IN his address to the Chinese journalists on the occasion of centenary celebrations of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), Prime Minister Imran Khan made a true and realistic assessment of the Chinese system and the policies of Beijing on important issues.
He lauded the CPC for offering a unique model of governance, terming it an alternative to Western democracy and also categorically stated that Pakistan accepted Beijing’s version regarding the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang province.
The PM had a point in praising the Chinese model as the values and traits for which Western democracy is being cited as the best system of governance are more visible in the Chinese system.
Therefore, paying tributes to the CPC, the Prime Minister said it introduced an alternative model and they have beaten all Western democracies in the way they have highlighted merit in the society.
This confirms the oft-repeated notion that mere copying or importing of systems and reforms is not a viable option and these have to be home-grown to ensure their success for different countries and cultures.
The Chinese system is more efficient in that it makes it easier to sift talent and bring it up for prompt and appropriate solutions for the country and its people.
As for the Uighur issue, China is being targeted by some countries not because of their love for human rights, as they claim, but only to malign a country that is shining on all fronts and for good reasons.
China has all along been emphasizing that reforms are being carried out in the autonomous region to bring it at part with other parts of the country.
These claims have been substantiated by non-partisan international media and visitors to the area, who confirm no discriminatory treatment was being meted out to Uighurs.
In his interaction with Chinese journalists, the PM also dilated upon different aspects of bilateral relations conveying a clear message that the ties are poised to scale new heights in months and years to come.