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Amid a new wave of repression, china needs the spirit of 1989 as much as ever before
Tiananmen. Is there any word freighted with such divergent meaning?
To much of the world, Tiananmen denotes tragedy—democracy denied, students slaughtered, an authoritarian regime that unleashed tanks in the early hours of June 4, 1989, yet still rules today. For most Chinese, however, Tiananmen—or the Gate of Heavenly Peace located in the physical center of Beijing—symbolizes the heart of a resurgent civilization. …