Background information sets the context on Deng Xiaoping’s rise to power, Communist Party machinations, and early capitalist reforms. When the sudden death of political reformer Hu Yaobang kickstarted protests by disaffected students, the movement gained momentum as party reformers and hardliners deadlocked over a response. The military’s entrance on the night of June 3rd is covered, as is the international reaction to the massacre. Interviews with protest leaders, historians, Chinese officials, and U.S. diplomats complement copious footage of the events as they unfolded.
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