Deng, and Xi after him, maintained a dictatorial grip on power. Xi exalts the rule of the Han majority over China, running roughshod over national minorities like the Uyghurs. Union and other mass organizations are tightly controlled as agents of the regime.
The government has systematically crushed political rights in Hong Kong — as it has done for decades in the rest of China, including the slaughter of workers and youth demanding political rights in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Xi and other CCP leaders fear the example of the protests in Hong Kong could spread among workers and farmers in China.
Working people there are a powerful social force that will make their mark on history. They will have the opportunity to build a party of their own — a party that merits the name communist — in the course of deepening class-struggle experiences and in response to advances in revolutionary struggles elsewhere in the world.
It will be forged in combat against the ruling Chinese “Communist Party” and the exploiting classes it defends.