China planned Tianamen Square massacre weeks in advance, and the UK knew about it

China News

A Chinese man blocks military tanks on Changan Avenue, near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, June 5 1989. (AP Photo / Jeff Widener) A Chinese man blocks military tanks on Changan Avenue, near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, June 5 1989. (AP Photo / Jeff Widener)

“Two hundred dead could bring 20 years of peace to China,” former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was quoted as saying in recently declassified documents.

His words were spoken weeks ahead of the bloody military crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’sTiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

The UK’s National Archives released on Dec. 30 a huge number of previously secret government files from 1989 and 1990. Over two dozen documents (pdf) dated between May 20 and July 21 in 1989 revealed the Margaret Thatcher administration’s understanding of the political climate in China in the lead-up to the crackdown.

A major reveal: The UK embassy in Beijing knew two weeks before June 4 that the People’s Liberation Army was preparing to kill hundreds, if not thousands, of…

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