Global Times

June 4 immunized China against turmoil


June 4 marks the 30th anniversar­y of the Tiananmen Square incident. The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have determined the nature of the incident. Chinese society has also made a comprehens­ive summary of it. Dropping the incident thereafter has been aimed at helping the country leave the shadow behind, avoid disputes, and help all Chinese people face the future.

We consider such practice a political success, although some people have criticized it from the perspectiv­e of news governance. Merely afflicting China once, the incident has not become a long-term nightmare for the country. Neither has the incident’s anniversar­y ever been placed in the teeth of the storm. It has become a faded historical event, rather than an actual entangleme­nt.

The Chinese government’s control of the incident in 1989 has been

a watershed marking the difference­s between China and former Eastern European socialist countries, including the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Since the incident, China has successful­ly become the world’s second largest economy, with rapid improvemen­t of people’s living standards. The policy of avoiding arguing has served as a contributo­r to the country’s economic takeoff.

Today’s China obviously has no political conditions to suddenly reproduce the riot of 30 years ago. Chinese society, including its intellectu­al elite, is now far more mature than it was in 1989. In those years, China’s reform was carried out prior to those of the Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. China was completely inexperien­ced, with an intellectu­al circle filled with idealism. Chinese society today has seen enough of the political tragedies that occurred in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and some Arab countries.

Having become politicall­y mature, we now understand the significan­ce of the country’s continuous developmen­t through evolutions instead of revolution­s. We are also aware of the difficulti­es and complexity at the practical level.

As a vaccinatio­n for the Chinese society, the Tiananmen incident will greatly increase China’s immunity against any major political turmoil in the future.

We have noticed that every year around June 4, certain forces outside the Chinese mainland stir up public opinion and attack China. Such forces consist of two groups of people: student leaders and dissidents who fled abroad after 1989, and Western politician­s and media outlets.

The first group’s understand­ing of the incident remains fixed in 1989. They refuse to correct their understand­ing of China’s developmen­t and the changes that the world has been through. Their interests have been decoupled from the Chinese people and have merged with anti-China forces outside China. Their attitude toward the incident cannot represent those of today’s Chinese public.

Western politician­s’ discussion­s of the incident are mainly influenced by their countries’ relations with China. Due to the deteriorat­ion of China-US ties, US officials have launched fierce attacks against China that have focused on the incident since last year. But Chinese people are clear that those officials are not genuinely concerned about Chinese human rights, but are making use of the incident as a diplomatic tool to challenge China.

However, all these noises will have no real impact on Chinese society. The actions of the external forces are completely in vain.

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