Xi: Democracy a Key Tenet
President Xi Jinping has underlined further promoting whole-process democracy that enables the Chinese people to be broadly involved in national governance, saying that whether a country is democratic or not depends on whether it is truly run by the people.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remark while addressing a central conference on work related to people's congresses, which was held from Wednesday to Thursday in Beijing.
He called for upholding and improving the system of people’s congresses, a political system fundamental to the Party’s leadership, the running of the country by the people, and law-based governance. He said that such a system ensures the realization of whole-process democracy in the country.
In China's political system, the people exercise State power through the National People's Congress, the country’s top legislature, and local people’s congresses at different levels, ensuring their interests are reflected in the decision-making process.
Xi called Chinese democracy “whole-process people’s democracy” for the first time in November 2019 during an inspection tour of Shanghai. This enables the Chinese people to broadly and continuously participate in day-to-day political activities, including democratic elections, political consultation, decision-making and oversight.
“Democracy, a shared value of humanity, is a key tenet unswervingly upheld by the CPC and the Chinese people,” Xi emphasized.
Chinese Democracy: Xi says ‘Whole Process’ of Decision-Making is Sound
One year and eight months since its last key meeting, the top echelon of the Chinese Communist Party descended on Beijing for a four-day gathering through Oct. 31.
Despite immense speculation, the 19th Central Committee's fourth plenary session came and went with no bombshell announcement in terms of new policy or personnel promotions.
What caught the eye of China watchers around the world were remarks by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, after the plenary session had ended. Appearing in Shanghai and mingling with residents, Xi said, "China's people's democracy is a type of whole-process democracy."
It was the first time for Xi to make such a remark. Speaking at a meeting to solicit opinions about the drafting of a law, the Chinese leader referred to "democracy" as many as four times during his short speech.