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Competition with China: The Tiananmen Square Crisis

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Part of CASI's "Competition With China" video series which helps Airmen better understand the strategic competition with China broadly, and takes a deep look at many of the military and security aspects of that competition. 

CASI uses source documents to research and report on China’s aerospace forces and the civilian and commercial infrastructure that supports them. By studying “everything that flies” in China CASI is able to provide U.S. leaders and policymakers a better understanding of our strategic competitor. 

Many Chinese read and speak English, but very few in the DoD read and speak Mandarin.  Through our research, reports, and this video series, CASI enables leaders at all levels to gain a better understanding of Chinese aerospace strategy, doctrine, operating concepts, capabilities, personnel, training, and organization. Our goal is to get the best information to the most people so they can make the best decisions.

This video covers an in-depth account of the events surrounding June 4th, 1989, known as the Tiananmen Square Crisis.  This video is hosted by Mr. Ken Allen, USAF Ret.  Ken was the assistant air attaché in Beijing at the time and was on the ground for the events of May and June 1989.  In this video, he offers some amazing insights, and provides a perspective on what it was like to be present at such a monumental and tumultuous event.  

You can watch this video, and all of those in this series, on CASI's Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/Vt4Nmcl8GcY

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