Is China still building socialism or has it already built capitalism? Or maybe both? Or maybe none of those two systems? Or maybe with the market reforms that deviate from the traditional socialism, it has created something different from the classical types of political and socio-economic regimes known from the 20th century? Some authors have proclaimed that there has been capitalism in China for some time; others claim that socialism has developed there, of course one with Chinese characteristics. Shortages have been successfully eliminated, but the economic system is unbalanced, showing surpluses this time. So, is it socialism, as the official Chinese authorities claim, or capitalism, as asserted by numerous economists? Tertium non datur? By no means, as there are yet other possibilities of system interpretations and the most fascinating of them is being offered by the present-day China, where a unique internal convergence is taking place. Features of socialism intermingle with essentials of capitalism and vice versa, creating a new, different quality. Tertium datur.
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Research Article| October 22 2018
Socialism, capitalism, or Chinism?
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2018) 51 (4): 285–298.
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Grzegorz W. Kolodko; Socialism, capitalism, or Chinism?. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 December 2018; 51 (4): 285–298. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2018.10.002
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