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20 Jul 2021  (563 Views) 

Freedom in China
This presenter explains that there is a wide degree of freedom in China.

The ordinary people are free to live their life, choose where to work and to move about freely in the country and to travel overseas. They enjoy a sense of security and are not afraid of being attacked or intimidated.

They are also free to migrate to another country, provided that the host country welcomes them.

They are, however, not free to engage in unlawful assembly and demonstrations that could lead to a breakdown of law and order. 

However, they have many avenues to voice their grievances and have them addressed by the government. 

They are also free to participate in politics. If they are interested, they can join the Communist Party. To be accepted as a member, they have to pledge loyalty to the country, to the constitution, to the party and to serve the people at large.

The party members select the leaders at the local level. The elected leaders at each level elect the leaders at the next higher level. 

This is a better system of electing leaders. It is democratic and meritocratic. It is not a perfect system, but it is better than the system adopted in many liberal democracies.

In the liberal democracies, all citizens have the right to vote for the people to be in government. However, in many situations, the wrong types of leaders are voted into power.

I agree that there is a high degree of freedom in China. 

Tan Kin Lian


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