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Why does TED identify China as "Communist" in Yan's Bio?

It seems curious that TED would uniquely identify the founding economic philosophy of one nation when does not in other cases, has no relevance to the subject, and, in fact, is no longer an accurate description of the economic system in China which now has a market based socialist economy increasingly dominated by Capitalist activities.

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    Dec 28 2011: China defines itself as "socialist" (it is in their constitution.) The ruling party is the Communist Party. The Chinese people (in general) do not think of themselves in political terms. They do not identify as socialist or as communist but rather as "zhong wen."

    It seems many of us see "The Communist Party" and choose to label the country "communist."

    If the ruling party was called "The Democratic Party of China" would we say it is a democratic country?
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    Dec 28 2011: it is interesting that this conversation comes up almost at the same time as another one:

    http://www.ted.com/conversations/8176/how_would_you_feel_if_your_gov.html

    i think it pretty much explains why.
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    Dec 28 2011: The economy may be increasingly market based and many may be involved in capitalist activities, but, as Tim points out, the government is still controlled exclusively by the Communist Party. Ergo, it is a communist country.
    No matter how popular Yang Lan becomes, I seriously doubt that she or any other person could form something like a "Christian Democrats" or "Independent Greens" party and even be allowed to run against the ruling oligarchy, much less have a chance to win. Not, at least, in the foreseeable future.
    Then again, the Soviet Union collapsed with astounding speed, so perhaps there is hope yet for democracy in China. But Beijing is is also very clever and possibly realise that a Marxist-Maoist dream of pure communism is not as necessary or pleasant as giving people their bread and circuses in the form of economic freedom and retaining "power" in the hands of the elite "proletariat dictatorship".
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    Dec 28 2011: The People's Republic of China is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party of China (CPC)- thats wikipedia, blame them.