China has highlighted “the alienation and the malaises of democracy in the United States,” amid efforts by Washington to force other nations to conform to the Western democratic model.
US President Joe Biden has planned a virtual “Summit for Democracy” on December 9-10. His administration published a list of about 110 invited countries last week. Russia and China were not on the list, but Chinese Taipei— the self-ruled island over which China has sovereignty, has been invited.
Other invitees to the virtual gathering include Brazil, India, and Pakistan but not NATO member Turkey.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a report on Sunday, enumerating deficiencies and examples of abuse of democracy in the US, as well as underscoring the harm inherent in exporting such a version of democracy.
“Democracy is a common value shared by all humanity. It is a right for all nations, not a prerogative reserved to a few,” it said. “The political system of a country should be independently decided by its own people,” the report added.
It went on to say that the democracy in the US has become “alienated and degenerated, and it has increasingly deviated from the essence of democracy and its original design.”
Based on facts and expert opinions, the report said, “What is now imperative for the United States is to get to work in real earnest to ensure its people's democratic rights and improve its system of democracy instead of placing too much emphasis on procedural or formal democracy at the expense of substantive democracy and its outcome.”
Separately, top officials from China’s ruling Communist Party questioned Washington’s motive behind the upcoming summit, saying its efforts to force the Western democratic model on others are “doomed to fail.”
“Such democracy brings not happiness but disaster to voters,” said Tian Peiyan, the deputy director of the Communist Party’s Policy Research Office, on Saturday.
He said a polarized country such as the United States was not in a position to lecture the rest of the world on “democracy.”
Xu Lin, the vice minister of the party’s publicity department, also pointed out that the United States has long exploited the concept of democracy to interfere in other countries’ affairs.
“The US calls itself a ‘leader of democracy’ and organizes and manipulates the so-called Summit for Democracy,” Xu said. “In fact, it cracks down and hampers countries with different social systems and development models in the name of democracy,” he added
Last week, China and Russia jointly condemned the planned summit, describing it as a product of Washington’s Cold War mentality that will create new rifts in the international community.
The participation of Taipei in the gathering has further angered Beijing, which has repeatedly warned that there is no room for compromise over the self-governed island and that Washington should not have any illusions about it.
China has sovereignty over Chinese Taipei, and under the “One China” policy, almost all world countries recognize that sovereignty. The US, too, recognizes Chinese sovereignty over the island but has long courted Taipei in an attempt to unnerve Beijing.
The latest move to invite Taipei came despite Biden’s remarks last month about his administration’s commitment to the “One China” policy.