China: Misery Hates Company

Misery Hates Company

In recent months China has appeared to pull back on its economic and political reforms, prompting China watchers to question whether Leader Deng Xiaoping, 82, is still in charge. Secretary of State George Shultz flew into the Middle Kingdom to see for himself during a ten-day Asian trip and found the Chinese bent on convincing him that only the pace of reform had slowed. At one point, however, Deng showed that the best defense was a good offense. He tweaked Shultz by alluding to Iranscam and the Tower report, saying, "By engaging in politics and by running the government, one has...

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