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China shows it has no regrets over the Tiananmen slaughter

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With the thirtieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre approaching, why would China's defence minister decide to defend the Communist Party's day of infamy?

Not only did he justify the military's murder of untold numbers of peaceful student protesters in the centre of Beijing's national square in 1989, he reversed the onus of moral scrutiny: "How can you say that China handled it improperly?" General Wei Fenghe demanded of an international audience in Singapore on Sunday.

A woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on June 3, 1989. Credit:AP

The topic has long been taboo in China, rigorously scrubbed from history, censored from any media mention, commemorations banned.

Sure, Wei was........

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