On the night of June 3-4, 1989, Chinese People's Liberation Army troops massacred hundreds of peaceful demonstrators on the streets of Beijing in what the world knows as the Tiananmen Massacre. The troops were executing orders from the top leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) headed by paramount ruler Deng Xiaoping. The conscience of the world was shocked by this brutal repression. Deng condemned the protest movement of April 15-June 4, 1989 as a counter-revolutionary rebellion aimed at overthrowing the People's Republic of China. Ever since then the CCP has clung to this falsehood and prohibited public discussion of both the movement and its violent suppression.
The Tiananmen Initiative Project aims to reignite discussion of the meaning of the Spring 1989 movement in China and the as yet unfulfilled promise of genuine political reform its participants sought. We aim to do this by encouraging various kinds of public meetings and discussions around the world to keep the memory of June 4 illuminated and in the public consciousness.
Congressional Executive Commission on China
Tiananmen at 25: Enduring Influence on U.S.-China Relations and China’s Political Development
Honorable Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 1991-1995
Honorable Winston Lord, former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 1985-1989
Rowena He, Lecturer, Harvard University
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History, University of California, Irvine
Liane Lee, Eyewitness to June 4th events as part of Hong Kong Federation of Students delegation