China: Tiananmen? What Tiananmen?

TiananmenSquareMassacre Protest

In China, June 4, 1989 is the day that wasn’t.

Tiananmen Square is the massacre that didn’t happen.

And on this anniversary of the massacre that didn’t happen, nobody inside China had better say anything that intimates that it did.

Welcome to the world of our trading partners. You know; the country to which we have exported our industrial base.

I’m talking about the last major Communist stronghold, which America has cunningly built into a world economic power by sending our jobs and our manufacturing base to them.

I am referring to the land of forced abortions and murdered baby girls, the bastion of slave labor, persecution of Christians and censorship. I mean the country that did not slaughter thousands of its own citizens in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

If you think that perhaps the Tiananmen Square massacre actually happened and that I’m exaggerating about our trading partner’s censorship, just try to send an email to anyone in China with the words Tianamen, June 4 or massacre in it. It will go nowhere.

The Chinese government forbids discussion of Tiananmen Square, the massacre it wreaked on its own citizens, and the brutal aftermath of persecutions, torture and re-education that followed it. The Chinese reaction to today’s anniversary of that tragedy is the reaction that totalitarian governments always use: stone-walling and silence that is enforced by threats, lies and raw power.

A few Americans have become rich beyond the dreams of avarice by dismantling our industrial base and moving it to China. The rest of us, not so much.

How this will play out in the years ahead, I am not sure. I only know that this Chinese leopard has not really changed its spots. That, and the obvious fact that our corporatists have weakened this country greatly feeding their greed.

From USA Today:

BEIJING – Tight security around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Wednesday combined with a months-long crackdown against dissidents and a quarter century of enforced amnesia to prevent public commemoration of the crushing of the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

In Hong Kong, China’s semi-democratic enclave, more than 100,000 people attended an evening vigil to mark the bloody end to seven weeks of demonstrations for a fairer, cleaner government 25 years ago.

On the mainland, China’s ruling Communist Party forbids citizens from discussing the movement. Thousands were believed to have been killed on the evening of June 3 through June 4, 1989, when the same party sent army troops into central Beijing to quell protesters.

In the past two months, about 50 people have been detained in a pre-anniversary crackdown that Chinese activists and human rights groups have called the most severe ever.

China’s state-run media all but ignored the highly sensitive date, while the censor’s trigger finger was busy Wednesday blacking out television screens showing CNN and BBC whenever the foreign broadcasters aired segments on Tiananmen.

 

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  • Mary E.

    I was in college when the events at Tiananmen Square happened, and there were many students from China at my university. I remember going to a meeting at an auditorium which (to my surprise) was conducted entirely in Chinese, and I couldn’t understand a word but I understood the feelings. I sometimes wonder what happened to the young Chinese men and women in that room. I don’t know exactly how many of them were there on government-funding programs that required that they return to China after they graduated, but certainly some of them were, and I sometimes wonder what happened to them, especially those who returned.

    Corporatists are a big part, but so is the federal government. The United States is borrowing heavily from China to finance its debts, or the deficit, whichever term one prefers. I’ve read figures of anywhere from 25% to 40%, in terms of the percentage of the deficit that is being supported by Chinese loans. As I work for the federal government, that means that a good-sized chunk of the money to keep my agency running is coming from China, which is a sobering thought, especially on the anniversary of that day in Tienanmen Square.

    • hamiltonr

      Excellent observation Mary. It’s a spider’s web and spider’s venom is deadly to us.

  • pagansister

    I remember that event so well—and admired those folks who took part in the event. Should anyone be surprised that the Chinese government doesn’t acknowledge that any of it happened? Should American businesses and government stop having anything to do with a country that is so large and try to ignore them? We cannot police the world, and heaven knows the last, what ?15 years or so, we have tried, losing and maiming our soldiers in the process. Business and politics —-interesting bed fellows.


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