25 Years Ago: The Changing Face of China

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the nationwide, student-led democracy movement in China, and the subsequent June 4th military crackdown in Beijing. To commemorate the student movement, CDT is posting a series of original news articles from 1989, beginning with the death of Hu Yaobang on April 15 and continuing through the tumultuous spring. The full series can be read here.

Watch a 14-minute BBC report from May 1989 (scroll down to third report):

Gavin Esler reports in 1989 on the changing face of China and what lies ahead as the country’s leaders turn their back on the old dogma of Mao Zedong.


[This series was originally posted by CDT in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the protests. If you have access to additional sources of original reporting, video, accounts or photos from the spring of 1989, please send them to us at cdt@chinadigitaltimes.net and we’ll consider including them in this series. Many thanks.]

May 11, 2014 12:01 AM
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Categories: 1989, Politics, Society