Because this comes up too often when I’m chatting with people and China’s in the news:
– China is not communist, nor is it a republic
– The United States is not capitalist, nor is it a democracy
Both are strongly related fascist states, i.e. state capitalist/corporatist with nationalized economies, like Hitler and Mussolini only much more mutually complicit and entangled.
P.S. In case you were thinking “wait, the U.S. economy isn’t nationalized,” realize that we’ve just spent $400+ bn to wage war under a national flag and go see the CBO’s data on the percentage of GDP/GNP that are directly tied to the military-industrial complex.