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China State in Flux

I need help on writing a response discussing a state (China) that has been "in flux" between a democracy and another form of goverment over the past 20-25 years (an example might be Russia's struggle with establishing a democracy).

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. I think that in this case it would be apt and interesting for you to choose China, in particular its form of government. The recent scandal that rocked Chinese politics with defections, murder and exposed corruption makes one question the current 'state' of Chinese communism as it is increasingly becoming a capitalist society. You cannot write about everything of course - you will be limited by your Word count. So you will have to choose ideas that are applicable and the discussion you have about each must be planned. I suggest using this outline:

1. China - why this country? 150 words.
2. The state of flux - argue what is in 'flux' and the points you believe that prove this position - 150 words.
3. Point 1 - communism (is it really as it was idealized by Maoists?) & government, 200 words
4. Point 2 - the capitalism in practice (what makes China an increasingly capitalist society?), 200 words
5. Point 3 - the creation of the Princeling and the ruling elite classes leading to inequality - 200 words
6. The case of Bo - a politician that has exemplified the 'state of flux' that is China - 200 words
7. Conclusion - Here restate your point once again, 100 words

I know that you might not be familiar with Bo Xilai & his son, Bo Guagua, but don't worry, you can visit these links to get familiar with these figures:


I hope you find reading these interesting. Good luck with your studies.


Countries in Flux: China

For this particular discussion, I have chosen to focus on China. Known as the 'People's Republic of China' (PRC) officially, it is a communist state. In control is the Communist Party of China, the only political party allowed in practice within the country. The government is divided to 3 branches - the Communist Party of China, which is the political arm, the State Council, which administers the country, and the People's Liberation Army, its military. All three are under the control and leadership of the paramount Leader, also known as the 'premiere' and concurrently is Hu Jintao. The power of the party is assured by the country's constitution, also authored by the PRC under Mao Tse Tung. As the Supreme authority in all of China, the PRC holds the power; thus, those that sit in the upper echelons of the party have unfettered power and access to opportunities and resources that the ordinary Chinese can only imagine. The party and the state are one and what the party decides is what happens. The country is divided into prefectures and, for local elections, the residents themselves have the right to elect their local leaders. However, it is a system of dual leadership as the central power in Beijing also chooses a leader to oversee the local government. Additionally, all candidates must be approved and vouched for by Beijing as explained by the CIA (2012), "in practice, only members of the CPC (Communist Party of China), its eight allied parties, and CCP-approved independent candidates are elected." The Communist Party of China ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a comprehensive discussion on the state of China as a country in a state of flux (communism/capitalism/democracy). The solution is in the form of an essay, citing the case of fallen Chinese political leader Bo Xilai and the excesses of his son Bo Guagua. As a country, China is supposedly a communist, one-party state. Capitalism however appears to be the driving force behind China's growth and it is not a country marked by those with and without access to power.