Normally, it’s as if one of China’s biggest modern historic moments never happened. But Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe today issued a rare justification of the deadly suppression of pro-democracy demonstrators on June 4, 1989, describing “measures to stop the turbulence” at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as “correct policy.” Since then, “China has enjoyed stability and development.”
Could this be an opening for discussion? That’s improbable. Even as Tuesday’s 30th anniversary approaches, the massacre’s death toll, possibly in the thousands, and the fate of detainees remain a mystery, and even coded references to it are censored from Chinese social media.
Check out OZY’s story about how journalists covered Tiananmen Square.