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Is China more democratic than the USA?
Mervyn Locke Enlightened laowai/Decade-long China resident/Permanent China bull
Answered Mar 19 R26; Upvoted by Xinchun Li lives in China
Having spent the better part of my life in Europe and the last 10 years in China I’ve actually tilted in favor of the Chinese system. Why? Because in China the government is better at meeting people’s needs in terms of improving their quality of life. True corruption has been rampant even though to a lesser extent today but politicians all over the world do their best to cling on to power and keep whatever superior benefits they may have so in that case the difference is not that great from a philosophical standpoint.
The problem with so called “Western democracy” is that it only gives politicians very short-term incentives to stay in power and winning the next election with little attention to what should be done in between also buying votes with money and through lies (they say something before election and then they deliver something totally different post-election). Also forming coalitions with minority parties that get a disproportionate amount power to carry out crazy policies. Not to mention the extremely slow decision making process and political pie throwing causing stalemates.
And most important of all tell me what’s the long-term vision of a country like say Belgium or Denmark? Right. No one knows. In China there’s always a main headline like “inclusive growth” “Made in China 2025” and so on and so forth that unites and sets the direction as a whole. US is starting to come to grips with this with “Make America Great” again EU has no clue where it’s going.
To sum up: Democracy for me means serving the people and considering the economic growth and increased political power of China there’s little doubt who has the superior governance system. Those that do not see this will wake up one day and ask themselves “how could this happen”?
Michel McGill Born lived and worked in China.
Answered Apr 4
Yes. China is more democratic than the USA.
From Michel McGill's answer to "Julie Bishop has warned China it can only reach its full economic potential if it further embraces democracy." Is she right?
Chinese revolution is democratic revolution. Chinese people have fought for democracy ever since 1840. They fought and failed until 1923 Dr. Sun Yat-sen realized that Democracy was impossible when Western Powers dominate the politics and economy of China. So the first step toward democracy is to drive Western Powers out of China.
China successes to drive Western Powers out of China at 1949 however Western Powers would not give up so easily. They don’t recognize Mainland China as legitimate government. They recognize Taiwan as legitimate Chinese government. War is always a danger for China ever since 1949. Western try to dominate China again by military pressure (gunboat diplomacy) in the name of “democracy”.
From the experience of last 174 years Chinese people know that the first task of fighting for democracy is the get rid off Western interfering. Chinese can not have democracy by letting Western Powers meddling Chinese affairs. Handing Chinese fate to the hand of Western Power is not democracy. Democracy means Chinese people determine Chinese affair not Western powers determine Chinese affairs. When Westerner said they want China to be democracy Chinese know that’s fake statement. Britain ruled Hong Kong for 150 years without a single governor was elected. Hong Kong people was treated as second class citizen forbidden to take any chief position of government offices.
Western powers conquered Beijing on 1900 and did not install a democratic system for China. Chinese cannot got democracy by letting Western powers to determine their fate. Western powers is not for Chinese democracy. They are for their national interest in China at expense of Chinese people.
After Arab spring and Iraq occupation how can still have people believe America is spending huge amount military resources and NGO funding altruistically for the democracy of China? Did any candidate for president campaign ever ask voters to spend tax dollars for Chinese democracy?
Chines is fighting for democracy by resisting Western interfering. Because China is a better democratic country then western powers Chinese industrialization takes short time without resort to colonization slave trade opium trade and gunboat diplomacy.