chapter  5
INTELLECTUALS AND REFORM
BySylvia Chan
Pages 29

The Chinese democracy movement in the late 1980s, erupting into mass demonstrations in April and May 1989 and suppressed brutally in June 1989, is without doubt one of the most momentous events in post-Mao China. It has had immediate impact on the power relations among the elite and on the directions of China's domestic policies. It will continue to have effects on China's development in the next few decades.