Early Warning Brief: All-Out Defense of “Chinese-Style Democracy” Exposes Cracks in Xi Jinping’s Armor
Willy Lo-Lam Lap.The Jamestown Foundation: 14th of December 2021
China has been increasingly pushing a narrative across all channels that it is a democratic power, with the crucial prefix of “Chinese-Style Democracy”. Against a backdrop of increasing sanctions from democratic countries on Chinas human rights record, China is pushing back with a concerted information campaign. The CCP is highlighting its grassroots voting as an example of Chinese democracy. However, candidates must show alliance to the CCP and, more often than not, are CCP members. The world is waking up to China’s blatant disregard for human rights, and the economic and technological de-coupling is increasing in pace. Read more to see why western pushback and economic uncertainty has hurt Xi’s prestige.