What Liberalization?

A dissident's arrest may indicate China is not ready for reform

"I am here to strengthen the bridge between those who were forced to flee and those who have carried on the struggle from within," said dissident student leader Shen Tong in a statement prepared for a press conference in Beijing. But the flamboyant pro-democracy activist, one of the first to flee to the U.S. after the 1989 crackdown, never made it to the briefing. In a predawn swoop on his mother's home, police hauled off Shen and two Chinese supporters for questioning. Two French journalists he had hired to shoot a video of his odyssey were deported to Hong Kong. A...

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