The one interesting point is that Chinese corruption has gotten worse over the last few years, but it is still not as bad as in a lot of countries. This ties into another issue called the insider/outsider fallacy, which is that your opinions don’t matter because you are an insider, or your opinions don’t matter because you are an outsider.
People in the PRC have a wide variety of opinions on the Communist Party, and I personally know people who have extremely negative opinions as well as people who have extremely positive, and most people whose opinions can’t be easily classified. Since I live outside of the PRC, I’m open to the charge that my generally favorable opinions of the Communist Party don’t matter since I don’t see the corruption and nasty stuff on a day to day basis.
The problem with that argument is that I don’t see the stuff that I would living in the PRC on a day to day basis. On the other hand, I do see stuff that people in the PRC don’t see, and part of that is how badly most developing nations are run, and how difficult it is to run things even in a developed country. Corruption in the PRC is a serious problem, but it’s nothing compared to what it is in Nigeria. In the PRC, you might have to grease some palms to get something done, but in the end the factory does get built and the road does go through. In Nigeria, nothing gets done. Same is true with class distinctions, yes it is a problem in the PRC, but its still nothing like what it is in Latin America.
Chinese people have extremely high expections and standards for their government and nation, and this is a good thing. The thing that is most depressing about Latin America and Africa is the degree to which people have just given up. People protest in China because they think it might make a difference. In lots of the world, anger has given way to passivity, and that is sad to see.
The problem with high standards is that they may become unrealistic and so people start doing crazy things that actually make the problem worse, and the day after the revolution when people find that heaven hasn’t arrived, it gets really, really nasty.