A close ally of Deng Xiaoping, the former paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Yaobang died 30 years ago this week. His death sparked the historic Tiananmen Square protests, about which we talked on Monday. On April 18, 1995, Worldview was also talking about China. Merle Goldman, a professor of Chinese history at Boston University, joined us on that day for analysis of Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s visit to China and the human rights situation there. Listen in to find out what has changed — and what has not — in the intervening 24 years.
Special thanks to the WBEZ Archives Team for cataloging 25 years of Worldview and making this segment possible.