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Could Tiananmen Square Happen Today?

Thousands of people attend Tuesday's candlelight vigil for victims of the Chinese government's military crackdown
Thousands of people attend Tuesday's candlelight vigil for victims of the Chinese government's brutal military crackdown three decades ago on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. (Kin Cheung/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 06 June 2019 06:28 PM

Thirty years after the massacre of Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is at its weakest state, despite appearances it is stronger than ever, according to Claremont McKenna professor Minxin Pei.

Pei spoke Thursday on the legacy of Tiananmen Square at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.

Also discussed was the inevitable question: Could another uprising such as the Tiananmen Square Protests in 1989 occur in today's China?

Wang Dan, a student leader of the 1989 protests, said that although the younger generation "does not dare" talk about politics these days, he still has hope.

"I still have my hope," said Wang expressed "because it is human nature" for younger generations to have curiosity.

The panel discussion was entitled "The Legacy of Tiananmen Square at 30," which, according to Hoover Research Fellow Michael Auslin, was the only event of its kind in the city.

Among the other panelists was Wei Jinsheng, a Chinese democracy activist and former political prisoner.

In explaining the state of China before the events of Tiananmen, Wei said its citizens believed the CCP was "rational" and "could be reasoned with."

The severe crackdown by the government against pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing before and after their major confrontation in Tiananmen Square proved otherwise.

After Tiananmen Square, the Communist Party revealed itself to be an "enemy of the Chinese people," Wei said.

Wei Jinsheng noted the Party wants to shield the truth from its citizens, but they "cannot destroy the curiosity of the younger generation."

(Clare Hillen is a sophomore at George Washington University, and a summer intern at the Washington, D.C. bureau of Newsmax)

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Despite appearances it is stronger than ever, 30 years after the massacre of Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is at its weakest state, Claremont McKenna professor Minxin Pei says, Newsmax's Clare Hillen reports.
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