Sep. 27 (The Diplomat/by Minxin Pei): As can be seen from recent events, even in situations where supporting dictatorships hurts Chinese interests, Beijing has chosen to side with these international outcasts. This ideological bias stems from the nature of China’s domestic political regime – a one-party state. The ruling Chinese Communist Party believes that its greatest ideological threat is posed by the liberal democracies in the West.
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Note: The writer is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.