Communist Party Newspaper: China’s biggest shortcoming is lack of democracy

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been in power in China for more than 70 years, and has turned China into a world-recognized totalitarian state, while the United States, the European Union, and other developed Western countries see China as one of the greatest threats to their national security. In fact, the CCP made many pro-democracy statements in their official media prior to the establishment of the regime, but the CCP’s subsequent governing practices have run counter to these statements. What did they say? What was the difference in the subsequent governing practice? What was the point in time when the CCP’s survival was at stake? Listen to a special program produced by our correspondent Zheng Chongsheng on the centennial of the CCP’s founding, “CCP Party Newspaper: China’s Biggest Flaw is Lack of Democracy

China has shortcomings, and they are big ones. This shortcoming, in a nutshell, is the lack of democracy. -Liberation Daily, June 13, 1944

Democracy should not be rejected because of the low level of the nation, but should be used to educate and improve the people. -Xinhua Daily, February 25, 1939.

The words criticizing the Kuomintang and fighting for democracy in China all came from the pen of the Chinese Communist Party back then. This idea of democracy is still up in the air in China a hundred years later. Deng Iuwen, who was once also a member of the CCP’s penmen, put it in a nutshell that all the CCP’s words are in the service of politics.

“He was going for the dictatorship of the proletariat, which is a strategy of deception. From Mao’s point of view, he is deceptive in nature, he is the need to ‘seize power,’ and he certainly would not say he is (now) the one to be defeated; but from the people’s point of view, he certainly is.” Deng Iuwen, who was deputy editor of the Study Times at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, told reporters.

The method of using “one-party dictatorship” as a substitute for democracy, though clever, is a hundred thousand miles away from the people’s wishes. The people of China were watching with open eyes: Don’t deceive us with a substitute for democracy! – Xinhua Daily, January 28, 1945.

The “people’s democratic dictatorship” and the “dictatorship of the proletariat” are the substitutes used by the CCP after the establishment of the government to pretend to be democracy, using the people as tools and practicing “fake democracy”. In the first article of the Republican Constitution, it is written that the “leadership” of the Communist Party of China is the most essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics, but now, under the rule of Chinese President Xi Jinping, it is moving towards feudal imperialism.

The Economist’s 2013 cover photo of Xi Jinping in a yellow robe seems to accurately predict the subsequent revision of China’s constitution and the abolition of the term of office of the president.

“The Chinese Communist Party is an organized fraud syndicate, Mao is the head of the fraud syndicate, and everything that the Chinese Communist Party did in the first place was a fraud. Where did he get the people’s democratic dictatorship? He is one party, and now it is still the dictatorship of one person, that is Xi (Jinping) he dictates, set in one, he is not two, there is no longer a Communist Party leader, just one Xi leader.” Zhou Xiaozheng, a former professor at Renmin University of China, told Radio Free Asia. Zhou Xiaozheng, who is based in the United States, has the title of one of the four most famous mouthpieces in the capital.

The dysfunctional Chinese Communist Party’s left light and right turn, the historical accident of its rise and the inevitable decline

Politically, Xi Jinping’s policies over the years have been described as “Mao’s rules and Xi’s followers. Before his death, Li Rui, secretary of the late Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, criticized Xi Jinping’s cultural quality by saying that he had an “elementary school education” and, in a double entendre, that “if the disease of ‘Mao’ does not change, the accumulated evil becomes ‘habit'”. He also described Xi Jinping’s efforts to implement the Maoist line, suppressing intellectuals, destroying the embers of civil society, and persecuting private entrepreneurs who have different opinions. On the eve of the party’s centennial, the Apple Daily, a Hong Kong newspaper that dared to criticize the government, was forced to close its doors in defiance of international criticism.

The fascist journalistic “theorists” openly and shamelessly advocate the idea of “one party, one leader, one newspaper, one army”. They used various methods of restricting, annexing and eliminating “dissident” progressive newspapers …… and finally forced them to buy and close them. -Jiefang Daily, September 1, 1943.

It can be seen that democracy and freedom of speech are really inseparable. -Xinhua Daily, April 19, 1944.

Mao Zedong, who had no checks and balances, made a series of serious historical mistakes when he tossed China around, from the Three Anti-Violence Acts, to the Great Leap Forward, to the Great Famine, and later to the Cultural Revolution. Just as the Jiefang Daily criticized the Kuomintang during its rule, so the CCP has restricted, annexed and eliminated “dissident” newspapers and other media. Will Xi Jinping now lead China back to the past?

