The Chinese Wall defines their state of mind. They are building the $30-billion Three-Gorges Dam, the largest hydro-electric power station. Its not that Chinese labour is cheap its the indirect subsidy in the form of outstanding infrastructure that makes it work for companies here.Chinas impressive infrastructure awes foreigners. But after the initial awe, they soon realise there is no romance in the society. India is just the reverse pathetic first impression. But slowly it grows on them as they begin to see the country with all its complexities. Its strength lay in the maturity of its institutions parliament, judiciary et al where you are treated like a free citizen with access to certain rights. If only India was able to fix one thing its infrastructure it will be sheer magic.
China isnt a democracy and for the common man it is no big deal as long as his needs and growth is taken care of.
Unlike India where no one person can change the countrys destiny, China has a dictator