Time for G7 to see China as the largest democracy


LABELLING China and Russia as “autocracies” and the United States and some allies as “democracies” has been a feature in Western media’s coverage of the Group of Seven summit, amplified by a self-claim of “free open societies and democracies” in the G7 Leaders’ communique.

Such polarized categorisation, instead of recognising China as the world’s largest and most substantial democracy, disregards history, denies facts and denotes hegemonic motives.

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