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May 11, 2012 5:00 AM

Case of Chen Guangcheng, blind legal activist, raises question of who really runs China

The plight of a blind man whose only obvious crime was advocacy on behalf of his fellow Chinese is a reminder of a question that remains unanswered about the way China is governed: Why doesn’t Beijing stop the rampant abuse of power by local officials? Are they acting at the behest of the central government, driven to maintain order at any cost? Or are some local powerbrokers left to develop their own fiefdoms, which simply get out of hand?

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