its not about gross numbers upto a point.they have 1.4 billion people,they can have 500 million,and for the little guy chinese that would still be fine.their country will still be chinese and their culture will still be chinese derived and related.Because china has no future. It's shrinking .
in the west,what is use of freedom and democracy,if your own people dont have any social power or say in the culture and the so called elites dont care about your tribe and will actively work against it and will openly hate it via policy by favoring outsiders.
the on the ground average chinese guy probably wont face an anarcho-tyranny nowdays where outsider tribes ransack their street while the actual chinese get no help from the gov to clamp down on riots.those riots will even start in the first place because there will never be a critical mass of outsiders,nor the permission allowed from gov to start.the average chinese person will be fine with his gov tyranny as long as he does not have to worry about little guy things like food and safety in his streets and general jobs in the market.
the only thing the west may and only may compete is material prosperity which is not always translated.if gdp increase does not increase job availability and pay or better infrastructure and facilites,then it will be useless in my opinion.
I dont think the chinese will ever face an issue of roving gangs of muzzies or blacks on their street kanging and creating public losses.
in the end we have to agree to disagree,for me there will always be tyranny and perks with government.
I dont think the trade off the western style govs that would favour low quality ethnic riot movements and anarcho terrorists is better than a tyrannical gov that would suppress these things.If the price for that is losing my right to criticize the gov,then so be it.If the gov was tyrannical tomorrow and then said that they were using their power to round all the mullahs and true muzzies and dealing with them permanently,then I would take that deal.freedom of speech is overated and it rarely ever leads to a lot of policy changes and change on the ground.
I have lived in the UAE,they are in no hurry to remove their monarchy,they also would disappear these tye of muzzies and anarchists if they did their drama.
also if the price for a good and pleasnat neighborhood is a lossin gdp,then so be it.
Most little guy nationalists like us do not get much value from arbitary standards such as press freedom and bullshit indexes like happiness index,etc.We need the fundamental and basic things fixed and done perfectly.
those western nations even if they do have a better gdp in the future(i don't think so they will and also they wont be able to translate it to national power efficiently) will not be able to provide those benfits to the little guy because the culture and social setup is all geared towards rewarding and promoting the self haters and bioleninists.