CHINA: A Triumph for the Moderates

The signs had indicated all week that an event of major importance was taking place in China. Provincial leaders were absent from their posts; hotels in Peking were fully booked; phalanxes of shiny limousines were observed at Peking's Great Hall of the People. Finally, late last week, the announcement came from China's Hsinhua News Agency that the National People's Congress, theoretically China's top legislative body, had been meeting secretly since Jan. 13. It was the first time that the Congress had been convened in a decade. Long expected and long postponed, it...

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