Since the fall of Nationalist (though not a democracy to an honest observer) China at the end of World War II, Communist China has been a totalitarian state ruled by a central government. The People’s Party has exerted absolute control over its population. It has been able to do this by using a variety of tools including security and secret police forces, but also importantly, deeply-seated ancient social and cultural traditions.
Modern Chinese leadership started to come out of its isolationalist shadow following the death of Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung). Western capitalists were hypnotized by the fantastic potential for profit made possible by access to the huge Chinese labour force. However, many thinkers warned that it would be an interesting time when the Dragon decided to wake up and leave its cave. It seems Noah had a similar problem with warning people about the flood.
Let’s make no mistake about it, the People’s Party has never, and will never, allow external political influences to control China’s future. The devastating 19th century British Empire opium wars and 20th century invasion by Imperial Japan has helped ensure that this stance will not change for the foreseeable future.