China: Old Wounds

Students vent their anger

Elsewhere, the demonstration would barely have attracted notice. Several hundred university students, singing broken choruses of their national anthem and shouting slogans like "Long Live the Great People," massed in a corner of Peking's Tiananmen Square last week. They were protesting among other things Japanese "economic aggression," Tokyo's reputed flooding of China with defective and overpriced goods under the open-door economic policies of Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping. Security officials with loudspeakers ordered the protesters to disperse, and after about two hours they did.

It was the second anti-Japanese student protest in two months. In both cases, the ostensible purpose was to...

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