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Saturday, October 16 2021 - 01:57
CGTN: China vows to enhance whole-process people's democracy
BEIJING, Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Chinese authorities on Thursday vowed to uphold and improve the people's 
congress system and continuously enhance whole-process people's democracy. 

"The whole-process people's democracy in China not only has a complete set of 
institutions and procedures, but also full participation and practices. It is 
the broadest, most genuine, and most effective socialist democracy," Chinese 
President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China 
(CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said 
while addressing a central conference on work related to the people's 
congresses, held on Wednesday and Thursday in Beijing.

"The system of people's congresses is an important institutional vehicle for 
realizing whole-process people's democracy in China," he added. 

The people's congress system is the fundamental political system of China, the 
organizational form of state power of the people's democratic dictatorship in 
China, and the system of government of the country. 

The National People's Congress (NPC) is the highest institution through which 
the Chinese people exercise their state power.

A key institutional guarantee

The people's congress system has provided an important institutional guarantee 
for the Chinese people, led by the CPC, to create the miracles of fast economic 
growth and long-term social stability over the past 60 years, particularly over 
the four decades of reform and opening-up, Xi said.

He called the people's congress system a great creation in the history of 
political systems as well as a brand new system of great significance in the 
political history of both China and the world.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the CPC Central Committee has 
continued to innovate the theories and practice of the system of the people's 
congresses, Xi said.

Noting that institutional advantage is vital for a country to seize its 
strategic initiative, Xi said both history and reality show that a country will 
be stable if it has a steady system, and a country will be strong if it has a 
sound system.

He stressed efforts to fully enforce the Constitution and safeguard its 
authority and sanctity, and to improve the Chinese socialist system of laws so 
that good laws are in place to promote development and ensure good governance.

He also noted that the people's congresses should properly and effectively 
exercise their power of oversight in accordance with the law, and deputies to 
the people's congresses should fully exercise their duties.

While the people's congresses should enhance self-building, the overall 
leadership over the people's congresses by the Party should also be enhanced, 
Xi said.

Democracy not an ornament for decoration: Xi

President Xi pointed out that democracy is not an ornament only for decoration, 
but to be used to address the issues that the people really care about.

The key to a country's democracy lies in whether the people run the country, 
depending on if the people have the right to vote and more importantly, whether 
the people have the right to broad participation, said Xi.

He also noted democracy depends on what verbal promises the people have 
received during the election process, and moreover, it depends on how many of 
these promises have been fulfilled after the election.

Judging whether a country is democratic, according to Xi, should also look at 
what political procedures and rules are stipulated by the systems and laws. 
"More importantly, if these systems and laws are implemented well," he said.

Xi also called for focusing on whether the rules and procedures for the 
operation of power are democratic while stressing the key lies on if the power 
is really monitored and restrained by the people.

"If the people are awakened only at the time of voting and go into dormancy 
afterward; if the people only listen to smashing slogans during election 
campaigns but have no say afterward; if the people are only favored during 
canvassing but are left out after the election, such a democracy is not a true 
democracy," said Xi.

Democracy not a special right reserved for an individual country: Xi

President Xi stressed that democracy is a right for the people of all countries 
to enjoy, not a special right reserved for an individual country.

The judgment on whether a country is democratic or not should be made by their 
people, not by the handful of others, he said, adding that whether a member of 
the international community is democratic or not should be judged by the 
international community together, not by a self-righteous minority.

"There are many ways to achieve democracy, and there is no one-size-fits-all 
model," Xi pointed out.

It is undemocratic in itself to use a single yardstick to measure the world's 
various political systems and examine the rich political civilization of 
mankind with a monotonous eye, he added.

Source: CGTN