Foreign Affairs has a long piece about democracy in China -- or the lack of it.
All the mumbling about "development" and doing things "over time" does not impress me. Democracy delayed is democracy denied. You just think about the lack of freedoms in China, press censorship, the autocratic one-party rule, human-rights abuses, and all the rest.
While you're thinking about that and wondering if democracy can "work" there, take a look at South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.