Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Canada, U.S. call on China to reveal truth about Tiananmen Square

Canada, U.S. call on China to reveal truth about Tiananmen Square

The student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests have urged USA lawmakers to step up pressure on China to stop its repressive treatment of ethnic minorities.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement condemning the systemic censorship, governmental silence, and continued human rights aberrations committed by the Chinese Communist Party; "We call on China to release all those held for seeking to exercise these rights and freedoms, halt the use of arbitrary detention, and reverse counterproductive policies that conflate terrorism with religious and political expression". The government has never given a clear account of how many were killed and has squelched discussion of the events in the years since.

He said world leaders have betrayed Chinese activists since the Tiananmen incident and "paraded back to Beijing so they could access China's market and its billion customers".

The spokesman added: "This is an affront to the Chinese people and a serious violation of worldwide law and basic norms governing global relations".

She said the struggle for these basic freedoms continues in China by lawyers and journalists and that Canada calls upon China to uphold its human rights obligations "for the release of those who have been unjustly and arbitrarily detained".

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"The Chinese side firmly opposes it and has made stern representations to the Canadian side".

Shortly after the arrest of Meng two Canadian nationals, Michael Kovrig, and Michael Spravor were arrested in China on charges of obtaining secret state data on behalf of foreign actors. It added that America's hopes that China would become a more open and tolerant society have been dashed.

The "clash of civilizations" reference appears to allude to comments made last month by a U.S. State Department official who used the term when she said that China was the U.S.'s first "great power competitor who is not Caucasian".

"China's one-party state tolerates no dissent and abuses human rights whenever it serves its interests".

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