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President Xi says multi-party system did not work for China

Published on Apr 2, 2014 1:03 PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking at the College of Europe a visit to the historical city of Brugge on April 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China experimented in the past with various political systems, including multi-party democracy, but it did not work, President Xi Jinping said during a visit to Europe, warning that copying foreign political or development models could be catastrophic.

"Constitutional monarchy, imperial restoration, parliamentarism, a multi-party system and a presidential system, we considered them, tried them, but none worked," Mr Xi said in a speech at the College of Europe in the Belgian city of Bruges, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Tuesday.

Because of its unique historical and social conditions, China could not copy a political system or development model from other countries "because it would not fit us and it might even lead to catastrophic consequences", Mr Xi added.

"The fruit may look the same, but the taste is quite different," he said.

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