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1989 Tiananmen Square protests

Li Peng Met With Students For The First Time

Thursday May 18, 1989
Beijing, China

Li Peng met with students for the first time on 18 May in an attempt to placate public concern over the hunger strike. Li Peng said the government's main concern was sending hunger strikers to hospital. The discussions were confrontational and yielded little substantive progress or dialogue, but gained student leaders prominent airtime on national television.