Tiananmen at 25: Enduring Influence on U.S.-China Relations and China’s Political Development
In 1989 citizens from all walks of life participated in demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square and throughout China calling for political reform, respect for universal freedoms of speech, assembly, and association, and an end to government corruption. The government's violent suppression of the protests in June of that year had far-reaching ramifications for both the development of human rights and rule of law in China and U.S.-China relations. In the years since, Chinese authorities have censored public discussion of Tiananmen and prevented a public accounting of what happened. At the same time, Chinese citizens continue to advocate for human rights, democracy, and an end to corruption. Witnesses at this CECC hearing will revisit the events of 1989 and discuss how the Tiananmen crackdown influenced both China’s societal and political development and U.S.-China relations over the last 25 years.
This hearing will be webcast live here.
Honorable Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 1991-1995
Honorable Winston Lord, former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 1985-1989
Rowena He, Lecturer, Harvard University
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History, University of California, Irvine
Liane Lee, Eyewitness to June 4th events as part of Hong Kong Federation of Students delegation