Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

China lodges stern representations with USA over Tiananmen comments

China lodges stern representations with USA over Tiananmen comments

The Tiananmen crackdown is a taboo subject in China, while 29 years later it remained a point of contention between China and many Western countries.

The Chinese government sent tanks to quell the June 4, 1989 protests, and has never released a death toll.

Mr Pompeo quoted the dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died of cancer while in custody past year, as saying: "The ghosts of June 4th have not yet been laid to rest". Chinese activists overseas marked the anniversary with protests and a new think tank dedicated to exposing the regime's misdeeds and advocating for democracy.

"[Beijing should act to] release those who have been jailed for striving to keep the memory of Tiananmen Square alive, and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families".

China furiously hit out at the United States on Monday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Beijing to come clean on the number of people killed in the 1989 Tiananmen protests.

Open discussion of the crackdown is forbidden in China.

The president, who has faced since taking office in 2016 increasing pressure and hostility from Beijing, took to the social network to speak to hundreds and thousands of Chinese netizens who do not normally get access to information about the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

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"We join others in the worldwide community in urging the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing", he said.

China's door to talks is open in principle, its Foreign Ministry said yesterday, a day after Beijing warned that any trade and business deals reached with Washington would be void if the United States implemented tariffs.

"We urge the abandon its prejudices, correct its mistakes, stop making irresponsible remarks and interfering in China's internal affairs", said ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular briefing.

"The Chinese government long ago gave an assessment of the political turbulence that took place then".

Hu Ping, another well-known Chinese dissident, said that the lack of democracy in China will eventually bring about catastrophic consequences for the United States and the world, as the Chinese Communist Party continues to increase its power while acting aggressively overseas. In Hong Kong, however, tens of thousands of people gather every year in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to remember the victims in the only large-scale public commemoration on Chinese soil.

The CCP's interference with religion and its aggressive supervision of the activities of Chinese citizens has met with global criticism, and have seriously harmed China's worldwide image, the council's statement said.

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