Thursday, October 20, 2005

 

Democracy: A Communist Chinese Definition

The democratic dictatorship

The Chinese Communist regime has issued a white paper on democracy:
China's government on Wednesday issued a lengthy justification of its commitment to autocratic rule by the Communist party entitled “The Building of Political Democracy”.

The document, China's first policy “white paper” on the subject, left no doubt that Beijing defines democracy very differently from western governments or domestic dissidents who think it should mean giving ordinary people a real role in choosing their leaders.

“Democratic government is the Chinese Communist party governing on behalf of the people ... while upholding and perfecting the people's democratic dictatorship,” the document said.

“China's socialist political democracy has vivid Chinese characteristics,” it said.
I didn't know repression, forced sterilization and mass murder were Chinese characteristics, though their effects are indeed vivid.

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