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Newsweek: All Shook Up

Authors: Mary Hennock, and Melinda Liu
June 30, 2008

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Special Correspondent Mary Hennock and Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu report that the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that flattened parts of Sichuan also shattered parts of the traditional social order -- for worse but also for better. New forces are now emerging from the rubble that will determine how China is ruled and perceived far after the crisis has passed. The official scramble to assist disaster victims has been accompanied by an unusual display of government transparency and openness, creating new opportunities for old rivals such as Taiwan and Japan; breaking down some barriers between rich and poor; injecting new levels of trust between the Communist Party and the people it rules; and offering those people new liberties.

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