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Chinese policemen stand guard near Tiananmen Gate as the 205-member Central Committee's third annual plenum is held in Beijing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
Chinese policemen stand guard near Tiananmen Gate as the 205-member Central Committee's third annual plenum is held in Beijing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
(Andy Wong/AP)

China’s slowing growth can’t keep lid on social unrest

The Chinese government is up to its old tricks again.

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Beijing is doing more than usual to block access to Google and other key Internet services in its heavy-handed efforts to keep its own citizens permanently in the dark about the time it deployed armed troops and tanks to crush large but peaceful pro-democracy protests.