The Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily said Western democracy worshipped money and was “fed by money”.
“Wall Street is so powerful that it can hold the [US] Congress hostage and get bills in its favour passed,” the article said.
Citing the global financial crisis that started in 2008, the newspaper said that the problematic financial systems that led to the crisis were created by “institutional corruption” on a massive scale.
The publication of the article coincided with a European visit by Premier Wen Jiabao , where he warned that the global financial crisis was not over and technical innovation and investment would be key to sustaining a “tortuous” recovery.
The article claimed US democracy was only partial and people could only exert their rights within the designated framework. Furthermore, the president was not chosen on the basis of one man, one vote.
The paper quoted politicians and academics and concluded that people in the West were not only reflecting on economic policies but also challenging the political system behind them. “It appears democratic in regards to procedure but what has it brought to the people?” the newspaper asked. “Should it bring about economic development and peaceful and prospective living? Is it a legitimate democracy to have only democratic procedure and make only a few people a fortune but not care for the well-being of the majority.”
Professor Zhang Ming, a political analyst at Beijing’s Renmin University, said the People’s Daily article was just rehashing one argument, popular among mainland leftists, which held that Western democracy is full of flaws and was not democratic at all, completely blind to the electoral situation in their own country.
He said it was not surprising to see such propaganda published because the political situation in China was not clear and it was not unusual for the party paper to publish leftist pieces from time to time.
“The lid has not been taken completely off what has happened in Chongqing yet and the struggle of the left and the right has not reached a conclusion, although it appears the left is on the losing end,” Zhang said.
“But it is not surprising to see the supportive words for the leftists. Occasionally the People’s Daily also publishes arguments in favour of the rightists. It’s more and more diversified.”
South China Morning Post
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