Most Americans wouldcharacterize democracy as a political framework with free elections, peacefulgatherings, and rule of law and related foundations of liberal democracy,according to Dickson research, under 5% of Chinese indicated thosecharacteristics Dickson (2016). In the case of China, there are no freeelections as opposition parties are banned and elections are held at locallevel for representative aligned to the Communist Party. China is a one partystate and the leader of the country is elected by the members of the CommunistpartyAround 15% of the Chineseindividuals in an analysis done by Dickson (2016) characterized democracy asfar as rights: for instance, “individuals appreciate the privilege todata” and “the open door and appropriate to tell the government theirperspectives.” Another 15% distinguished equity and equity among citizens:”Everybody is dealt with similarly” and “to be more equivalentas far as wage, lodging, and business” were common reactions of thiscompose. To put it plainly, around 33% of urban Chinese characterized democracyregarding balanced governance or different ways that nearly coordinate Westernthoughts (Dickson 2016).
The above mentioned definition points out the notionthat urban Chinese people also view democracy in the same way the Westernsociety views it also in a slightly different facetBy differentiate, analternate 30% of Chinese depicted democracy regarding how pioneers should runthe government, not how they are picked. Remarks, for example, “the generalpopulation and the government are reliant” and “governmentarrangements reflect popular assessment” get at this idea. All the morecritically, these remarks recommend that the general population’s interests andthe state’s advantages are in a general sense in congruity (Dickson 2016). This shows that the Chinese people believe that it does notreally matter how the government is put in place or elected but as long as theyserve the people, it’s all that matters. But in the Western society, the peopleshould chose their desired government so that their needs are catered for. Thatis why in a democratic country there are many parties with each presentingtheir own manifestos on how they would govern if they are put in power.
Theflaws in China’s political framework are self-evident. The government doesn’tmake a falsification of holding national elections and rebuffs the individualswho transparently call for a multi-party state. The press is vigorously censoredand the Internet is blocked (Bell 2015).In a democratic state this is aninfringement of human rights but in China it is a way of controlling dissent.China does hold elections at district level and only candidates vetted by theCommunist Party (CP) or independent candidates sympathetic to the CP or otherparties aligned to the CP are allowed to contest. Those are the only electionsthat China holds at grassroots level. In order for an individual to risethrough the political ladder, he or she has to join the Communist Party or elsetheir political career will be cut short as opposition politics is noneexistent in China.
Both countries share mutual characteristicsof dictatorial regimes and the rule of law tends to benefit the politicallyprivileged in their continued control of the government. The two countriesposes an influential connection between business and the government, there isviolation of human rights especially to anyone opposing the government of Chinaand corruption is rife in both countries. The difference between the twocountries is that is that Russia is a hybrid of an authoritarian regime withdemocratic institutions such as being a multi-party state and competitiveparties. Whereas China is a straight authoritarian regime and the leadership isopposed to moving towards democracy as understood by the Western societies.Although their understanding of democracy is through consultative means.