It is always interesting to reflect on the evolution of nations or in the case of China several nations welded together.
I have no doubt that we all would subscribe to the compassion shown here by Flak999 and probably be frustrated by a seeming lack of basic humanity which I think has come from the history of China as many have said here.
At the risk of being called complacent I do say that the style of the revolution going on in China, which is essentially an economic revolution but includes social revolution on its coat-tales, is infinitely better than the alternative. A bloody revolution. From that point of view I can understand the Chinese leaders who actually in micro steps are freeing up the people.