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GCSE Coursework: A Modern World Study - Modern China Why does the Chinese government at the start of the twenty-first century reuse to give its people democratic rights despite encouraging private enterprise in industry, commerce and agriculture and how do you see this situation developing in the next few years? Jason Torquato 10L China has experienced many wars and revolutions in its very long history, and even though it has had this rough past, China have still become one of the main world powers and have an extraordinarily large economy. China is now a major developing country in the world, and it still hasn't given its people democracy. It is now the only world power not to have a democratic government and the question that has baffled many people for years is "Why isn't China giving its people democracy?" Especially since it is increasingly a capitalist country, and capitalism is strongly linked with democracy. The early authoritarian rulers of China believed in the Mandate of Heaven which is based on three principles, these are; the right to rule is granted by heaven, there is only one heaven therefore there can only be one ruler, the right to rule is based on the virtue of the ruler. ...read more.


Their idea was to make China a prosperous country and they did do that, and now China is one of the most powerful countries in the world, it has a huge economy both importing and exporting, but the people haven't seemed to think any better of the CCP. The CCP has had many demonstrations against it. The biggest was in June 1989 when students went into Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Deng Xiaoping sent thousands of troops and killed many of the students. This only increased the chance of rebellions against the government. The reason the government will not give people democratic rights is that if they have those rights the government think that they will ruin the chances of making China the most powerful country in the world. The Chinese Communist Party has a valid point when they say that China's rapid economic progress over the last 20 years legitimises the rule of the CCP. In the last 20 years the amount China has imported from abroad has risen by 500% and the exports have risen by 500% as well. They are now one of the biggest economic powers in the world and are rivalling America. If it wasn't for the CCP, China could still be in the same stage as the third world countries. The CCP has put them in a completely different league. ...read more.


There could be one or two things that could force China into democracy. If there was a problem with China's industrialisation, like a crash in the market, the government could seek democracy in desperation as a way of making the country regain its economic opulence. The introduction of the internet in the last decade allows Chinese people to see what is actually happening in the outside world, they will not see what the government is telling them is happening, they will se the truth. The freedom they will see in the western world could cause people to fight back against the government and then the government would have to seriously consider democracy if the hostility of the people didn't subside. The fact that things seem to be a lot better in the western world in the eyes of the Chinese people could also make the people think that freedom would make China a better, more respected country like in the western world. With all things considered I still believe that democracy in China is a long way from coming. It would be a huge risk for the government to take, although it could come out to be a piece of good fortune, what is happening currently in Russia is not worth risking in China. China seems to be in a relatively good state at the moment and it is probably best for it to be kept that way. 1 ...read more.

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