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October 20, 2005

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Well, I guess I am not sure what "genuine democracy" means. People in the west tend to think their mechanism works for every country and are eager to expand their system to the rest of the world. While this passion is admirable, it always reminds me of those "crusade" in the history. The only difference is the so-called genuine democracy,instead of religion, is what they sell now.

I agree China's system is far from perfect. But I think it's now exploring a system that can work for itself. Any drastic move to the so-called "genuine demoncracy" would be a disaster before a strong middle-class is built. Numerous examples can be seen in other countries.

I agree that we need to resist a "crusading" approach to democratization. The US cannot, and should not, tell China how to make its political system more democratic. But the people of Taishi can and should.

Well, indeed, the Taishi village incident exactly exemplifies the democratization progress in China. Just a few years ago, it was infeasible to hold a fair election at a village-level. Today, free elections are being held in thousands of villages. No doubt that China needs to democratize itself. But this process should only take place at a pace that is good for Chinese people. They need to cumulate experience, not to eagerly embrace the so-called "genuine demoncracy".

Well, indeed, the Taishi village incident exactly exemplifies the democratization progress in China. Just a few years ago, it was infeasible to hold a fair election at a village-level. Today, free elections are being held in thousands of villages. No doubt that China needs to democratize itself. But this process should only take place at a pace that is good for Chinese people. They need to cumulate experience, not to eagerly embrace the so-called "genuine demoncracy".

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