China Says It Is Ready To Assume "World Leadership", Slams Western Democracy As "Flawed"

Tyler Durden's picture

Over the weekend China used the Trump inauguration to warn about the perils of democracy, touting the relative stability of the Communist system as President Xi Jinping heads toward a twice-a-decade reshuffle of senior leadership posts.

Without directly referencing the new president, China wrote that democracy has reached its limits, and deterioration is the inevitable future of capitalism, according to the People’s Daily, the flagship paper of China’s Communist Party. It devoted an entire page on Sunday to critiquing Western democracies, quoting former Chairman Mao Zedong’s 1949 poem asking people to "range far your eyes over long vistas" and saying the ultimate defeat of capitalism would enable Communism to emerge victorious.

"The emergence of capitalism’s social crisis is the most updated evidence to show the superiority of socialism and Marxism," said one of the People’s Daily articles.

"Western style democracy used to be a recognized power in history to drive social development. But now it has reached its limits," said another article on the same page. "Democracy is already kidnapped by the capitals and has become the weapon for capitalists to chase profits."

The Chinese comments came after Trump in his inauguration speech said his administration would focus on an “America first” approach to foreign policy, undermining hopes abroad that the new president would moderate his protectionist tone. His pledge to abandon a U.S.-led Pacific trade pact has enabled China to step in as the chief advocate of an alternative Asia-wide deal.

Sensing a global feeling of discontent, China was quick to appease the public and deflect US woes to the terminal decline of its democratic system. With ministries and senior officials stressing unity as a priority for China, smoothing the path for the party’s congress in the fourth quarter, state media were quick to highlight divisions within America shown by Trump’s elevation.

As Bloomberg observes, the unusual series of commentaries in the People’s Daily mirrors Soviet efforts to promote an alternative political and economic system during the Cold War. The rise of anti-establishment, protectionist politicians like Trump, amid populist winds on several continents, has sent political parties scurrying to shore up their support, helping China to portray itself as relatively steady.

Ironically, realizing a power vacuum is forming in global "governance", Xi has used recent speeches to international audiences to tout China’s economic and political values and has said that globalization, despite its flaws, should endure via the existing international system of finance and trade. That’s even as state media criticizes democracy and capitalism amid efforts to build support at home for the party. Translation: China remains largely an export-driven economy, and any threats to the global trade model could have dire consequences for social stability in China.

"China’s rising wealth has brought greater global presence, but that’s not enough," said Zhang Ming, a political science professor at Renmin University in Beijing. “The Communist leaders want that someday China will matter globally for the nature of its political system and create its own universal values.”

As a result, Trump’s policies will give China a chance to take a bigger global role, said Zhang. "China doesn’t have a better Communist system than it used to have, but the global economic and political turmoil has undermined public confidence in western democracy," he said.

Separately, in comments made by Zhang Jun, director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's international economics department during a briefing with foreign journalists to discuss President Xi Jinping's visit to Switzerland last week, he said that China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position. The senior Chinese diplomat's statement also followed Trump's pledge to put "America first" in his first speech.

Speaking days before Trump assumed the presidency, Xi also urged countries to resist isolationism, signaling Beijing's desire to play a bigger role on the global stage. Elaborating on that theme, Zhang said China had no intention of seeking global leadership.

"If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world I would say it's not China rushing to the front but rather the front runners have stepped back leaving the place to China," Zhang said.

"If China is required to play that leadership role then China will assume its responsibilities," he added.


"We still hope that the United States and other Western economies can continue to make an even bigger contribution to the world economic recovery. We've heard Trump announce that the United 

States will achieve four percent growth and we're very happy about that," he added.

Returning to Trump, Zhang said he thought Trump would not be able to achieve his economic growth goals if he was also fighting trade wars. "A trade war or an exchange rate war won't be advantageous to any country," Zhang added. But mostly China.

Separately, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Xi had sent a congratulatory message to Trump upon his assumption of office, but gave no other details.

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erkme73's picture

That is some delicious irony there.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Uh huh......go to hell commies.

erkme73's picture

Says the country that steals and rips off legitimate R&D, making horribly inferiror knock-offs - all to 'chase profits'.  That is some delicious irony there.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



If China wants to do something for me.......they should send me a rebate for Walmart.

