Cam­bo­dia jus­ti­fied in alert­ness to color rev­o­lu­tion

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL - By Liu Lulu

China and Cam­bo­dia an­nounced last week a think tank to re­search and ex­change in­for­ma­tion on pre­vent­ing color rev­o­lu­tions. With the 2018 gen­eral elec­tion ap­proach­ing, the pos­si­bil­ity of a color rev­o­lu­tion in Cam­bo­dia has trig­gered wide­spread spec­u­la­tion. The coun­try’s op­po­si­tion leader Kem Sokha was ear­lier al­leged to have con­spired with West­ern forces to start a color rev­o­lu­tion against the Hun Sen gov­ern­ment, and was later ar­rested for trea­son. The Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment be­lieves that le­gal ef­forts should be strength­ened to pre­vent color rev­o­lu­tions from be­ing in­sti­gated.

Color rev­o­lu­tions evolved into the “Arab Spring” af­ter spread­ing to West Asia and North Africa in 2011. The mas­sive “Arab Spring” so­cial move­ment failed to bring re­gional democ­racy or hu­man rights, but in­stead brought con­stant tur­moil and even blood­shed, jeop­ar­diz­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and peo­ple’s liveli­hoods af­ter the pre­vi­ous regimes were up- rooted.

Un­der the guise of “democ­racy and hu­man rights,” color rev­o­lu­tions up­set devel­op­ment, ac­cel­er­ate so­ci­etal splits, and will pose a huge threat to Cam­bo­dia’s se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic devel­op­ment. The Hun Sen gov­ern­ment’s vig­i­lance on the is­sue is jus­ti­fied.

Cam­bo­dia and other South­east Asian coun­tries are in tran­si­tion from au­thor­i­tar­ian to demo­cratic pol­i­tics. Devel­op­ment is the so­lu­tion to many prob­lems dur­ing this process, and there­fore, re­form is nec­es­sary and mean­while should be car­ried out pro­gres­sively. Cam­bo­dia has re­cently shut down a num­ber of Western­spon­sored me­dia out­lets and NGOs sus­pected of in­sti­gat­ing color rev­o­lu­tions, but still, chal­lenges can­not be over­looked.

In the era of the In­ter­net, some forces may spread ru­mors online and stir up trou­ble for their po­lit­i­cal aims to the cost of the peo­ple and the coun­try. In this sit­u­a­tion, China can share its gov­ern­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with Cam­bo­dia, help the coun­try re­al­ize sta­bil­ity and devel­op­ment, and pre­vent it from slip­ping into chaos and stress.

China hopes for South­east Asia’s sta­ble devel­op­ment, which also con­forms to the joint in­ter­ests of re­gional coun­tries and their peo­ple. Co­op­er­at­ing with China, Cam­bo­dia’s eco­nomic growth is ex­pected to hit 7 per­cent this year. In­deed, the coun­try should re­form it­self to en­sure the sta­bil­ity of its po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, but color rev­o­lu­tions will only re­sult in un­rest, in­flict­ing re­lent­less harm on or­di­nary peo­ple. Cam­bo­dia should be alert to West­ern “ex­port of democ­racy.” In­ter­ven­tion by the West, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, will not help solve the coun­try’s prac­ti­cal is­sues. A coun­try’s eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal mech­a­nisms are de­ter­mined by the needs of its peo­ple af­ter all.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Shen Lan/GT

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