Tiananmen 30 years on: Incident still taboo; young Chinese focus on path ahead

Police officers securing Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, on June 3, 2019. Thirty years after the Tiananmen incident, the issue still remains taboo.
Police officers securing Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, on June 3, 2019. Thirty years after the Tiananmen incident, the issue still remains taboo.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Tsinghua University student Megan Li (not her real name) was asked what her parents' political views were regarding the 1989 Tiananmen protests when she was applying to be a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) member about five years ago.

Until then, she knew very little about the events leading up to the military crackdown on June 4.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'Incident still taboo; young Chinese focus on path ahead'. Print Edition | Subscribe