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Few think China's ruling Communist Party faces a fate similar to the overthrown leaders of Tunisia and Egypt.


China's rapid economic growth has diluted discontent about corruption and inequality. It has also enabled sharply higher funding for domestic security, arming police with sophisticated surveillance equipment and intimidating hardware.


Relatively few people in China can see the online calls for protests, which have circulated mostly on overseas websites blocked by Beijing. Facebook and Twitter are blocked too.


But Beijing gets jittery about any signs of organized opposition to the party, and officials are on edge ahead of the annual meeting of the national parliament in early March.


Authorities have hindered the spread of information in China and detained dissidents. The Chinese word for "jasmine" has been blocked in searches of popular Chinese websites.


Human Rights in China, an advocacy group based in New York, listed 29 rights lawyers and dissidents detained, confined, searched or questioned by police or government agents since February 16, although it is unclear how many were targeted because of the Chinese Communist Party's fears of the calls for gatherings.


Some detained activists have been later released. In other cases, their families have no idea of their whereabouts.



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