Chinese Communists disparage US democracy ahead of Biden summit

The Chinese Communist Party has taken American democracy to task, sharply criticizing a world summit on democracy hosted by President Joe Biden next week and extolling the virtues of its system of government

BEIJING – The Chinese Communist Party took America’s democracy to task on Saturday, sharply criticizing a world summit on democracy hosted by President Joe Biden next week and extolling the virtues of its system of government.

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

The pandemic has exposed flaws in the American system, said Tian Peiyan, deputy director of the Communist Party’s political research bureau. He blamed the high death toll from COVID-19 in the United States on political disputes and a government divided from high to low.

Neither China nor Russia are among the 110 governments that have been invited to Biden’s virtual “Democracy Summit” which begins Thursday and will address strengthening democracy, defending against authoritarianism, corruption and rights. of man.

The participation of Taiwan, an autonomous democracy that China says should be under its control, angered Beijing even more.

US-China relations remain strained despite a virtual summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last month. The US president has repeatedly expressed his differences with China in his broader appeal to the United States and its allies to demonstrate that democracies can offer humanity a better path to progress than autocracies.

The Communist Party has ruled China alone since 1949. It claims that various views are reflected through elected village and resident advisory bodies and committees, but silences most public criticism through censorship and sometimes l ‘arrest.

The party argues that strong central leadership is needed to maintain stability in a sprawling country that has been torn by division and war over the centuries.

“In such a large country with 56 ethnic groups and over 1.4 billion inhabitants, if there is no party leadership, … and we are defending the so-called democracy of the West, it will be easy to mess everything up and democracy work in reverse, ”Tian said.

China has been accused of mass incarceration, torture and other human rights violations as it exercises control over ethnic communities in its remote western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang. The party rejects the accusations and says it is rooting out extremism and separatist movements.

Recent difficulties faced by some Western democracies have given Communist Party leaders more confidence in their system as they attempt to make China a world power. State media often cite the chaos of the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol following the last presidential election. The report released on Saturday said “the world today faces the challenges of excessive democracy.”

Chinese officials frequently accuse the United States and others of using democracy as a cover in an attempt to quell China’s rise, a charge echoed at the press conference by Xu Lin, deputy minister of the Department of party advertising.

“The United States calls itself ‘the leader of democracy’ and is organizing and manipulating the so-called Democracy Summit,” he said. “In fact, it plagues and hinders countries with different social systems and development models in the name of democracy. “

Xu called it undemocratic that others demand their form of democracy, saying they themselves have a mixed record.

“Their national governance is messy, but they point the finger at and criticize other democracies,” he said. “Is this the democracy they advertised?” “


Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani in Washington, DC contributed to this report.

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