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

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the more chaos. The opposition faction in Poland is very strong. They have two strong forces, religion and unions. China only has students. The other sectors are better. Your Standing Committee decisions are correct; you have a consensus. Only if you maintain a clear attitude and staunchly carry out measures and support the local leadership by allowing them to handle things, can we then stop this turmoil.

"We should not simply administer the economic environment, we should also administer the political environment. We may have more struggles like this in the future. We have said in the past that of the Four Basic Principles, we can talk less about implementing the people's democratic dictatorship, although we have said that we cannot do without it.

"But now don't you think we need it? In focusing against the Four Basic Principles, the students have grabbed the major point. Without the Four Basic Principles they will become unbridled and brazen, they will run wild.

"Both the Central Committee and the Standing Committee need two different groups--one to focus on construction, another to focus on turmoil. We need to focus our main energy on construction. We can't sink too many people into the other, although in the short term it is all right. Our action cannot be slow, otherwise it will involve more and more people."

In the document, Hu Qili added, "Normally, Xiaoping would revise his own words before putting it into a document, but because time is short, we will first circulate the spirit of his speech."

It Is Necessary to Take a Clear-Cut Stand Against Disturbances

Source: Renmin ribao (People's daily) editorial (printed April 26, 1989), Beijing Domestic Service reported 0930 GMT, April 25; FBIS, April 25, pp. 23-24.

In their activities to mourn the death of Comrade Hu Yaobang, communists, workers, peasants, intellectuals, cadres, members of the People's Liberation Army and young students have expressed their grief in various ways. They have also expressed their determination to turn grief into strength to make contributions in realizing the four modernizations and invigorating the Chinese nation.

Some abnormal phenomena have also occurred during the mourning activi


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