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Hong Kong, June 16-21 -- I was in Hong Kong two weeks before President Clinton arrived in China, which is why I think I was detained when I tried to cross the border to mainland China and visit Shenzhen, a city that butts up against northernmost Hong Kong and is labeled a "Special Economic Zone." Think Akron, Ohio, if Akron were the only place in Ohio where you could legally buy stuff like big-screen televisions.
It was my impression that the border guards believed I was a plucky young journalist looking to get into China before Clinton got there in order to get the "real" Chinese reaction to his visit. Not a bad idea, but not my plan. Nevertheless, sitting in a dingy, white-tiled room staring into the silent face of a Chinese soldier for just under two hours allowed me time to reflect on a few things: