Thirty years ago, in the early hours of June 4, the world watched in shock and horror as tanks rolled into Beijing's main Tiananmen Square and West Changan Avenue and fired on student protesters calling for democracy and freedom. The Straits Times' China Bureau looks at how the country has moved on since that bloody, fateful day. China breaks silence and defends Tiananmen action The Chinese Communist Party has broken its silence on what has been the most taboo topic in China since 1989. In a rare move, the state-run nationalistic Global Times yesterday published an editorial defending the government's decision to send troops and tanks into Tiananmen Square on the morning of June 4 30 years ago to quash a student-led pro-democracy movement. Headlined "June 4 immunised China against turmoil", the editorial, published only in its English-language edition, downplayed the incident and accused dissidents and Western politicians and media of stirring up public opinion and attacking China. … [Read more...] about Tiananmen 30 years on: How far has China come?