CHINA: Chih-k'o on Roller Skates

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Seven hundred howling university students swarmed through Nanking Government offices last week. They wanted the monthly food subsidy for students (now $48,000 CN, or about two black-market U.S. dollars) doubled to meet still-rising inflation. When officials said "No chance," they shouted back coarsely: "Where has the money gone? How much do you spend to eat?" They marched into a Government mess hall, ate the lunches laid out for the Cabinet and staff, called for more.

Other Chinese besides the bureaucrats who missed their lunch were pained by this incident. It violated the cherished Confucian...

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