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Chinese-born writer Jianglin Li looks at China’s violent 1959 crackdown in Tibet and its parallels to Tiananmen 30 years later

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
n both the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and the killings in Lhasa in 1959, the "Chinese Communists used military might to crush popular uprisings, and both involved egregious massacres of civilians," says Jianglin Li, author of “Tibet in Agony: Lhasa 1959." "But for Tibetans, what sets the Lhasa massacre apart is their bitter sense of China as a foreign occupying power. The Tibetans were subjugated by force, and they are still protesting today."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.