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A HUNDRED YEARS ago a wave of student protests broke over Chinas great cities. Desperate to reverse a century of decline, the leaders of the May Fourth Movement wanted to jettison Confucianism and import the dynamism of the West. The creation of a modern China would come about, they argued, by recruiting Mr Science and Mr Democracy.