jinping’s talk is completely irrelevant. This phrase was
originally for defending democracy and against tyranny.”
Hu Ping indicated that a government should allow criticism,
and the disassembly of the government by the governed.
The Communist regime, on the
contrary, has no governing legitimacy.
Hu Ping: “He meant to say that democracy
is up to the Chinese people to be able to judge.
Who are the Chinese? Xi Jinping is, and therefore,
democracy is no good if he does not believe it’s good.
However, he is not qualified to represent the Chinese
people, because his presidential title was not elected.”
Political commentator Sima Tai indicated that
even though Xi Jinping would not express his
views with some official cliches, but his true
ideas conveyed are often disappointing.
Sima Tai: “You could feel his true ideas.
He could be an alright leader as a person.
However, deep inside he’s against
democracy, and does not endorse it.”
Xi Jinping’s speech of shoes fitting
stirred internet discussion in China.
For instance, a netizen commented, “Without the rights of
free speech, it is too much to ask for a pair of shoes that fit?”
Another stated, “a guy was ready
to change the shoes that didn’t fit.
He was told that he does not represent all
and everyone else believes the shoes fit.
He suggested a referendum about the shoes.
His suggestion brought him imprisonment.”
Netizen “Zheng Xianli” wrote, “let all the feet out
and freely discuss their feelings about the shoes.
You can’t suppress some, and only
allow the ones to talk that feel good.”
One directly pointed out, “insisting on wearing
the ones that don’t fit is absolutely painful.”
Xi Jinping mentioned his “China Dream” in his speech again.
He claimed that the development and strength
of China imposes no threat to others.”
He also strongly opposed foreign
interference in domestic politics.
Sima Tai: “There’s rarely a war
between democratic countries.
Most battles have occurred between
democratic and totalitarian countries.
For a country as big as China to insist
dictatorship is the true threat to the West.
China’s economic power is never a threat to the world.”
Hu Ping also pointed out that the stronger
an authoritarian regime gets, the bigger the
threat it is to its own people, and the world.
The Communist regime has limited strength, at this point,
for spending most of its force to maintain domestic stability.
When it’s strong enough to invade and oppress
foreign country, it will do so, just as it’s been
invading and oppressing its own people.