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1997

China: Between a Hard Line and the Hard Rock Cafe

In one of the more acid obituaries the appeared when Deng died, dissident physical Fan Lizhi wrote that the Paramount leader who succeeded Mao had indeed transformed China - from the rule of one man to the rule of corrupt men. Now that Deng is gone, China may well be poised to take the next leap forward from the rule of the corrupted men of the Communist Party to the rule of law.

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