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

By Shivank Goel|Updated : August 29th, 2022

The Chinese Government can not be called a Democratic Government even after elections are held there, as the formation of the Government is always controlled by the Communist party there. In a democracy, the elections are held in a proper manner, each party is given equal rights to contest and campaign and the voters are free to choose whichever party they deem fit or capable of taking on the responsibility of forming and running the government.

Unfortunately, that is not the case in China. 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.

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China has been facing the debate over being a democracy since the 19th century. Due to the absence of free and fair elections, China is not considered a democracy. It is actually categorized as an authoritarian state and has further been characterized as a 'dictatorship'. The fact that elections are held in China regularly doesn't change its status as a dictatorship due to the control of the Communist party.

China is also known to have conducted mass surveillance on its citizens in the 21st century, which is not a characteristic of a democratic government. The constitution of China maintains the fact that China is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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  • The Chinese government is actually considered an authoritarian state.

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