Although the NPC is formally the highest legislative body in China, the political process remains largely dominated by the CPC, particularly by the seven-member Politburo. There is no challenge to the Chinese stateâ€™s monopoly on the use of force, with the exception of the autonomous regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, where secessionist activities challenge the CPC's notion of one China. The military is under civilian control and since all power is concentrated in the hands of the CPC, there is no force to challenge it. Factual power, therefore, does not lie with the elected legislative body, but with the CPC which is also in complete control of the judiciary. As a result, the cpc is not only the sole political player, but is also a very powerful veto player acting without
a constitutional mandate in the Chinese political system. This is reflected in the low score China achieves in this section.