A Chinese court began the counterrevolution trial Wednesday of a key student protest leader whose thoughtful and persuasive appeals in the 1989 pro-democracy movement landed him at the top of a government "most-wanted" list.

The trial of Wang Dan, 22, indicated China's communist government is committed to moving ahead with prosecutions of what it has deemed core agitators of the Tiananmen Square protests, now denounced as a "counterrevolutionary rebellion."