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China says western-style democracy impossible for CCP Dynasty


Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC, addresses the advisory body yesterday

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC, addresses the advisory body yesterday

In his work report to the current session of the National People’s Congress (NPC, China’s parliament, retiring NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo stressed that China was a socialist country with people’s democratic dictatorship.

Note: Wu stressed that China is a dictatorship not a democracy though the dictatorship has an adjective “democratic” before it.

Will there be Western democracy in China? Wu said never.

He said in his speech, “We should deeply understand the essential characteristics of our country’s people’s congress system, persist with justification and courage to our own special characteristics, give play to our superiority and keep on promoting the self-perfection and development of our people’s congress system.

“We should fully understand the difference between our country’s people’s congress system and Western capitalist states’ political systems, firmly resist the influence of various erroneous ideologies and theories, firmly adhere to our stand on major issues of principle and uphold a clear-cut banner.

“We should draw lessons from the beneficial achievements of human political civilisation, but will never copy any model of a Western political system.” (Paragraph of his speech translated by Chan Kai Yee)

That was the second time Wu stressed in his report to an NPC session that China would not adopt a Western political system

In his speech to NPC session in 2009, he said that China will have: no multi-party system, no diversification of guiding ideology, no division of three powers or bicameralism, no federation, and no privatisation. This time, Wu did not elaborate as he did in 2009, but he was echoed the next day by Wang Yang, a quite influential senior Politburo member who has been widely regarded as a prominent reformist.

Wang recalled that when he visited Germany in 1990 as mayor of Tongling City, Anhui Province, he received as a gift several trunks of old clothes. At that time Chinese people were regarded as beggars.

Now however, China is held in high esteem. When German Prime Minister Merkel visited Guangzhou last year, she stayed at Guangzhou’s Huacheng Plaza. She said to Premier Wen Jiabao, “Compared with this place of yours, Berlin simply looks like a rural area!”

Wang believed, “What worries (the West) is our system as with over 30 years of reform and opening-up and over 60 years of socialism, the fast rise of a large country with 1.3 billion people is finally achieved. It is this system that challenges the models of the system that the West regards as perfect.”

“In contrast, their market doesn’t work. There have been lots of facts that indicate that there are times when the market doesn’t work. For example, the problems in Wall Street are related to the ineffectiveness in regulation and also in democracy. (Government’s) debts and bankruptcy. Greece is a typical example,” said Wang. “What they are proud of, the market does not work and the democracy is not effective.” (The above six paragraphs are translation by Chan Kai Yee of the summary of Singtao Daily’s report “Wu Bangguo said China shall not copy Western political models” on March 9.)

In SCMP’s report today titled Western-style reform not on agenda, says CPPCC chief Yu Zhengsheng, SCMP describes how PSC member Yu Zhengshen echoed Wu’s ideas yesterday.

SCMP said: Yu “has urged members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) to reject ‘impetuous and extremist attitudes’ in political ideas and said the ruling Communist Party would explore its own political path and shun reform based on Western models.”

It quotes Yu as saying, “We will not copy models in Western political systems under any circumstances, always adhere to the correct political orientation, and strengthen the CPPCC’s ideological and political foundations of collective struggle”.

All the above proves how influential Wu will be after his retirement. In the second edition of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” I regard Wu as a potential successor to Jiang Zemin as the leader of the Shanghai faction when Jiang has passed away, based on his places in the walk-in order at the opening and closing meetings of the 18th Party Congress, and his role in bringing down Bo Xilai.

Wu Bangguo, Yu Zhengsheng and Wang Yang seemed very confident of the success of China’s current political system, the CCP Dynasty, but Xi Jinping’s reform now focuses on resolving China’s serious problems to avoid the collapse of the CCP Dynasty.

However, I do not think that Xi’s reform will bring China multi-party democracy. In Chinese history, maintaining the dynasty’s survival is always a dynasty’s first priority. No leader of a dynasty will bring about the end of the dynasty.

Certainly, there is exception. Taiwan’s Chiang Ching-guo did put an end to the hereditary dynasty of his family, and deserves to be respected as the father of Taiwan’s democracy.

But the CCP Dynasty is the dynasty of a party instead of a family.

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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