ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday congratulated the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) for its unique model, calling it an alternative to Western democracy.
âUntil now, we have been told that the best way for societies to improve themselves is through Western democracy. However, the CCP introduced an alternative system and they beat all the western electoral democracies in the way they brought out merit in society, âhe said.
He said a society only succeeds when it has systems in place to hold the ruling elite accountable and ensure meritocracy. âUntil now, the feeling has been that electoral democracy is the best way to bring leaders to merit and to hold them accountable.
âBut the CCP has done much better without democracy. Their system of sifting through talent and nurturing it is better than the democratic system. He said China had waged a better and successful war on corruption.
Prime Minister Imran appreciated the flexibility of the system and said: âIn our society and in Western democracies it is difficult to bring about a change because you are bound by rules and regulations and democracies only provide for them. next five years â. He continued that leaders like Chinese President Xi Jinping had risen through the ranks from the bottom and added that one can only become a leader after going through a long struggle. This process is not present in Western democracies. An American president does not go through this rigorous process. He noted that when leaders like Xi reach the top, they are able to fully understand the system, a characteristic unique to China.
Regarding Pak-China relations, he said, âWhenever Pakistan has been in trouble, politically or internationally, China has always stood by our side. The Chinese people hold a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis.
âRelations between the two countries are only getting stronger. You see a strange rivalry of great powers in the region. The United States is suspicious of China and has formed a regional alliance called the Quad.
âWe believe it is unfair of the United States and Western powers to expect countries like Pakistan to take sides. Pakistan will not degrade its relations with China â. Calling China’s US policy inexplicable and worrying, Prime Minister Imran Khan said it would divide the world into two groups, which would be dangerous for all the nations of the world.
The prime minister made it clear that no matter how much pressure there would be no change in the strong relations between Pakistan and China, while the United States hoped to take sides, which was not appropriate. He said the idea that India was supposed to be a counterweight to China would be detrimental to the former because China is too strong. India would reap much greater benefits by engaging in trade with China rather than trying to act as a counterweight. If anyone were to lose, it would be India, he added.
Prime Minister Imran also explained that Pakistan’s relations with China have nothing to do with India, saying, âOur relationship is a bilateral relationship. It is extremely strong â. The prime minister said Pakistan accepts China’s version of its programs in Xinjiang province because their very strong relationship is based on trust. At the same time, however, he called it hypocritical that in the Western media there had been little coverage of much worse human rights issues in (Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by the ‘India), as we hear about Xinjiang and Hong Kong, which is a bit hypocritical.
In an interaction with Chinese media, both formal and via video link, Premier Imran was invited to comment on Xinjiang Province and he noted, âOur interaction with Chinese officialsâ¦ Western media and governments westerners.
âSo because we have a very strong relationship with China, based on trust, so we accept the Chinese versionâ¦ what they say about their programs in Xinjiang. He added that Pakistan finds it a bit hypocritical that when there are much worse human rights problems in the world, they get no attention. For example, [Indian occupied] Kashmir is a huge human rights problem and there are an estimated 8-9 million Kashmiris put in an open prison [by India] until recently. It is a police state, where there are extrajudicial executions; there are jails, there are arbitrary arrests and a media ban and yet there is hardly any negative commentary in the Western media. Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris have been killed over the past 30 years in the struggle for freedom; it’s disputed territory, yet you hardly get any coverage in the western media and we hear about Xinjiang and Hong Kong, which is a bit hypocritical.
Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said that unfortunately no one had an answer yet and added that the United States was trying to find a military solution in Afghanistan which was their biggest mistake: they kept doing the same thing over and over again. again, and thought they would get a different result. He explained that historically the Afghan people have resisted dictates from outside. âYou can invade Afghanistan, but once you get there it’s a very difficult country to control,â he added.
Prime Minister Imran said the war in Afghanistan had lasted too long and created deep divisions in Afghan society and added that at the time the Americans decided there was no military solution in Afghanistan , they gave a date for the exit and the Taliban saw it as a victory. âNow when they think they’ve won the war; it is very difficult from Pakistan’s point of view to get them to a political settlement, âhe said. He added that Pakistan was concerned about the possibility of a civil war in Afghanistan. In such a scenario, Pakistan will suffer the most after Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan could learn a lot from China when it comes to agriculture. He noted that China’s agricultural productivity is much higher, and “I hope we can benefit from the latest techniques and technologies.” He said that despite what the world might think of China due to its economic dominance, it admires President Xi.
âThe way China handled the Covid-19 pandemic was uniqueâ¦ given that it started there. When you look at the rest of the world, China stands out. Islamabad is grateful to Beijing for the help given during the fight against the coronavirus, “he added.
The premier, at the start of his interaction, congratulated the Chinese president and the Communist Party. âIn Pakistan, we admire the Chinese president for two reasons: for his fight against corruptionâ¦ and for lifting people out of poverty. Pakistan is committed to strengthening its relations with China, whether politically or economically. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project. I will be going to Gwadar next week to oversee the development work there, âhe said.
He said he was also looking forward to his upcoming trip to China. Commenting on the economic relations between the two countries, the prime minister said he sees this moving forward and the next phase of the CPEC is very exciting for Pakistan. “We plan to attract Chinese investment for special economic zones because our labor is cheaper,” he added.