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Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 14:00 - 15:00

"Tiananmen Square Crackdown: Exiled Pro-democracy Leaders Speak Up 30 Years On" 

Wang Dan, Student leader of the Tiananmen democracy movement & Dialogue China Director

Hu Ping, Former Chief Editor of the Beijing Spring magazine

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English and Chinese with English interpretation.

Thirty years after Chinese troops fired on student-led pro-democracy protesters at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the bloody crackdown remains one of the persistently censored topics in China, reminding the world that the communist regime has little tolerance of challenges to its rule.

As the June 4 anniversary draws near, Chinese pro-democracy leaders in exile, Wang Dan and Hu Ping, speak at the Club looking back at the bloodshed. The Beijing government has tried to suppress references to the 1989 incident, including the death toll widely estimated from hundreds to thousands.

Wang, 50, one of the Tiananmen protest leaders, now directs Dialogue China, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. After imprisoning him twice, the Chinese authorities in 1998 exiled the former Beijing University student to the United States where he obtained a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Wang taught cross-strait history at National Chengchi University and other schools in Taiwan from 2009 to 2017.

New York-based Hu, formerly the chief editor of the Beijing Spring magazine, is a regular commentator for Radio Free Asia. Born in 1947, he gained fame with his essay, entitled "On Freedom of Speech," and received a master's degree in philosophy from Beijing University. In 1987, he began doctoral studies at Harvard and moved to New York a year later to head the Chinese Alliance for Democracy, prompting the Beijing government to consign him to exile.

 

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