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When China’s Communist Party celebrates the 60th anniversary of its rule in October it will want to present to its people — and to the world — the image of a Government in control of a booming economy and an increasingly open society. The bloody riot by Muslim Uighurs presents a crucial challenge to this rose-tinted view.
China will want to hit back hard at those whose anger set off the violence. But it will also want to tell its increasingly well-informed people what happened — or, at least, as much as the propaganda mandarins feel can be told — without damaging the idea of natio