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China 'Strongly Dissatisfied' with US Comments on Tiananmen Square Anniversary

Armed police stand guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, June 4, 2014.
Armed police stand guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, June 4, 2014.
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China has responded angrily to comments by the United States on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
 
The White House said Wednesday it "will always speak out in support of the basic freedoms the protesters at Tiananmen Square sought."
 
It also called on Beijing "to account for those killed, detained or missing in connection with the events surrounding June 4, 1989."
 
China's Foreign Ministry said it is "strongly dissatisfied" with the statement, which showed what it called a "total disregard of facts."
 
In an article in the official Xinhua news agency, spokesman Hong Lei said China has "lodged solemn representations" over the comments.
 
Wednesday's anniversary of the Beijing massacre passed quietly in China, where public discussion of the incident is not allowed.
 
In Hong Kong, tens of thousands of people held candles, sang songs and listened to speeches Wednesday at a vigil to mark the anniversary.
 
Renz Tse, an activist taking part in the vigil, said it is crucial that Beijing know Hong Kong supports democratic freedoms and opposes violence.
 
"We understand the importance of fighting for the democracy of the China. As Hong Kong is a part of China and nowadays the political reforms are now opposed by the Communist Party - they are trying to elect a chief executive [of Hong Kong] that only responds to the mainland China government," said Renz.
 
At least hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people died on June 3-4, 1989, when troops broke up the student-led pro-democracy protests.
 
China's government has never given a death toll or an official statement of what happened. It defends its actions as necessary to preserve stability.

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by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
June 05, 2014 4:06 PM
Only weak governments are afraid of their own people speaking their minds. This seems to be the case with China.

by: Sam Walton
June 05, 2014 10:26 AM
Remembering Tiananmen Square June 4th, 1989. Red Chinese used tanks to run over their own children. Don't trust the red Chinese they are new Nazi in Asia. Why the USA, Tibetian, Vietnamese, Phillippino, Indian...hate red Chinese.http://abcnews.go.com/International/photos/tiananmen-square-remembered-24-years-19322532/image-19322933 http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1905170_1898152,00.html

by: Wangchuk from: NY
June 05, 2014 9:36 AM
Kudos to the US Govt for speaking out publicly on the Tiananmen Massacre on its 25th anniversary and calling for human rights & freedom in China. The Chinese Communist Party is trying to erase history but in the end its a losing fight. Dictatorships & tyrants want their people ignorant so they can control them. The CCP censors the media & internet so they can control the Chinese people & maintain their monopoly of power. But all tyrants eventually fall and one day so will the CCP.

by: meanbill from: USA
June 05, 2014 8:51 AM
TRUTH BE TOLD -- There's no evidence anywhere in the world, (that the US can provide), that supports any of the rumors and falsehoods the US uses now against China and Tiananmen Square -- (and I do believe all the senior Chinese leaders there that day are dead) -- and now can't verify anything? --

(WHY?) -- Why does the US keep repeating "hearsay evidence" and "unsupported proof of wrongdoing" on China? -- There is no doubt that there were (protests that turned violent) in Tiananmen Square in 1989 -- (that led to the deaths of innocent police and military, and some innocent people) -- when the peaceful protests turned into violent riots -- that the undermanned Chinese police weren't equipped, trained, and prepared to handle -- (and lost control of the crowds, that turned violent) -- (AND?) -- and only SOME of the Peoples Liberation Army, acted and saved the country.... (SOME of the PLA troops refused to act). .... REALLY

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by: Wangchuk from: NY
June 05, 2014 9:32 AM
Are you kidding me? All you have to do is a Google search on the Tiananmen Massacre & you will find documentary and photographic evidence. Unless you live in China in which case such info. is blocked. Authoritarian regimes like the CCP don't want the people to learn the truth b/c they're afraid of the people. Dictatorships & tyrants want the people ignorant so it's easier to control them. Sounds like "meanbill" is just another 50 Cent Party member paid by the CCP to support their propaganda online.

by: Thach N. Son from: Khmer Kampuchea Krom
June 05, 2014 7:05 AM
It is time for the Communist China with its hand full of Chinese blood to recognize what it has done as a massacre on 4 June, to its own people who merely seeking more greater transparency, more freedom. It is ashameful that the group of gangers in control of China always denies what they have done inhumanely and wrongly 25 years ago. Come on CPC, stop behaving childist manner but behave like a grown-up, moral leaders. 21st century, you CPC should have some mental responsiblity to your own people. Thanks brother Sam for guarding the rogues around the world.

by: Aries Deocampo from: Japan
June 05, 2014 5:20 AM
Good job USA. China has 100% human rights violators and everytime they hear some comments from other Countries they got angry... Why?? Tianamen massacre which kills thousand of innocent democratic protester is China reflections on how this Country violates human rights and other laws. The same way as they violate law of the sea when they grabbed territories of other Countries. How do you expect China can get good relation to other neighboring Countries if this is the legacy of their government????

by: U.S. of A.
June 05, 2014 1:59 AM
Whatever the rogue state (called "China") considers unsatisfactory, must be a good. A good thing for democracy where human rights are highly regarded. Well done, the White House!

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