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The People’s Republic of Amnesia

By Gwynne Dyer      

So Communist dictatorship survived in China while it peacefully expired in Russia. It still looks solid today: the current leader, Xi Jinping, has just effectively declared himself president-for-life. But Communist rule in China has now reached the magic age of 70. Is it immortal? Probably not.

People pictured in Hong Kong on June 4, 2007, attending a candlelight vigil for the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

LONDON, U.K.—Another of the five-yearly anniversaries has rolled around, and it’s time to write another think-piece about the long-term meaning of the massacre on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. But 30 years later, what is there left to say?

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