JamesBond's picture

Al Haig, "I'm in charge".  "No, really!!"


Same silliness.  



Laowei Gweilo's picture

re: 'Trump is an example of the failure of democracy' - China


the irony is that Trump is perhaps the FIRST time a President has truly represented democracy


which is to say nothing of whether it's good or bad -- not my point here to defend any political system.

but the fact that Trump could become President confirms the existance of the American democracy more than any time in modern history.

HillaryOdor's picture

More accurate headline : "China admits globalism really is the world communist conspiracy"

Yes the world communist conspiracy that all those craaaaaaaaaaaaazy conspiracy theorists have been warning about for decades.  They've got a lot of useful idiots to buy into it though.  There are a lot in the comment section even on ZH.

detached.amusement's picture

The irony truly is, that a legislative democracy overlays our appearance of a democratic republic.


If people even know what that means or what it implies.


I'll bet Urban Roman knows what this implies.

The Management's picture

"Democracy is already kidnapped by the capitals and has become the weapon for capitalists to chase profits."


 - hence Trump



Thought Processor's picture



We live in the age of oligarchy.  Democracy, communism, and all other ideologies are simply quaint memories.  The U.S hasn't had a real functioning democracy in long, long time.


Under the surface China, Russia, and even the U.S. operate in much the same way.


It comes down to two things: money and power.  Everything else is a mirage.

AllTimeWhys's picture

China can go suck a big fat freedom cock

SilverRhino's picture

Stable?    Tell that to the 60 MILLION you murdered last century in the name of communism.  

TruthHunter's picture


Or the millions more trying to get doomed asses/assets 

out before "stability" catches up with them.

HillaryOdor's picture

No democracy is an unstable mess, so it's functioning exactly as it should.  Even Plato knew this 2000+ years ago.  It was the constitutional republic that was overthrown.  Democracy is garbage.  And part of the reason the republic fell is because people kept thinking they lived in a democracy and they should just vote in people to "help" them through government, in violation of the constitution.  But all these systems require good people and culture to make sure proper values are appreciated.  Well the communists took care of that little problem.  They even got half our children to think Marxism is this wonderful idea all about "fairness."

detached.amusement's picture

In 1939, historians Charles and Mary Beard added their strong voices in favor of political
historical accuracy in their, “America in Mid–Passage,” writing:
“At no time, at no place, in solemn convention assembled, through no chosen
agents, had the American people officially proclaimed the United States to be a
Democracy. The Constitution did not contain the word or any word lending
countenance to it, except possibly the mention of ‘We, the People,’ in the
preamble . . . When the Constitution was framed no respectable person called
himself or herself a Democrat.”

NoPension's picture

Have at it.

Start with Africa.

NoDebt's picture

Says the country that's got it's currency pegged to another country's currency (and can barely defend that peg right now).

You want a shot at the big show?  Unpeg your currency and let it free-float.  That would be a start.


dark fiber's picture

That's not even half of the joke.  The people who are worried about democracy in the US and accuse Trump of being a dictator, look to China for leadership.  The ridiculous leftist rhetoric has gone off the scale with this one. Well at least you don't have to worry about China becoming a dictatorship I guess.  Triple facepalm.

TheReplacement's picture

You might have that exactly wrong.  I suppose it depends on how you define communism and democracy.  I think communism is the ultimate expression of democracy and that informs us of why democracy is not a good thing.

That said, the US is not a democracy and China is not communist.  As of last Thursday both were oligarchic.  Today, waiting to see if the US has changed.

booboo's picture

Yes, mob rule Democrazy is flawed, that's why we are not one, but trying like a motherfucker to become one for some strange reason.

SoDamnMad's picture

That you Amazon, thank you E Bay, thank you MIC when we see the Chinese J-20 and J-31 (leave you technology without a firewall)

yogibear's picture

If it wasn't for the US China would be smelting iron in their backyards. The US also saved them from Japan.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

There is no democracy without capitalism.  Capitalism is the economic system of freedom.  All other economic systems are varying levels of slavery. 

