BY TOM PHILLIPS
China’s top leaders must break their “cowardly” and “foolish” silence over the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, relatives of more than 100 victims have said on the eve of its 25th anniversary.
In an open letter, published to coincide with the start of two major political summits in Beijing, the Tiananmen Mothers group urged Chinese leaders to allow discussion of “mistakes of the past” and vowed to “persevere” in their quest for “truth, compensation [and] accountability.”
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The looming 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre and the Tiananmen Initiative Project were mentioned in The Telegraph today. Read the article below.
Outgoing US Ambassador to China Gary Locke has urged Beijing to improve its human rights record and work with Japan to ease tensions in the East China Sea.
Economic v. Political reforms in China since Tiananmen: Foreign Policy cautions China on proposed economic reforms
Foreign Policy published an article on Wednesday that speculates about the temperament and predisposition toward political authoritarianism of China's new Standing Committee, particularly Xi Jinping. The article reaches the broad conclusion that since 1989, when Deng Xiaoping crushed the student pro-democracy movement, China's leadership has adopted authoritarianism in the political realm, while liberalizing the economy in the hopes that continued rapid economic development will quell civil unrest.
China's Risky Reforms
This powerful map, compiled with the assistance of Ding Zilin, the mother of one of the victims of the Tiananamen Massacre, documents the precise locations where some of the protesters lost their lives. This map is courtesy of Ellen Bork and the China Human Rights Defenders website. The map can be accessed on their site here: http://chrdnet.com/2012/06/june-3-4-2009-20th-anniversary-of-tiananmen-square-massacre-maps-victims-name-lists/
The Tiananmen Initiative Project was featured today on the New York Times Sinosphere blog. The Q&A, with Professor Steven I. Levine and Chris Buckley of the Times, touches on the Initiative's Appeal and other efforts. View the full post by clicking on the link below.
Although the truth of June Fourth Incident (Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989) is yet to be unfolded and given justice, it is an epochal monument for the entire world. Twenty-five years after the Incident, we would like to invite artists from all areas to work together to create poetry films that commemorates it. It is hoped that, by extending artistic creativity, we are able to cross the borders of taboo and broaden the perspectives of freedom. Let memories sing and eyes weave dialogs, video and poetry aligned to voice again various reflections and elaborations on June Fourth Incident.
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New security commission aims to thwart unconventional threats to Chinese Communist Party, including western ideologies
According to Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's national newspapers, the Chinese government recently created a new commission chaired by none other than Xi Jinping, to focus on "unconventional threats" to the Chinese Communist Party, including terrorism and the influence of Western ideologies. Apparently the Chinese Communist Party, shaken by the events of the Arab Spring and the influence of western culture on Chinese youth, seeks to diminish the cultural influence of the United States and other western powers. It is unclear exactly what measures the communist party will employ to achieve the goals of the commission, but apparently the propaganda and internet censoring arms of the party apparatus will play a role. Read the article below.
Senator Baucus' China nomination approved by Foreign Relations Committee; WSJ reports on CCP trashing rule of law in New Citizens Movement charges
The Wall Street Journal has a blog post out today documenting the various procedural abuses the Chinese government engaged in to sentence Xu Zhiyong to four years in prison. Read an excerpt below, followed by a link to the post. The article makes clear that rule of law is a flexible concept in China when it comes to perceived threats to the communist leadership.
The Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court’s decision to sentence activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in prison for “disturbing public order” by encouraging demonstrations against official corruption by his supporters in the New Citizens Movement surprises no one. The heavy-handed violations of Chinese criminal procedure law that marked the case, both before and during the trial, were part and parcel of the departures from Chinese law that have often marked prosecutions of activists protesting official illegality. Defense lawyers were barred from cross-examining prosecution witnesses and from calling witnesses of their own. The authorities also violated Chinese law by holding separate trials, which prevented the defendants from providing testimony that could be useful to one another’s defense. The instrumental manipulation of procedure is depressingly familiar.
Baucus nomination clears Senate Foreign Relations Committee
WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations committee has easily approved President Barack Obama's nomination of veteran Sen. Max Baucus to become ambassador to China.
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation