American Democracy Below Our System: China | The Northwest Star

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The Chinese Communist Party sharply criticized a world summit on democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden next week and touted the virtues of its own system of government. Chinese party officials asked how a polarized country that botched its response to COVID-19 could lecture others, and said efforts to force others to copy the Western democratic model are “doomed to fail. “. Tian Peiyan, deputy director of the CCP’s Policy Research Bureau, said the pandemic had exposed flaws in the US system. He blamed the high death toll from COVID-19 in the United States on political disputes and a government divided from high to low. “Such a democracy does not bring happiness but disaster to the voters,” he said at a press conference to release a government report on what the Communist Party calls its form of democracy, which is firmly under party control. Neither China nor Russia are among the approximately 110 governments that have been invited to Biden’s two-day virtual “Democracy Summit”, which begins Thursday. The participation of Taiwan, an autonomous democracy that China says should be under its control, angered Beijing even more. US-China relations remain strained despite a virtual summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last month. The US president has repeatedly expressed his differences with China in his broader appeal to the United States and its allies to demonstrate that democracies can offer humanity a better path to progress than autocracies. The Communist Party has been ruling China alone since 1949. It claims that various views are reflected through advisory bodies and residency committees, but silences most public criticism through censorship and sometimes arrest. The party argues that strong central leadership is needed to maintain stability in a sprawling country that has been torn by division and war over the centuries. “In such a large country with 56 ethnic groups and over 1.4 billion people, if there is no party leadership, … and we maintain the so-called democracy of the West, it will be easy to mess everything up and democracy work in reverse, ”Tian said. Recent difficulties faced by some Western democracies have given Communist Party leaders more confidence in their system as they attempt to make China a world power. State media often cite the chaos of the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol following the last presidential election. The report released on Saturday said “the world today faces the challenges of excessive democracy.” Chinese officials frequently accuse the United States and others of using democracy as a cover in an attempt to quell China’s rise, a charge echoed at the press conference by Xu Lin, deputy minister of the Department of party advertising. “The United States calls itself the ‘leader of democracy’ and organizes and manipulates the so-called Summit for Democracy,” he said. “In fact, it is rampant and hindering countries with social systems and different development models in the name of democracy. “” Is this the democracy they advertised? “said Xu. Associated Australian Press


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