Last updated: 20 may, 2009 - 09:43 GMT


The Lost Voices of Tiananmen

James Miles has a unique insight into the way China works based on over 20 years' experience as a correspondent there.

He was an eye-witness to the events leading up to the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and saw scenes of bravery and brutality.

Part one

A soldier in Tiananmen Square

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James looks at the key trigger points that led to the Beijing Spring - a flowering of the pro-democracy movement which culminated in over a million anti-government protesters gathering in Tiananmen Square.

The programme uses archive material recorded at the time to punctuate and illustrate events, and examines a contemporary, growth-orientated China that has evolved since that significant time.

First broadcast on Monday 20 May 2009.

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