Crisis At Tiananmen: Reform And Reality In Modern China

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Crisis At Tiananmen: Reform And Reality In Modern China

By Yi Mu and Mark V. Thompson
China Books, 1990
283 pp. $14.95

This intelligent account of the Chinese democracy movement attributes the growing popular dissatisfaction during the spring of 1989 to a complicated mixture of successes and failures in implementing reform: success in tolerating increased criticism of the party, but failure to allow criticism to be taken to its logical conclusion-greater freedom of press and speech; success in raising the standard of living and in initiating a market economy, but failure to maintain that standard and to check abuses such as profiteering. The book also argues that while there was, and is, much popular anger directed at the regime, most Chinese still have hope in the communist government because they feel there is simply no alternative. The appendices contain a number of documents and speeches not available elsewhere.

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