In the early hours of 4 June 1989, soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army opened fire on a pro-democracy protest killing untold hundreds of people. Twenty five years on the event has been commemorated around the world, but how does China remembers this defining moment in the country’s history?
On 28 October in China’s iconic and politically sensitive Tiananmen Square, a car crashed through crowds and exploded, killing two tourists and three suspects. Just over a week later, on 6 November, one person died and eight were injured following a series of small blasts outside a Communist Party office in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province.
In a year that marks the 25th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, we will be joined by a panel of experts to explore the significance of these two fatal incidents, looking at the levels of dissent in China and how it is being suppressed. We will also be asking who are those behind these attacks and what are their motivations.
Photographer Toby Smith recently spent two months in China producing his latest project China’s New Energy Pioneers. Across 11 provinces, his work took him to coal mines, wind farms and hydro-electric plants as he captured the landscapes and people implementing the Communist Party’s latest Five Year Plan. The plan, announced in March 2011, is significant in its attempts to slow economic growth and address escalating energy and environmental problems. Moderated by Jim Footner of Greenpeace.
To mark twenty years since the bloody crackdown of the student-led pro-democracy movement in China’s Tiananmen Square, join us at the Frontline Club to discuss the impact of the events of 4 June on Chinese society and the extent to which this defining historical moment still resonates today.
With recent events in Tibet raising questions about international support for the Olympics, our panel discusses the possibility of boycott.
While the western media focuses on the well-worn stories of economic growth and human rights abuses, China is undergoing a huge economic and social transformation.
Join us as we discuss how, with China’s ever growing need for raw materials, the country’s foreign policy is changing.