The Ghost of Tiananmen

It is still nearly five months before the olympic torch is to be lit in Beijing, officially starting the 29th Summer Games. But diplomats in the Chinese capital believe that a high-level game of chicken has already begun — one that has now turned deadly in Lhasa, the capital of what China calls the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and in neighboring areas, according to Tibetan exiles and human-rights groups.

The protests and confrontations in and around Tibet are a nightmare for China's top leadership, but one, some diplomats believe, that could not have taken anyone...

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