China claims that its system of politics has strong democratic underpinnings. But as it increasingly becomes repressive and fragile it is only evident that there can be nothing more undemocratic than they type of government it has. This article is published by Democracy Digest. Here is an excerpt:
In sharp contrast to the ruling Communist Party’s claim to democratic credentials, Chinese leader Xi Jinping emerged from a party conclave this week not only more firmly ensconced in power than ever, but also with a stronger ideological and theoretical grasp on the ruling Communist Party’s past, present and future, AP reports.
Key to realizing Xi’s two goals – the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” and the “Chinese dream” of relative prosperity – are the “two centenaries,” namely building a “relatively prosperous society” by the party’s 2021 centenary, which it claims to have achieved, and a “modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious” by the centenary of the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, AP adds.
A leading CCP ideologue today claimed that democracy “is not an exclusive patent of Western countries and drew a contrast between China’s “whole-process people’s democracy” and the West’s electoral democracy.
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