It was on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese government sent tanks and soldiers into the square in central Beijing, the Chinese capital, to crush weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations.
The anniversary is being marked in the midst of another Chinese government crackdown, this one against activists, lawyers, writers and bloggers.
The U.S. State Department has been joined by the government in Taiwan in calling on China to release jailed dissidents and account for those killed, detained or missing in the Tiananmen Square crackdown. But a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman insisted the matter is closed.
The group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said Saturday that security officers took former government official Bao Tong to an unknown location this week. And the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said liberal intellectual Chen Ziming and many others have been placed under house arrest.
[Tiananamen Square was the Chinese reaction to calls for Democracy at the end of the Cold War. The brutal atrocities committed by the Chinese government was the turning point for the Bush Sr Presidency, which sat silent for 3 days, awaiting poll numbers. In the aftermath, Bush Sr's approval ratings dropped like a rock as he was increasingly seen as indecisive.
Pictured above: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates chose the anniversary of Tiananamen Square to travel to China, to consult with Chinese Military Leaders, and to address politicians in Singapore. Above that, President Obama and Chinese President Hu await their grand appearance to marching bands in a red carpet ceremony that lasted several days when Hu traveled to visit Obama, prior to his visit to Obama's hometown, Chicago.
China continues to experience double digit budget increases for its warfighting capacity, particularly in the arena of technology and force projection means and to increase its political muscle globally. It maintains a "right" to invade Taiwan, which it claims to be territory of Communist China. This presents a shift from a regional power with numerical superiority of manpower to a global power capable of threatening distant lands.]