In 1989, students marched in cities all over China, but it was the demonstrations in China’s symbolic center, Tiananmen Square, that captured the attention of people worldwide.
Because of the first Sino-Soviet summit in thirty years, there were more journalists in Beijing than usual and the Chinese authorities initially permitted easier satellite access.
Two of the most influential moments in this history were the Nixon visit in 1972 and the Tiananmen demonstrations of 1989.
The correspondents interviewed for the series have helped news consumers understand how China's opening up and subsequent economic rise have reshaped the world.
The press also paid attention to the new family planning policy and to the stirrings of dissent.
Deng Xiaoping and the reformers he installed in top positions dramatically loosened economic and social controls in the mid-1980s.This segment discusses reporting on the period through 1976, when deaths of Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong triggered political skirmishes and the Tangshan earthquake took a quarter-million lives.With the restoration of formal diplomatic relations on Jan.S.-China Institute Senior Fellow, is the writer and reporter for the series.He is assisted by USCI Multimedia Editor Craig Stubing and USCI staff and students, who handle much of the logistics, research, transcription, videography, and editing.1, 1979, American news organizations were able to base journalists in China.The interest in China was enormous, as seen in the coverage of Deng Xiaoping’s visit and of the economic reforms he initiated. The images most Americans hold of China were shaped by news coverage.Our multipart documentary series Assignment: China focuses on the journalists who have described the remarkable changes in China since the 1940s.Many individuals and organizations have helped make this series possible.They have given generously of their time and energy, helped us unearth essential materials, guided us to invaluable sources, or provided the financial support necessary to sustain the research, travel, and technical help necessary to produce these compelling films.