Western Liberal Democracy would be Wrong for China

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Host: Intelligence Squared
Location: Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW
Speaker: Martin Jacques, Zhang Weiwei, Anson Chan, Jonathan Mirsky

People everywhere are better off living in liberal democracy: that has been the reigning assumption of the western world. But could it be we’ve got it wrong? If you were one of the world’s billions of poor peasants might you not be better off under a system dedicated to political stability and economic growth – one that has lifted 400 million out of poverty – rather than one preoccupied with human rights, the rule of law, and the chance to vote out unpopular rulers? Thanks to the Chinese model of government life expectancy in Shanghai is now higher than in New York. No wonder so many of the countries that neighbour China – Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Central Asian nations – now look to China rather than the West for inspiration.

So is China better off without democracy? Or is that just the age-old mantra of the tyrant? 

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