China: There's a Dragon Out There

There's a Dragon Out There Demonstrations cool as Peking hardens its stand against dissent

These days Chinese students like to retell the fable of a prince named She who was fond of dragons. The prince had pictures of the mythical beasts on his walls and carved on the pillars of his house. One day a real dragon heard about the prince's obsession. But when the slithery monster poked its head through the window, Prince She trembled with fear and hid himself. The current Peking regime, say the students, is behaving much like the prince. For months, they say, the authorities encouraged political reform. But when democracy actually poked its head through the window, in the...

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