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

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on the path of democracy and legal rule. We therefore have full reason to believe that the dialogue will achieve success."

"Messages from all over the world show that the current events in China have caused deep concern among the wide masses of overseas ethnic Chinese, Chinese compatriots in Hong Kong and Macao, and foreign friends. The hearts of the majority of the descendants of Chinese ancestors living overseas and foreign friends are linked with the hearts of Chinese people. They all hope for an early conclusion of the present events. They all hope to see China continue on its path of reform and reconstruction in an environment of stability and solidarity."

The letter to Zhao Ziyang and Li Peng was jointly signed by the following nineteen news media: Zhongguo Xinwen She, Hua sheng bao [Chinese voice], Beijing Review, People's Pictorial, China Reports, Chinese Literature Publishing House, Foreign Languages Press, New World Publishing House, Hong Kong Wen wei po, Ta kung po, Hsin wan po, Macao Daily News, Meizhou Huaqiao ribao [U.S. Chinese daily news], Apple Television New York, Huafu xinwen bao [ Washington news], Meihua luntan [ U.S. and China forums], and the Los Angeles Herald.


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All-China Federation of Trade Unions Issues Statement

Source: Beijing Domestic Television Service, May 18, 1989; FBIS, May 22, p. 80.

[From "Night News"]

The statement says: The vast number of students' patriotic, democratic, and progressive demands for promoting democracy and law, combating corruption and government profiteering, and expediting economic and political reforms have received widespread sympathy from the working masses. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions strongly urges the principal leading members of the party Central Committee and the State Council to make prompt arrangements for face-to-face dialogues with representatives of students, and to take effective measures and actual steps to put an end to the students' hunger strike as soon as possible.

The face-to-face dialogues with workers in the capital--dialogues sponsored by the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and attended by leading comrades

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