Whydidn’t Communism Collapse in China as well?
Chinaand Russia’s Communist Parties had some similarities. One of themwas immoral leaders who were, however, effective in their leadershipfunctions. The two qualities were effective in ensuring loyalty amongparty members (Zagoria, 2015). Communism failed in Russia and otherEuropean countries but succeeded in China due to several factors.
Oneof the reasons for the fall of communism in the European countriesthat had embraced it was an inability to adapt to changes incircumstances as time passed. For instance, the Soviets had a leaderwho showed greater support and admiration for democracy than he didfor communism (Zagoria, 2015). The Soviet states also lacked a strongbond among them and had the wrong the impression of nationalidentity. The Communist Party’s assumption of power was the work ofa few individuals, and their decisions were not representative of thepeople’s wishes. There has never been a revolution of the masses insupport of communism in Russia.
Chinaon its part experienced a revolution in 1937 during the Sino-Japanesewar that marked the end of the Qing Dynasty. The outcome was a regimechange that saw the Communist Party come into power. The party hadtaken care of most of the interests of the peasants who formed themajority of the people. The people felt they had a say and felt asense of belonging and ownership of a share of the government (Snow,2013). Another reason for the success of communism in China isbecause the Communist Party focused more on economic reforms thanpolitical correctness (Jacques, 2012). The party implementedfinancial policies that had the potential of boosting the economy andachieve the best for the people.
Clearly,communism in China has numerous factors that favored its success. TheCommunist Party had a strong backing from the masses. It alsoimplemented policies that helped the poor and vulnerable. There is aneed for a comprehensive analysis of specific issues surroundingcommunism in the affected countries, for a better understanding ofthe reasons behind its success or failure.
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