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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a shadow has lingered over communist China and prompted a critical question: is China destined to follow in the steps of the Soviet Union and fall? Xi jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People's Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, has provided an answer to this question. Through his campaign and mandatory documentary viewings, Xi has cast the blame for the collapse of the Soviet Union on Mikhail Gorbachev. Essentially, in a political climate facing domestic and foreign issues, Xi has attempted to defend the communist model while condemning individual traitors for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Following in the footsteps of Deng Xiaoping, Xi has implemented economic reforms, and yet, his political rhetoric remains focused on reinforcing Leninist principles to preserve the party.
When looking at communist China, it is important to start at the 1949 communist revolution under which Mao rose to power. Under Mao, the state focused heavily on domestic policies and the elimination of state enemies. This was in keeping with the soviet Leninist principles. However, it is crucial to note that during this period, the Soviet Union was the primary backer of China. This arrangement remained until the Sino-Soviet split during the cold war. Under Chairman Mao, there were four social classes: workers, peasants, bourgeoisie, and the national capitalists. Mao wanted all citizens to follow the interests of the working class completely. The communist principles of state run enterprise were realized under a harsh regime. Xi shows many contradictions to the policies of Mao. Whereas Mao wanted the people to focus on domesti...

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...e influence of western values in Chinese society. This would be aimed at squelching the idea of political reform among the people (to prevent events similar to the 1989 event at Tiananmen Square), and preventing an “evolution” similar to the Soviet Union. This might prompt external ramifications. If China fears the influence of western values in regard to the position of his party, China might shift its policy to be more isolationist, harkening back to the time of chairman Mao. Although many in China already regard the United states to be imperialistic, this might exacerbate the problem and risk alienating the United States and other western countries. This would also not be a good economic strategy. China cannot seek to expand their economic growth while simultaneously striveing to keep the communist party strong through isolationist tactics. However, although the
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