China is often depicted in extremes. But in figuring out how much China has changed or how much it has stayed the same, the trick may be simply to refuse to choose between those two options.
Former dissident and Czech president Vaclav Havel visited the Chinese Embassy in Prague this week in support of Liu Xiaobo, a Charter 08 author and democracy activist who received an 11-year prison sentence last month. Mr. Havel was a principal author of Charter 77, which targeted suppression in the Soviet East Bloc.
A student march started the 'Velvet Revolution' in Prague, Czech Republic, 20 years ago against communist leadership.
Two decades later, a journalist remembers the rapid crumbling of European communism.
Bush had shunned it as an ineffective dictators' club. Obama's team pledges to work from within to 'improve' it.
Lin Zhao, who was executed in 1968, challenged history and Mao.
In Prague speech Sunday, the US president talked about Iran, North Korea, Russia, and how to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.