“It’s not real communism!” is an internet cliche. But strictly speaking, you’re correct. Matter of fact, most so-called Communist states have in fact been fascist states which blend in Marxism as party-line propaganda (without actually acting on it), and China is no exception.
Imma have to stop you when you try to claim China is “just like the U.S.”
Ah, yes I realize I didn't type 'only'...my bad...Still, 'Communist state in name...' doesn't seem that hard to misinterpret.
It can't. It really is just the name they stick with as they cling to the illusion of state legitimacy. The Nationalist government that fled to and currently occupies Taiwan is the legitimate Chinese state. They were ousted by Chinese Communists and for too long the Communist party promised 'one Communist China' to the people...if they forsake their Communist identity now they tacitly admit they've given up on their long-promised goal, which would be a massive PR win for Taiwan.