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Can someone help me understand how the concept and sanctity of
private property rights (investment) can even be
assured, now and in the future, in the totalitarian regime
of the CCP?

The idea that this is more secure in the west is possibly somewhat overblown.

The west has honored private property to a pretty high degree for a few hundred years, the momentum play, that "we" will honor them for a few more hundred years is all we have in terms of security. Property in the west is subject to a slowly changing set of governmental rules, in terms of what can be done with owned property and in terms of how much of owned property is retained by the owner and how much is taxed away or otherwise taken by government.

China has honored private property for a few decades at this point and so on some very general considerations, but far from deductively provable grounds should be discounted compared to the west's record.

I liken trusting the west but not China to liking dividend paying stocks. Almost everybody who likes dividend paying stocks seems to believe that the company paying the dividends will keep paying the dividends. And of course, the companies paying the dividends know this, and so they strive to maintain the illusion by continuing to pay the dividends. But ultimately, every new dividend has to be approved by the board, and the day there is no blood left in the rock is the day the dividend will fail to be paid, and no amount of belief that the company "always" pays dividends can change that. It is the same with property rights. It has been in the west's interests to maintain the illusion that private property is sacrosanct, except of course in all the ways it isn't, and they will continue to do that, as long as the powers that be include a sufficiently powerful base of people who choose to continue to do that, and the moment they don't have that base, property rights will be abridged and there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

It is a pretty reasonable bet that China currently and for the forseeable future has as much interest in appearing to have stable private property in its markets as does the US and other western powers. Or seems to me it is. It is a mistake to think there is something magic about being the west or not being CCP that will preserve private property come he11 or high socialism, in my opinion.

But what the heck do I know, I'm not rich.

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