On the 30th anniversary of Beijing’s June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre, Probe International Fellow, environmental activist and China’s best-known investigative journalist, Dai Qing, delves deeper into the events leading up to and following the shocking and brutal crackdown that rocked a country on the brink of massive political reform and social change. A book that works as a retrospective documentary in affect, Deng Xiaoping in 1989 challenges the black-and-white dichotomies of “autocracy vs. democracy” and “government vs. students,” including correspondence from military generals who opposed the crackdown, soldiers’ experiences and eyewitness accounts of the “Tank Man,” the unidentified protester who stared down a column of tanks rolling through Tiananmen Square the morning after troops had opened fire on thousands of civilians – an iconic image of resistance since immortalized as a global symbol of pro-democracy protest.
Dai Qing Publishes New Book on 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre
Title: Deng Xiaoping in 1989
Author: Dai Qing
Publisher: New Century Press
Publication Date: 31 May, 2019
Dai Qing is an investigative journalist who witnessed the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Based on the credible materials currently available and many interviews with those involved in the incident, she has written a retrospective documentary work entitled Deng Xiaoping in 1989.
In Deng Xiaoping in 1989, Dai Qing uses logic and common sense to corroborate and test historical materials and rumours. Using new evidence, she no longer takes the student movement as the episode’s focal point. Breaking with the view of the Massacre that has prevailed for the past 30 years, her book challenges the black-and-white dichotomies of “autocracy vs. democracy” and “government vs. students.”
In Deng Xiaoping in 1989, Dai Qing broadens the scope of her investigation, from before 1989, through the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and up to Deng’s 1992 “Southern Tour.” Within this expanded timeframe, she probes the behaviour and logic of Deng Xiaoping and other high-level leaders, including Zhao Ziyang, Li Peng, and Chen Yun. Fully encompassing the political spectrum from left to right, and highlighting various groups and individuals along that spectrum, Dai Qing provides a larger and more complex picture of the events leading up to and following June 4,1989, ultimately distilling the essence of Red China from this tragic event.
New materials on the Tiananmen Square Massacre used in Deng Xiaoping in 1989 include:
- The letter from the seven generals opposing the crackdown, submitted to the Central Military Commission and to the People’s Daily, but never published;
- Eyewitness accounts of the “Tank Man” episode;
- Accounts of soldiers’ experiences;
- Li Xiannian’s response to Zhao Ziyang’s speech at the Asian Development Bank (ADB);
- The relationship between senior figures such as Chen Yun and Li Xiannian, who pretended innocence despite taking part in the crackdown;
- The martial law training classes for cadres, organized by the National Defense University after June 4, 1989.
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