By Yang Sheng
March 07, 2022:
Information Clearing House
-- The US used the name of
"democracy" to hold a "Summit for Democracy"
last year to exclude half of the countries
around the world, openly draw lines to split the
world based on ideology, and create separation,
which is an abuse of the spirit of democracy,
said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign
Minister Wang Yi.
Wang made the remarks while answering a question
from the Global Times at a press conference on
China's foreign policy amid the two sessions.
According to the US State Department, after the
"Summit for Democracy" ended in December 2021,
US President Joe Biden "will host an in-person
summit in approximately one year."
The US-hosted summit last year was widely
believed unsuccessful, but it still announced it
would hold another "Summit for Democracy" this
year. "How will China comment and respond to
this?" asked the Global Times reporter at the
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Many people around the world believe that US
democracy is facing an unprecedented crisis, but
the US has continued to attack and stigmatize
China's democratic system, and been trying to
use "democracy" to draw lines to split the world
and contain China.
Wang said the whole-process people's democracy
in China is inclusive, veritable and effective,
and it's sincerely approved and supported by the
Chinese people. He cited the 2022 Edelman Trust
Barometer released January which showed that the
level of trust among Chinese citizens in their
government reached 91 percent.
This index in the US is only 39 percent. The
2022 Edelman Trust Barometer is the 22nd annual
trust and credibility survey conducted by
Edelman, the world's largest global public
relations consultancy firm.
"Harvard University also had similar conclusions
from its surveys, and these surveys were all
conducted by third parties. So it's clear that
the world acknowledged China's democracy, and we
are much more confident in the path we have
chosen," Wang said.
Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of
International Relations of the China Foreign
Affairs University, told the Global Times that
"US democracy is already a joke. The hundreds of
thousands of Americans who died in the COVID-19
pandemic are mostly the old, the poor, the
unemployed, and other vulnerable groups. During
the failed and poor handling of the pandemic,
the US exposed the truth behind its 'democracy
fairytale' - people cannot be protected in
And US elections, trumpeted by US elites as a
symbol of US democracy, has failed to prevent
the country from falling into polarization and
struggles between the right and the left,
Democrats and Republicans, White and Black
people, as well as the rich and the poor, Li
said, noting that it seems the elections now can
only make US society more divided rather than
Chinese analysts said the sickness in US
democracy has been caused by the long-existing
problems in its political system, and will be
impossible to heal soon. If the US holds another
"summit for democracy" later this year, it will
be even more unsuccessful than the first one,
because at that time the US will hold its
midterm elections, and the struggles between the
two parties will bring more tragedies and
further tear the society apart, with incidents
like the storming of the Capitol and nationwide
riots caused by the death of George Floyd very
likely to happen again.
Setting a "standard for democracy" based on the
US model is undemocratic, Wang said at the
conference, noting that using "democracy" as a
pretext to interfere in other countries'
internal affairs would only bring disaster to
Li said the US uses "democracy" as a card to
split the world and launch ideological attacks
against other countries. This will make the
world more divided and is truly bad for world
peace, and will bring more confrontations
between different countries, civilizations and
Lü Xiang, a research fellow at the Institute of
American Studies at the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences, said that the US might enjoy
temporary unity among the West as a result of
the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but "in fact, the
US is using the conflict to make its anti-Russia
policy a 'political correctness' to force other
countries to cut off almost all the crucial ties
they have with Russia and make many countries,
especially European countries like Germany, pay
a heavy price as well."
"This kind of unity is temporary, because the
conflict will eventually end one day. The
relevant major European countries, Russia, and
even Ukraine need to find a new way to co-exist
and return to pragmatism," Lü said, noting that
US decision-makers like Biden and Secretary of
State Antony Blinken "may enjoy a few happy
hours. But the question is, for how long?"
"China looks forward to exchanges and mutual
learning with other countries on the basis of
equality. Let us promote the true spirit of
democracy, strip pseudo-democracy of its various
types of charade, and make the international
relations more democratic so as to inject
momentum to human progress," Wang said at the
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