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The high price of denial: the cost to China of sweeping the Tiananmen crackdown under the carpet

  • Three decades have passed since the Tiananmen Square crackdown when troops fired on student-led pro-democracy protesters. The shots were heard around the country and reverberate today despite persistent official censorship of the event
  • For those 30 years the Communist Party has refused to revisit June 4, doubling down against calls to check its power
Topic |   Tiananmen Square crackdown 30th anniversary

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Josephine Ma

Josephine Ma

Josephine Ma is China editor-at-large. She has been covering China news for the South China Morning Post for more than 20 years, most recently as China editor. As a Beijing correspondent, she reported on everything from the Sars outbreak in 2003 to the Lhasa riot and Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Guo Rui

Guo Rui

Guo Rui is a China reporter covering elite politics, domestic policies, environmental protection, civil society, and social movement. She is also a documentary filmmaker, recording modern Chinese history and social issues through film.