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7. Organized Political Actions

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This chapter discusses the lobbying activities of the Chinese students in their campaign to stay permanently in Australia in the aftermath of June 4. The Australian government acted slowly in dealing with the student issue, which appeared very reluctant to provide the students with asylum for fear of an electoral backlash if it did so. Only a handful of student political groups pursued organized political action, and thus affected every member of the student community. The chapter discusses the People's Republic of China (PRC) students' organized political actions with reference to three main aspects: the transition from the independent student unions to the Federation for Democratic China (FDC); the ongoing politicization of the campaign; and factionalism and reorganization of the Chinese Alliance for Democracy (CAD). The FDC was an organization formed in Paris in late September 1989 by a number of Chinese nationals exiled from China after June 4.

Keywords: Australia; Chinese Alliance for Democracy (CAD); Chinese student community; Federation for Democratic China (FDC); Paris; People's Republic of China (PRC); PRC students' organized political actions



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