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Studio interview: Comparing democracy in the East & West

03-03-2014 22:27 BJT Special Report: 2014 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

For more discussion, we’re joined by M.D. Nalapat, Vice Chair of the Manipal Advanced Research Group in India, Joseph Jenning from German Council on Foreign Relations, and Professor Wang Hui, member of the National Committee.

1. Nalapat, India is the largest democracy in the world, and is often compared to China, given both countries’ large populations and complicated internal affairs. So what’s your view on Chinese democracy? And what do you think China can learn from India’s experience, and vice versa?

2. Professor Jenning, democracy began and was developed in the West before being spread around the world. But when the debt crisis hit, many saw it as evidence that western democracy had been surpassed by the Asian economic miracle. What’s your view on this?

3. China is said to be at a critical stage of its economic development right now. And some have argued that its rapid growth over the past thirty years would not have been possible if it had adopted a western style democracy. What’s your take on this assessment?

4. Taking a global perspective, we see that democracy doesn’t always lead to stability, development or wealth. Even supposedly stable democratic countries can be vulnerable to corruption, war, and economic failure. So how do you think developing countries can balance democracy with the need for efficiency and order?

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