The Democratization of China: A Near Reality or a Distant Improbabilty?
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China is a modernized state with a falling economy. As the economy declines, citizens have begun to question and protest the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In turn, the party has begun repressing people in order to maintain power. I predict that the CCP's deteriorating legitimacy will cause more individuals to openly criticize the regime, leading to increased repression in an unsustainable cycle. As domestic and international pressures mount, the CCP will crumble, making way for democratization.