No, because both the CCP and non-Party PRC citizens are too pragmatic to become something like N. Korea (or USSR/Nazi Germany). While most PRC citizens understand that China needs an effective nuclear arsenal and strong PLA, they still strongly prefer trade and peaceful coexistence (through commerce and exchange of material goods) even with adversaries. China's history shows exactly that. That's why it is important to know that Chinese nation (with the possible exception of ethnic Manchus and Mongols) is not a typical 战斗民族, or expansionist/predatory warrior nation, akin to the Russians, Mongols, Anglo-Saxons, Germans, etc. In fact, while most Chinese are patriotic toward China, they are far less ideological in a political sense compared to Westerners (possibly due to Christianity and Westerners' sense of messianic goal of spreading the Lord's values). Chinese just want to do business to improve the living standards of their families and avoid unnecessary political polarisations. We have also learned a painful lesson from the Cultural Revolution.Yes, and thankfully (for the common people in China of course) China did not steer itself towards becoming a larger N. Korea.