But I never thought the constitution would be revised so quickly," said Wu Wei, a former official who advised Zhao Ziyang
, the party leader ousted during the mass protests of 1989 in Tiananmen Square.
PM Margaret Thatcher and Chinese communist leader Zhao Ziyang
agree Britain would return the island of Hong Kong to China in 1997.
Deng Xiaoping "invented the title 'core,' bestowing it on Jiang Zemin, whom he chose as the party leader after the tumult of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 and the downfall of General Secretary Zhao Ziyang
, who had sympathized with protesting students," explains journalist Frank Ching.
Nobody is safe in Hong Kong now," said Bao Pu, who published the secret memoirs of Zhao Ziyang
, a former Communist Party general secretary who was purged after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Bao, who published the secret memoirs of Zhao Ziyang
, a former Communist Party general secretary, was openly critical of the events, and told Reuters that he suspected mainland officials.
This has been seen and advocated by many senior leaders within the party, from Li Rui, Zhao Ziyang
and, in more recent times, Wen Jiabao.
This alliance of resistance was what toppled previous reform-minded leaders Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang
before the Tiananmen incident, when they were seen as jeopardizing Party control.
In a book published last year, Chen denied he was one of the masterminds behind the crackdown, but former Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang
and former Premier Li Peng, in later years, both blamed Chen for the bloodshed in Tiananmen Square.
But Zhao Ziyang
, the former communist party secretary who was purged and held under house arrest following the protests after he sympathized with students, blamed Chen for the tragedy in his memoir.
And in a narrow street close to Beijing's Forbidden City, security personnel patrolled outside the former house of Zhao Ziyang
, the former communist party secretary who was purged and held under house arrest following the protests.
In 1984 London formally agreed to surrender sovereignty over the entire territory, as Thatcher confirmed in a letter to Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang
In 1984 Thatcher and China's then-Premier Zhao Ziyang
signed a declaration under which Britain agreed to hand over Hong Kong to China in 1997 after 156 years of British colonial rule.