CHINA: New Constitution

China took a long stride toward democracy last week, and a long stride toward fulfilling the purposes of its late great revolutionary leader, Dr. Sun Yatsen. Like the ascent to his hilltop tomb, which China's leaders make reverently each year, China's climb had been long and hard. Dr. Sun had foreseen a period of national "tutelage" under the Kuomintang (National People's Party) until direct power was returned to the people through constitutional rule. On Christmas Day, in the third reading of China's new Constitution, that democratic return was inaugurated.

It had taken...

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