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China Turned On by James Lull

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9Tiananmen Square and Beyond

China's insurmountable image problem

'The recent student unrest is not going to lead to any major disturbances. But because of its nature it must be taken very seriously. Firm measures must be taken against any student who creates trpuble at Tiananmen Square... No concessions should be made, in this matter ... If any of them disturb public order or violate the law, they must be dealt with unhesitatingly ... This is not a problem that has arisen in just one or two places or in just the last couple of years; it is the result of the failure over the past several years to take a firm, clear-cut stand against bourgeois liberalization.' (Deng Xiaoping, from remarks made to members of the Central Committee of the Chinese ...

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