‘As much as I thought I was a freedom fighter trying to bring freedom and save lives,” testified Chai Ling at a recent Capitol Hill hearing, “I did not realize how much I was turned into the same sinful being as Chinese leaders like Deng Xiaoping and others who are enforcing the one-child policy today.”
This jarring admission by a woman who was a student leader in the Tiananmen Square democracy protests of 1989 was made before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on human rights, in a hearing marking the 31st anniversary of China’s one-child policy. The hearing, chaired by Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.), was meant to inspire action on the China Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, which, if passed, will allow the president of the United States to deny visas to officials involved in enforcing that affront to human dignity.
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