Despite flaws, Americans should be proud of country's democracy: Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 10:21 hrs

Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei has said despite its flaws, Americans should be proud of their democracy, because its elections don't seem to engender their progress and that China's one-party system is 'inhuman'which 'stands against the weight of civilization'.

He said that the world may be watching the US election, but China is not concerned with the winner, adding that many in the country also believe that America has lost the credibility it once had on the world stage.

"In China, there is little understanding of American society, or its politics. People stand on the sidelines of the Republican vs. Democrat debate; they don't pick up on the nuances of the discussion, and they can't tell the difference between the parties' positions," Ai Weiwei said.

According to CNN, Weiwei said that the mainstream Chinese media are not reporting on the US elections, nor are mainstream websites, which is exactly how the Chinese government wants it.

He said that as for the candidates, people know President Barack Obama as a personality, but few could tell what his government has accomplished in the last four years-and Mitt Romney remains a complete unknown.

For all the tough talk about China during the presidential debates, Romney and Obama evaded any mention of China's suspect human rights record, corruption, and rule of law.

"Personally, I think Obama seems more reliable than his opponent, even though I'm disappointed with his stance on China's human rights record. And although his administration has done very little to further rights here, I still wish him luck on Election Day," he said.

He said that the US elections are certainly an exercise in democracy, but wealthy individuals and corporations can now pour significant amounts of money and advertising into manipulating the public, the report said.

Regardless, Americans should still be proud. It is essential for politicians and leaders to have open discussions about their policies, character, and beliefs.

He said that in contrast, all major decisions in China are made behind closed doors. People know very little about who their politicians are, the decisions they have made and what they believe in.

He said that the one-party system in China is inhuman, as it stands against the weight of civilization. It rejects the foundations of modern living, humanity and individualism.

China and the U.S. are two societies with very different attitudes towards opinion and criticism, he added. (ANI)

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