While the Soviet Union imploded in the midst of its attempt to reform itself, more than a decade later China stands as a testament to the resilience of Communist rule. I suggest that one reason China has been able to stave off a regime collapse is that Chinese leaders have sought to learn from the collapse of the Soviet Union and are seeking to adjust their policies to buttress their political power. I present evidence in support of this position including statements of political leaders and party insiders, internal government documents, and Chinese scholarshipon the Soviet collapse.
Learning from your comrade’s mistakes: the impact of the Soviet past on China’s future
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Christopher Marsh; Learning from your comrade’s mistakes: the impact of the Soviet past on China’s future. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 September 2003; 36 (3): 259–272. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0967-067X(03)00038-2
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