Chi­nese, Asean FMs to hold spe­cial meet­ing

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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