China: Collateral Damage

A week of fury in Beijing is a reminder: China's hard-liners are alive and well

Ambassador James Sasser knew real fear when his wife Mary told him over a mobile phone that a mob of Chinese students was smashing windows, pitching Molotov cocktails and apparently preparing to break into their Beijing residence. Sasser was half a mile away, trapped inside the U.S. embassy by a similar mob, unable to step outside the door without risking his life. "That was the worst of it all," Sasser told TIME, "not being able to get to my family." It was 3:30 on Sunday afternoon in Beijing, 34 hours after American bombs had wrecked the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Sasser...

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