Triangle: just because a nation says their communist doesnt actually make them communist. By that logic North Korea, Democratic Kamuchea (Cambodia under Pol Pot), along with many others would all be democracies.
@Reeseroni: If by improvements you mean policies like rural village elections or inter-party elections, well, let's be honest, they aren't really significant. The Wukan incident, for example, revealed how corrupt village elections can be, and it isn't an isolated incident - rural elections are notorious because those who get elected will manipulate elections and stay in power. As for elections in the urban areas, they're better than the rural ones, but still they're relatively undeveloped. They only get to elect positions in very low parts of the government, and candidates usually go through a screening process (for regional people's congresses, for example, there must be a screening process if there are >2 candidates). TBH, I'm confident about Mr Xi's legal reforms to improve fairness and transparency, as well as his attempts to fight corruption, but not about democratisation at all (particularly considering there has been an increase in censorship and political arrests recently).
@imabench: While I agree there isn't likely to be a massive popular uprising for democracy (there have been, and will still be, small, isolated ones, such as when the Jasmine Revolution spread in China for a bit, just to be suppressed just after it started), I don't think economic development will keep anyone from protesting. Firstly, they've never kept anyone from protesting in the first place; the government was so annoyed by them that they have decided to stop releasing figures about what they called 'collective incidents' (their euphemistic umbrella term for anything from sit-in protests to violent riots). (For reference, there were 600,000 cases in 2003 and in 2010 they said the figured had risen tenfold since 2010). According to one of the issues of the Blue Book of Chinese Society (I believe it was 2013), the main causes of these incidents are environmental worries, labour disputes and, most importantly, forced evictions - that shows economic development has not guaranteed an increase in the quality of life of normal citizens. (Deng's policy of 'making a few rich first' has, inevitably, created inequality, because where has trickle-down worked?) Besides, China's economy is slowing quickly. Dongguan's factories, for example, are closing down because of soaring labour costs. A few years ago, they were still talking about maintaining an 8% GDP growth per year. Now they have had to lower it to 7.5%, and later 7%. They're eager to try out new things, like Shanghai's free trade zone, Shenzhen's Qianhai and relaxing currency control, as well as the general policy of 'emptying the cage and changing the bird' (it sounds funny in Chinese too, LOL) but we don't know how things will pan out for these new policies, nor whether they'll ensure a faster growth for Chinese economy.