CHINA: A Sense of Panic Grips Peking

Drums and cymbals reverberated across China last week. In every one of the country's 29 provinces and administrative districts, mammoth rallies of 100,000 or more people were staged; in Peking (pop. 8 million) more than 4 million Chinese took part in such rallies. The press was filled with rhetoric praising Chairman Mao Tse-tung and the Communist Party Politburo.

To some analysts, there was a sense of panic in China's reaction to the dramatic, unprecedented protest demonstration that took place in Peking's vast T'ien An Men Square two weeks ago. In the weeks ahead, these analysts speculate, the Communist Party leadership will...

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