REFORM

Party journal denounces 'Western democracy trap'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 October, 2013, 4:39am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 October, 2013, 4:39am

An influential Communist Party journal yesterday denounced Western calls for political reform, saying such pressure was aimed at getting rid of the Communist Party and its leaders.

The strong attack on the Western "democracy trap" in the journal Qiushi comes amid a sustained government campaign against political dissent.

"Western countries attack us for having a constitution but no constitutional government, saying the Communist Party as a one-party system is illegitimate, and that the Communist Party is above the law," said Qiushi.

"This is so they can pressure us to put in place the 'political reforms' they so earnestly hope for, the real goal of which is to eliminate Communist Party leaders and change our socialist system."

Qiushi denounced what it called the Western brand of democracy and asked why the US was so keen to export it.

"In reality, competitive elections mean playing by the rules of Western democracy, and exported to non-Western countries, often result in social divisions, ethnic antagonism, political strife and endless political instability," it said. "This is the inherent mechanism of Western democracy, and should be called the 'democracy trap'."

Chinese liberals had hoped the new government of President Xi Jinping would be more sympathetic to calls for reform.