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'White-paper' protests carry many echoes of China's past

Too early to conclude today's youth are done demonstrating

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A woman attending a memorial in Beijing holds a white sheet of paper carrying the date of a fatal fire in Urumqi: Some aspects of the demonstrations were not so surprising.   © Reuters

John Delury is professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul and author of "Agents of Subversion: The Fate of John T. Downey and the CIA's Covert War in China." Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine and the author of "Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink."

The year is ending with Chinese political surprises that have experts scratching their heads.

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