Why can the Chinese Government not be called a Democratic Government even though Elections are held there?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Even after elections, the Chinese government cannot be called a democratic government because the formation of the government is always controlled by the Communist party. In a democracy, elections are held in a proper manner, each party is given equal rights to contest and campaign and voters are free to vote for whichever party they believe is fit or capable of forming and running the government.

Chinese Government not being a Democratic Government

China is majorly controlled and governed by the Communist Party. A ruling party in a democracy can easily lose, but in China, the Communist party chooses the candidates who take part in the elections. Since the nineteenth century, China has been debating whether it is a democracy.

  • China is not considered a democracy because of the lack of free and fair elections.
  • It is classified as an authoritarian state and has also been labeled as a “dictatorship.”
  • The fact that elections are held on a regular basis in China does not change its status as a dictatorship due to the Communist Party’s control.

In the twenty-first century, China is also known to have conducted mass surveillance on its citizens, which is not a characteristic of a democratic government. China’s constitution maintains the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) control of the country.

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