Shanghai stock market closes with a spooky echo of Tiananmen Square

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LA Times– The stock market played a strange trick on the Chinese Communist Party on Monday.

Whether a cosmic joke or coincidence — or as some wags suggested, an act of God — the Shanghai stock market index fell 64.89 points on Monday, which happened to be June 4, the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square.

This darkest moment in recent Chinese history is customarily referred to as 6/4, the unembellished number conveying the same stark tragedy as 9/11 for Americans.

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