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China Tries New Ways to Quell Rising Dissent

March 14, 2003

Charles Hutzler

via WTN: BEIJING -- China's new top cop is applying a fresh formula to controlling unrest and dissent in China -- showing how the government is moving beyond the raw display of power of its 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square as it faces swelling social unrest uncorked by sweeping economic change.

. . . This approach to security involved welfare and economic agencies as well as the security forces and won Mr. Zhou accolades in Beijing, according to diplomats and human-rights activists.

"They have to know what targets to strike. They know indiscriminate oppression doesn't work very well," says Nicolas Becquelin, Hong Kong-based research director for the rights group Human Rights in China.