Democracy in China Could Be 100 Years Away Says Wen

By Qi Zhifeng, Voice of America
March 2, 2007 12:00 am Last Updated: March 2, 2007 12:00 am

China’s official news media published an article by Premier Wen Jiabao regarding China’s domestic and foreign policy. Western media observed that in the article, Premier Wen states that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has no plans to implement democracy in China in the next 100 years.

On the brink of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress—China’s highest legislative body in name—a state-controlled news agency published Premier Wen Jiabao’s lengthy article, which stretches to more than 5,000 words.

China independent commentator Liu Xiaopo said that Wen's article clearly reiterates Deng's foreign policy. In recent years, some Mainland Chinese, including party and government officials, thought that China should revise Deng’s foreign policy to even more clearly exhibit China's position.

Associated Press published a news article on Feb. 27 from Beijing indicating that, on the brink of the National People’s Congress annual meeting, democratic activists in China called upon the CCP to abandon the one party autocratic system. Wen’s recent statement was to tell the Chinese public that the CCP has no plans to implement democracy in the next 100 years.

Many commentators have noted that during the Chinese civil war between the CCP and the Kuomintang before 1949, the most resounding CCP slogan was to fight for democracy in China. The CCP has ruled China for 60 years, so why has democracy been delayed for another 100 years?

Liu Xiaopo said that it was easy to understand because the CCP has never had any intention of implementing democracy. The pro-democratic slogan used during the civil war against Kuomintang was solely to further the CCP's militaristic intentions. The CCP used a democratic slogan in the 1940s to challenge the Kuomintang, but still carried out dictatorship at the same time in their headquarters in Yan’an City.

He said, “In Yan’an, at their headquarters, there was no democratic system in place at all, it was total dictatorship, especially after the Yan’an rectification movement.”

In recent years, the CCP and government officials’ corruption, backed by the unrestrained one party autarchy, has evoked increasing indignation from the public. Many, including the moderates inside the party, are now suggesting the implementation of democracy, which will serve as a check and balance within the mechanism of power. However, political reform is still a taboo topic in China.

Edited by The Epoch Times.