Chinese President Xi Jinping responded to US President Joe Biden’s comment on the present world order as an “inflection point” and call to choose between democratic systems of government and dictatorships or face the consequences.
• China had Chinese style democracy said Xi Jinping
• Xi Jinping recently consolidated his position to remain a ruler for life
• Joe Biden hailed the US midterm elections as a win for US democracy
What Did Joe Biden Mean By Infection Point?
Biden was referring to a point where the world had to choose between democratic systems of government and dictatorships, or found the world forever changed. The comment came after Chinese President Xi Jinping consolidated his power as head of the world’s second-largest economy. His plans for becoming a ruler for life had raised concerns.
Last year, Biden asked over 100 leaders at a virtual summit, would they allow the backward slide of rights and democracy to continue unchecked. Or would they have the vision and courage to once more lead the march of human progress and human freedom forever? China termed the event divisive as it wasn’t invited to the summit.
Also, Biden hailed the US midterm elections saying that it was a win for democracy and a defeat for “election deniers” who fought for office on the false pretension that the 2020 presidential elections were stolen from Donald Trump.
What Was Xi Jinping’s Response To Biden?
Xi said that the so-called ‘democracy versus authoritarianism’ narrative wasn’t the defining feature of the present world, still, less did it represent the trend of the times. He further maintained that freedom, democracy, and human rights were humanity’s common pursuits, and also the Chinese Communist Party’s constant pursuit. He said the United States had American-style democracy. China had Chinese-style democracy.
Human rights groups and Western leaders have criticized China’s one-party system as a dictatorship because it lacks an independent judiciary, free media, or universal suffrage for national office. Critics are censored online and risk detention offline.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance found the number of established democracies under threat was at a record high in its late 2021 report.