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He's the most powerful man in the world.
I think it used to be before.
I think it still is. I am not sure... lol
Anyway, communism/ socialism was always bound to fall like a pack of cards because extreme centralization cannot work without individualistic incentives. How did China counter this? State capitalism through the Deng-Nixon deal in 1979. As for if the status quo hadn't changed with Gorbachev in the scene, the war on capitalism vs communism would continue (I am going to assume the events before it leading to an economic failure never happened either). There are three possibilities for the Chinese imperative in such a situation: a. The China-USSR nexus as it is today alreadyb. Actually side with US to bring USSR down c. A completely tripolar world with 3 superpowers competing with each other through proxy wars and intelligence unit machinations Anyway, there was never any Marxist socialism/ communism apart from maybe the initial years post the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. Cuba and Vietnam have been better models of Communism in the actual sense.