Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Party Chief’s Downfall a Central Act in 1989 Drama

For the New York Times, Chris Buckley revisits the fall of Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang in May 1989, as the student movement was growing in size and strength. Zhao encouraged government dialogue with the students and opposed the imposition of martial law, which eventually led to the violent June 4th crackdown. On May 19, Zhao visited hunger-striking students on

May 11, 2014 11:16 PM

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 

May 11, 2014 12:01 AM

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