Early Eulogy

Senior Taiwanese officials led by President Lee Teng-hui recently convened a secret meeting to draft the most sensitive of public statements -- condolences on the death of China's Deng Xiaoping. That means that the very tapped-in Taiwanese intelligence agency thinks Deng, who turned 90 last month, is gravely ill. The Taiwanese rejected a draft that harshly criticized Deng for crushing the pro-democracy movement. Instead the statement affirms China's market reforms, says a Lee adviser. The goal is to convey Taipei's wish that Chinese moderates keep power after Deng's death.