In a powerful op-ed, here’s the most-read article in China‘s influential People’s Daily. It explores the question, ‘Is the US still a model of democracy?’. It suggests that that question, previously a far-fetched idea for many, is being asked more and more. Critically, it explores the realization that Western democracy—even American democracy—can fall into chaos and undermine the international community’s goal of peace and development.
The article clearly supports China geopolitical influence and for it’s readers blurs the differences between a one-party totalitarian regime to Trump’s America – many liberal critics see Trump’s election as a step towards fascism. Of course, it’s populism and Trump, in particular, that has debased US democracy. But we are beginning to see the US political and legal system start to place some serious barriers for Trump. It’s worrying when Trump’s son-in-law, a critical advisor, is having his business interests investigated for links with Russia.
Perhaps, the US needs a Macron, who’s not tainted by association with the Washington’s political establishment?