CHINA: Turning Back the Clock

China curbs its dissidents and looks again at modernization

In Hubei (Hupeh) province, the local radio station declared that April 5 to May 4 was "Uphold Public Morals Month." Citizens were directed to observe law and order, behave politely and "cherish public property." In Sichuan (Szechwan), the authorities denounced "muddled ideas and unhealthy trends" among "some young people." In Henan (Honan), the Provincial Revolutionary Committee decreed a "total ban" on posters and other publications that criticized socialism, Communist Party leadership or Mao Tse-tung's thought. In Peking, foreign residents learned that Chinese would...

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