Chinese, Asean FMs to hold special meeting
BEIJING—Invited by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, foreign ministers or representatives from ten nations of the ASEAN will attend a special meeting on Tuesday in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the announcement on Sunday. ASEAN members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines,
DSingapore, Vietnam.—Xinua JAMAL KHASHOGGI Thailand EMOCRACY is passing through diffi cult times. In its latest edition, Lon don-based weekly The Economist has dedicated several pages discussing the various dimensions of the crisis facing democracy. It established that there is a growing lack of confidence in democracy and suggested a number of steps to improve it so that people’s faith in it is restored and good governance is achieved. Democracy remains the most effective way to tackle terror, stop bloodshed and political violence in Arab countries. When the West deals with the crisis of democracy, it does so by tracking voting trends that are backing a reckless politician like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Western countries are adept at finding the reasons behind low voter turnout in elections or to determine why people are unhappy with the parliament’s performance.
While western countries are examining what can be done to revive democracy and to grapple with transformation amid communication revolution, Arab countries like Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen are in deep need of democracy to be able to survive and to stop bloodshed that has killed hundreds of thousands.
Arab citizens are losing faith in democracy even though it has been at the forefront of their demands. In Iraq, for example, demonstrators’ attack on Parliament clearly indicated the failure of democracy. It was followed by the chaos of and