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Tiananmen Square: 25 year anniversary

How did Tiananmen change China? A selection of articles on the continuing significance of June 4th 1989

By Rahul Rose  

Twenty five years ago the world changed. In 1989, revolutions swept across the Eastern Bloc, the Berlin Wall was torn down and the USSR began to split into numerous smaller states.

The year was no less important in the history of modern China. During 1989 talk of political change was rife. The death Hu Yaobang, a high-ranking reformist politician, sparked mass demonstrations and hunger strikes in Beijing throughout April and May. On June 3rd and 4th the Communist Party moved to end these pro-democracy protests. Tanks rolled into Tiananmen…

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