People's Daily warns against "trap" of Western-style democracy

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The flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC) carried a signed article on Monday, calling on people to guard against "the trap of Western-style democracy."

"Copying Western-style democracy would probably lead to disaster" and "'street politics' usually leads to domestic turmoil and even civil war," according to the article by Mi Bohua.

The article acknowledged that democracy is good, but said it should be realized in different forms in different countries.

There is actually no objective standard concerning democracy hailed by the United States and other Western countries, it said.

For the United States and other Western countries, anything that accords with their interests and accepts their manipulation is democracy, while those that do not fit the norm are not, said the article.

Some countries in western Asia and northern Africa have fallen into the craze for Western-style democracy, which has led to irretrievable secession and endless domestic struggles instead of happiness and stability, it said.

Countries in western Asia and northern Africa, Ukraine and Thailand, which have experienced street protests and even armed conflicts, have been led astray to the wrong path of Western-style democracy, that is, 'street politics,' according to the article.

In most of the cases, the United States and some Western forces have been involved in the street politics in these countries, either on stage or behind the scenes, it said.

These cases show that copying Western-style democracy with no respect for the actual situations and cultural differences of a certain country will mostly be unsuccessful. Sometimes, copying Western-style democracy can even turn into a destructive force, according to the article.

"In many circumstances, the so-called 'value of democracy' has become a big stick for certain countries to practice hegemony and new interventionism," it said.

The most important criteria to assess whether political development accords with the Chinese people's fundamental interests is development and stability, said the article.

The article in the end called on people to stay on high alert against the trap of Western-style democracy, adhere to the reform and opening up policies, and stick to the path of political development with Chinese characteristics. Enditem

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