Beijing Spring, 1989: Confrontation and Conflict: the Basic Documents

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Deng Xiaoping's attitude will play a decisive role under the present situation. Analysts in Beijing say that Deng Xiaoping is absolutely dissatisfied with the "rebellion of scholars." They doubt whether he will continue to protect Zhao amid continuous attacks aimed at "overthrowing Zhao." They believe that Deng's stratagem is as follows: He might protect Zhao if it is still possible for him to do so. Otherwise, he will give him up. It is believed that the Zhao Ziyang problem will become clear at the fourth plenary session (or even the next Beidaihe meeting).


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Li Xiannian Urges Changing the General Secretary

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Source: Chengming (Contending) ( Hong Kong), no. 38 ( April 1, 1989): 6-8; FBIS, April 3, pp. 39-41.

The fact that the fourth plenary session of the Thirteenth CPC Central Committee yielded the way to the National People's Congress [NPC] and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference [CPPCC] is due to an intensifying inner-party power struggle. An inner-party group aiming to topple Zhao Ziyang has taken form and frequently exerted pressure on Deng Xiaoping. This group has seized on Zhao Ziyang's three major problems. The old watchdogs of the conservatives are most resentful of the campaign for democracy initiated by the intellectuals. Li Xiannian proposed to Deng Xiaoping that Zhao Ziyang should make a self-criticism at the fourth plenary session of the Thirteenth CPC Central Committee, resign from the office of general secretary at the central conference to be held later this year, and temporarily take charge of the Central Military Commission.

The government work report Li Peng submitted to the NPC reveals signs of the fierce inner-party struggle; the grip of the nation's economy and politics will be still more tightened.


Why Was the Fourth Plenary Session of the Thirteenth CPC Central Committee Postponed?

"Oddities were rare in past years, but there have been many this year." The song is as good today as it was forty years ago, when it was very popular among the people.

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