Minxin Pei: China's Liberals Test Xi Jinping
Striking journalists at Southern Weekly and the propaganda authorities in Guangdong province reached a tentative compromise late Tuesday night. Local Communist Party officials promised to relax some of the recently imposed censorship measures such as prior approval of reporting topics and examination of copy before publication. In return, the journalists will end their walkout.
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Ever since China’s new leader Xi Jinping launched his anti-corruption drive 20 months ago, most observers have been wondering how far and high would he go.