“IF YOU think,” says a high administration official in Washington, DC, “what will be required for economic success in the globalisation that is exploding around us—technically dynamic, information-rich, highly entrepreneurial—then the winners in that environment will be those able to provide at least the following...” He counts on his fingers.“Free access to global information and markets. Protection of physical and intellectual property. People able to speak and associate freely. A government that has sufficient legitimacy to feel comfortable joining the global economy. An educated population. And a rules-based polity...This is a set of qualities that does not conform to a highly authoritarian system.” That, put simply, is the case for political change in China.