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Beijing and the Arab Revolt

Feb 24, 2011

Bahrain is an island kingdom in the Persian Gulf with a population of about 1.2 million. The People's Republic of China is 12,000 times as large and 1,000 times as populous. Yet what is happening in Manama ought to be profoundly disquieting to the strongmen of Beijing.

Seen from a distance, the Arab revolts of 2011 all seem connected and broadly similar: The spark with which a Tunisian vegetable seller set himself ablaze spread on the invisible wind of satellite signals and is now burning to the ground regimes that are mainly alike in their record of greed, incompetence and despotism.

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