China: Chaos in Canton

In the South China metropolis of Canton, a West German visitor was stopped cold by the sight of a corpse dangling from a traffic light. "What was his crime?" the traveler asked. His girl guide coolly explained that quite a few people are getting strung up in Canton because "they are political."

The West German's grim travelogue reported in Hong Kong last week underscored a common theme in all the stories that drift out of China: a man's politics can put him in mortal danger anywhere in Mao Tse-tung's chaotic kingdom these days....

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