Red China’s fear

Posted: January 27, 2014 at 3:30 a.m.

Mainland China’s Communist leaders ought to regard activists like Xu Zhiyong as allies in their effort to reform the country’s economy, root out corruption and create a more representative and sustainable political system. Instead, the 40-year-old lawyer was put on trial Wednesday in Beijing. Far from regarding Mr. Xu’s New Citizens’ Movement as constructive, the regime of Xi Jinping is “terrified” of it, as Mr. Xu told a court from which journalists and Western diplomats had been barred.

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Editorial, Pages 10 on 01/27/2014