Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Xinhua Says CPC Develops Democracy, Baidu Bans Forums on CPC and Democracy

On October 21, 2012, China's official news agency Xinhua published a report entitled "CPC Develops Democracy Over Last Decade." And excerpt:
The CPC attaches great importance to democracy. In his report on the Party's 17th National Congress, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President of China Hu Jintao said the people's democracy is the lifeblood of socialism and developing the people's democracy is the CPC's consistent goal. 
Therefore, democracy with Chinese characteristics is improving, both inside and outside the CPC.
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Although achievements have been made in democracy, it is far from enough in China, a country that was ruled by feudalism for thousands of years. More efforts are still needed to prevent arbitrary decisions from being made by a few people, rein in abuses of power and keep public interests from being ignored.
These screenshots, taken on October 22, show that searches on Baidu's Tieba forums for "Democracy" and "CPC" return no results, just a censorship notice.