採訪/朱智善 編輯/宋風 後製/舒燦
Xi Jinping Side Steps The June Fourth Massacre by Shaking the
Hand of then Participant
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping
visited Peking University, the 1919 May Fourth Movement
Xi encouraged the students to insist on and adhere to the spirit
of the revolutionary May Fourth Movement.
Peking University is also the birthplace of the 1989 student
movement, Xi Jinping met a senior faculty member
who was a supporter
of the 1989 student movement.
The following is our report.
On the Youth Day, Xi Jinping interacted with students at
However, his other activity also drew attention.
Mainland media reported that Xi visited the 87-year-old
Tang Yijie, a philosophy scholar of Peking University.
After shaking hands with Tang, Xi spoke with Tang in his study
and praised his contribution to the inheritance, development
and innovation of traditional Chinese culture.
However, the media have intentionally omitted Tang Yijie’s
role in the 1989 student movement.
During the 1989 student movement, poet Bei Dao had led 33
Chinese intellectuals demanding the release of political
prisoners including Wei Jingsheng.
Tang Yijie was one of the participants.
In 1994, more than forty well-known Chinese scholars and
writers jointly launched an open letter to commemorate the
United Nations Year for Tolerance.
Tang Yijie once again was one the participants.
Tang Yijie was born in 1927.
He was subject to Mao Zedong’s anti-rightist movement
during the Cultural Revolution.
He was sent to the cadre school for labor education.
Tang Yijie was finally rehabilitated in 1978, and resumed
his lecturer position in 1980.
Zhang Jian, China’s social problems researcher: “His meeting
with Tang Yijie was definitely thoroughly thought through.
He might want to cut his relationship with the murderers of
the June 4 Massacre.
Another possibility is that Xi Jinping seems to provide some
hope to the victims of the 1989 student movement at the time
of much grief in society."
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the June Fourth
Massacre, commemorated by people both at home and abroad.
Voice of America reported that many senior cadres such as
Li Peng and Chen Xitong have published memoirs trying to
evade their responsibilities for the June 4 massacre.
Xi Jinping’s visiting the senior professor who was a
participant of the 1989 student movement was obviously to
demonstrate his irrelevance to the incident.
Chinese social problems researcher Zhang Jian indicates that
for Xi Jinping to cut clean with the June 4 Massacre, he must
recognize and admit the crimes the CCP has committed in
the 1989 student movement, the 1979 Democracy Wall, and
the 1999 Falun Gong persecution.
But in reality, Zhang Jian points out that Xi Jinping has been
holding on to Mao Zedong on one hand and trying to create
a friendly image on the other.
He’s trying to please both the left and the right.
Chinese human rights activist Qin Yongmin believes that
Xi Jinping’s bottom line has been to save the CCP and its
rule in China.
Qin Yongmin, Human Rights in China founder: “He proposed
the Eleven Safety.
The first and foremost safety is political security.
To him, political security demands no subversive political
reform. That is to insist on the CCP’s leadership."
Commentator Lin Zixu believes that today’s China is faced
with a historical trend that no one can resist.
That is the CCP must face the issues of politics, the economy,
human rights and many others.
Linzi Xu, commentator: “The CCP leadership is faced with
a situation similar to the real estate investors.
When it’s time to sell, sell.
Otherwise, once there’s a real estate meltdown, it will be too late."
Qin Yongmin is writing his ninth open letter to Xi Jinping.
He indicates that to avoid liquidation and social upheaval,
the CCP must provide the minimum protection of personal
rights, property rights and speech rights.
Qin Yongmin believes that if Xi Jinping can make the best use
of the current situation and promote the transformation of
Chinese society, then he will make a name for himself in
Qin Yongmin: “From a historical perspective, for a national
leader, especially in the time of social upheaval, his room for
maneuver is very limited.
He can’t back down too much because of many restricting
factors. However, there are many opportunities if he intends
to do something."
Zhang Jian believes that to return the government to the people,
conduct universal suffrage, and multi-party rule, are what
Xi Jinping should do.
That’s how Xi can jump off the CCP evil chariot and
reposition himself in history.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/Song Feng Post-Production/Shu Can