Diplomatic cable reveals what Bob Hawke thought he knew about Tiananmen massacre | 7.30

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Thirty-two years ago Chinese Army troops were called into the centre of Beijing to quash a month-and-a-half-long student protest in Tiananmen Square.

Bob Hawke’s response to the massacre was one of the defining moments of his career.

Now the ABC has published a previously classified diplomatic cable crucial to the Prime Minister’s decision-making, and it’s spoken to embassy officials who ended up doubting the quality of the intelligence they’d gathered.

This story from Matthew Bevan and Scott Mitchell contains descriptions of events that some viewers may find confronting.

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