Monday, October 24, 2005

The CCP defines democracy (away)

The Chinese government has issued a "white paper" on democracy. The Wall Street Journal Asia) comments that:

It is an ironclad rule that if someone qualifies the word democracy he is talking about the absence of it. So when the Chinese Communist Party issues a white paper on the evolution of "Socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics" it is talking about anything but.

The document itself asserts that:

The building of political democracy with Chinese characteristics is progressing with the times, exhibiting great vigor and vitality.

I think the Journal has the better of the argument and is correct in noting that this reflects the increased pressure felt by the CCP to explain why freedom should not go along with prosperity. That they feel such a pressure is surely a good thing.


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