RED CHINA: The Rest Is Silence

A longtime wonder of Red China was outspoken Ma Yinchu, president of Peking University. Where others feared to tread, he plunged in and got away with it. Last month, when party leaders complained about his attack on the official doctrine that an ever-increasing population is essential to China's strength, Ma Yinchu roared: "Even though I am nearly 80 years old, and know that an individual cannot resist the multitude, I am ready to go to battle with bare hands and perish rather than yield."

Last week Peking's lone critic was silenced. Buried in...

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