ANU EXPERTS: 30 years since Tiananmen Square

Tuesday 4 June will mark the 30th anniversary of pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square.

The Australian National University has experts available to speak about the events of 4 June 1989 and their ongoing implications for China.

They can be contacted directly, or through the media hotline on 02 6125 7979.

Dr Graeme Smith
ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
M: 0402 642 832
Expertise: China's political system, China's engagement with the Pacific

“The 30th anniversary is set to be marked by almost complete silence in the People's Republic of China, but also within 'greater China' and even in Australia's Chinese press.

“Even in Taiwan, where you would expect coverage, most of the media are choosing to ignore events to mark the 1989 student and worker protests, and the subsequent massacre.”

Dr Tom Cliff
ANU School of Culture, History & Language
T: 02 6125 0152
Expertise: Chinese social welfare, both state and non-state, social mobilisation and social control in contemporary China.

“2019 is a year of many significant anniversaries, and the Tiananmen Square massacre is the most sensitive and arguably the most consequential of them all.

“A mid-level Communist official once explained to me that ‘the Communist Party would be willing to destroy the country, rather than face the collapse of the Party’."

Professor Jonathan Unger
ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
T: 02 6125 4157
Expertise: China’s political system and society.
Professor Unger is author of the book The Pro-Democracy Protests in China.

For media assistance call the ANU media hotline 02 6125 7979.

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