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April 12, 2010 Early into the economic liberalization, there were calls from Chinese intellectuals, students and beurocrats to start a 5 th modernization: political modernization Not many people were calling for democracy, but people began to call for atleast some liberalization. Those calls grew as the 1980s progressed, due to economic success. It also grew because of how open china became. Under Mao china had no direct relations with the U.S. and contact with Japan was pretty much non-existant. o With very little traffic going into china from democractic countries, and having the Chinese restricted to what other countries they could travel to… They were quite limited to the exposure they got to different political views. That all changed under Deng. Under Deng Chinese students were sent overseas to study, and bring back knowledge that would be usable to the Chinese. Also the internet brought wider political views into China. The death of Hu lead to students protesting. o Students protested for up to 6 weeks in Tienanmen square. Gorbachov’s visit was very important, and the students used Gorbachov’s visit for their own advantage. It did increase the coverage of the protest, but it did nothing to further their cause.
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