The Chinese Communist Party and June 4th
The spring 1989 democracy movement and the massacre of June 4th were a serious challenge to the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party. Twenty years on the Party appears to have successfully overcome it, but at the price of a return to the political fundamentals of a Leninist party-state and the use of nationalism as a replacement source of legitimacy. Despite all its efforts to conceal and deform the true history of the 1989 “disturbances” (as demonstrated in school and university text books), the party has not succeeded in ridding itself of this stain on its history. Questions about recognition of responsibility and a possible “reconciliation” continue to haunt it.
Michel Bonnin, « The Chinese Communist Party and June 4th », China Perspectives [Online], 2009/2 | 2009, Online since 01 June 2011, connection on 23 March 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/4806Top of page
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