writing on the In The National Interest
websitehas Four Observations on how the market is transforming Communist China.
This is a key change. The shift from a totalitarian society in fact under Mao ZeDong to a nominal totalitarian but in practice merely authoritarian society under Deng Xiaoping has brought China to a crossroads. To go backward is to risk the economic growth that keeps both social peace and legitimizes the rule of the CCP in the eyes of the populace; to go forward much further is to build a middle-class that will eventually, as in South Korea and Taiwan, demand and win multiparty democracy and overthrow the system erected in 1949.