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

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they are not going to give us this or that, that they are going to set this restriction or that, and that they are going to sanction us.

With regard to this point, before I came here I also asked the leading comrade of the State Council [ Li Peng] for instruction. He asked me to make two points clear through the media. First, we are not afraid. [Video shows Yuan Mu gesturing to emphasize the point.] No matter what kind of means they use, whether condemnation or sanction, the Chinese people will never permit their intervention in China's internal affairs. Even if we encounter some temporary difficulties as a result of their actions, we must also cope with them. This is because the current struggle to put down the rebellion is one of life-and-death for the party and the state. If you cannot cope with these minor issues, you simply dare not proceed in this way [laughs]. "The State Council and the People's Republic will all be overturned. What is the use of asking for loans or aid from him?" This is the first attitude. [Video shows Yuan Mu appearing defiant.] Second, we also hope to tell, through the media, the international media, foreign statesmen, and the governments that they must not be too short-sighted and that they need to have a somewhat broader point of view. Even though we face difficulties at the present and are in a grim situation and the party and the state can be said to be in a quite critical moment, China's party and government have the ability, methods, and determination to pull through these difficulties. If they approach the problems with a broader point of view, I do not think they will go as far as acting in a way that will solely upset the Chinese government and people, nor do we want to see this happen. [Video ends with shot showing Yuan Mu looking down at the table, followed by the caption: "Central Television Station."]

June 9 Speech to Martial Law Units


Source: Beijing Domestic Television Service, June 27,1989; FBIS, June 27, pp. 8-10.

["Text" of speech delivered by Deng Xiaoping while receiving cadres of the martial law units in the capital at and above the army [corps?] level on June 9--read by announcer; from the "News" program.]

Comrades, you have been working very hard. First, I express my profound condolences to the commanders and fighters of the People's Liberation Army


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