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Motives for political opposition in China can be classified into three groups: 1) power-political motives in the conflicts between various groups within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP); 2) rejection of parts if not the whole of the Communist ideology and the concomitant legitimization of the power monopoly of the CCP; 3) ethical-religious motives such as in the resistance of members of ethnic minorities, for instance the Tibetans and Uyghurs, or religious groups. The CCP, in accordance with its self-conception, claims…

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Sandschneider, Eberhard and Gottwald, Jörn C., “Opposition”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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