Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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Tiananmen 1989 A boom economy is not enough

I heard a story once. In Beijing, in the small hours of June 4, 1989, as the tanks and troops surged into Tiananmen Square, students and citizens went to block their way. Among them was a university student who dashed forward and hurled a stone at soldiers in a military vehicle. They replied with a fusillade of bullets, and he died in a pool of blood. His body was left among a pile of corpses, waiting to be claimed by relatives.

Several days later, his father, who happened to be a colonel...

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