As we can now confirm from multiple different avenues, the US and its deep state apparatus had a hand in the events in Beijing in June 1989, and the narrative we’ve all been fed is an openly acknowledged twisting of the facts.
The official story of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, dutifully parroted every anniversary by any number of finger-wagging diplomats and TV talking heads, is that it was the culmination of weeks of student-led protests against the Chinese government, and, as the bastion of truthiness tells us, involved “troops with assault rifles and tanks fir[ing] at the demonstrators trying to block the military’s advance towards Tiananmen Square.” The incident resulted in the deaths of “several hundreds” of the protesters. Or, was it 2,600? Well, the Chinese government refuses to discuss the subject (or even allow it to be discussed in China), so I guess we’ll never know.
. . . or will we? It may surprise those who blindly trust whatever they hear on TV that in fact we have had evidence for the past eight years that whatever took place in Tiananmen Square that fateful night 30 years ago was not the wanton massacre we have been led to believe. And this is not from Chinese Communist Party mouthpieces, but from US and Chilean diplomats who witnessed the events themselves. Even James Miles, the BBC’s Beijing correspondent at the time, wrote a mea culpa in 2009, admitting that his reporting had “conveyed the wrong impression” and that in fact “[t]here was no massacre on Tiananmen Square.”
Also conveniently left out of this narrative are the musings of ex-US Ambassador Chas Freeman, who, in reflecting on Tiananmen Square back in 2006, opined that the Chinese government was actually much too restrained in its response to the 1989 protest movement:
“I cannot conceive of any American government behaving with the ill-conceived restraint that the Zhao Ziyang administration did in China, allowing students to occupy zones that are the equivalent of the Washington National Mall and Times Square combined while shutting down much of the Chinese government’s normal operations. I thus share the hope of the majority in China that no Chinese government will repeat the mistakes of Zhao Ziyang’s dilatory tactics of appeasement in dealing with domestic protesters in China.”
This is not to say there were no killings that night, or that the Chinese government is run by an innocent group of falsely maligned angels. But the real story about the 1989 democracy movement in China has never filtered down to the broader public. This story—one that includes CIA assistance for the protesters—does not comport with the straightforward narrative of an evil government coldly slaughtering a crowd of unarmed protesters, so it must be sent down the memory hole.
In a lengthy report on this suppressed history of the 1989 student movement and the events at Tiananmen Square, Godfree Roberts carefully details the development of the protests and the hidden hand of NGO and CIA funding that helped to make it possible:
“The CIA moved Gene Sharp, author of the Color Revolution manual, to Beijing where financier George Soros had incorporated the eponymous Fund for the Reform and Opening of China. CIA Director George H.W. Bush withdrew Ambassador Winston Lord from Beijing and replaced him with James Lilley, an operative experienced in regime change. Bush and Lilley had been close friends since the early 1970s when Lilley was the head of station for the CIA in Beijing and Bush was Chief of Mission and de facto Ambassador. In 1975, as Bush was returning to Washington from Beijing to head the CIA he appointed Lilley National Intelligence Officer for China, the highest-ranked expert on China in the American intelligence community.”
Roberts then goes on to document the role of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)—which “opened two offices in China [in 1988], gave regular seminars on democracy, sponsored select Chinese writers and publications and recruited Chinese students studying in US”—and the Voice of America (VOA)—whose Beijing Chief (a CIA operative) “provided encouragement, provocation, strategic guidance and tactical advice in round-the-clock broadcasts” on the days of the protests. Both NED and VOA will be familiar to those who are familiar with my work on NGOs as deep state Trojan Horses.
As Andrew Korybko spells out in a recent editorial on the anniversary of Tiananmen Square:
“Upon closer examination, the Tiananmen Square events were actually a Color Revolution attempt just like the many others that would later mature elsewhere in the socialist world by later that year, with there being no doubt that the vast majority of the participants in every case were well-intended peaceful participants but that their political movements were exploited by foreign actors for regime change purposes that also included the use of violent provocations like the ones that took place in other parts of Beijing during the military’s intervention. The US succeeded in almost every one of its attempts to overthrow socialist governments from within through this cutting-edge “Hybrid