The Chinese characters for democracy (Minzhu) turned up to be one of the most extensively used political concept in Hu’s keynote speech on Monday to the landmark national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), showing up at least 60 times.
China will “expand people’s democracy and ensure that they are masters of the country,” Hu told more than 2,000 delegates to the congress, telecast live by national TV and radio networks.
Hu also said that the CPC will “expand intra-Party democracy to develop people’s democracy” by increasing transparency in Party affairs and “opposing and preventing arbitrary decision-making by an individual or a minority of people.” [Full Text]
Read also China rules out West’s democracy by Michael Bristow, Political reform ‘will be pursued’ by Wu Jiao, and Western capitalist democracy not viable choice for socialist China by Xinhua.
UPDATE: China Elections and Governance website has posted an analysis of the discussion of democracy in Hu’s speech.