oldtrackguy wrote: ... Anyone actually believe the Chinese leaders are ever going to change their ways with respect to human rights, democracy? ...
I honestly don't believe they have any intention or desire to do that.
They view the world in a very different way. They consider themselves to be above and beyond that sort of "fad" of democracy/human rights. They are an ancient civilization. China's 5000-year-old civilization probably gives them the right to be self-assured.
I don't mean, necessarily, that they are arrogant. On the contrary, I think most are quite humble, but simply very set in their minds about what is right and wrong (and that usually does not coincide with Western thought).
I think they are very firm in their conviction that "their way" is the correct way. The Chinese are an emerging superpower, and they've done their way. They believe that when they become the undisputed superpower (and they are convinced that it is inevitable), they will be laying down the rules and mores for the world to follow.
Over the last couple of centuries it has been Europe/N.America that has been dominant and have laid down the "rules", which include democracy, equality, human rights etc... so many of us almost take it for granted that these are the "right" ways. Simply put, the Chinese don't.