In the spring issue of China Watch, David Mahon examines the tightening up of security in China. He quotes an unamed British manager of a multinational trading company as saying:-
China is becoming increasingly conservative. The Party has reasserted its power and the security services have more political influence than at any time since the early 1990s. We are experiencing a new era of nationalism and totalitarianism. This will not be shortlived.
His own analysis includes:- There are foreigners who believe that China will not be free to realise its potential until the Communist Party has been overthrown and a new, more pluralistic system that resembles Judeo-Christian democracy is established. The fall of the Soviet Union and the sudden independence of its satellite states have shown that revolutionary change can be as destructive as it can be liberating.