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Multi-party Democracy does not Suit China
Apr 21, 2014

Making waves with trade deals worth billions of dollars during his first European tour, Chinese President Xi Jinping put up a strong defence of the monopoly of power by the Communist Party of China saying that China had settled for a one-party system after unsuccessful experiments with multi-party democracy.

He said, China cannot copy the political system or development model of other countries because it would not fit and it might even lead to catastrophic consequences. The fruit may look the same, but the taste is quite different. The uniqueness of China's cultural tradition, history and circumstances determines that China needs to follow a development path that suits its own reality. In fact, we have found such a path and achieved success along this path.

He said after the 1911 revolution led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the autocratic monarchy that had ruled China for several thousand years, China experimented with many systems. The Chinese people experimented with constitutional monarchy, imperial restoration, parliamentarianism, multi-party system and presidential government, yet nothing really worked. Finally, China took on the path of socialism. Admittedly, in the process of building socialism, we have had successful experience and also made mistakes. We have even suffered serious setbacks. Xi Jinping apparently referring to the decade-long Cultural Revolution led by Communist Party of China founder Mao Zedong, in which millions were killed.

He said, after the reform and opening-up was launched under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, we have, acting in line with China's national conditions and the trend of the times, explored and blazed a trail of development and established socialism with Chinese characteristics. China is undergoing profound changes and the country's reform has entered a deep-water zone. We know keenly that reform and opening-up is an ongoing process that will never stop.

Belgium was the last destination of Xi's four-nation Europe trip, which has already taken him to the Netherlands, France and Germany during which he signed a number of trade deals amounting to billions of dollars.


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