This article is published by Democracy Digest. Here is an excerpt:
A close read of a new resolution from China’s ruling Communist Party shows how Xi Jinping is trying to leverage the weight of history to drive China along a path to global supremacy distinct from Western models, Chun Han Wong and Keith Zhai observe. Among the key takeaways, it takes an unequivocal stand against Western democracy, they write in a must-read article for the Wall Street Journal:
The new resolution warns that the party must “remain on guard against the erosive influence of Western trends of political thought,” including constitutionalism and the separation of powers. Notably, the full text of the resolution, which reinforced Mr. Xi’s contention that “the East is rising while the West is declining,” was published on the same day as Mr. Xi held a virtual summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, whose administration has been aggressive in criticizing China’s human-rights record.
Mr. Xi’s message, according to Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at SOAS University of London, is that he is on a historic mission to deliver China a future “that is much better than what ‘Western democracies’ have to offer.”
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