VIDEO: Tiananmen at 25: Enduring Influence on U.S.-China Relations and China’s Political Development Congressional Hearing
In 1989 citizens from all walks of life participated in demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square and throughout China calling for political reform, respect for universal freedoms of speech, assembly, and association, and an end to government corruption. The government's violent suppression of the protests in June of that year had far-reaching ramifications for both the development of human rights and rule of law in China and U.S.-China relations. In the years since, Chinese authorities have censored public discussion of Tiananmen and prevented a public accounting of what happened. At the same time, Chinese citizens continue to advocate for human rights, democracy, and an end to corruption. Witnesses at this CECC hearing will revisit the events of 1989 and discuss how the Tiananmen crackdown influenced both China’s societal and political development and U.S.-China relations over the last 25 years.
'Bold attempt to reclaim Chinese history from the state'
Source: The Independent
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Tiananmen Initiative Group will hold a "meeting-in-conjunction" with the Association for Asian Studies convention in Room 304 of the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1204 Market Street. The Tiananmen Initiative Project was launched to encourage commemoration, in many different ways, of the 25th anniversary of the Spring 1989 Tiananmen Movement which ended in the massacre by the Chinese People's Liberation Army of upwards of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators on the night of June 3-4, 1989 in Beijing. The project, an exercise in truth-telling, challenges the lies the Chinese Communist Party has told about what happened across China in Spring 1989 and its attempt to silence all those who seek justice for the families of the victims and a democratic future for China.
The meeting will be addressed briefly by Steven I. Levine, coordinator of the Tiananmen Initiative Project, Jonathan Mirsky, journalist and writer who covered the 1989 movement in Beijing, Edward Friedman, a distinguished scholar of Chinese politics, and Rowena Xiaoqing He, author of a new book, Tiananmen Exiles. Copies of the Tiananmen Initiative Group Appeal, suggestions for activities to commemorate June 4, FAQ and Chronology, and the most recent statement by the Tiananmen Mothers will be available. An open discussion will follow the presentations.
Interested persons are invited to visit our website: June4commemoration.org and to participate in the meeting in Philadelphia.
Professor Steven I. Levine, Coordinator
You can download the Tiananmen Initiative Group's AAS materials below.
Baucus Senate confirmation Hearing illuminates need for U.S. to clarify stance toward human rights abuses in China
Senator Baucus (D-MT) appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearing as the next U.S. ambassador to China, following the departure of Gary Locke. Perhaps the most interesting exchange of the ninety-minute hearing was with Senator Rubio (R-FL), where Senator Rubio questioned Baucus about Obama Administration policy about U.S. embassies as literal "islands of freedom" in host countries. Baucus was unable to give an explicit answer, instead asking for time to return to the Administration to clarify U.S. policy on the matter. Rubio further elaborated on his question, insisting that the U.S. must remain firm in pushing back against China's "new model of great power relations," whereby the U.S. essentially stays out of China's "internal" affairs regarding human rights abuses. Baucus agreed with Rubio, but maintained that U.S. protestations remain strategic and carefully considered; moreover, Baucus alluded to the fact that ultimately expanded U.S. trade relations and business interactions with China would drive dialogue forward regarding human rights.
Epoch Time's article on the hearing including analysis from Steve Levine
New Tang Dynasty television interview featuring Tiananmen Project Initiative and White House petition effort
Watch the video interview below. For those who haven't signed the White House petition yet,please do so now.
Radio Free Asia interviewed Tiananmen Initiative Project coordinator Professor Steven I. Levine about his efforts to draw attention to the important 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Click the link below to read the full interview, which was published in Mandarin.
Tiananmen Initiative Project posts Petition on White House "We the People" platform, Urges Obama Administration to recognize the 25th anniversary of June 4, 1989
Today we released a petition on the White House We the People platform regarding the 25th commemoration of the Tiananmen Massacre and the pro-democracy student protests that culminated in June 4, 1989. We are calling for the Obama Administration to officially and publicly recognize the astounding bravery of the Tiananmen protesters and those who continue to fight for reform in China, especially in light of the New Citizens Movement crackdown. The need for democratic and rule of law reforms in China is as important as ever. The 25th anniversary of June 4 provides a perfect moment to reflect on the current and dire situation in China regarding human rights."
SIGN THE PETITION HERE: http://wh.gov/l5APG
We have produced a useful one-page FAQ/Overview of the Tiananmen Massacre and protests. It includes a summary, and a compressed chronology that highlights the major events that culminated in the June 4, 1989 crackdown by the People's Liberation Army.
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation