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China will not be fooled
15:28, October 24, 2010  

Some Westerners have always promoted Western-style democracy, freedom and human rights in China. They make political system reform suggestions advocating a multi-party system and check and balances on powers in China, which challenge the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the country's current socialist political system. These Westerners think the West's check and balances on power, and parliamentary democracy are the best stuff and should be common.

Most of the values they advocated are non-existent which even they themselves are unable to hold on to. Take the "human rights above sovereignty" theories for example, will Western countries open their borders to let immigrants from poor countries enter freely and offer them jobs? The late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping once said that for the two major issues of world peace and development, neither has been settled. Why? One important reason is the non-democracy of the international relations. Have developed countries ever given developing counties democracy and freedom by transferring their discourse power and discussion right? Never.

The Chinese people did try to copy Western countries' political system and democracy on the path to pursue democracy and freedom, but every attempt was shattered by the big powers and feudalists who only wanted to give Chinese people the freedom of being their slaves.

It is the CPC who led Chinese people liberate the nation and overthrow the oppression of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism. Deng Xiaoping pointed out the essence of western democracy, saying that "the democracy of capitalist society is for the bourgeois and the monopoly capital". For disadvantaged countries and their peoples, this rhetoric is nothing but an ideological trap.

Moreover, "separation of powers" is not the universal mode for western capitalist countries. It was the American Constitution that first defined the "check and balance" system. It was surely a progress at that time compared with Europe's despotic monarchy or constitutional monarchy. However, the primary purpose of the system is to confine the powers of the House of Representatives instead of balancing legislative, executive and judicial powers.

The US's ruling parties believe the House of Representatives is the closest to the public with the House's elected representatives. Therefore, the ruling parties set up the Senate above the House of Representatives, and then use the President's administrative power to counteract and suppress the power of the House of Representatives.

Besides, they endow the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the veto right to the House of Representatives. The Chief Justice who is appointed by the President has a life-long tenure. Senators have a 6-year-long tenure while House representatives have only two. How could such a "check and balance" system which suppresses and confines the power of people's representatives be pursued as a model of democracy?

Preconditions of the formation of Western political models were both shameful and noncopiable.

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(Editor:叶欣)

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