The Empire is still far, far away: Guy Sorman has a scalding piece on the mirage that is modern China:
The Partyâ€™s primary concern is not improving the lives of the downtrodden; it seeks power more than it seeks social development. It expends extraordinary energy in suppressing Chinese freedomsâ€”the media operate under suffocating censorship, and political opposition can result in expulsion or prisonâ€”even as it tries to seduce the West, which has conferred greater legitimacy on it than do the Chinese themselves.
China has still a long way to go, but its influence and power are undeniable. The City Journal is published by a conservative, free-market think thank, The Manhattan Institute (and from Sourcewatch), so you might want to adjust the tone of the article a couple of levels.