Throughout the world, it is generally recognized that the Democratic movement in Beijing started as a public memorial of the former Chairman Hu YaoBang, who past away on April 15th, 1989 after being ousted by Deng XiaoPing. Slowly, people turned this as a chance to demand more freedom of expression, freedom of Press, and called for an investigation of corruption within the government. The scale and intensity of protest increased, particularly after the Editorial on April 26th. (this period is where rumors of students faked hunger strike, looting, and burning soldiers started to spread, so I will not say what happened at this time)
This lead to Gorbachev seeing protesters on TianAnMen Square, which made Deng XiaoPing looked bad. Eventually, after the Progressives in the Party lost the political struggle, the Army came in and the rest is history. What I want to know is not what actually happened, but what could be changed in China's History after the Korean War so that this Protest could turn China into a more democratic country with the protected right to freedom of expression? (I am thinking about something similar to the "Modern Way Program" in Command and Conquer General lore, so whether China remained a one-party rule or multiple parties are fine)
My guess is...Shorter Cultural Revolution caused by the earlier death of Mao would lead to more surviving intellectuals, who will then lead the protest instead of the young and radical students.