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

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student movement," Yuan said, adding that he believes most of them are not students although a few students are involved. He said that the U.S.-based Alliance for Democracy, proclaimed by China to be a reactionary organization, had been playing a role.

He said he hoped the majority of students would separate themselves from so-called inciters, resume classes and stop demonstrations.

"I hope that tomorrow there will be no mass demonstration, but maybe my hopes will not come true," he said, adding that central authorities would continue to adopt the correct measures and attitude toward the students in the event of a protest.

He said he was confident that the students would not disrupt the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank and activities marking the May 4th Movement to be held in the Great Hall of the People and at Tiananmen Square respectively today.

Responding to foreign concerns about political unrest in China, Yuan reaffirmed that the reform and open policy would remain.


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Students' Reasonable Demands to Be Met through Democratic, Legal Channels: Zhao

Source: Xinhua ( Beijing--in English), May 4, 1989; FBIS, May 4, p. 1.

There will be no big riots in China and the ongoing student demonstrations will gradually calm down, said Zhao Ziyang, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, here today.

Reasonable demands from the students should be met through democratic and legal means, through reforms and through various other means in line with reason and order, the general secretary said. But what are needed most at present are calm, reason, restraint, and order.

At a meeting with some governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) now attending the twenty-second annual meeting of the ADB's board of governors in Beijing, the general secretary said that the recent demonstrations by some university students did not indicate political instability in China. And the demon

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