"Democracy is a value pursued by all mankind and a fruit of civilisation created by mankind. However, in different historical stages and different countries, democracy is achieved through different forms and in different ways. There is not a single model".
"Democracy and direct elections in particular, should develop in an orderly way in keeping with the particular condition of a country. We are confident that when the people are capable of running a village through direct election, they will later be able to run a township, then a county and a province, true to the principle that our country is run by the people.
Since time is running out, I am afraid we have to stop here. The last message that I have for you is this: China’s development is a long-term and daunting task. To achieve development, we need peace, we need friends and we need time".
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