Editorial Board

China's Credibility Gap

China doesn't have a public-relations problem -- it has a credibility problem.

The umbrella is mightier than the sword.

Photographer: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

No one ever doubted that the Chinese authorities could clear protesters from Hong Kong's streets if and when they chose. It hasn't come to that. With support for the demonstration ebbing and the leaders of Occupy Central calling on the movement to stand down, the government may be congratulating itself for winning this battle without the need for further brutality. It would be deluding itself.

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