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China's Communist Party bashes U.S. democracy before Biden summit

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They are fearful someone probably a child will point at Poo san and say…the Emperor has no cloths.

Then the child will disappear for months before appearing (confused) on a video being pocked by a stick describing how beautiful the Emperor’s clock looked, before slumping out of shot never heard of again,

I think the world gets it. Try protesting in China ani Vacation people.

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Neither China nor Russia have been invited.

Like two butt cheeks.

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Who Infected the world and denied it ?

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they are REALLY embarrassing themselves now...

why dont they hold their own "Democracy with Chinese characteristics" summit and invite whoever they want...?

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Party officials questioned how a polarized country that botched its response to COVID-19 could lecture others

Talking about China or someone else?

and said that efforts to force others to copy the Western democratic model are “doomed to fail.”

Nobody is being "forced" to be democratic.

Tian Peiyan, the deputy director of the party's Policy Research Office, said the pandemic exposed defects in the American system.

He should also have mentioned covid exposed serious flaws in China's initial response before anyone else's.

democracy brings not happiness but disaster to voters

While one party rule will see those who oppose or suggest a different form of government disappear for good.

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Party officials questioned how a polarized country that botched its response to COVID-19 could lecture others and said that efforts to force others to copy the Western democratic model are “doomed to fail.”

China’s criticism is off target. Incompetence in handling the virus is not necessary criticism of democracy. Rather it is the blind faith that things will get better rather than belief in science that is being criticized.

What the US has is far from China’s romantic vision of democracy. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American have only a minuscule, non-significant impact on public policy.

Existing interest groups do not serve effectively for the wishes of the people as a whole. The corporate world is effective in Washington and generally desire policies that hurt the majority of the American populace by exporting jobs offshore.

The US is a democracy by name but not by practice. Who here thinks the majority rule in the US?

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Democracy has nothing to do with the summit, it is just for countries that do what America tells them to. Hungary is a democracy, otherwise it could not be a member of the EU, but it does not do America's bidding and so was not invited to participate.

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The corporate world is effective in Washington and generally desire policies that hurt the majority of the American populace by exporting jobs offshore. The US is a democracy by name but not by practice. Who here thinks the majority rule in the US?

Corporations have the ears of all in Washington but importantly they do no get a vote, while the majority of people do get a vote. Hence the change of leadership from one party to another at the desires of the people. Unlike one party rule where the people get no say at all.

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What is the Western democratic model?

I guess it is based on free elections. We can argue all day on whether elections produce a truly democratic society. China might argue that anyone can join the CCP and therefore change things, and that it produces the most capable of leaders. So a kind of meritocracy. In Japan, it might be argued that the local jijikai is the best democratic model. Personally, I'm not so comfortable with any large country that has a very centralized government, however it is selected.

Churchill's comment perhaps still stands: "it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried".

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Oh Gosh, if people could choose they’re government, whatever would happen to dictators like Xi? ( answer: he would disappear like a fart in the wind along with his diminutive twit Putin).

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Yet those of us who CAN choose our government somehow ended up with Joe Biden as the best choice?

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Yet those of us who CAN choose our government somehow ended up with Joe Biden as the best choice?

Many millions chose Biden after four years of Trump. Democracy in action.

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Yet those of us who CAN choose our government somehow ended up with Joe Biden as the best choice?

Yeah. The alternative must have been really really awful.

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“Such democracy brings not happiness but disaster to voters,” he said at a news conference to release a government report on what the Communist Party calls its form of democracy, which is firmly under party control.

Lol! What brings happiness to Chinese voters? Reeducation camps.

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BlacklabelToday  06:14 pm JST

Yet those of us who CAN choose our government somehow ended up with Joe Biden as the best choice?

The largest number of American voters in history thought Biden was the best choice in the most secure election in the history of American democracy.

Too bad for “conservatives” their last two presidents were not the choice of the people - Bush Jr. in his first term and Trump in his only term, which means they were not the best choices according to the people. They had no mandate to govern.

Yes, I know the popular vote in the US does not matter for electing the president. However, it sure as hell matters to indicate the actual will of the people.

