The New York Times sent Keith Bradsher to several major factories in China producing electronics for HP and Apple to see if factory working conditions have improved since about a year ago when they last visited. In short, yes they have, and overall Chinese people are happy to work at places like this that are close to home, offer better wages than other jobs nearby, and offer a sense of community despite the horror stories we hear of in the news.
I think one of the major changes coming to China that would propel the same super-power status as Europe and the US begins with this monumental change in culture. When people get paid more, they will have time to pursue other interests. Interests that may become significant discoveries that could change the way other people look at China which has mostly been known as a place for cheap goods and labor. I think what’s happening is a good thing (maybe not for us, but for them definitely) and hopefully this trend continues.