China says Tiananmen crackdown was ‘correct’ policy

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As the world readies to commemorate the Tiananmen protests in Beijing  30 years ago, China defended the bloody crackdown on student protesters in a rare public acknowledgement of the event, days before its anniversary, saying it was the “correct” policy.

It is rare for Chinese government officials to acknowledge the events of June 4, 1989; references to it are heavily censored in China.

Shangri-La Dialogue 18th Asian Security Summit in Singapore
Chinese Minister of Defence General Wei Fenghe walks to the podium before delivering his address during the fourth plenary session of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 18th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 02 June 2019. The IISS Asia Security Summit is an annual gathering of defense officials in the Asia-Pacific region and is dubbed the Shangri-La Dialogue in honor of the hotel where the event is held. The summit will be held from 31 May to 02 June 2019. photo :EPA-EFE/WALLACE WOON

 

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe dismissed criticism that the incident was not handled properly as he addressed a a regional security forum in Singapore on Sunday.

Wei asked why people still say China “did not handle the incident properly”.

“The 30 years have proven that China has undergone major changes,” he said, adding that because of the government’s action at that time “China has enjoyed stability and development”.

Inside China an army of online censors has scrubbed clean social media, removing articles, memes, hashtags or photos alluding to the Tiananmen crackdown.

Discussions of the 1989 pro-democracy protests and their brutal suppression are strictly taboo, and authorities have rounded up or warned activists, lawyers and journalists ahead of the anniversary each year.

 

Via Reuters

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