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

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Yuan Mu and Others Hold Dialogue with Students [April 29, 1989]

Source: Beijing Television Service, April 29, 1989; FBIS, May 1, (excerpts), 25-49; corrections in FBIS, May 3, p. 48.

[Meeting between Yuan Mu, spokesman for the State Council; He Dongchang, vice-minister in charge of the State Education Commission; Beijing Municipality officials Yuan Liben and Lu Yucheng; and student representatives from sixteen Beijing institutions of higher learning, held at the conference room of the All- China Students Federation in Beijing on April 29--recorded.]

[Video opens with caption reading: " Yuan Mu and Others Hold Dialogue with Students"]

[Announcer:] This afternoon the All-China Students Federation and the Beijing Municipal Students Federation have invited some students from 16 schools of higher learning in the capital to take part in discussion and hold a dialogue in the conference room of the All-China Students Federation. Yuan Mu, spokesman of the State Council; He Dongchang, vice-minister in charge of the State Education Commission; and Yuan Liben [member of the Standing Committee of the Beijing Municipal CPC Committee] and Lu Yucheng [ vice-mayor of Beijing], responsible persons of Beijing Municipality, will take part in the discussion. Yuan Mu will speak first.

[ Yuan Mu:] Entrusted by the State Council and Comrade Li Peng, I and concerned comrades of the State Education Commission and Beijing Municipality have come here to hold a discussion, a dialogue, with you today.

Leading comrades of our party and state are showing great concern for the broad masses of students. They asked me to speak to you and through you to speak to the broad masses of students of schools of higher learning in the capital. They hope that the broad masses of students will return to their classes as quickly as possible. If you have any opinion on state affairs and social problems, you can present those opinions through normal channels. They, particularly Comrade Li Peng, asked me especially to tell you and through you to tell the broad masses of students in Beijing that, regarding the political struggle against those who negate the leadership of the Communist Party of China and negate the socialist system as mentioned in the Renmin ribao editorial, the question is directed against the illegal behavior of a very small handful of people and is not aimed at the broad masses of students. The broad masses of students, filled with patriotic enthusiasm, hope to promote democ

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