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Journalists, Scholars Try to Make Sense of What’s Happening in China

Brian Spegele is a Beijing-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Protests in China are not a new phenomenon. Every year, tens of thousands take place across the country. But those so-called “everyday protests” tend to be much smaller in size, localized and rarely challenge the core essence of the Communist Party, civil rights or Xi Jinping himself.

That makes what’s going on now highly exceptional, prompting scholars and China-based international journalists to react with a mix of surprise and awe over what’s transpired in the past 72 hours:

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