Well well. I know that things here in China are censored when the authorities deem it necessary, but I'd never really personally come across any instances of censorship in the years that I've been here. Oh sure, I'd heard about it, but I'd never seen anything with my own two hands. Such is the nature of censorship, I suppose, that it's pretty much invisible to the public at large. Today, however, I got to see it for myself.
I went to the Foreign Language Book Store on Fuzhou Lu, and picked up the new issue of The Economist. The Asian edition has Zhao Ziyang on the cover, with two articles covering his death inside the issue. While the China censors have left the 'Leaders' article intact, the page containing the main Asia section article regarding his death has been ripped out of every copy of The Economist in the store. I'm going to assume that this is true of every issue of The Economist sold on the mainland.
It's pretty bizarre seeing The Economist with p.29 missing. Removed cleanly, with only the skipped page number indicating that it has been excised.
It seems pretty silly, as well, since anyone who has the English ability to read The Economist in this city certainly doesn't NEED to read it to learn something about his death or life. Silly censors.