The CCP Has Distorted the Meaning of “Democracy”

By Zhang Yuqing, Special to The Epoch Times
October 28, 2006 12:00 am Last Updated: October 28, 2006 12:00 am

After reading Jennifer Zheng's [1] article, “There is no South Korea in the Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Regime,” published in the October 20, 2006 edition of The Epoch Times I am reminded of my own forays into the Modern Chinese Dictionary. It is the reference dictionary most commonly used in China and its definitions have a mass effect on the minds of the Chinese people. The definitions put forward by this book often serve to justify the corrupt behavior of the CCP and support the warped notions propagated through its brainwashing campaigns. The following are some examples.

“Democracy”—The term refers to citizens' participation in or their rights to freely express their opinions about a nation's public affairs. In a capitalist system, democracy is the privilege of the bourgeois class. The common man does not participate. China has a Democratic Centralization System. Chinese people enjoy wide range of democracy and freedom; at the same time, Chinese people must obey the socialist disciples.

Democratic Revolution

A democratic revolution is an anti-feudalism revolution that has the characteristics of the bourgeois classes. Take, for example, the French Revolution. Since Russia's October Revolution, democratic revolutions in colonies and semi-colonies have become part of the “working-class revolutions” occurring around the world. The major goals of democratic revolutions are anti-imperialism and anti-feudalism. To ensure an actual and thorough victory, a democratic revolution, such as the “New Democratic Revolution of China,” should be led by the working-class.

National Liberation Movement

Also called the National Revolution Movement, it refers to the revolutions staged by locals of a region to ouster the imperialist colonial powers—the objective is to win self-rule for the “native” population. After the October Revolution, the National Liberation Movement has become associated with global socialist revolutionary ideals.


Nationalism is the bourgeois class's viewpoint about national identity and represents the foreign policy of the bourgeois class. The bourgeois class has its middle-class values and ideals at the top of its agenda and these go to shape their world view and international politics. These bourgeois nationalists often support discriminative policies regarding other nations. They also foment discord among nations and undermine the unification of working-class citizens in foreign countries, attempting to cover-up the class struggle in the name of nationalism. However, in the national movements when capitalism is developing or when colonial and semi-colonial countries are fighting for independence or national liberation, nationalism can promote a certain degree of overall advancement.