That’s an interesting question. “More” is a relative word. I haven’t been to China personally. Since Tiananmen protesting or speaking against the party has been verboten. That hasn’t changed. People can protest against unfair local situations, and often do. One can’t question party rule though. There are more freedoms in some areas now, economically, the ability to travel overseas. People (who don’t care to butt heads with the party) have options. That applies to lucky citizens of developed urban areas mostly. Those from poor areas are going to mostly be trapped by their circumstances. What’s changing now seems to be mostly information-age concerns. They try to control things–you can’t access websites like FB and Google in China–and are trying harder. Quiet moves against other perceived weak spots (such as difficult to control religious associations) seem to be proceeding apace. My neighbor here for a short while was a pastor who was running a ministry in Shanghai, but found last year he was refused a visa. He relocated to Taipei (with his pretty large American family) but seems to have moved on.
I call them communist too–old habits die hard –but they aren’t really. There’s a high degree of state control of the economy, with many government owned companies and government influence in privately owned companies. But not much a classical communist would recognize as such. Not sure the real deal survives anywhere. Only the totalitarian political control remains.
From all reports I would not care to live in China, but I don’t think there can be any comparison.