This is Luo Gang being reunited with the mother he hasn’t seen for 23 years. This is just the tip of China’s horrific trade in children that is repeatedly ignored as the West look to cosy up to China and broker Trade agreements even though they have such huge issues with human rights violations and child trafficking. The question is do we hold our morals in higher regard than our economic future?
Luo’s story is phenomenal and beautiful and rather than just regurgitate it to you here’s the link to the BBC Website where I saw it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24526210. The basics are that he was kidnapped at the age of five from school and was placed with another family where he has grown up. Those adoptive parents died within a couple of years of him being bought and was raised by his new “grandparents”. He held his history as a mantra and refused to let the memories die and eventually he made it home. This highlights the tens of thousands of children that are continually trafficked, abducted and sold all across China due to the one child policy and the almost non-existent adoption laws.
Yet on the BBC today we also have the shiny faced toff-botherer David Cameron sucking up to Premier Li and trying to get money from one of the emerging economies in the world. It’s easy to criticise CHina and Cameron – so here goes. This is a regime that forces down its own people, ignores the needs to the many to keep a select exclusive rich group at the top – the other is China. Joking aside Cameron is having to grovel due to him having met with the Dalai Lama when he visited the UK. Now in his best toadying pantomime performance he is using phrases like “respect” and “understand” about the Chinese when we are all aware of the truth.
The two stories show the moral quandary that the world faces. With the new set of superpowers in countries like Brazil, India and China are we willing to ignore their street crime, human trafficking, corrupt politicians, blatant disregard for human rights of their own people just to keep our shelves stocked? Or is the problem such that if we don’t learn to be selective with our vision and memories we will suffer so drastically that we have no other option? These are the big questions for the next fifty years.
Look at the investment that China is making all over the world at the moment. In East Africa they have provided roads and rail links to bring the country together in a way that hasn’t been seen since the days of the British Empire. There is huge Chinese investment in Nuclear including the new power station to be built in the UK. Maybe we need to see the country and the difference it makes internationally separately to the impact it has on its own people? Still not convinced? Neither am I, but it looks like the politicians have already left their conscience at home on this one and are shaking hands and making trade agreements regardless of the domestic politics of those we do deals with.
Luo’s story is the reality of China and the kind of uncertainty their own people face under a Communist Party increasingly interested in Capitalism at the cost of its own people. We have fought against that for many centuries, but perhaps money speaks louder than those mothers’ without their children or the murdered female babies killed to try for a male heir or the treatment of those who stand up to their corrupt and dubious ruing party.