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US News US calls for China to account for the 'ghosts' of Tiananmen

14:05  04 june  2018
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BEIJING (June 4): The United States urges China to make a full public account of those killed, detained or who went missing during a crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

The Chinese government sent tanks to quell the June 4, 1989 protests, and has never released a death toll. Estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.

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

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“The United States government continues to call for a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing,” spokesperson Mark Toner said. Read more: Tiananmen Square , US - China relations.

" We renew our call for the Chinese government to end harassment of those who participated in the protests and fully account for those killed, detained or missing," the statement added. US urges China to free Tiananmen Square activists.

In a statement on Sunday the recently appointed Pompeo said he remembered "the tragic loss of innocent lives".

View of Tiananmen square on July 27, 2011 in Beijing, China. © Getty View of Tiananmen square on July 27, 2011 in Beijing, China.

"As Liu Xiaobo wrote in his 2010 Nobel Peace Prize speech, delivered in absentia, 'the ghosts of June 4th have not yet been laid to rest'," Pompeo said referring to the Chinese dissident who died last year while still in custody.

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

In response to Pompeo's comments, China had lodged "stern representations" with the United States, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday.

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BEIJING — Calls for China to account for events that took place at Tiananmen Square 25 years ago rang out worldwide yesterday but, in the country, a stifling security presence ensured the day passed like any other.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China criticized the United States on Friday for "unprovoked accusations" in calling on Beijing to account for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

China long ago reached a clear conclusion about the events of that era, but the United States every year issues statements making "gratuitous criticism" of China and interfering in China’s internal affairs, Hua said.

A Beijing demonstrator blocks the path of a tank convoy along the Avenue of Eternal Peace near Tiananmen Square. © Getty A Beijing demonstrator blocks the path of a tank convoy along the Avenue of Eternal Peace near Tiananmen Square.

"The US Secretary of State has absolutely no qualifications to demand the Chinese government do anything," she added.

Hu Xijin, editor of nationalistic tabloid the Global Times, called Pompeo's statement a "meaningless stunt" that "represents a wish of the Western world to meddle in China's political process".

The Chinese Communist Party no longer mentions the Tiananmen incident in order to help Chinese society move on, which it has successfully done, Hu added, writing in English on Twitter, which is blocked in China.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather later in the day in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary, the only place in China where such large-scale public commemorations happen.

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Ghosts of Tiananmen . By Perry Link June 3, 2011. We have honored the views of such people as Andrei Sakharov, Lech Walesa and Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Peace Prize, is in a prison in Liaoning, China , for “incitement of subversion of state power.”

Assignment: China - Tiananmen Square. Brought by broadcast and print journalists into American homes, the What followed was an extraordinary seven weeks where large numbers of Chinese in dozens of cities marched and demonstrated to express their grievances and to call for change.

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On Tiananmen Square, security was tight as is usual for the anniversary, with no signs of any protests or other memorial events.

Foreigners' passports were checked by Chinese police at a checkpoint nearly a kilometre from the square. A Reuters reporter was turned away and told that unapproved "interview activities" were forbidden in the square on Monday.

In their annual open letter, the Tiananmen Mothers, who represent the families of those who died, said the government was guilty of serious disrespect by ignoring their requests for redress.

"Such a powerful proletarian dictatorship apparatus is afraid of us: the old, the sick, and the weakest and most vulnerable of our society," they wrote in a letter addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In Taiwan, the democratic and self-ruled island China claims as its own, former president Ma Ying-jeou said in a statement it was important to face up to history to help heal the families' wounds.

"Only by doing this can the Chinese communists be seen by the world as a real great power," wrote Ma, under whose administration ties with China dramatically improved.

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