It would be easy to capture the difference bewtween India and China through experiencing the international gateways of Shanghai (thanks Volker!) and Delhi. Camels could stroll lazily through the eye of a needle more easily than I got through Indian immigration controls. By contrast Shanghai is a model of efficiency that makes JFK (where America reluctantly welcomes the world) look like a third world relic.
Herein lies the dichotomy of capitalism without democracy. It is clear that the Chinese are on a mission with a clear vision of success in which economic prosperity trumps the freedom to vote or, more specifically, to be poor. There is a perfect recognition here that infrastructure is everything and that the bureaucracy of democracy mitigates against its achievement.
This is a very difficult argument for me and many from the West but if the end justifies the means it is hard to argue against.