China’s public intellectuals struggle – Merle Goldman

From the Taipei Times:

Is China’s political environment loosening up, or is the government cracking down? It’s hard to tell. Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao (ËÉ°Èå¶Êø§) sometimes seems to be going both ways simultaneously.

For example, Hu has decided to honor the memory of his mentor, former general secretary Hu Yaobang (ËÉ°ËÄÄÈǶ), in order to burnish his aura as a reformist. But, in many ways, ’s tenure as the head of the fourth generation of Communist leaders, which began when he became party secretary in 2002, differs sharply from that of his mentor.

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