China's Fear of Contagion: Tiananmen Square and the Power of the European Example

Mary Sarotte, Professor of International Relations and History, University of Southern California

The Tiananmen Square massacre of June 1989 remains a taboo topic in the People’s Republic of China (PRC); the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) still detains participants and suppresses online, popular, and scholarly discussions of it. The twentieth anniversary of the end of the transatlantic Cold War, however, saw the release of new sources from high-level contacts between the CCP and foreign leaders. These new sources, combined with older ones, show the extent to which Chinese political leaders were obsessed with the democratic changes Eastern Europe and were willing to take violent action to prevent similar events on their territory.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
CISAC Central Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Encina Hall

Center for East Asian Studies