This is another classic case of selective reporting by the ABC in Australia and BBC in UK.
The issue here is, democracy come in many forms and even among the western countries, there are different types of democracy. For example, in Switzerland, the President and Vice President are not directly elected by the people, and the voting pattern is mostly based on ethnical line. (Note: President & Vice President in Switzerland are elected by the Federal Assembly from among the members of the Federal Council for one-year terms that run concurrently, that is, Federal Council members take turn to become President). This system is unique to Switzerland due to the social, culture, economic and ethnic conditions of the country. It work well in Switzerland with political stability and outsider should not interfere with their internal affair.
India is also a democracy, however, the following report by a British Journalist , Peter Foster indicated that: China care more about public opinion than India: I directly select some of his observation as follows:
Statements Quoted directly from Peter Foster personal web blog:
China might not be run by a democratically elected government, but I suspect that many Westerners would be surprised at how sensitive the country's autocratic leadership is to public opinion.
the Chinese government had, he said, actively consulted not only with international agencies like his own, but also with the public who had put in thousands of submissions. And the exercise was not purely cosmetic. Substantial changes were made to the policy to reflect many people's concerns, including more clarity on how the insurance would be financed and the creation of a central drugs list to stop irrational prescribing.
This level of consultation, the person added, marked a step-change from ten - or even five - years ago.
I'm not suggesting that China's rulers have suddenly gone all cuddly and focus-group obsessed, but people who deal with the leadership at a very high level seem to feel that that it is becoming genuinely more consultative.
As a former correspondent in New Delhi, I also must confess to finding myself constantly amazed by the responsiveness of China's rulers when compared to India's who, in my experience, were spectacularly unconcerned about the well-being of ordinary people.
One reason for this is the caste/class nexus which culturally disposes India's elites not to care about those beneath them - but the other, I'm afraid to report, is a function of India's much- vaunted, but corroded democracy.
For full detail of his observation, click here.
According to the American base PEW Global attitude research in 2008: 86% of the Chinese citizen satisfied with their country direction while the 2nd highest is Australia at 61%. I wonder why most of the self-claims Objective Western media consistently failed to report this kind of positive news about China!??
In fact, when you read my up coming research: Media bias report - 2008 Sichuan Earthquake Vs. 2005 Katrina Disaster in USA Vs. 2009 Black Saturday in Australia, you will find that, Chinese leaders care more and do more for its citizens then any of the elected western leaders.
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