Sandmann's picture

You are out of touch with "Democratic Centralism". You need to read up on Marxism-Leninism especially with this year being the Centenary of the German Agent creating Bolshevik Russia and overthrowing the Kerensky Government thus destroying Russian Capitalism which was likely to overtake Germany.

Capitalism has the goal of Monopoly, it does not want Competition. 

anarchitect's picture

Capitalism can only achieve monopoly with the help of government.  And that's corporatism/fascism, not capitalism.

Yes, democracy is flawed.  But this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.  And democracy could be fixed by requiring all legislation and spending to pass by an 80% or 90% vote.  Dictatorship, only if the rulers happen to be benevolent, which is extremely rare.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



True service to others.


Because no one will buy it otherwise.


If no one buys're out of business.

Bill of Rights's picture

Dictatorship, only if the rulers happen to be benevolent, which is extremely rare.


Ahh so Obama was a Dictator, thank you for verifying this.

dark fiber's picture

How can you have capitalism without a free economy and how can you have a free economy without competition you brainwashed, red moron?

gatorengineer's picture

can you point to a working Capitalist system in the world today?  I see many corrupted and perverted versions, but not an honest Capitalist society anywhere. 

anarchitect's picture

You're right.  But the problem is that there's too much government, and not enough capitalism.

It's abundantly clear that more capitalism is the answer.  West Germany vs East Germany.  South Korea vs North Korea.  Thatcher.  Douglas (NZ).  Singapore and Hong Kong, densely populated places with no natural resources.  Japan and Germany after the war.  China liberalizing.  The US, Canada, Australia...even though their general trend is now downhill.

bluez's picture

Unfortunately, we have all been totally brainwashed. It is a big mistake for us to try to think for ourselves, or argue about the absurd notions that have been fed to us. The controlled educators and three-letter medias (semantically bleached plural) have completely trashed our minds. How sad.

MEFOBILLS's picture

You're right.  But the problem is that there's too much government, and not enough capitalism.

It's abundantly clear that more capitalism is the answer.  West Germany vs East Germany.  South Korea vs North Korea.  Thatcher.  Douglas (NZ).  Singapore and Hong Kong, densely populated places with no natural resources.  Japan and Germany after the war.  China liberalizing.  The US, Canada, Australia...even though their general trend is now downhill.



There are a lot of anarachitect myths to dispel here:  West Germany had its Nazi loans erased at end of war.  Also, countries like Greece and others in Europe were forbidden by America to make claims against West Germany.  Therefore, it was legal government action that allowed Germany to be relatively debt free, and have a playing field to develop within.

South Korea was military or strong man rule.  The post WW2 American consensus was that Korea needed time and space to develop democratic institutions.  South Korea was given preferential access to American markets, which one could see as damaging to home grown american industry.  Your narrative about "more capitalism and less government" does not pass the actual historical test.

Thatcher by de-regulating with TINA (there is no alternative) cast hypnosis.  There is alternative.  England today only has one strong economic sector, and that is Finance.  Finance (the city of London) actually produces nothing, and is parasitic.  England also has imported millions of indigestible elements (like Muslims) and is in demographic collapse for its native English.  Way to go Finance Capitalism, which wants to import cheap labor, and export real jobs. England likely will not recover demographically and will have race and class war far into a bleak future.

Post WW2 Japan secretly kept its "Manchurian" railroad elites in charge of economic policy.  They erased all of the old war debts, and then started with a clean balance sheet.  See the movie Princes of Yen (youtube) to get an idea of this mechanism.  The post war miracle of Japan was due to Credit Guidance Windows, where bank credit purposefully channeled into productivity modes.  In other words, Japan was allowed to keep its wartime GUIDED economy.  Not so much capitalism here either.  Your narrative does not hold water..

Canada had a sovereign money system from 38-74.  This was guided debt free money issued by BOC at behest of MOF (ministry of finance).  Canada also controlled their private banks to keep them from entering sectors of the economy where they would be predatory.  For example, private banks in Canada could not make housing loans - that was done through trusts.  Canada starting going downhill after 1974, when BIS forced Canada to abandon their sovereign money system.  Turbo finance capitalism (which is banker rule) is supposedly less government in your worldview?

