Authoritarianism In China

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The government of the People’s Republic of China is known for orchestrating the economic boom of the Chinese economy, the spreading of Chinese culture beyond its borders, and its faceless authoritarianism of the government. Throughout history, the authoritative governments of China have promoted the industries and the culture of China, exporting them to nations beyond their realm. Not much changed about China. The government of China still promotes its culture and industry. Nonetheless, the players are different. Away with the sole autocratic emperor and in with the faceless Communist Party. With the introduction of the Communist Party, the transition from authoritarianism to democracy just got harder. According to Barbara Geddes, among the…show more content…
According to Seymour Lipset, leadership provides future leadership an example on how to steer the country. China, in its extensive history, has many powerful leaders. However, two are very important in modern China: Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Mao Zedong is a key figure in the rise of the Communist Party in China and its victory over the previous political party in power, the Kuomintang, during the Chinese Civil War. However, his long reign as the Chairman of China has a lasting effect in China on what type of leadership it needs. Mao is revered by modern Chinese as well as reviled due to the extremely disastrous and catastrophic Cultural Revolution, which killed millions of Chinese. His lasting influence in Chinese politics is to be not him. No man must take over supreme power over everyone, party included. He is still revered for his ideologies by as a character for leadership, every formal and non-formal rule of leadership are made with him in mind. Deng Xiaoping is a contrast from Mao. Deng was never a party chairman, nor did he retain his leadership for life. Deng accepted capitalism while Mao was a fervent anti-capitalist. Nevertheless, it was the actions of Deng that resonated into modern China and Chinese leadership. He was able to orchestrate the entire Chinese political system without being on the top. He abdicated his power to demonstrate an example to other comrades. He also demonstrated firm resolve even at the face of adversity, advocating political and economic reforms. Overall, Deng uphold the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party. The modern Chinese statesman look upon Deng as an example of a proper party member. They see Deng as a man who ensures all his work is for the party, not himself. This gives a surprising amount of stability to the Communist Party and its authoritarian rule, as it eliminated powerful leaderships and

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