I was at dinner in a hotel a couple days ago and, having finished the only book I had and with little to do that evening, I picked up a copy of China Daily to give it a second look.
There in the Comment section was a lengthy speech by Dong Yunhu, vice minister of the State Council Information Office. The headline: "China fully committed to democracy."
A few passages called for further contemplation, including:
“China’s democracy is to implement the rule of law. It is an important
principle for China’s building of political democracy to integrate the
people’s status as masters of the country and the rule of law.”
"The grassroots democratic self-governance system is the most effective
and widely-used way for the people to directly exercise their democratic
rights and realize their positions as masters of the country.”
“China’s democracy is to put people first, respect and safeguard human
The full text of the speech can be found by clicking here.