Australia is also caught in snare of bad economic thought, where neo-liberal banker economy holds sway.  This sort of worldview is that "government bad" so that markets free=good.  The reality is that markets become deregulated, so that predators are free to take rents.

China is liberalizing.  LOL.  They use government policy to target and steal western industry.  They also have a policy of copying western goods once they are on Chinese soil.  China then is using government power and credit to build One Belt, One Road - to then open up new trading routes.  These new routes will open up land and resources that will benefit China's economy.

Your narrative has nothing at all to do with reality.  Government has its place to then create balanced economies.  Government's place especially is in inelastic markets, where it is the lowest cost producer to then create lowest price.  If economic planning is left to banksters, then the world's economic surplus will redound to them.  The banksters also pass hypnosis, such as free market theology.  There are no free markets and they word itself is an oxymoron.  Markets are of three types:  Elastic, Inelastic, and Mixed.

Cole The Bar's picture

This is why I like ZH. Great comment thank you

anarchitect's picture

I wouldn't hold up any of the examples as shining examples of capitalism.  It's just when you compare capitalism and statism, it's obvious which one wins.

Government just takes.  It produces nothing, although it can create a stable climate for capitalism.

Most of your points are basically just quibbling, utterly missing the big picture.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Most of your points are basically just quibbling, utterly missing the big picture


You are totally full of shit.

Big picture is entire countries running on Sovereign systems, like Canada did.  Butthurt much?

It couldn't get any bigger picture than properly constituting government, and putting it in its place.

TheReplacement's picture

You are not arguing fairly.  He said more.  You turned that by explaining how his examples were not complete or full.  More is more, not full.  South Korea has always been more capitalist than North Korea.  The same applies to his other examples.  Your evidence that those examples had a helping hand does not prove or disprove anything as the comparatives also had helping hands from competing world powers.  Oddly enough, the ones getting the communist helping hand did not thrive as much and did not progress to capitalism on their own.  All in all I think you are the one full of shit.

TruthHunter's picture

Shining examples of capitalism? 

Can you hold up just one?

Like free markets, Capitalism, as a system, is also a misnomer.. We have, instead, Proletarianism. This is economic, political, or mixed. 


Oldwood's picture

Who can argue that a totalitarian tyranny is NOT the most "efficient" social structure. It's just not very healthy for many of its constituents. If we look at our own government, every freedom robbing action is couched in efficiency and safety.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Indeed, as if Communism has been some sort of a glorious success in the world!

Kidbuck's picture

The stupid Chinks feel they have to say something while waiting for Trump's next tweet to slam their dick in the dirt.

Byte Me's picture

Well obviously.

Because they are so hot on running their economy - what could go wrong?

orangegeek's picture

Good to hear the Chi-coms are ready. 




The mentality is priceless - exporters of all the plastic toy shit you could ever want.

Giant Meteor's picture

Forcing them to lay down markers, fuck, now this is change you can believe in ...


Calculus99's picture

China getting very worried about Trump? Why, because he's giving power back to the people instead of a few choosen one's being in charge and then of course looting the country for their own personal gain.

Ring any bells China?

Sandmann's picture

Trump is a Revolutionary. He is shaking the foundations of Complacency and China is frightened, Europe is frightened, Russia is expectant.

Breaking the Frame

css1971's picture

China's leadership's got to be terrified.

They just saw democracy working as advertised. Which admittedly is unusual, but the point remains.

Entire existing leadership - removed and replaced, and the world kept on turning.

That's a horrifying lesson for the Chinese people.

SilverRhino's picture

His inaugural speech would be inspiring for would-be revolutionary types actually IN China. 

TheReplacement's picture

China should be terrified.  If Russia and the US are able to come together and form a real lasting and mutually beneficial relationship then Russia has a lot less need to sell resources to China and buy Chinese products.  Heck, Russia would have a lot less reason to participate in the BRICs. 

Imagine AFD winning in Germany, Front Nationale in France, and possibly other countries too.  Goodbuy EU, goodbye BRICs, hello to a really new world order of capitalist cooperation by free nations.  Imagine.

BTW, Lennon would have imagined us living like China so fuck him.  Imagine that.