Great wails of China
In reply to John Ferry's letter (Letters, February 22) regarding China's human rights infringements, I'd like to say that when a country such as China rules over a population now exceeding one billion, it must -- if regrettably -- rule with a somewhat stronger grip than might befit the understanding of our softer European democracies.
If, for example, China was to realise western democracy and award its people the full array of human rights, the world quite simply would collapse from over-population.
Over-population would be the first negative result, the borders of China spilling over into Asia, then Europe, then far beyond. China itself would starve and plummet into social chaos, its fledgling economy disintegrating within a decade. There would be no turning back.