Not quite heretical - but certainly controversial - comments on China's economic development:
...from my own layman's point of view, I don't believe China will ever manage to find its own uniquely "eastern" model of development. The past is the past, and there is no room for "what ifs". More than 2,000 years passed between the country first being unified under a central dictator in the Qin dynasty (starting in 221 bce) and the overthrow of the imperial system in 1911. In this period, what did China actually develop on its own? Virtually nothing. In the words of Hegel, China "has no history", but merely the cyclical rise and fall of various monarchs, out of which no progress can emerge.
I might have expected these from a western commentator. But from a Chinese journalist and former editor of a supplement to the China Youth Daily? Now that's a surprise. The piece is by Li Datong and appeared on opendemocracy.net: China’s modernisation: a unique path?,