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Global Times: China Has Long Been a Type of Democracy

And the hits keep on comin’. You can always count on Global Times, the tabloid owned by Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, for entertaining editorials over your morning soy milk. After hits like “some degree of corruption should be accepted at this point in China’s development” and “the West should learn from China with humility,” Global Times explains in its June 20 editorial that China is (surprise) already a democratic country. The editorial reasons:

“Elections are the signs of a fully-formed democracy, but it is not the main sign, and also not the ultimate goal of democracy. When a country’s leaders come to power not through hereditary succession, and leave power due to term limits, then this country is not only a republic, but has become a type of democratic system. It is because only under a democratic system would leaders leave power when their terms expire. The lowest common denominator of democracy is the way leaders leave power… As a result, China is not a democratic country yet if measured against the standard of holding elections imposed by the West; but in fact, China long ago became a type of democratic country.” {{1}}[[1]]选举只是民主最终形成的标志,却不是主要标志,更不是民主的最终目标。当一国领导人并非通过世袭上台,而又因任期限制而下台,那么这个国家就已经不仅仅是共和制的,而且进入了民主体制的范畴。因为只有在民主体制下,领导人才会因为任期到期而离任。民主的最低标志,是领导人下台的方式…所以,用西方那种选举标准来衡量,中国还不是民主国家;但事实上,中国早已进入民主国家的范畴。[[1]]

Food for thought, anyone? 

Many netizens reacted with sarcasm and disgust. @核弹之父黄仁勋 offers this summary on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, “In short, democracies with elections are fake democracies, and the democracies without elections are real democracies.” {{2}}[[2]]归纳成一句话,有选举的民主是“假民主”,没有选举的民主才是“真民主[[2]] @苏门山人 scoffs, “It’s hard not to laugh.”

Some also pointed out that Global Times may not be doing the Party any favors. @老马迷途1 observes, “This article makes an interesting point, in that it implicitly admits that the current leaders of China are not elected, saying ‘One day we will choose our leaders through elections too.’ $%^#, our current chairman has said that the people elected him, [this editorial] denies that? ” {{3}}[[3]]此文也有一个有趣之处,就是隐含有不承认中国现在领导人是选举产生的,说是”我们有一天也会通过选举来选择我们的领导人”。尼玛,现任主席早说过是人民选他做主席的,这家伙居然不认。[[3]] Should the Global Times expect a call from China’s leader, Chairman Hu? 

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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.
  • Feijiefu

    Furthermore, the leadership was chosen in accordance with the law.

  • Feijiefu

    Furthermore, the leadership was chosen in accordance with the law.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rieestyle Chang Liu

    All these rhetorics these party hacks come up with to defend their “principles” are self-conflicting, because the core of their philosophy is essentially empty. We’ve seen enough of this already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rieestyle Chang Liu

    All these rhetorics these party hacks come up with to defend their “principles” are self-conflicting, because the core of their philosophy is essentially empty. We’ve seen enough of this already.

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