This is the most depressing narrative I have read for quite some time. And, believe me, the last two pandemic years have offered me plenty of depressing readings… In the middle of a period of democratic recession that no one denies, we are now entering a New Era.
The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China (henceforth The sides) explain all about it in a Joint Statement published on February 4, 2022. George Orwell would not have been able to improve it.
Just a minimum sample. Go read the full statement. It has no waste.
The sides share the understanding that democracy is a universal human value, rather than a privilege of a limited number of States, and that its promotion and protection is a common responsibility of the entire world community.
There is no one-size-fits-all template to guide countries in establishing democracy. A nation can choose such forms and methods of implementing democracy that would best suit its particular state.
The sides note that Russia and China as world powers with rich cultural and historical heritage have long-standing traditions of democracy, which rely on thousand-years of experience of development, broad popular support and consideration of the needs and interests of citizens.
Certain States’ attempts to impose their own ”democratic standards“ on other countries, to monopolize the right to assess the level of compliance with democratic criteria,
The sides believe that the advocacy of democracy and human rights must not be used to put pressure on other countries.
The sides note that the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights set noble goals in the area of universal human rights, set forth fundamental principles, which all the States must comply with and observe in deeds. At the same time, as every nation has its own unique national features, history, culture, social system and level of social and economic development, universal nature of human rights should be seen through the prism of the real situation in every particular country,
The Russian side reaffirms its support for the One-China principle, confirms that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, and opposes any forms of independence of Taiwan.
In order to prevent the recurrence of the tragedy of the world war, the sides will strongly condemn actions aimed at denying the responsibility for atrocities of Nazi aggressors, militarist invaders, and their accomplices, besmirch and tarnish the honour of the victorious countries.
Thinking twice, I am sure it is a joke of an innocent AI NLP algorithm.
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