China's Gathering Storm

Our report on farmers' protests throughout the Chinese countryside elicited heartfelt sympathy from readers who are appalled by that government's corruption, land grabs and failure to provide basic services. But there was also alarm over what a destabilized China might mean for its neighbors

"Inside the pitchfork rebellion" [March 13] suggested there may be a revolution in the making in China. What will happen if 900 million oppressed farmers rise up to get justice and revenge? It would be naive to applaud such a development. History shows us that revolutions never lead to what is hoped for. Instead,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!