The Economist this week
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Our cover this week considers the unrest in Hong Kong, and notes that it is not the only part of China’s periphery to resent the heavy hand of the Communist Party. Mercifully, massive bloodshed has so far been avoided in the territory. Public support for the protesters—even the bomb-throwing radicals—remains strong, and the protests seem likely to continue. Meanwhile, Tibet and Xinjiang are quiet, but only because they have been terrorised into silence. And one of the protesters’ slogans, “Today’s Hong Kong, tomorrow’s Taiwan”, resonates with its intended audience of Taiwanese voters, few of whom want their rich, democratic island to be swallowed up by the dictatorship next door. Seventy years after Mao Zedong’s guerrillas seized power, the Communist Party’s struggle to establish the China it wants is far from over. The party cannot win lasting assent to its rule by force, or the threat of force, alone.