China’s whole process of people’s democracy brings a new model to the international political spectrum

Wang Yan, a deputy to the National People’s Congress and a bus driver in Tianjin Municipality in northern China. (Photo courtesy of Wang Yan)

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By Zhong Yin

A foreign journalist who has lived in China for 15 years recently shared a story about Chinese democracy on a TV show.

The story was about National People’s Congress (NPC) deputy Wang Yan, who is also a bus driver in Tianjin Municipality in northern China. As a bus driver, Wang always listened to her passengers’ opinions while making suggestions, and her bus was thus transformed into a “mailbox” receiving voices from the public.

The foreign reporter said Wang’s story reflects China’s democratic system, a system that suits China’s national condition.

The whole process of people’s democracy is developed based on China’s national conditions. It bears distinctive Chinese characteristics and reflects mankind’s common quest for democracy. It promotes China’s development and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and brings a new model to the international political scene.
There is a saying in Chinese that goes, “People shouldn’t wear shoes of the same size; they should wear shoes that fit their feet.

Democracy is formed by human society over hundreds if not thousands of years. However, there is no fixed model of democracy as countries vary in terms of history, culture and national conditions.

Rather than following western paths of modernization, China has blazed its own trail. He did not copy Western models of democracy, but created a Chinese one.

The 1.4 billion Chinese, or nearly 1/5 of the world’s population, are the real masters of their country and enjoy extensive rights and freedoms. This has greatly strengthened the confidence of developing countries in the development of their own democracy.

To judge whether a particular form of democracy works, one must see whether it is suited to the history and culture of a country, whether it conforms to the conditions of the country, whether it can ensure political stability and social progress , whether it can improve people’s lives, whether it can win public support, and whether it can help advance the progressive cause of mankind.

China’s comprehensive people’s democracy process is a combination of electoral democracy and consultative democracy, and is implemented through a combination of elections, consultations, decision-making, management and oversight.

It ensures that the Chinese people can express their concerns effectively and thoroughly at every stage of the process. They can participate in the political affairs of the state. From something as small as daily needs to something as big as national reform and development, the wills of the Chinese people are fully reflected.

In today’s China, the Chinese people enjoy the right to stand for election, the right to vote and the right to broad participation. They have the right to express their expectations and the right to have those expectations met. They also have the right to contribute to national development and the right to share in the fruits of development.

An important reason why China has ensured political stability and social progress while promoting democracy is that the country designs the most appropriate form of democracy according to its characteristics and realities – a basic principle to which China adheres for develop democracy.

Democracy is not only a mode of national governance, but also a principle of global governance.
China is a loyal and exemplary actor in the pursuit, exploration and practice of democracy. It strives to increase democracy both within its own territory and between nations.

China proposes building a global community with a shared destiny and advocates a new pattern of international relations based on mutual respect, fairness and justice, and win-win cooperation. It promotes the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, and strongly supports the UN to play a greater role in international affairs. It calls for better development of the Belt and Road Initiative and advocates building an open world economy.
Facing profound changes not seen for a century, China always puts the future of mankind as its priority, upholds the principle of democracy in international relations and promotes democracy in international relations.

World affairs should be managed through consultation with the governments and peoples of all countries. It is a principle of democracy in handling international affairs and an inspiration to the world drawn from China’s democratic practices.

As the Chinese saying goes, “a delicious soup is made by combining different ingredients”. Political systems vary from civilization to civilization, and each has its own strengths. China has full confidence in its democracy and fully respects the democracy of other countries.

Looking to the future, China will firmly safeguard democracy in international relations while improving its own democracy, and work with the rest of the world to create a better future for mankind.

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