Simpson Returns to China

Simpson Returns to China

John Simpson in Tiananmen Square
  • More from this series

    • Part One
      John Simpson returns to meet the students who were part of the Tiananmen protests in 1989.
    • Part Two
      Simpson meets 'China's Oprah Winfrey' on the set of a television reality show.

John Simpson personally witnessed the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

He spent eight weeks with the students documenting their stories and then saw them killed on that fateful night of June 4.

His memories are strong and ever since, Simpson has been persona non grata with the Chinese Government, but just recently he was granted a visa to return.

In Programme One, The Road From Tiananmen, Simpson returns to meet the very students who were there on the square with him, some of them still under house arrest.

They speak frankly of their time in prison and how life for them and the Chinese people has changed since. Some talk of new comforts and freedoms, others talk of revolution.

Using archive material from 1989, he reflects on why he got it so wrong when he and the rest of the Western media predicted regime change and asks how long the Chinese Government can keep a lid on the growing tensions of modern China.

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