Playing the China Card (1999) Channel 4

Playing the China Card, Episode 2: Tiananmen Hostage

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2 of 2: Report on secret meetings between representatives from China and America aimed at improving relations between East and West after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. But the determination of President George Bush and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to smooth things over was undermined by China's persecution of Fang Lizhi, a campaigner for democracy in China who sought asylum for himself and his wife in the US embassy when Chinese authorities cracked down on 'counter-revolutionaries'. The Chinese authorities subsequently surrounded the embassy with troops when it had been learned that Fang was being given refuge inside. It took over a year for the situation to be resolved. Programme includes an exclusive interview with the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhu Qizen.

Documentary Description

Material relating to the documentary film series Playing the China Card: Nixon and Mao, 1999, concerning the relationship between the USA and China since the end of World War Two, made by Brook Lapping Productions Ltd and broadcast on Channel 4 as two programmes in 1999, including interview transcripts with US, Chinese and Russian contributors, notably William Frank Buckley, General Alexander Meigs Haig, Henry Alfred Kissinger, James Addison Baker III, General Brent Scowcroft, Anatoly Fedorovich Dobrynin, Fang Lizhi and Ji Chaozhu; complete post-production scripts of the two programmes; a file of questions put to participants for filmed interviews; transcripts from sections of David Frost's interview with President Richard Nixon (1977), relating to US relations with China; books, articles, essays and pamphlets used as background material for the series; background documents, including transcripts of US government archive material, mainly relating to the Nixon administration, and pre-publication extracts from The Kissinger Transcripts (National Security Archives, 1999) by William Burr.


Two part documentary series about the relationship between the US Presidency and China. GB, Brook Lapping Productions for Channel Four. Tx. Channel 4. 1999/09/25 & 1999/10/02.


* TIANANMEN HOSTAGE (02/10/1999)

* NIXON AND MAO (25/09/1999)


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