Tiananmen Anniversary Inspires Memories, Fears Of New China

June 6, 2014 12:56 PM

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The 25th anniversary this week of the Chinese onslaught on Tiananmen revives personal memories as well as concerns about what’s happening now in China. Winston Lord, former U.S. ambassador to China, caught the atmosphere that infused the response of so many who saw the students demonstrating on Tiananmen Square in Beijing in May and the first few days of June 1989 and then experienced the disillusionment of the crackdown, the arrests and executions.

At a telephone call-in staged by Foreign Affairs magazine, Lord, who also served as assistant secretary of state for the region, said he realized that he had been “naive” at the time in thinking a new day was dawning for China. He said that Deng Xiaoping, the great reformer who did so much to bring ...

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