“But what is perhaps most pernicious is how many of the Chinese techniques are created and enabled directly and indirectly not by some nefarious ‘communist’ social weapons lab or politburo but by the ‘best of the West’ from London to Silicon Valley.”
This shows how technology and communications enables this situation. However we can not know how relationships between people and their governments will be different because of these factors some time in the future. It may be China is just starting a process that they can not control. This is what I believe is happening. Look at NK, as bad as it gets for most of the people, but it is not a society that can be maintained.