On June 11, Beijing reported an outbreak at Heaven Supermarket Bar, with over 100 infected people. As of June 16, the official number increased to more than 350 infected cases. City authorities have filed a criminal case against the bar and its manager, accusing the person of creating the outbreak.
After the incident, Beijing announced on June 15 that it would carry out a mass epidemic reporting system, encouraging people to expose each other to adhere to the zero policy.
Accordingly, the regime has announced a reward scheme to encourage people to report acts that endanger the so-called national security, with rewards ranging from 15,000 to 150,000 dollars.
However, the new regulation received controversial opinions from scholars. Some pro-democracy activists said that the Chinese government is good at provoking the masses to fight against the masses and at maintaining dictatorship by creating chaos.
Ms. Liu, a retired teacher from a Chinese university, said, “The Chinese Communist Party is just blindly tossing around the idea that these epidemic prevention measures can really prevent epidemics. The nucleic acid test is a way to make certain companies and individuals rich in a national tragedy. The Chinese Communist Party is very good at this kind of whistleblowing and reporting.”
Kang Penghu, a Chinese dissident, said that the Chinese government has always used this tactic, making the ordinary Chinese fight and harm each other. Its purpose is to form an atmosphere of high pressure to rule deterrence.
According to the Voice of America, mobilizing the masses to monitor each other to achieve political goals is part of the CCP’s culture. Under the communist ruling, it is not only a duty to report but also to “implicate those who do not report.” The newspaper cited examples like Mao Zedong’s purge of the anti-communist group called “AB Group” in Yan’an. Mao had made people betray each other by forcing them to expose others’ thoughts about the party. Or like Fu Zuoyi, the supreme commander in North China during the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. He surrendered to Beijing because his daughter betrayed him.
Several analysts were not surprised when this regulation was announced. The whistle-blowing practice has been presented in China since the Cultural Revolution. It is a repressive tactic with Chinese characteristics. It’s just that this time it has a new approach.
Wu Ruiren, an associate researcher at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, told VOA on Thursday that the Chinese regime was using this traditional Communist Party practice of mobilizing the masses for self-monitoring from the bottom up. He said, “I think it’s clear that there is a very heavy sense of crisis in Xi’s regime right now, obviously in response to the instability of the situation both internally and externally, and then to strengthen surveillance.”
Cai Xia, a former professor at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, also said that the CCP is now a new totalitarian 3.0 version of “fear + ideology + digital technology control system.”
Meanwhile, other analysts say that China’s whistle-blowing system makes people distrust each other. The people’s inability to unite has helped the authorities’ rule become more consolidated.
A Canada-based Chinese dissident, who has been arrested and imprisoned for criticizing the Chinese government, told VOA that the introduction of this scheme was one of the factors that would deepen the crisis of trust.
He believes that the CCP does increase the solidity of its rule by clamping down on information exchange and encouraging people to report to each other. But as long as there are still networks, self-media, and other channels or information, the CCP’s stability maintenance still has gaps and is not necessarily solid.
The consequence of mutual distrust between people may lead to the loss of essential elements of humanity. In this regard, professor Guo Yingzhe of Tunghai University in Taiwan said this was saddening for the Chinese.
He said, “The foundation of the Chinese civilization lies in humanity, a nation with a great civilization of 5,000 years. How did it come to this point today? Isn’t it the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation? Why do you still have to guard against your own people this way? If you wipe out people today, will this civilization still exist? This great civilization and nation’s future may be uncertain and worrying.”