China is one nation that remains profoundly unconcerned over the issue of human rights. But if only because China has more people than any other country, the issue is of importance.
The movement against Mao's wife, Chiang Ch'ing, and the “Gang of Four,” for example: Was this essentially a democratic mass movement against vicious, nasty power-maniacs? When Chinese officials say that they encourage and welcome criticism from the masses, is it perhaps to this kind of event they are referring? What happens to a Chinese who speaks his mind?
For that matter, does the truth come out? Was Chiang Ch'ing really a bad dress designer? If she had the benefit of private showings of the best of Western cinema, why wasn't she able to pass along a few hints to the directors of the appallingly repetitious, wooden, and exaggerated propaganda films that were produced under her?