Thursday, July 25, 2024 | 22:25 WIB

Daring protests against President Xi

J. Soedradjad Djiwandono
J. Soedradjad Djiwandono, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia, and Adjunct Professor of International Economics, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Meanwhile, Teheran Government policy in support of Russia by continuing to send kamikaze drones and missiles to the Russia-Ukraine war zone does not seem to be helping the Russian army advance much. It has continuously been reported that the Ukrainian army successfully drove Russian occupiers out of one city after another, the latest being Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. For sure, while retreating the Russian army never missed the opportunity to destroy infrastructure, resulting in millions of people lacking mains water and electricity. 

What Else 

Well, as usual, after some time, and not in the news, Chairman Kim Young Un of North Korea recently declared that his country would very soon become a nuclear power. After much testing of more and more powerful missiles in their reach and destructive power, now he claims that North Korea is a real nuclear power. The other autocratic leader, Hungarian Victor Orban, has not been making any antics that merited coverage in the news. One positive development in this matter may be President Biden’s decision to let the Chevron Oil company resume operations in Venezuela, and what this means politically, in addition to economically, for the country under the autocratic President Nicolas Maduro. 

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From the list of developments in the above-mentioned countries under autocratic rule, no one, except maybe the last, sounds feasible in terms of the fate of an alternative system to democratic government as we know it. Let those stay as they are, not just that this is consistent with what British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill said years back in defense of democracy, “a democratic system of government is the worst, until we try all the alternatives.” History has seen as well the practices of human rights violations that happen globally, yet mostly in countries practicing an autocratic system of government, big and small, with records written in history, whether conducted by an extreme right-wing ruler like the Nazis under Hitler, or different types of military juntas, or the Taliban. 

Final Note 

This is not aimed at criticism of countries under undemocratic rule, and even less so intended to shame them. It is just a reminder to us of their existence. To understand this is important for one country’s external relations policy, so as not to be blinded by any short-term consideration, no matter how attractive it might appear to be. Any government must uphold its own principles, inherited from its founding fathers, with a long-term vision for future generation.