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Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

Changing China

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:0-f

Rapid Response:

China's skeletons

In the Editor's choice of 19th August 2006 BMJ Rajendra Kale wrote,
"Arguably China has a cupboard full of skeletons, which it needs to bury
decently." The regime in the Peoples Republic of China is either the most
murderous in history or the second most murdeous regime after the former
USSR. Therefore this comment is indecently mild. Furthermore, skeletons
are still being put in that cupboard, though as far as we can tell at a
much lesser rate than under the " Great Leader" whose portrait overlooks
Tiananmen Square. The PRC regime is unrepentant, unlike modern day Germany
where the files regarding the totalitarian past are available for
research. There may be many Chinese and China is far away but we should
not undervalue Chinese lives as their own government appears to do. While
few are afraid to criticise appalling regimes of the past we ought not be
quiet about the current ones. It is the PRC regime itself which needs to
be buried.

D J Magee

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 August 2006
David J Magee
Chessel Practice SO19 4AA