Yes and no. The communist party is just flip-flopping between a bit of liberalization and then oppression. When the party needs money, they liberalize a bit. When they have enough, they oppress so as to prevent the growing middle class from threatening their authority. We can attest here in Hong Kong with the escalating prosections of activists by our government recently. The communist party is now in a house full of money and they can finally kill the noisy goose that used to be the only one that lay gold eggs.