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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.

 

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fearonjones
In any case if the anti-graft campaign is really seriously applied most of the leadership will be removed by Wang Qishan and Co. with absolutely no need for 'foreign interference'!!
fearonjones
"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.
It is not an attack. It is simply stating the obvious.
By the way, another Chinese leader, Wen Jiabao, had this to say not so long ago,:
"Now reforms in China have come to a critical stage.... without a successful political reform, it's impossible for China to fully institute economic reform and the gains we have made in these areas may be lost, and new problems that popped up in the Chinese society will not be fundamentally resolved, and such historical tragedies as the Cultural Revolution may happen again in China."
"I believe China's democracy will develop in a step-by-step manner according to the national circumstances and the trend is unstoppable by any force."
****news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-03/14/c_131466552.htm
Sifu_628
If leaders are corrupt, abusive and inept, there's no reason to keep them in power. The beauty of democratic rule is that the people choose who best to represent them. It reinforces good governance and accountability by attacking both macro and micro inefficiencies in open and just manner. The argument that the CCPC, its leadership and cronies have an automatic stay in power is absurd. Why should 1.5 billion Chinese citizens continue to endure hardships, intellectual and spiritual deprivation so that an "elite" group of tyrants, their families and colluding cohorts enjoy privileged life of material excesses by exploiting the masses. If leaders are unresponsive to those whom they govern, they must be removed from position of power and responsibilities. Such is the tenet of a democratic society driven by the rule of laws. Chinese will proceed forward in this manner!
shuike
Have you ever lived in or been to China to mutter such nonsense? According to a PEW survey research, over 80% of Chinese approve of the government. This is much higher than those in so-called democratic countries. Moreover, you think there are no corruption in a democracy? Welcome to the Phillipines, India, Pakistan & even the USA.

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