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Tiananmen 20 years on: protest, atonement and the new China

By Tom Chatfield  

A new China: part of the world's highest railway, between Beijing and Lhasa

This month, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the climax of the Tiananmen student protests, Prospect features three very different articles on their legacy and the nature of modern China. In our first piece, author Diane Wei Liang describes how she was herself a student protester in 1989—but how her subsequent experiences of returning to Beijing have convinced her that, while Tiananmen should…

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