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China in Spotlight
The emerging role of China in the 21st century is a focal point for conjecture and a certain degree of apprehension in the world outside of China. Is China an ally, a competitor, an adversary or perhaps all three?

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                               CHINA’S ROAD TO DEMOCRACY
“Would China’s political reform necessarily lead to democracy? Would democracy with Chinese characteristics develop and finally evolve into an established form of government that can deliver more meritocracy, equitability, prosperity and happiness than democracy?

Lili Zhao Lili Zhao
Managing Editor
China Ethos
Lili Zhao is the Managing Editor of China Ethos , a quarterly business and lifestyle magazine focused on China . She was born in China and educated in the UK. She holds a degree in financial economics and is also a qualified financial advisor.


It has been just over a year since China Ethos magazine hosted a debate on China’s road to democracy at the English speaking Union in London that attracted tremendous interest and participation. It was during the recess period that I remember being overwhelmed to the point of boredom by the ubiquitous discussions from the media and the experts on the economic crisis we were facing.

I remember telling a friend enthusiastically that the debate would be about China and democracy, to which he replied, “You mean China and its lack of democracy.” Indeed, China and democracy are usually incompatible, at least in the eyes of the West. The general perception is that China’s phenomenal achievement has been primarily in the economic sphere, while political reform has been sluggish. This is untrue. From Mao’s totalitarianism to Deng’s authoritarianism to the current leadership’s socialist approach and discourse on democracy, China has undergone a dramatic political transformation.

>>A FAIRER, FREER, RICHER AND MORE TRANSPARENT SOCIETY IS MORE OF
A CONCRETE AND IMMEDIATE CONCERN FOR MOST CHINESE PEOPLE THAN THE DISTANT CONCEPT
OF DEMOCRACY.
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“Democracy with Chinese characteristics” has been hailed as the only logical path to China’s road to democracy by its advocates and regarded as Chinese propaganda by its opponents. This has provoked some to question what democracy means for the Chinese. Others in the West are justifiably concerned that China may fundamentally change the perception of – thereby challenging the Western model of – democracy.

However, Chinese leaders, at least in their talk, seem to acknowledge that there is a universally accepted meaning of democracy. Premier Wen Jiabao was quoted in 2006 as saying, “When we talk about democracy, we usually refer to the three most important components: election, judicial independence, and supervision based on checks and balances.”

He has recently reaffirmed his stand for political reform both at home and aboard though his liberal democratic talk was partly censored by his own press. President Hu also repeatedly stated that there will be no modernisation without democracy. Those words are indeed encouraging, but critics cast their doubt on the party’s genuine commitment to democracy and see statements like these more as political rhetoric to win public support and thereby strengthen party power.

China has more than 1.3 billion people, of which 70 million, more than the total UK population, are members of the country’s ruling party: the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Since 1997 CCP membership has grown 13 percent, far greater than the 5 percent population growth during the same period. One is indeed justified to be sceptical about the CCP’s full embrace of democracy, and the distinctly remote likelihood of a multiparty system...............

 



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