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Official Chinese media are having a field day touting the dysfunction of Western democracies.The truth is that the West's loss is not China's gain.Claiming that democracy barely works in the West, the party argues that it would be disastrous for China.Of course, China is no ordinary autocracy.After all, one of the keys to China's economic success is its integration into a global economy dominated by the Western democracies, which buy roughly 60 percent of Chinese exports.The factors driving the challenges facing the Western democracies today hold even worse implications for China.Instead of gloating, China's leaders should be watching developments in the Western democracies with concern – and start planning for their own difficult times ahead.
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