Democratic model with Chinese characteristics

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 January, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to Frank Ching's 'Focus on China' column headlined 'China is the real loser by rejecting Xu Wenli's vision' (Sunday Morning Post, December 29).

The so-called vision of Xu Wenli is nothing more than some Western democratic models welcomed by the US and Mr Ching is making the assumption that these models will be good for China.

Economic, political and administrative structures are very complex in China and are closely knitted together. Therefore, any political divisions will disrupt the economy and the administration. This is why political unity and stability are so vital to everyone in the country. In Chinese culture harmony is considered to be a virtue. We Chinese believe that yin and yang can work together in harmony to generate all things and a house divided cannot be productive.

China is making good progress with its economic and political reforms and its citizens are better off than they used to be, in all aspects of their lives.

The nation is in the process of building a democratic model with Chinese characteristics and the lesson that has been learned is that we should avoid division and build a harmonious model. If everyone in China can live and work together we can create a better society.