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My argument is if PRC were a democracy, foreign interference would have been much bigger (even bigger than in HK). Therefore, the PRC would have been disintegrated quickly.

I have a feeling that the 1-party rule of PRC helped them to keep the most historical China in one piece. If PRC were a democracy, it would have been disintegrated by now just like Korea. For instance, HK, Macao, Xinjiang, and Tibet would have been free and independent countries.

Has the 1-party rule of PRC helped them to keep the most historical China in one piece?

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    I won't go into if Tibet being a free and independent country would mean the PRC disintegrates. Let me just bring one counter example (of many): India is a democracy (consisting of very diverse states). There is some foreign interference, e.g., by Pakistan. Nevertheless, the country has not disintegrated. Another counter example would be the USA. If your assertion was correct, many countries would disintegrate. You should back up your assertion by some logical arguments. – Roland Oct 22 '20 at 9:21
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    It seems these independence movements seek democracy, so if the PRC were a fully fledged democracy, perhaps they wouldn't seek independence. – Rebecca J. Stones Oct 22 '20 at 10:23
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    @Roland, actually, India never had any meaningful foreign interference. A foreign interference to be successful, it should come from at least a Great Power, let alone Superpowers. Even during the cold war, the USA was not hostile to India although India was essentially in the Soviet camp. – user366312 Oct 22 '20 at 10:24
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    @RebeccaJ.Stones, I doubt. Catalonia is trying to be independent. Quebec tried several times, I guess. – user366312 Oct 22 '20 at 10:25
  • Definitely. As long as supporting local separatists is a common strategy US strategy - from Yugoslavia to Lybia/Syria. And it would be much more easy for the US to deal with China, if it would be divided. – user2501323 Oct 22 '20 at 10:32
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Collapse of the Soviet Union gave CCP(China Communist Party) a lesson, that "democratization" under US pressure can directly lead to the country desintegration.

So, of course, YES, CCP has decisive role in China being keep as a whole, in its historical borders.

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You can have democracies that respect states leaving, e.g. UK/Scotland, and then you can have democracies not allowing it. E.g. USA (Like the civil war)

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    you can have democracies not allowing it --- only if u are either a great-power or a super-power. – user366312 Oct 22 '20 at 11:37
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    I think I can find examples of everything. Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan. UK in regards to Northern Ireland. – Thomas Koelle Oct 22 '20 at 12:15
  • Excuse me, but Yemen democracy is very "significant" when we are talking about countries consistency. UK is a good example, but it is a very old democracy, with old traditions and established political system - which cannot be created in a moment. – user2501323 Oct 22 '20 at 12:42
  • @user366312 At the time of its civil war the US was far from a great power, let alone a super power. – mario mario Oct 22 '20 at 12:49
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    @mariomario, Yes. But, that is not the point here. The USA didn't receive any meaningful external interference. – user366312 Oct 22 '20 at 13:00

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