Why the People's Army Fired on the People: The Chinese Military and Tiananmen

@inproceedings{Scobell1992WhyTP,
  title={Why the People's Army Fired on the People: The Chinese Military and Tiananmen},
  author={Andrew Scobell},
  year={1992}
}
The People's Liberation Army played the decisive role in crushing the 1989 student prodemocracy movement in the People's Republic of China. The actual process by which the PLA became involved in the crisis can be broken down into three phases. First, a divided and indecisive Chinese Communist Party leadership presides over an unprecedented outpouring of public discontent. Second, after much delay, top CCP leaders decide to impose martial law, and units of the PLA try unsuccessfully to enter… CONTINUE READING