Beijing’s decision to hold a series of high-profile events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the “228 Incident”, in which thousands of Taiwanese were killed by China’s then Kuomintang government, is a welcome development, despite its ridiculous argument behind the decision.
June 4 marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and has become a day of peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong. In early 1989, students in Beijing led demonstrations against China's central government calling for greater freedoms. In the early hours of June 4, the military moved in to remove the demonstrators. An unconfirmed number of unarmed civilians were killed in the crackdown.