Deleted: 17 segments of Reagans speech in China

Reagan's speech in the Great Hall of the People, Chinese officials promised, was to be broadcast in full on TV, even though it had not been cleared with Chinese authorities in advance. But before it aired that evening, 17 segments were deleted. Among them:

On national religious faith. How did America become the leading economic nation in the world? We have drawn tremendous power from two great forces, faith and freedom. America was founded by people who sought freedom to worship God and to trust Him to guide them in their daily lives with wisdom, strength, goodness and compassion.

On U.S.-style democracy. Trust...

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