Chinese people aren't slaves to their government, they make money, and fulfill their wants with the money they earn, and pay taxes along the way. Just like you do. That doesn't make you any less of a 'slave to the state' than them. Law-abiding Chinese have all the fun they can afford, again, just like you. "Free speech" and other spoils of democracy aren't really worth it as a luxury in return for instability in the state, especially when the Chinese state is faring brilliantly, economic development wise.