Clearly, the much vaunted Chinese dynamo, which the ICC has described as "the main beneficiary of globalization," has its own weaknesses related to something like imperial overeach.
Over and above illusions in a generic "demcoracy," protestors have taken to flying the US and British flags and even singing the US national anthem. Although it is difficult to know how deep such sentiments really penetrate the movement given the agenda of Western media, it is an interesting contrast with the Western elites' own increasingly contemptuous attitude towards "democracy," i.e. Brexit, Trump., etc. Its not only the authoritarian Chinese state that cannot handle a "democratic" opposition, but there appears to be a growing intolerance among the older, Western sections of bourgeoisie for its own democratic appartus. The fact that whatever social movements are emerging today seem to be on the ground of a "citizen's movement" against corruption or the degradiation of democratic instiutions shouldn't be surprising.