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Today in History: a dialogue on 29 April ?

Government representatives, led by Yuan Mu, spokesman for the StateCouncil, sat down to a three-hour dialogue it had asked the officialNational Students' Union and Beijing Students' Union to sponsor. With afew exceptions, the student representatives who participated wereassociated with the official student unions; the dialogue, which wassubsequently televised in its entirety several times by China CentralTelevision, proved to be a tame affair, occasionally becoming virtuallya lecture session by the officials. The Federation of Autonomous Student Unions of Beijing Universities andColleges hold a press conference, stating that it does not recognisethe session as a proper 'dialogue'.

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