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Chinese newspaper says Olympic success shows Communist rule works

Reuters

Published: Friday, September 26, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States' economic woes show the bankruptcy of Western-style democracy while China's Olympic Games triumph shows the growing "superiority" of its Communist Party rule, China's top newspaper said on Friday.

The commentary in the People's Daily appeared a day after China launched its third manned space flight, which state media also celebrated as a display of the ruling Party's power to marshal economic growth for greater national purposes.

The strikingly long essay dwelt on the Beijing Olympic Games in August as proving that China should stick to Party control and avoid the temptations of Western democracy.

"China's unprecedented success in presenting the world with an extraordinary Olympic Games has stunned the West," says the essay by Mei Ninghua, the chief publisher of another major Party newspaper, the Beijing Daily.

"Throughout the Olympics, the Chinese government and people demonstrated their powerful organisational strength and unsurpassed ability to mobilise society ... fully embodying the superiority of China's political system."

Chinese officials repeatedly said the Olympics should have nothing to do with politics, and should not be used as a platform to criticise their restrictions on political life.

But there was no such modesty in this latest survey of the Olympics' lessons, which made no mention of a milk-powder scandal that has made thousands of infants ill and killed at least four, and was covered up for months up until the end of the Games.

Late this year, the Communist Party will mark 30 years since China launched market-driven economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping. Some Party scholars have said the anniversary should be the starting point for liberalising political reforms.

But the republishing of the lengthy comment in Chinese by the Party's top paper - it first appeared in the Beijing Daily - suggested China's leaders have no appetite for big political experiments.

Instead, the Party paper argues that the contrast between China in the Games and the United States in its financial mess offers a lesson for the world on what political system works best.

"Western countries are mired in low growth, and the United States' recent severe financial crisis is a manifestation of the dead-end of liberalism and the destruction of the myth of American institutions," it says.

"Western electoral democracy fosters corrupt, divisive and inept policy-making, it says. "Hitler came to power through an election, but that did not make the Third Reich a modern state," it adds.

On the other hand, China's ability to foster economic growth and channel the benefits into Olympic Games and other nation-building feats shows it is "superior to the capitalist political system ... and its advantages are increasingly evident."

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Where to begin with this one?

If China is such a model for how things are run, I think I will keep my system with all its imperfections. China is exactly the same as those Eastern Block countries that pumped their athletes full of God knows what to make themselves look good on television in front of the world. Sports are an entertaining sideshow, what matters is quality of life, and in quality the western world has China beat hands down.

As for corruption? China has routinely been rated as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, a totalitarian system breeds corruption through its absolute power far more so than where elected officials have to take account for their actions every time an election is called.

Furthermore I guess this hyper-nationalist excuse for a journalist didn't get the memo, if the Western World is going through economically hard times, so China will be too, you can't hock your cheap sh!t if there is no one willing to buy it. No buyers means no money for China and that means they go through hard times.

Its funny, they were dirt poor for centuries and than now they adopt Western style commerce and its a triumph of their political system. Go figure.

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What about all the years that China and other communists states were virtually left in the wilderness while the Western world prospered? China had to wait a long time, before it could even be in a fit state to host an Olympic Games. I still value my right to freedom of speech and the right to express it. If I don't like the current government I can go to the polls and cast my vote, something you can't do in these communist country's.

Barcelona and Syndey was a successful Olympic games. Are they not Westernised?

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If I don't like the current government I can go to the polls and cast my vote, something you can't do in these communist country's.

So what, do you really like your voted incumbent Present ? Has the one you've vote really made your life richer and your nation stronger ? Or you just listened his lie and voted him ?

I can't go to the polls and cast my vote at present, but I DO believe we have the RIGHT Lader for China nowadays. Thanks to Mao, we found our own country and UK, France, Germany etc could no longer invade us again. Thanks to Deng, we reform and opening-up. And thanks to Hu, our nation is getting stronger to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

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Wah!

Life in North Korea very very strong and much better than false Korea below me and even dumb Socialist ugly heads over there. Hang on... phone.

Oh sorry - China most respectible best Olympic fan ever and they do best at everything sometime better than other.

I don't know who's behind "KimJongIl" but I've read previous posts too, and it's hilarious :lol:

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So what, do you really like your voted incumbent Present ? Has the one you've vote really made your life richer and your nation stronger ? Or you just listened his lie and voted him ?

I can't go to the polls and cast my vote at present, but I DO believe we have the RIGHT Lader for China nowadays. Thanks to Mao, we found our own country and UK, France, Germany etc could no longer invade us again. Thanks to Deng, we reform and opening-up. And thanks to Hu, our nation is getting stronger to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

And thanks to those guys, you aren't even allowed to write the word "Tibet" in an internet forum. Great leaders indeed.

What do you do, by the way, if you get the feeling that your leaders don't do a good job anymore? What do the people do who have to suffer already now under the leaders you praise? Just to mention those, for example, who were dispossessed their house and estate for prestigious building projects?

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