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May 22, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
In a blow to Premier Li Peng, more than 100 top military officers signed a letter today opposing his declaration of martial law in Beijing, saying the army "will never shoot the people," sources said. The letter also said the army will not enter the city or "suppress" the hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets. There were reports that Chinese soldiers clashed with pro-democracy demonstrators in the suburbs today, but they apparently failed to break through blockades set up to keep them out of central Beijing.
June 13, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
State-run television and radio today broadcast a "most wanted" list of 21 top student leaders of the pro-democracy movement who have fled underground, and it urged the nation's citizens to turn them in to police. At the same time, Chinese officials encouraged foreign businessmen who fled the country for fear of army violence to return and invited tourists back. State television showed pictures of the wanted students, among them Wang Dan and Wuerkaixi, the most influential of the movement's leaders who at the height of the crisis had a televised clash with hard-line Premier Li Peng.
Vice Premier Zhu Rongji, at a news conference closing the National People's Congress, gave a quick demonstration Wednesday of how he can combine authority and humor--qualities that have made him one of China's fastest-rising political leaders.
Sino-Vietnamese relations, strained for more than a decade, will soon be normalized, China announced Sunday. Progress toward a political settlement of the factional fighting in Cambodia is the key factor allowing normalization of ties, Premier Li Peng said in remarks quoted Sunday by the New China News Agency. "We had said before that Sino-Vietnamese relations would gradually return to normal along with a comprehensive, just and reasonable political settlement of the Cambodian issue," Li said.
May 25, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
Nominally, he was China's top leader as general secretary of the Communist Party, but when Zhao Ziyang disappeared from the public eye amid the confusion brought on by last weekend's martial-law declaration, the paramount question in Chinese politics was whether this pragmatic economic reformer has a true power base of his own. The answer is both yes and no. While the drama of a nonviolent student uprising unfolds on Tian An Men Square and in...
May 31, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Wu, a physician and viewer from afar of China's student democracy movement, listened with amusement Tuesday to a description of the "Goddess of Democracy" statue that students have erected in Beijing's main square. As the visitor's tale ended, Wu moved to switch on the nightly national news on television broadcast from the capital. "I am doubtful," he said as a map of China appeared on the screen. "That kind of thing probably won't be shown." Wu's doubts were well founded, for a brief opening of the window of China's televised news has been shut.
May 26, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
At one platform of the vast, cavernous and filthy Beijing Railway Station, fresh recruits arrived from the countryside, stowaways who had come to the capital Thursday night to join fellow students in Tian An Men Square in a protracted war of nerves with authorities. Their faces lighted up as the train pulled into the station to the cheers of sympathizers. At the next platform, more than 1,000 similarly youthful soldiers of the People's Liberation Army languished on the hard seats of a parked and darkened train in which they had been cooped up for more than four days.
Premier Li Peng said Wednesday that China's Communist leadership is united and capable of defeating any threat to its rule, an apparent allusion to last year's huge pro-democracy protests. "The core of leadership in China, with General Secretary Jiang Zemin as the nucleus, is united, it is strong and I believe that it commands the support of the Chinese people," Li told a press conference at the Great Hall of the People.
May 26, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writer
In his modest apartment near Harvard University, Huang Jing could barely contain his relief. There was a telephone pressed to his ear, and students from Tian An Men Square in Beijing were on the other end of the line. For nearly an hour, his repeated calls to the student demonstrators' headquarters in the square had inexplicably been cut off. His frustration had mounted steadily. But at last the connection was made, and an excited Chinese voice crackled by speaker phone into the room.
April 19, 1989 | ROSS TERRILL, Ross Terrill's two most recent books on China are "Mao" and "Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon," both just published in Chinese in China
"It doesn't pay to speak," the dissident journalist Wang Ruoshui said to me in Beijing, "and also, to have spoken proves of no use." Yet he has been speaking out. Like other intellectuals, Wang, a protege of ousted Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang who died Saturday, is at once bold and deeply frustrated. Overall, the mood in China is mixed. There is an appreciation of the benefits of the 1980s reforms, in rural areas especially where farmers' incomes have risen fourfold in a decade, but a lack of clear agreement on the next steps.
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