Letzte Aktualisierung: October 22, 2021

Erasing for China's future

By Johnny Erling
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Not just the West criticizes China's National People's Congress. In China, too, its deputies are referred to as "hand-raisers" behind closed doors. President Xi now gives treatment to China's "parliament" with all kinds of ideological balancing acts. In his view, the People's Congress ensures broad participation of the population. And Xi gave Western democracies only bad marks.

China's leadership is once again preparing for a battle of the systems after US President Joe Biden declared its motto: "Democracy versus Authoritarianism". Party leader Xi Jinping retaliated with: "Real democracy versus false democracy." And during a conference last week, he gave the starting signal. He praised China's National People's Congress (NPC), called a "pseudo-parliament" in the West. Among the Chinese people, its deputies, who meet once a year in Beijing's "Great Hall of the People", were once known as "hand-raisers" because they simply rubber-stamped everything that the government put on the table.
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