(This article is Xiaoming Guo‘s answer to a Quora question.)
It has almost fallen as China was so corrupt that nobody can expect it could last any longer about 20 years ago. No Chinese, no even members of the CCP believe CCP can survive. Then there was the 2008 financial tsunami that the Chinese said: what? the US was more corrupt by Too Big To Fall. Suddenly the corruption of the CCP seems more tolerable to the Chinese. But the CCP was continuing to fall as the corruption got worse. Then there was the Asia-Pacific Re-balance strategy of the US. This gunboat diplomacy revitalized the CCP. Remember, CCP emerged in 1921 as a result of the imperialist interference in China. CCP emerged as a result of humiliation by Western powers. If CCP is a plant, the external imperialist pressure on China is then the water. The more the US put pressure on China, the stronger the CCP will be.
CCP, together with its political system, was established during the anti-Japanese Invasion War. It grew in that war and the civil war that Chiang was supported by US imperialism.
The west criticizes the Chinese political system is a dictatorship system. Mao admitted it gracefully. Not only admitted it, Mao even has a theory about it. Mao termed the political system as Democratic Dictatorship. That’s a dictatorship not against the people, but against foreign imperialist powers. It is called THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC DICTATORSHIP. That’s the dictatorship resecured Chinese people from the century of humiliation.
Democracy in China is impossible when foreign powers continue to interfere with Chinese domestic affairs. Because the foreign powers are so strong that democratic politics will always be influenced by imperialist powers for foreign countries’ national interest. Democracy in China is only possible through the dictatorship of CCP.
When the west criticizes China on democracy and human rights, they do not really care about the well-being of Chinese people. On the opposite, they are racist against Chinese people as a whole. Chinese people are living happily under the CCP dictatorship and the west is unhappy to see Chinese people have their living standards improved. They say: hey, you Chinese people are depressed, you should overthrow CCP.
Travel to China, or just observe Chinese tourists all over the world. Chinese tourists are now the biggest consumers of luxury goods. Why the west worry about Chinese democracy? The west says democracy can make China stronger. Are they really wish China to grow stronger?
CCP can live longer than western imperialism because CCP is the plant nourished by the water of western imperialism. The prof: the US never won against China, not in the Korean War, not in the Vietnam War.