Does Eastern Democracy in Thailand, Ukraine Prove Western Democracy Brings Chaos?Posted: June 9, 2014
In its report “Chinese party newspaper says Western democracy only brings chaos”, Reuters says, “China’s top newspaper on Monday warned against Western-style democracy just a week after the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, pointing to Thailand and Ukraine as examples of the kind of chaos the system can bring.”
What’s ridiculous is that Chinese authorities regard Thailand’s and Ukraine’s Eastern false democracies as Western democracy.
Thai minority politicians tried to replace themselves for the democratically elected government by bringing chaos in the streets, which was stopped by a military coup approved by the king. It is exactly what Mao’s democracy that allowed rebels among workers and peasants to seize power from government and brought chaos to the country. Mao had to send troops to overcome the chaos.
If Thailand’s democracy can be regarded as Western democracy, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had implemented Western democracy long ago in the Cultural Revolution that CCP denounced later.
The situation in Ukraine is similar. Only there is not a king to overcome the chaos.
Both Thailand and Ukraine want Western democracy, but are ignorant what Western democracy really is. Even more ignorant are Chinese authorities and the writers of the commentary on Western democracy bringing chaos.
For a country like China that has never had Western democracy, media’s, even top media’s, ignorance about Western democracy is not surprising.
What surprises me is Western media’s ignorance of their Western democracy. Whenever, they see a country has switched to universal suffrage, they hail that there is Western democracy there. They forget there must be the sound foundation of the rule of law for Western democracy.
According to the rule of law, removal of a government must be done in accordance with constitution and law. What people in Thailand and Ukraine did in overthrowing elected governments by street activities and even violence can only be regarded as Eastern false democracy that has nothing to do with Western democracy.
Due to such ignorance, Reuters says that people in China are disappointed that Xi Jinping has not carried out political reform. No, we are not disappointed as Xi has abolished the labor camp system and thus greatly facilitates the rule of law. Failure to see China’s political progress has made foreign media unable to understand why China is able to make such tremendous progress over the past three decades.
China is making great progress in its rule of law but a great obstacle remains as CCP itself has no scruple to break the law in order to maintain its monopoly of state power. It took decades to soundly establish the rule of law in Europe. It will perhaps take longer in China due to people’s lack of sense of law. China has made efforts for four decades since Deng Xiaoping and other reformists put forth the idea of the rule of law. Now, a system of laws and a large number of legal professionals have emerged. That is a great progress.
Reform, though slow, will really bring about progress. Violent revolution even a mild one like that in Ukraine may on the contrary bring chaos or lots of trouble though in the name of Western democracy.
Thailand has failed to really establish Western democracy for more than seven decades since it began to make such efforts. If it fails to soundly establish the rule of law so that people still believe they are justified to overthrow a democratically elected government in disregard of law and constitution, there will be no Western democracy at all.
The following is the full text of Reuters report:
Chinese party newspaper says Western democracy only brings chaos
China’s top newspaper on Monday warned against aping Western-style democracy just a week after the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, pointing to Thailand and Ukraine as examples of the kind of chaos the system can bring.
President Xi Jinping’s ascendancy in a once-in-a-decade generational leadership transition had given many Chinese hope for political reform, mainly due to his folksy style and the legacy of his father, Xi Zhongxun, a former reformist vice-premier.
But the repeated message the party has given out since Xi became president last year is that there will be no political liberalization.
China has been on high alert over the past few weeks in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the bloody suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, detaining dissidents and tightening internet controls.
In a lengthy commentary, the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper said the country needed to be on guard against falling into the “trap” of Western-style democracy.
“Over the past few months, from Kiev to Bangkok, the politics of the street and public clashes have caused deep sorrow,” the newspaper said.
“Looking back at the ‘color revolutions’ which have occurred in recent years … how can we not say with deep feeling: rejoice that we have resolutely upheld socialism with Chinese characteristics. Otherwise, would China have peace?”
“From western Asia to North Africa, many countries have slipped into the confused madness of ‘western democracy’, which has neither brought happiness nor stability,” the paper said.
It also took aim at British democracy.
“In Britain’s parliament to this day there are still hereditary nobles. For Chinese people, this is unthinkable,” the paper said, adding that China should continue going down its own path.
During a visit to Belgium in April, Xi himself said that China had experimented in the past with various political systems, including multi-party democracy, but it did not work, warning that copying foreign political or development models could be catastrophic. [ID:nL4N0MU0Z9]
China’s constitution enshrines the Communist Party’s long-term “leading” role in government, though it allows the existence of various other political parties under what is calls a “multi-party cooperation system”. But all are subservient to the Communist Party.
Activists who call for pluralism are regularly jailed and criticism of China’s one-party, authoritarian system silenced.
Source: Reuters “Chinese party newspaper says Western democracy only brings chaos”