According to the Charles Fuss book Joan Baez: A Bio-Bibliography
, this is "easily one of Baez's finest original songs; her stark lyrics evoke a quiet strength in their simplicity." It goes without saying that "China" is a political song, unsurprisingly it is about Tiananmen Square. Written more as a lament than a protest, it is a passable effort, but it is doubtful if any song about this shameful day in China's history could do justice to the iconic image of a solitary unarmed student protester
facing down the might of the Red Army.
Alexander Baron - London, England