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Party officials questioned how a polarized country that botched its response to COVID-19 could lecture others

It was CCP who did all they could to hide the virus from the world and are still preventing any meaningful investigation in to it's origin!

Communist Party calls its form of democracy, which is firmly under party control.

That is not a democracy, it's a dictatorship, just like Nazi Germany and USSR had or Democratic People's Republic of Korea has, the name says it all...

You can stick your CCP democracy where the sun don't shine!!!

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Absolutely correct on the disastrous US Covid response, an assessment supported by many in the Western world and even within the US itself. Extrapolating from that ibserv

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Sorry about that…

was going to say that extrapolating from that assessment to a criticism of democracy overall, though, is hardly a logical conclusion.

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BlacklabelToday  06:14 pm JST

Yet those of us who CAN choose our government somehow ended up with Joe Biden as the best choice?

Pleased to see that you finally admit that Biden won.

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All I know is that in the US, I can stand in front of the president and call him a blankety blank blank blank and walk home safely perhaps with applause. Try that in China.

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Yet those of us who CAN choose our government somehow ended up with Joe Biden as the best choice?

Compared to a lying, incompetent, narcissistic sociopathic grifter who attempted a coup to overturn the results of a free and fair election?

Biden is a godsend.

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Democracy is not about what is best for a country. It's about who can get the most votes. If it were about what's best then Hillary would have won the presidency of the USA instead of Trump and still be president today in all likelihood.

its also about respecting the decision of the majority, regardless of whether you agree with their policies or not. american is semi-flawed in a way that a certain demographic turned violently riotous after biden was elected. you rarely see that elsewhere - Australia, Japan, UK in the wake of a major change in govt party.

Absolutely correct on the disastrous US Covid response, an assessment supported by many in the Western world and even within the US itself.

the shortcoming of democracies is that everyone's opinion counts and should be taken into consideration, which means things take time to progress. if you just force certain policies upon the population like the ccp, then agree, things get completed quicker -- of course no one has a say if they dont agree with the policies or if they happen to live in a village where a dam is planned...

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Schuck China!

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I think what the Chinese misunderstand is that their country would also be polarized if the people weren’t afraid for themselves and their families of being hauled off to re-education camps. I’ll take the polarization any day over re-education. The Chinese need to criticize the US media and how they turned half of the population into social anathema.

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The largest number of American voters in history thought Biden was the best choice

after 11 months of subpar performance few believe this anymore.

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Pleased to see that you finally admit that Biden won.

I said “ended up with”

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To be fair, the US democracy is pretty flawed. It's cause way too most unrest and chaos within their own country. Is practically on fire now. If you had visited the US or follow their news, you will probably see just how bad it got over the last few years. The wealth gap between the people is ridiculous huge. And the violence.....

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China gets it wrong again.

The document its self demonstrates they have no concept of what democracy is and entails, and do not want to find out.

The problem is that the USA is a Republic but it is not a democracy. Having said that the USA for all its many faults is a thousand fold preferable to the inhuman monstrosity that is the CCP run China.

Strengthening the philosophical bonds of democracies world wide and bringing a concerted counter argument to the self serving distortions served up by autocrats and dictatorships is sadly an urgent need.

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BlacklabelToday  07:45 pm JST

> after 11 months of subpar performance few believe this anymore.

You know this because of a poll, correct? Or are you going with your gut on this one?

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Hiro, please don't expect that news from the US is representative of actual conditions in the US. The news in the US is 100% devoted to grabbing eyeballs for advertising. It always has focused and amplified the negative.

As to China's assertion that America is divided and a disaster because of it; I personally disagree, as a conservative on many things, I enjoy balance brought to society from those with different opinions than my own. If that is "division", I like that feature.

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In fact it’s more about a healthy balance between a state and citizen’s individual rights and freedom. And while all (western or whatever) democracies of course have also quite some disadvantages and restrictions, it’s surely very much biased to state totalitarianism in countries like China and similar ones. Pure and hard capitalism has to be tamed, but even more those (group or party) dictatorships that are also by far not so communistic as they are saying they are.

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