Ren Songlin, an American scholar of the history of the Republic of China who lived through the suffering of the Cultural Revolution, has a unique view. He believes that Xi Jinping is returning to the “abnormal” normal: “The Communist Party itself has always been in an abnormal state, where all its theories and practices are incompatible. The only time when reality and theory were compatible was during the Cultural Revolution ……. Including Xi Jinping, who one moment says that Hong Kong is ‘one country, two systems’ and the next moment does not really implement it. This contradiction produces a state that is abnormal, that is not like the four, and an abnormal state is one that is bound to fall, no matter what kind of regime.”

Ren Songlin told Radio Free Asia that it is not just that Xi Jinping will have to return to the Mao era when he comes to power, but that under the Chinese Communist Party system, whoever comes to power will have to revert to the Mao set of practices. In his view, “going from Deng Xiaoping to Jiang Zemin is instead too abnormal for the CCP, hitting the left light and turning to the right.”

He said that the fact that the CCP has made it to 100 years is largely a coincidence of all the historical factors put together. But the decline of the Communist Party would have been a historical inevitability wherever it was.

A nation without freedom, though temporarily strong, will eventually fail. -Editorial in Xinhua Daily, May 16, 1944.

When will this historical inevitability appear in China? According to Deng, the decline of the CCP is a long-term process, do not expect an immediate miracle, not only Xi Jinping’s third term is unsuspecting, plus China’s current economic strength, completely different from the weakened China at the time of the Communist civil war. He said that the Chinese Communist Party will not follow the old path of the Kuomintang, which lost power after it turned 100 years old. The Chinese Communist Party is more like the late Qing Dynasty, which struggled for 60 years from its decline to its abdication, while the key to when the Chinese Communist Party will go from the top to the bottom comes from within the Chinese Communist Party.

The time of the CCP’s critical survival

“For those within the CCP, it doesn’t matter what doctrine is in place as long as they can seize power. …… From this perspective, it is possible that such a situation could arise after Xi Jinping. But it is not possible while he is alive, even if he rules until he is 90 years old (ie: 2043), the 10 years after that will be the time when the power grab within the CCP is most divided. It is a critical point in time whether the Communist Party collapses or not.” I.W. Deng said.

Zhou Xiaozheng, on the other hand, argued that the CCP’s 100 years of rootedness in Chinese society should not be viewed in terms of success or failure, “I disagree when I say the Communist Party is standing firm (in China), he is getting his way for a while.”

He pointed out that the Chinese Communist Party’s perverse actions in China over the years of its rule have caused the people too much suffering, but for the majority of the Chinese people to awaken, the key still depends on education.

“If a country that claims to be democratic and the sovereignty is not in the hands of the people, it is never on the right track, it can only be considered ‘perverted’ and it is not a democratic country.” -September 27, 1945, editorial in Xinhua Daily

Although the Chinese Communist Party often claims to be the “world’s largest democracy,” many of the people’s rights, such as the right to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, etc., are denied. So is China today a “perverted” country?

Many intellectuals in China are reluctant to sing the hymns of the centennial of the founding of the Party, but they have been told by the leaders and public security officers not to “speak freely”, so many of them choose to remain silent.

Guo Yuhua, a sociology professor at Tsinghua University, who is still willing to say a few words, told reporters in a low-key manner: “I don’t have much more to say now, if you know what I mean. I think that the most important thing (in China now) is actually ‘normal is good’ …… There was a time when it tended to be normal, and it was the reform and opening up in the 1980s that tended to be normal, and now, we don’t see this trend.”

Xinhua Daily, founded on January 11, 1938, by the late Chinese Communist Party’s former Premier Zhou En, was the first newspaper under the jurisdiction of the Republic of China and publicly distributed by the Chinese Communist Party.

The Liberation Daily, founded on May 16, 1941, was a political and theoretical publication of the Communist Party of China during the Yan’an period.

Not to be invalidated by the people, looking back a century later on what the Party’s mouthpiece said, there is one line that is a proven truth and a classic.

One party dictatorship is a disaster everywhere. -The editorial of Xinhua Daily, March 30, 1946.