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

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I feel spring so close to me
Reaching out I can touch it, fragrant aroma
Intoxicates me and compels belief
This vast life momentarily turns many-splendored

In reality spring is so far from me
I cannot tell
The distance from there to here
In the manner of a thousand years ago
At the end of the great plain
Driven by flocks of sheep
At the edge of the horizon
It is being summoned by the dense sunlight

Yet even this is only speculation
In the direction of spring
I see no
Sign of spring's coming
Desolate prairie, a dead silence
In the distance steel blue mountains
Are being pierced by bitter cold

But I still look forward to spring
Above the frozen land
Gazing at the place where heaven and earth meet
A symbol of warmth
Spring begins to spread in my imagination
Beauty beyond words and pain that strains endurance

Yi Dianxuan

May 16, 1989


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Report to NPC on Quelling the Counter-Revolutionary Rebellion

CHEN XITONG

Source: Xinhua ( Beijing--in English), July 6, 1989. Translated in Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), July 6, pp. 20-36; also in Beijing Review, July 17-23.

Chairman, vice-chairmen, and members of the Standing Committee, During late spring and early summer, namely, from mid-April to early June of

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