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Tiananmen: Lack of honest accounting has its costs

Just as fake news comes with its dangers, cover-ups of such magnitude have attendant risks


A recent batch of the famously fiery Chinese national liquor, baijiu, packs a particular punch in China.

On the bottle labels are the four characters ba jiu liu si, or 8964, with the tagline "Never forget, never give up". The alcohol content is 64 per cent and a bottle is sold for 89.64 yuan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 09, 2019, with the headline 'Tiananmen: Lack of honest accounting has its costs'. Subscribe