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

  title={China's Fear of Contagion: Tiananmen Square and the Power of the European Example},
  author={Mary Elise Sarotte},
  journal={International Security},
  • M. Sarotte
  • Published 5 October 2012
  • Political Science
  • International Security
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… 

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