A protester breaking into the United States Capitol is captured in a screenshot in an NBC News video feed seen in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Xinhua
The failure of the United States to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic and the Trump phenomenon are two vivid examples of the failure and incompetence of the American democratic political system, Chinese experts said on Friday, slapping the self. – saying “Summit for Democracy” for being a hypocritical subject.
The American democratic political system is showing its great limits in the face of enormous risks like the COVID-19 epidemic. The outbreak was used as a chip for political gain from the two political parties and their huge divergence ultimately led to complete disregard for the safety of the American public, leading the United States with the most powerful medical resources to be defeated. virus, Chang Jian, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Nankai University, said on Friday at a seminar organized by Shandong University on human rights .
As a superpower with excellent medical resources, the United States has degenerated into the worst in handling the epidemic, with more than 50 million of its own citizens confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 and more than 800,000 people. died in November. The death toll is even higher than the number of people who died in the two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined, Chang said.
The Trump phenomenon is another case study that demonstrates a setback or crisis for the Western democratic system, said Cui Hanyu, a doctoral student at Shandong University Law School. You could say that Trump’s rise to power and his mind-boggling domestic and foreign policies are closely linked to the democratic crisis in the United States, characterized by the extreme divergence between political parties and the popularity of populism, he said. he declares.
The seminar – hosted by Shandong University which brought together dozens of prominent Chinese human rights experts – is of great significance when the United States holds a so-called democracy summit to cover the real problems of Western democracy, and serves the US strategy to add new tensions with China.
Democracy is the right of the people in each country, rather than the prerogative of a few nations. The fact that the United States brings together representatives from a few countries and regions and even some extremists is hypocritical, Chang said.
The United States is not in a position to be “a champion of democracy” or to force other countries to adopt democratic institutions or policies according to their standards, experts said, adding that US foreign policy under the pretext of “democracy” has long been a bad record.
It is undemocratic to measure the colorful political system of the world with one standard or to examine the colorful political civilization of mankind with monotonous viewpoints, Qian Jinyu, executive deputy director of the Human Rights Research Center man at Northwest University of Political Science and Law, told at the seminar.
Fan Jinxue, professor at Koguan Law School at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said the comprehensive process of people’s democracy in China avoids the drawbacks of election-centric capitalist countries. The democratic power of citizens is embodied in the entire decision-making process of public policies. People can participate throughout the decision-making process, exercising their rights to know, participate and oversee, Fan said.
The white paper “China: A Democracy That Works”, released on December 4, pointed out that the Chinese People’s Democracy as a whole is a model of socialist democracy that covers all aspects of the democratic process and all sectors of society. It’s real democracy that works, notes the white paper.
That it is achievable for the country and fully utilized by the people is the norm for a true democracy. China’s democratic governance has enabled people to enjoy more freedom and rights and a better life, Fan noted.