Chinese President Hu Jintao and former Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrive for the opening session—AP

Chinese President Hu Jintao and former Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrive for the opening session—AP

Chinese President Hu Jintao and former Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrive for the opening session—AP

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Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.