Disgraced former Chinese Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang has been cleared of charges of counter-revolution, a reliable source said on Thursday (January 23).
VARIOUS LOCATIONS (FILE)
BEIJING, CHINA (JANUARY 9, 1980)
1. GV/MV: ZHAO AT NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS SESSION
WHICH FORMALLY APPROVED HIS NOMINATION AS PREMIER
AND SUCCESSOR TO COMMUNIST PARTY CHAIRMAN HUA
GUOFENG/ WIDE VIEWS CONGRESS 0.11
BEIJING, CHINA (19 MAY 1989)
2. MV: ZHAO ADDRESSING STUDENTS IN TIANANMEN SQUARE
THROUGH LOUD-HAILER (MANDARIN) 0.41
WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 10, 1984)
3. LV/GV/MV: WELCOMING CROWDS OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE/
ZHAO ARRIVING AND GREETED BY US PRESIDENT RONALD
REAGAN AND WIFE NANCY/ ZHAO WITH REAGAN ON PODIUM 1.11
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (APRIL 24, 1989) (MANDARIN NARRATION)
4. GV: ZHAO GREETED BY NORTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM
IL-SUNG AND HIS SON KIM JONG-IL/ ZHAO AND KIM
IL-SUNG INSPECT GUARD OF HONOUR 1.37
TIANANMEN SQUARE, BEIJING, CHINA (JUNE 4, 1989)
5. AV/LV/GV: BUS BURNING/ TROOPS ADVANCING AND FIRING
ON STUDENTS/ CROWDS FLEEING/ INJURED CARRIED ON CART
BICYCLES ABANDONED ON GROUND BY FLEEING STUDENTS 1.50
BEIJING, CHINA (JUNE 30, 1989)
6. MV: WAN LI, CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S
CONGRESS STANDING COMMITTEE, READING REPORT ON
ZHAO'S DISMISSAL 1.59
7. MV/ZOOM/GV: : SCREEN SHOWING VOTE, PEOPLE LISTENING
TO ANNOUNCEMENT AND THEN APPLAUDING 2.10
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Background: Disgraced former Chinese Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang has been cleared of charges of counter-revolution, a reliable source said on Thursday (January 23). The government immediately denied the report from a source close to Zhao's former right-hand man, Bao Tong.
The report said that a special party committee cleared Zhao of charges of splitting the party and supporting student-led demonstrations crushed by the army around Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. It said the internal party investigation's results were announced at a top-level party meeting last month.
Zhao was elected Chinese premier in September 1980. A highpoint of his career was his meeting with U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington in 1984. He met North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang in April 1989 as pro-democracy student protests gathered force. Zhao was last seen in public addressing students in May 1989, and was stripped of all his party posts soon afterwards.