The reluctant reformers

The Tienanmen massacre took place because Deng Xiao Ping feared the fate of the Soviet Union. 30 years on, China has changed. It is the second largest economy in the world and the Communist Party is more pragmatic. Despite that, there are no democratic openings. The party is betting on the Chinese’s Confucian mentality that favors the whole society over individual liberty. Is it enough to deny the Western prophecy that capitalist economy will necessarily morph into liberal democracy?