Secret cable: 10,000 killed in China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown

The China Post
Date: December 24, 2017

The secret diplomatic cable seen by the AFP news agency at Britain’s National Archives gives gruesome details of the 1989 Chinese army clampdown on pro-democracy protesters.

“Minimum estimate of civilian dead 10,000,” the British ambassador at the time, Alan Donald, said in a telegram to London on June 5, 1989, a day after the violent suppression.

The document was made public more than 28 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

The secret cable puts the Tiananmen Square civilian death toll almost 10 times higher than the one of several hundred to more than a thousand deaths that is commonly accepted.

Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a French China expert, told AFP the British figure seemed credible as it was also supported by recently declassified US documents.

“That’s two pretty independent sources which say the same things,” said Cabestan, who is a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Alan Donald’s report was “not particularly astonishing considering how crowded it was in Beijing [and] the number of people mobilized” against the Chinese government,” he said.  [FULL  STORY]