Another development that I suspect China’s amoral pragmatism will lead to in the not too distant future is genetic manipulation to enhance their cognitive abilities and any other traits they may deem desirable.
While the moral scruples of the West, together with the prudence that the potential risks and unintended consequences involved call for, will impede experimentation in this area, such scruples and caution are less likely to be present in China. If so, they might leave us in the dust after a few generations of genetic enhancements.
Imagine a future in which China rules the world, implacably repressing any and all dissent (a pragmatic approach to retain power unencumbered by moral scruples of any sort), and with such a level of surveillance that an uprising is no longer possible.
Talking of uprisings, might the Chinese be, overall, content with their government and general political system? After all, they’re a practical people, and they may be grateful to their rulers, thanks to whose policies (in their view) they enjoy their current prosperity, which perhaps they value above all else. They may well think that no other system would be equally conducive to such economic progress. In the same vein, sometimes I wonder to what extent they see themselves as oppressed. I wonder what percentage of the population would favor a revolt, or at least greater freedoms, if they considered it viable.