On March 10, 2010, Singapore's zaobao.com published an opinion written by
its columnist Song Luzhen entitled "Why is China Superior to the
West in the Political System".
In his article, Song pointed out that the great achievements of the
China Model will undoubtedly lead to a global study of it, but all
of these studies have one flaw in common: evading the great
importance of China's political system. Actually, he wrote, the real
unique characteristics of China is its effective political system,
which is the reason China could make great economic achievements and
pave a completely different way to modernization named China Model.
The author summarized six major advantages of China's political
system compared with the Western multiparty system.
The first advantage, he wrote, is that under the one-party system，
China could formulate a long-term plan for national development and
ensure stabilization of its policies without being affected by the
alternation of parties with different positions and ideologies.
The second one lies in its high efficiency, and promptly effective
reaction to emerging challenges and opportunities, Song added,
especially in response to sudden and catastrophic accidents. He gave
some examples as follows: Terminal Three of Beijing Capital
International Airport built for the Beijing Olympics was finished in
three years, which is not enough time for the approval process in
the West. In 2008, after the Wenchuan earthquake that hits once in a
generation, China impressed the whole world by its fast and
The third is its effective containment of corruption in the social
transition period. Song pointed out that China is in a period of
economic prosperity and social transition, which is generally faced
with large amounts of corruption throughout human history. However,
compared with India and Russia in the same period, China has far
The fourth is a more responsible government. He said, in democratic
societies, many officials are elected with fixed terms, and they
then will not fall out of power before the expiration unless they
break the law or make wrong decisions or take no action. Once their
terms expire, they will not be blamed for any problem. In China,
however, the Principal Officials Accountability System is gradually
improved and officials must be responsible for their incompetence,
negligence of duty or mistakes at any time.
The fifth one, he stressed, lies in its personnel training and
selecting system and avoiding the waste of talented people. In
practice, China's systems of selection from one level to another and
conscious personnel training is superior to the West's election
The last one is that one party (Chinese Communist Party) can truly
represent the whole people. He wrote that under the Western
multiparty system, each party represents different interest groups.
But in China, since the reform and opening up, economic policies
have been made without special bias in favor of any interest groups.
Source China Daily