The UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Getty Images The UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Getty Images
The UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Getty Images
Rana Mitter
Opinion

Opinion

On Reflection by Rana Mitter

After World War II, China valued its people’s personal freedoms. It should remember that

  • A delegation from China helped found the UN in 1945, when the Communist Party’s Dong Biwu spoke of ‘free elections’ and ‘free rights’ at home
  • The Beijing of today should be proud of the better post-war world it fought for, and recall its backing of individual liberties all those years ago

The UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Getty Images The UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Getty Images
The UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Getty Images
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Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford and author of A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival