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December 06, 2005

Does China really need to be a democracy?

The democratization of the world by the US and UK forcefully in most respects is seen with a negative view in a lot of Asian countries. I am from the world's largest democracy, and I respect it but I think that in a lot of situations it just fails to achieve anything.

China in my view is a more stable country than any of its neighbours. yes people may argue about it not being a people of the government – but look at what it has acheieved. It has had splendid economic growth, it economically freer than most Asian countries and is also now a superpower, America's biggest rival.
You see, democracy in a poor country encourages corruption, instability and lack of direction. I am not saying they should not be democratic, but rather democracy does not seem to work. take the case of indonesia – in Suharto's times it was a burgeoning economy, people had jobs and poverty was on the decline. After he was forced to resign, and yes the people had every right to throw him out, Indonesia has been on a downward trend, it also has had a huge growth in terrorism. India can acheives so much more, but its dmeocratrically elected socialist part has seriosuly stifled much needed economic reford more so under the pretext of its harming jobs even though in reality it will only help alleviate poverty

Fact of the matter is, people in power take decisions for themselves (our students union for example), democracy only establishes who is in power., The greater majority someone has the more power they have and the more they are able to shape the country. Even a democratic country with a strong party is better off than one with a coalition…..of course only if these people do actually want something good done for their country. So a benevolent dictatorship might not actually be too bad (like Brunei….)

Once these countries get richer, peple become more educated and poverty is on an irreversible path of decline, then democracy seems to work better.


Home Sweet Home

Back in Vietnam at last!!!! been a tiring journey – bloody 16 hours of bloody flying! 16 hrs!!! Its not as bad as the 34 hrs between NZ and UK, but it is harsh

I love it here, it may be social republic and people may hate it for that, but it feels so peaceful AND no terror threats yet, nice warm weather, and the priveleges of being a foreigner in an Asian country!

Happy holidays everyone!


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