CHINA: Wilting Flowers

Deng cools the liberalization

When Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping (Teng Hsiao-p'ing) stepped up the Four Modernizations campaign in November, there were hopes that China's interest in American technology would extend to such Western values as human rights and intellectual freedom. No such luck. The Peking government is now trying to stamp out those pernicious notions in what seemed to be a reprise of the anti-intellectual purge in 1957 that crushed Chairman Mao's short-lived 'let a hundred flowers bloom" campaign.

The main targets of the new crackdown are wall posters that have appeared along Peking's "democracy wall" and in other major cities....

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