Deng: “never forget how cruel our enemies are”

In a word, this was a test, and we passed. Even though there are not so many veteran comrades in the army and the soldiers are mostly little more than 18, 19 or 20 years of age, they are still true soldiers of the people. Facing danger, they did not forget the people, the teachings of the party and the interests of the country. They kept a resolute stand in the face of death. They fully deserve the saying that they met death and sacrificed themselves with generosity and without fear.

Deng Xiaoping in an address to military commanders on June 9, 1989

Five minutes’ news video – Deng’s speech (with Chinese script next to it).

BBC coverage from Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989

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