BEIJING: The recent major changes in Afghanistan once again show that democracy imposed and transplanted by others will not last or be firm.
This was stated by a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunking here at a regular news briefing.
To a question, she said she learned from a news that one of the people who died after falling from the landing gear of a US plane was 19-year-old Afghan national team football player Zaki Anwari. This is heart-breaking.
According to the spokesperson, “Facts show that democracy cannot be predetermined or overstretched. There is no set model of democracy. To give you an analogy, cold milk on a daily basis doesn’t agree with a Chinese stomach and chopsticks are not often used by Americans.
A meal of hamburger or steak with fork and knife is not the only way to get one well fed. Democracy is not Coca-Cola, which, with the syrup produced by the United States, tastes the same across the world.
Many Chinese prefer Beijing-based soda drink branded Arctic Ocean.
What is democracy? Who gets to define it? How to judge whether a country is democratic? These rights should not be monopolized by the US and its few allies.
For us, a key criterion is whether the country can meet people’s expectations, needs and aspirations.
In this sense, Chinese democracy is people’s democracy while the US’ is money democracy; the Chinese people enjoy substantial democracy while Americans have democracy only in form; China has a whole-process democracy while the US has voting democracy that comes every four years.
China’s socialist democracy is whole-process and the most broad-based. It reflects people’s will, suits China’s realities and is acclaimed by the people.
The Communist Party of China represents the fundamental interests of all the Chinese people. It has no special interests of its own and has never represented the interests of any interest group, group of power, or privileged class.
China puts the people front and center. The fundamental criteria for assessing all the work we do is whether we can win people’s backing, approval and endorsement, and make them satisfied.
China strives to solve the most practical and immediate problems of the greatest concern to the people. All major legislative decisions in China are made in accordance with procedures, through democratic deliberation, and through scientific and democratic decision-making.
For example, when formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Chinese government paid great attention to soliciting opinions from all sides.
More than one million opinions and suggestions were collected online alone. Thanks to China’s commitment to democracy of the people, the Chinese people have unleashed their amazing creativity and productivity, creating two miracles of rapid economic growth and long-term social stability in a huge country with a population of 1.4 billion.
The Chinese people’s satisfaction and approval rate of the Chinese government has been above 95% for years.
But the US has been seeing “one person, one vote” as the supreme form of democracy, which is very narrow-minded. The US elections, manipulated by interest groups, are money politics meaning “no money, no votes”.
Unlike the Communist Party of China that puts the interests of the country and the people first, American politicians put their votes first and focus on the votes four or even two years from now.
When tens of thousands of American people are struggling against COVID-19, the two parties are attacking each other ferociously and putting their own political interests above people’s life and health.
The loss of more than 600,000 American lives still cannot awaken their conscience and responsibility. Over the past thirty or forty years, the rich in the US have become richer and the poor poorer.
The top one percent own, govern and have it all. Is this democracy? People like George Floyd cannot breathe, gun violence runs rampant and racial discrimination and hate crimes are deeply entrenched.
To whom the US belongs? Can the US government win support from half of its people? Which party in the US can represent the interests of all American people?
American political scientist Francis Fukuyama recently wrote that the difference in COVID-19 response has shown limited state capacity, low social trust, poor political leadership and other signs of democratic deterioration.
Look at the consequence of US promotion of the American democracy across the world. In which intervened country have the people enjoyed real peace, security, freedom and democracy? Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan?
Democracy should be tangible rather than empty slogans. It should not become spiritual opium that fools or numbs the people, still less an excuse for attacking and smearing other countries and maintaining one’s own hegemony.
Ganging up in the name of democracy, wantonly interfering in other country’s internal affairs and even arbitrarily suppressing normal development of other countries and people’s legitimate right to better lives is more undemocratic than anything else.
It is autocracy, hegemony and totalitarianism. Zaki Anwari’s fallen, American myth down. More and more people are awakening.”