Had a Chinese friend that said the exact same thing. On that note, another friend explained to me why civil unrest in China is not going to happen any time soon.
The people love their government. Every year the quality of life for the average Chinese increases significantly. As long as this continues there will be no unrest. Say something bad about the Chinese government and the older generation will actually get mad.
The newest generation is different. They have not been without and have much higher expectations of their government. When this generation constitutes the majority and the older generation has died out you will have the potential for civil unrest.
In time China will become more like the Western world. And there is nothing wrong with taking some time. Force Democracy on a populous that is not ready for it and the results are not pretty.