Too Much All in the Family

* At first glance, the black-and-white poster at Peking University hardly looked like a call for revolutionary change. Yet under the heading A DIRECTORY OF FAMOUS CHINESE, the broadside traced with devastating clarity the network of family ties that links China's top leaders and perpetuates their power. That farflung network, along with the rampant corruption that Chinese citizens are forced to endure each day, has gone far to galvanize the outcry for democracy in China's streets.

The nepotism starts with Deng Xiaoping, whose eldest son, Deng Pufang, 44, heads the giant China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped. Government investigators say Pufang,...

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