Radio Taiwan International
Date: 03 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong says Beijing has completely departed from the spirit of the May Fourth Movement. Chen was speaking Friday at a seminar that aims to revisit the movement’s impact on modern Chinese history.
The student-led May Fourth Movement pushed for intellectual revolution and sociopolitical reform in China between 1917 and 1921. The movement’s name comes from a mass demonstration that broke out on May 4, 1919. Protestors were furious at the then-Chinese government’s failure to protect the country’s interests.
On the eve of the demonstration’s 100th anniversary, Chen accused China of deviating from the movement’s spirit of liberalism and suppressing democracy and freedom of speech on campuses.
“Today, China’s assertiveness and powerful military presence abroad have caused concerns and triggered alarms [in the world]. At home, [China] has continued weakening the independence of its civic society. Behind its flashy development and propaganda are endless social paradoxes and management woes. We think these all lie in China’s lack of democratic belief and an imbalance of political reform and economic development. [China] has deviated from spirit of the May Fourth Movement; no where can you find [the movement’s core principles of] democracy and science on the mainland,” said Chen. [FULL STORY]