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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng praises the success of democracy in Taiwan
Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese human rights activist, right now on a visit to Taiwan, has a clear message that should not be forgotten:
Chen, who has long been a critic of China's botched human rights record, sought to encourage China to follow the example of Taiwan's democracy at a press conference on Monday in Taipei.
"The democracy and rule of law in Taiwan show that democracy is not an institution that is unique to the West," Chen said at the press conference, as reported by The New York Times. "The success of democracy in Taiwan also exposed the Chinese government's lie that democracy does not work for the Chinese."
According to The Associated Press, Chen went on to assert that China's eventual democratization could "spell the end of dictatorship for the entire humankind."