I would venture a guess that the world has never seen such an example of economic development leading to large increases in human development over such a small time period. I'm wondering if this somehow vindicates the concept of authoritarian rule. For all China's flaws (human rights abuses, environmental concerns), it is clear that their unique style of governance has stewarded a major transformation. The claim could even be made that the most successful Asian countries in recent years (in terms of economic triumphs)--have been countries that maintain tight control over their populations, i.e. South Korea, China. I'm not necessarily advocating this style as a means to development elsewhere, but I feel it's worth noting.