China's democracy movement opposed the US' granting of PNTR (permanent most favored trade status) to Communist China in 2000. Famed Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng now writes an open letter to the Democratic presidential candidates (Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama), in which he wags a finger ("I told you so") about the negative effects of China trade on the US economy, and on workers rights from China to America. He urges that whomever is the next president, he/she must immediately lift PNTR.
What follows is full text of his new letter--
I am grateful to the two candidates of the Democratic Party of the USA. Finally, you have included the important issues of millions of American workers' jobs in your campaign agenda.
The result of this failure is that not only did Chinese workers lose their opportunity of striving for their legitimate rights and reasonable treatment, but also millions of Americans lost their job opportunities and their fight for reasonable treatment as well. Eight years ago, we had already warned Americans that giving PNTR to the Chinese Communists would damage the rights and interests of the American workers and the Chinese workers, as well as damage the interests of the small and middle sized business enterprises in America, further damaging America's market and America's national interest. At that time, 70% of Americans already realized this problem, but less than half of American politicians admitted this problem.
For 7 years now, this problem has rapidly developed in the form of economic recession and the way that millions lost their jobs. If we include Europe and Japan, it is an unemployment of tens of millions of people and global economic recession. From an international political view, it is the global recession of human rights and democratic politics, and the new rise of an "evil axis". While American soldiers are risking their lives for democracy and human rights, American politicians and big business enterprises are raising money to help the evil axis that has the behind-the-scenes backing of the Chinese Communist government. This irrational state has come to the point that it must be corrected.
Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition