China Unhappy With USA Over Tiananmen Square Comments

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China Unhappy With USA Over Tiananmen Square Comments
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China Unhappy With USA Over Tiananmen Square Comments
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The Chinese government has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” following comments from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Just after midnight on the anniversary of China’s crackdown on Tianamen Square protesters, Pompeo released a strongly worded condemnation of China via the US Department of State’s website. China’s embassy in the US quickly responded, calling the comments rooted in “prejudice and arrogance.”

The Tiananmen Square protests began in April of 1989 in the country’s capital as a plea for human rights reforms throughout the nation. The Chinese government declared martial law and attacked the protesters less than two months later on June 4. Government forces assaulted the protesters using tanks and heavily armed troops. The incident is often referred to as the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

The official claim of the Chinese government is that around 300 were killed as a result of the violence. However, several international organizations have estimated the loss of life to be in the thousands.

Perhaps the most iconic image of the incident is of a protester bravely standing in front of a line of tanks, blocking their path. Affectionately nicknamed Tank Man, no reliable information exists about his identity or fate. However, in a 2000 interview with Mike Wallace, former President of China Jiang Zemin claimed Tank Man was never arrested.

In his press statement, Pompeo wrote:

“The hundreds of thousands of protesters who gathered in Beijing and in other cities around China suffered grievously in pursuit of a better future for their country. The number of dead is still unknown. We express our deep sorrow to the families still grieving their lost loved ones, including the courageous Tiananmen Mothers, who have never stopped seeking accountability, despite great personal risk…

Over the decades that followed, the United States hoped that China’s integration into the international system would lead to a more open, tolerant society. Those hopes have been dashed. China’s one-party state tolerates no dissent and abuses human rights whenever it serves its interests. Today, Chinese citizens have been subjected to a new wave of abuses, especially in Xinjiang, where the Communist Party leadership is methodically attempting to strangle Uighur culture and stamp out the Islamic faith, including through the detention of more than one million members of Muslim minority groups…

We salute the heroes of the Chinese people who bravely stood up thirty years ago in Tiananmen Square to demand their rights. Their exemplary courage has served as an inspiration to future generations calling for freedom and democracy around the world, beginning with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Eastern Europe in the months that followed.”

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