Malaysian expert expounding on why China's whole-process people's democracy works

2021-December-15 11:22 By:

Malaysian expert expounding on why China's whole-process people's democracy works

Koh King Kee, the president of Centre for New Inclusive Asia and president of ASEAN Research Center in Malaysia, made a speech titled "Why China’s Whole-Process People’s Democracy Works" during the International Forum on Democracy themed with "The Shared Human Values", which was held in Beijing, China's capital city, from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2021.

"There is no one-size-fits-all model of democracy in the world. 'One person, one vote' is just one form of democracy, and is by no means the only model of democracy," Koh said. "Whether a country is democratic or not depends not just on whether the people have the right to vote, but more importantly, whether they have extensive participation in the country’s decision-making and governance process."

Koh stressed that China did not duplicate the Western model of democracy, but created its own. "It operates a democratic system covering a population of more than 1.4 billion, consisting of 56 ethnic groups across the country, making possible wide and sustained participation of its entire people," he said.

"The whole-process people’s democracy has distinctive Chinese characteristics. It works well for China. It is China’s contribution of ideas and solutions to the political progress of humanity," Koh believed.

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