China fiercely rejects U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s comments on the anniversary of the 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops on pro-democracy protesters in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as interference in China’s internal affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.
Speaking at a regular news briefing, he said that Blinken’s statement interferes with China’s internal affairs.
Wang’s remarks were prompted by Blinken’s tweet saying June 4 is the 32nd anniversary of the PRC’s deadly crackdown in Tiananmen Square, killing thousands of protesters simply calling for their rights and freedoms to be respected.
According to official estimates, student protests held on 4 June 1989 in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in favour of democratic reforms were violently dispersed by the Chinese Army, leaving over 200 dead and hundreds more injured.
Blinken accused China of acting more aggressively abroad, among other things said in an interview with CBS News on Thursday, but noted that the U.S. doesn’t have the luxury of not dealing with China.