In regard to my last post about the Tiananmen Square massacre, I report some information that I just ran across on Quartz. You can examine it in the context of my previous remarks. It offers an insight into Deng Xiaoping's mindset.
“Two hundred dead could bring 20 years of peace to China,” former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was quoted as saying in recently declassified documents. His words were spoken weeks ahead of the bloody military crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
Second, and also of interest, was the view of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore:
The declassified papers also revealed Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew’s stance on the crackdown. During a meeting with ambassador Donald in July 1989, Lee said he was puzzled why the student protesters decided to escalate their general demands for political reform to directly attacking Deng, which he called “an act of folly.”
Lee also predicted that a military crackdown was Deng’s only option to put an end to the students’ resistance, something he “felt in his bones as a Chinese.”