The same fate as Western Europe. Decay with each passing generation until eventual collapse.
Why did you change the title?
Would somebody please tell me that the atheists are wrong!?
China is difficult to accurately criticize from the West, for several very peculiar reasons. Try to imagine the situation through some of these lenses:
1) Many in China are still *terrified* of Christianity. How could this be? Bad luck.
In the 1840s, China was extremely popular for missionary work, and many Chinese were receptive to Christianity. However, just by chance, missionaries gave a religious tract to the wrong man. His name was Hong Xiuquan, and he was soon to become the Chinese equivalent of Adolf Hitler.
He proclaimed himself the “younger brother of Jesus”, and though he knew nothing of Christianity, that was how he was thought of in China.
From 1850 to 1864, overlapping the US Civil War, he led a revolt in which, by British estimates, 20-30 million people were killed. To this day, many in China are still terrified of Christianity.
2) There is a famous picture theme in China which compares its three traditional religions: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Somewhat like a bad bar joke, it shows a Buddhist, a Confucian, and a Taoist, standing behind a barrel of vinegar. Each has dipped their finger into it, and tasted it. The expressions on their faces show their philosophies.
The Buddhist has a look of pained resignation on his face, because he imagines the sour bitterness of the vinegar as like that of life in general. Endless suffering until you become nothing.
The Confucian looks upset and angry, because he finds the sourness and bitterness of the vinegar indicative of imbalance in the universe, that needs correction, in that balance and order are the highest good.
The Taoist, however, has a relaxed and happy expression on his face, because the vinegar tastes like vinegar is supposed to taste, so it is good, honest vinegar.
(Someone noted that another character could be added to the painting, a Muslim who is refusing to taste the vinegar because there is no mention of vinegar in the Koran, so it must be “haram”. And even if was “halal”, acceptable, he wouldn’t taste it because infidels have polluted it.)