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DPRK Has Right To Launch Its Satellite
by Han Dongpin for China Daily
Beijing (XNA) Dec 21, 2012

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has successfully launched its satellite into orbit - a great technical advance for the DPRK people. Understandably, the DPRK government and its people have been celebrating their success dancing in the streets at night.

Their celebration reminded me of the time when China launched its first Satellite on April 20, 1970. I was a teenager in a Chinese village at the time, and I followed the progress of the Chinese satellite in the clear night sky with my boyhood friends, full of excitement and joy for our nation's progress for several days in a row.

Contrary to the DPRK people's excitement and joy, the United States and its allies are condemning North Korea's launching of its satellite as a provocation. Even the South Korean government, who tried and failed to launch its own satellite just few days ago, joined the condemnation.

China and Russia, who are supposed to be North Korea's allies, also expressed regret at North Korea's launching of its Satellite.

The US does not consider its joint military exercises with South Korea each month outside North Korea's territorial waters as a military provocation. But it considers North Korea's launching of a satellite for peaceful purposes as provocative.

Does the US think that it can get away with this kind of double standard forever in this world? The powerful nations, such as the US France, Russia and China have launched hundreds of satellites in the past. So why can North Korea not launch one?

The UN Security Council also held an emergency meeting, trying to figure out ways to punish North Korea's provocative launching of its satellite. I am writing here to urge the Chinese government to veto any further sanctions or punishments that the US or any other nations propose to impose on North Korea for launching its satellite.

China should never alienate the DPRK people for doing something they consider it their right to do. China and the Chinese people should never forget the difficulties they encountered in their pursuit of national independence and national revival in the past. The new Chinese leader Xi Jinping has just started talking about Chinese dreams of revival in the past few days.

While China and the Chinese people think that they have the right to fulfill their national dream, how can China hope to deprive the DPRK people of those same rights to fulfill their dreams of national independence and a national revival?

As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China and the Chinese people should never forget their national moral principle: jisuo buyu, wushi yuren ( do not impose on other people things you do not like yourselves) .

As the only third world country representative in the UN Security Council with the power of veto, China must uphold the principles that are fair to the aspirations of the vast population in the third world, which accounts for eighty percent of humanity, in order to be worthy of its permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Our world is full of trouble and miseries, and our future looks dim, exactly because a few powerful nations do whatever they please in this world in complete disregard of the principles of fairness to all.

They use their advanced weapons, such as unmanned drones, to kill people they regard as a threat. They do not even need to prove to anybody in a court or anywhere that these people who are targeted by these lethal weapons deserve the death penalty before they are killed by the push of a button.

Nobody has made any outcry about these inhumane killings carried out in the third world by the US military and the CIA. Who give them the right to condemn North Korea for launching a satellite for peaceful purposes? The people of the world need to wake up to the real dangers present in this world, and support the weak third world countries' right to defend themselves.

Source: Xinhua News Agency


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