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

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legality are most essential for resolving the problems, he stressed. The party and government are ready to take such measures, and "I believe students and people of various walks of life will take the same attitude," he said.

"If we all do things this way, we can surely maintain stability and thus enjoy unity at a new and higher level," the general secretary explained.

Based on such stability and unity, the country's political and economic restructuring and the modernization drive will advance more smoothly, Zhao said. While showing optimism about the future of China's reform and political stability, Zhao promised a better environment for foreign investment.


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Zhao Ziyang's Speech Welcomed by Students

Source: Xinhua (Hong Kong Service). May 5, 1989; FBIS, May 6, pp. 3-4.

The speech made by Zhao Ziyang while meeting with guests from the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting and broadcast by the Central Television Station at 1900 yesterday has produced wide repercussions in universities and colleges in Beijing.

Renmin ribao and Zhongguo qingnian bao [ China youth daily] today report students' responses to the speech.

According to a report, when students of the Chinese University of Political Science and Law were listening to the broadcast of Zhao Ziyang's speech in the campus at 10:00 P.M. yesterday, they widely discussed it. When the speech finished, the audience applauded. A student of the department of economics and law of the class of 1986 said, " Zhao Ziyang's speech is fairly objective and practical. I agree with the four words he mentioned: soberness, reason, restraint, and order. This is what we need now. It is the wisest method to solve the problems along the track of democracy and the legal system." A student added, "We earnestly hope that the party and government will truly strengthen the building of democracy and the legal system, go about things in accordance with law, and increase openness."

In a student dormitory of Beijing University, several students studying for Ph.D.s said: Zhao Ziyang's speech is much fairer. The present student movement is a patriotic democratic movement in which we voluntarily participated after

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