June 04 (Nepal Niti) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been rebuked by China for his remarks during the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest. Mr. Pompeo criticized China’s human rights record and called for it to reveal how many died in the crackdown. A Chinese embassy spokesman in Washington DC said his comments were an affront to the Chinese people.
In 1989, a large political protest in Beijing triggers a brutal clampdown by the communist authorities. The government of China has never expressed the actual number of people died at the protest, however, the hundreds to thousands of people are estimated to death.
On Monday, Mr. Pompeo had urged China to make a full, public accounting of those killed or missing to give comfort to the many victims of this dark chapter history. He also accused China of (abusing) human rights whenever it serves its interests giving the example of China cracking down on its minority Uighur people in the Xinjiang region. Mr. Pompoe said US hopes have been dashed of China becoming more open, tolerate society through great global integration.
On Tuesday, the Chinese embassy said China had reached the verdict on the political incident of the late 1980s long ago. A spokesman said Mr, Pompeo has used the pretext of human rights for a statement that grossly intervenes in China’s affairs.
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