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China has never been a nation-state. China has always been a despotic dynasty. Today's China? A communist party-dynasty.
About China as a dynasty but not as a nation-state, I have dwelled on this for sometime and come with this conclusion. I think it explains a lot about China's behavior as a regime. I have stated this concept in my testimony in the US Congress on the issue of Confucius Institute/Classroom in 2012. I certainly want the US scholars and academia to change their premise that China is just another nation-state.
In terms of China's polity, it is a centralized authoritarian regime. Yet it is not a nation-state, for it does not respect the borders with the neighboring countries. It still views the neighbors as inferior subordinates, good only for giving tribute to the emperors for obtaining protection. China does not have a legitimate constitution, for in its pseudo-constitution the regime states that the communist party is always the superior authority, not to be challenged in anyway. China's basic domestic structure has no local autonomy and the provinces have no power to make laws for itself. China's government bureaucrats are making everything and every laws by whims and fiat. And the features of a dynasty following a logical cycle of declining legitimacy and power is too obvious to ignore.
Most importantly, China's military does not have the concept of owing its loyalty to the central government. It is fragmented with each unit owing its loyalty to specific generals or powerful bureaucrats. Warlordism is a very likely outcome when the dynasty declines to the point of collapse.
These are just some simply and obvious observations. I am sure there are more of such that resemble a dynasty more than a nation-state. The difference is that the previous dynasties were identifiable by a surname of the imperial family. But today's communist party-dynasty is identifiable for its collective mob mentality. Yet it is still the same with each generation weaker than before, until the end of the dynasty most likely by a coup or peasant rebellion to establish another dynasty. The cycle continues. Mao and his cohorts used communism only as a pretense to have established his own despotic dynasty. Only Mao gave it to his wife because no male heir was available. North Korea is the same as China, a dynasty with truly an identity of surname - Kim.
I only hope the American foreign policy makers can catch on this concept by a more accurate observation, and formulate more effective policies toward China, rather than legitimating China as just another nation-state by a false premise.