Yang Hengjun: The Chinese Distorted View Of Democracy
From UPI Asia Online:
It is inevitable that the topic of democracy should be in the minds of many Chinese early this month, especially today. Unlike many people in the world who have enjoyed a democratic lifestyle, however, there are still many misunderstandings in the minds of the Chinese.
The most common viewpoint is often expressed in the statement, “Democracy isn’t food.” Many tend to set the two against each other: democracy versus bread. How on earth did people get this idea, which has made them averse to democracy? The Chinese need to carefully evaluate this concept of theirs.
Here are two undeniable facts: Most of the top 100 countries, whose citizens are the wealthiest in the world, are democratic, and almost all those at the bottom are non-democratic; there is practically no country that has transformed itself from an autocracy to a democracy in which the people have a lower living standard than before.