China has finally admitted that it has been doing a great evil.
After years of denial, China has acknowledged that many of the human organs used in transplants here are taken from executed prisoners and that many of the recipients are foreigners who pay hefty sums to avoid a long wait.
Speaking at a conference of surgeons in the southern city of Guangzhou, Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu called for a strict code of conduct and better record-keeping to stem China’s thriving illegal organ trade, state media reported.
“Apart from a small portion of traffic victims, most of the organs from cadavers are from executed prisoners,” said Huang, reported the English-language China Daily newspaper Thursday. “The current organ donation shortfall can’t meet demand.”
These aren’t all murderers, gang members and common criminals — you can be sure that some of these are political prisoners.
I’ve been a pretty lone voice on the right for quite some time against the proposition that trade with China will eventually necessitate democratic reforms. I don’t see it happening. Instead, the quasi-capitalism uninformed by political considerations or religious morality leads to these sorts of abominations.