First rogue journalists, now this? Chinese protesters in the coastal city of Dalian have successfully lobbied the local government to close a chemical plant that manufactured carcinogenic products. Is the Chinese government going soft?Unlikely. The government reportedly already had plans to shutter the plant before local citizens took to the streets, and the security response to the protests has been heavy and swift.The Chinese authorities are following a familiar strategy: let the controversy blow over, then crack down to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. But playing Whack-A-Mole only works as long as you can knock the old moles down faster than new ones pop up. These days, the moles could be winning on points.