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China’s Kinder, Gentler Show Trial

Today, optimists in China hail the Bo trial as a new dawn of government transparency, civil society, and the rule of law. The trial proceeded in good order, and Bo was granted genuine opportunities to cross-examine witnesses. Court transcripts—comprehensive though censored—were released on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter; and despite government censorship, discussions on Weibo about the trial were relatively free.