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China must avoid 'trap' of Western-style democracy: State media

Published on Jun 9, 2014 3:46 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China must beware the "trap" of Western-style democracy, the ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper said on Monday, days after the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

"'Street politics' often leads to civil unrest and even civil war," the paper warned in a Chinese-language commentary signed by Mi Bohua, a senior editor at the paper.

"From West Asia and North Africa to Ukraine and Thailand, each one without exception was led astray onto the path of 'Western-style democracy' - and each has seen street politics escalate from rallies and demonstrations to armed conflict," it said.

"In most of these countries' street politics, whether openly or behind the scenes, American and Western forces have been involved," the party mouthpiece added.

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