Reflections

Tiananmen and the Party's Legitimacy Problem

Jun 5, 2013 | 03:34 GMT
People's Liberation Army troops march near their Tiananmen Square barracks in 1993, four years after the suppression of protesters.

BEIJING, CHINA: People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops march 04 June outside their barracks near Tiananmen Square. An efficient police deployment and an apparent general apathy prevented any serious incidents in Beijing on the fourth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. (Photo credit should read MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)

(MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)

Even 24 years later, the Communist Party of China finds the Tiananmen incident poses a thorny challenge to its legitimacy....

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