Social Inequality In China

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Social instability in China stems from the legacy of Mao Zedong and the inability of the Chinese political elite to tear itself away from Mao’s manifestation of communism. Mao’s influence continues to live on creating a huge fragmentation in society and allowing the regime to create inequalities. The United States base their politics on freedom and liberty. Chinas politics centre on economic reform and aggressively asserting nationalism. It is these pillars that offers the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) legitimacy. If the implementation of an economic policy fails it further deepens social instability. The same can be said if a campaign fails to assert nationalism. Not only does it highlight the regimes advantages and disadvantages, it also has the potential for creating an environment for political and social unrest. The regime is a continuous circle of contradictions failing to create a fairer society for its people by allowing development gaps to increase. Since Mao Zedong death in 1976 the party has moved away from his ideologies and become a lot more realistic on their economic reforms however the political control continues to be austere. This paper will be divided into two parts. The first part will examine in detail the causes of social instability. The latter half will look at the regimes form of governance and whether it effectively deals with the issue of social instability, does it solve problems or does it act as a catalyst for further problems. Finally

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