共产主义受难者纪念基金会将于6月5日下午12:00-1:00在美国众议院大楼Rayburn House Building 2043会议厅举办“六四”国会报告会，公民力量创办人楊建利博士、记者Natalie Liu女士，华府智库Stimson Center资深顾问、中国专家Robert Suettinger博士担任讲员，报告会有基金会研究员 Peter Mattis先生主持。众议员、国会及行政当局中国委员会主席Chris Smith将到会致辞。
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The briefing will also feature remarks by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims of Communism Caucus and Commissioner of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
Exploring the Contested History of Tiananmen Square
This June 4th will mark the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, in which the Chinese Communist Party massacred thousands of innocent student protestors. The People’s Republic of China, to this day, censors any mention of the Massacre and refuses to acknowledge it even happened. The same regime which ordered those thousands of murders is still the same one currently reigning in Beijing, and its human rights abuses continue to this day.
Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation on June 5th for this expert panel discussion on the relevance of the Tiananmen Square Massacre today, and for the presentation of the Foundation’s Human Rights Award to Fang Zheng, who had both of his legs crushed by an oncoming tank in Tiananmen Square after pushing one of his schoolmates to safety.
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch and Registration
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Expert Panel and Q&A
Rayburn House Office Building
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Initiatives for China
Peter Mattis (moderator)
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
Yang Jianli is the President of Initiatives for China, a pro-democracy movement committed to a peaceful transition to democracy in China. Before coming to the United States, Dr. Yang helped the Chinese labor movement develop nonviolent struggle strategies; for his efforts, he was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison, and kept in solitary confinement for most of this time. Although he was originally a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party, he became disillusioned, and participated in the Tiananmen Square Protest of 1989, where he witnessed the massacre of thousands of innocent students. Dr. Yang has a Ph.D. in Political Economy from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Natalie Liu‘s journalism career has included working as the Beijing Bureau Producer for CBS News and as a foreign affairs reporter for The Washington Times. She currently works as a staff reporter for Voice of America. While on assignment for CBS News in Beijing, Ms. Liu was jailed by the Chinese authorities. Ms. Liu is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (MSFS). She has also studied at Harvard University and The University of Pennsylvania.
Peter Mattis is a Research Fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and a contributing editor for War on the Rocks. He previously worked at The Jamestown Foundation as a fellow and editor of its biweekly China Brief. Prior to joining Jamestown, Mr. Mattis worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Government and as a research associate at The National Bureau of Asian Research. His views on China have been widely cited in the media including in the Washington Post, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Christian Science Monitor, BBC, UPI, Washington Free Beacon, Foreign Policy, The Australian, Defense News, The Saturday Paper, The Diplomat, and Sydney Morning Herald. Mr. Mattis has an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Robert Suettinger is Senior Advisor and Consultant at the Stimson Center, working on China-related issues. Previously to joining the Stimson Center, Mr. Suettinger worked as Analytic Director at Central Technology, Inc. for nine years, as well as a Senior Policy Analyst at RAND and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Suettinger also served in the Central Intelligence Agency, and in the State Department as Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before his work in government, he served in the US Army in the Republic of Vietnam from 1969-1970. Mr. Suettinger has an M.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Fang Zheng is the president of the Chinese Democracy Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting freedom, democracy, and human rights in the People’s Republic of China. Fang Zheng was previously an athlete, winning two gold medals and breaking two regional records in the All-China Disabled Athletic Games in 1992. Mr. Fang participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protest, and had both of his legs crushed after he risked his own life to push an unconscious girl out of the way of an oncoming tank. In 2009, a group of doctors from the Walter Reed Hospital built new prosthetic legs for Mr. Fang, which allowed him to walk for the first time in twenty years. Mr. Fang attended Beijing College of Sports, where he majored in bio-dynamics in sports.
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