Chinese officials seem to have settled on a strategy to contain the fallout from last month’s protests in Wukan: First, calm the upheaval by promoting the head of the protestors, Lin Zuluan, to Party Secretary of Wukan; return a few acres of land the protesters said were stolen; then stonewall any attempts to investigate the mysterious death of Xue Jinbo, the protestor who died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody; and last but hardly meant to be taken as least, throw the book at the three other men jailed for protesting.The people of Wukan have calmed down, and even celebrated their protest leader’s new position of power. They are still upset that no one is properly investigating Mr. Xue’s death, but this anger is subsiding. Wukan is a small village (pop. 20,000), its new Party Secretary a marginal official. Via Meadia suspects Mr. Lin will find any radical proposals or policies quickly silenced.Communist party officials in Guangdong and Beijing have kept the unrest from unraveling into a messy affair by walking a fine line. At least for now, they have averted the threat of a Wukan Spring.But that is only the first step. Take Wukan, multiply it by thousands, and mix in globalization-fueled social dislocation. It’s going to be a busy year in China.Think they’re up for the job?