China is trying to carve out its own version (or not) of democratic system. To western countries, China's path is a bit ambivalent. I sometimes puzzle the small-steps in obvious situations. Many fundamental issues are deep rooted with 5000 years of baggage. There are definitely many things need to be considered before a full blown democracy can be executed at this time. The #1 social concern now will be: economic reform and educational system for rural communities: an education system targets ridding of superstition and unscientific practices that has no connection with religion.
And the sometimes overboard Pride thing as well!