Do you think the economic reforms that have taken place, both in the urban and rural sectors, have actually benefited China? Do you think some have caused unanticipated political problems for the CCP?
Just because the political views of China clash with the ideologies of the West, it does not make them 'problematic'. Just let them get on with it.
The reforms are extremely beneficial, I believe the ccp will go the way of the south korean and taiwanese regimes in that once financial growth stabalises, democracy will follow. Slowly of course. Interestingly, the gini coefficient is quite similiar to the USA.
I think the Chinese are doing things the sensible way round - economic reform first, then political. They saw what happened when Gorbachev tried to do it the other way, and they don't want the same thing to happen to them, no sir. The same could be said of Vietnam, incidentally.
Personally I think the political side of things could nevertheless be speeded up somewhat, but even so it can't be denied that China is heading in the right direction. My main worry is that the economic (and telecommunications) developments will move too fast - or rather, get too far ahead of the political and social reforms - and lead to the "losing of grip" that other posters have alluded to. If that happens, there is a real risk that decades of progress will be lost in a massive crackdown by Party conservatives. The old saying about learning to walk before you try to run is hugely relevant to China's development.
The progress in terms of political reform is certainly quite disappointing. It still frustrates me when the ccp continues to provide the "old excuses" that "liberty is limited for political stability", it just seemed a more and more feeble excuse to me.
I remember Collinwood compare the CCP to Nazi Germany a couple of months ago. What I can say is that, if the CCP continues to bury their heads to criticisms and only accept "good news", it will unfortunately have the same fate as the Nazi Party of Germany in WW2. That, would almost certainly seen the "Middle Kingdom" divides into the "Nine States", and would be extremely disastrous for the Chinese in general.