Beijing Braces For Aftershocks From Moscow

China's aging leaders watched Soviet communism collapse with stunned dismay. It was their "worst nightmare come true," says Nina Halperin, an American scholar at Beijing University. Hard-liners were quick to see the debacle in Moscow as proof that their brutal 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square protestors was justified. And Beijing party bosses already have begun tightening the political reins with compulsory "study groups" for workers and a new wave of public indoctrination through the official press.

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