I.M.O. China has an unlikable political template-for-others. People don’t really like authoritarian governance, nor the repression of creativity and political self-determination that are implicit features of communism, fascism, national socialism and so forth. Life needs to be about more than breeding and food, work and entertainment as authorities permit. China does not even permit religious freedom. Crimping spirituality is a definite litmus test for freedom or lack thereof.
China has some brilliant physicists, yet they cannot take their work and simply apply it commercially for-themselves, as they determine is in their best self-interest. That limits technological development. The communists need to expropriate too much and keep the inventors under the eye of the state. A super-power that is super-oppressive may not be the electorate’s choice.