29th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

China and US in war of words over Tiananmen crackdown death toll

On Sunday, Pompeo called on China to "make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing" during the 1989 protests in Beijing, as well as to release everyone detained and stop the "harassment" of people who participated in the demonstrations and their family.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed protesters and onlookers were killed after China's Communist leaders ordered the military to retake Tiananmen Square from the student-led demonstrators.

"No one from the successive governments over the past 29 years has ever asked after us, and not one word of apology has been spoken from anyone, as if the massacre that shocked the world never happened", said the letter, which was released on Thursday by the non-profit Human Rights in China. A British diplomatic cable released previous year said at least 10,000 people were killed.

A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Boulevard in Tiananmen Square, June 5, 1989.

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

"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 a year ago while still in custody.

Tsai's post was intentionally written in simplified Chinese (Taiwan still uses traditional characters), presumably to make it easier for netizens in mainland China to read, though Facebook is blocked in mainland China and remains inaccessible for those without censorship circumvention tools.

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Nearly three decades ago, hundreds if not thousands of Chinese students were gunned down in Beijing by government soldiers for holding peaceful pro-democracy protests which had lasted many weeks.

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

The alliance also faces a new jab by pro-Beijing forces this year over its longtime advocacy of "ending one-party rule" in China, with some equating that with subversion. Filling six football pitches, many held flickering candles, sang songs and chanted for democracy and an "end to one-party dictatorship" in China.

"But the social energy that accumulated as a result of these past events finally propelled political reform and thorough democratization of Taiwan", said the president.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in a downtown park in Hong Kong for an annual public commemoration of the crackdown on a rainy evening.

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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