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Hu Jintao

China's 'slow-motion revolution' has stalled

China's 'slow-motion revolution' has stalled

Whatever happened to the Chinese revolution? Not the dynasty-toppling 1911 revolution. Not the Communist-led 1949 uprising. Not the 1989 struggle, sometimes called an abortive revolution, which was crushed by a massacre on June 4. No, the revolution we have in mind is a very recent one, which the journalist Ian Johnson, in his 2005 book "Wild Grass," memorably called a "slow-motion revolution." At the turn of the millennium, it looked as though China was moving gradually, sometimes glacially, toward becoming a more open — as opposed to just more prosperous and powerful — country. China's rise continues. But that slow-motion revolution has been stopped...