A Joint Statement
The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and
The National Committee of the Democratic Party of China
January 11, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
The Chinese and Arab peoples share a common ideal for freedom and democracy. Since the beginning of the Arab Spring starting from Tunisia and later spreading to Libya, Egypt, Syria and other Middle East countries, the Chinese democrats started their own version of “Jasmine Revolution” in 2011. For the past two years, the National Committee of the Democratic Party of China (now based in New York as the largest opposition group in exile) has paid close attention to the progress in the Middle East, organized rallies at the Times Square and protests in front of the Syrian Consulate General in New York to express moral support to the Syrian revolution for the removal of Assad and the freedom for Syria.
Mr. Chen Weiming, an artist and a Chinese democrat, has joined the opposition forces to fight the Assad repression shoulder by shoulder with Syrian freedom fighters. The National Committee of the Democratic Party of China has rallied around Mr. Chen, mobilized support to him and publicized his heroic efforts in Syria to the Chinese as well as English readers. Today, as we are welcoming Mr. Chen back from the front, the National Committee of the Democratic Party of China and the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces would like to affirm the following mutual understandings:
First, the National Committee of the Democratic Party of China will continue to support the efforts of the Syrian people and revolutionary forces for freedom, independence and democracy.
Second, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces expresses sympathy for the Chinese democrats and their struggle for freedom and democracy in China.
Third, the two organizations appreciate the friendship created via the heroic contribution from Mr. Chen Weiming between them and will make efforts to maintain it for the long-term development.
We believe that all forms of dictatorships against people’s common welfare will ultimately yield to the triumph of freedom and democracy in both Syria and China, and finally in the entire world.
Dr. Li Jinjin Dr. Ming Xia,
For the National Committee of the Democratic Party of China
Dr. Abdulbassat Sieda,
For the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
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