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Pompeo meets survivors of Tiananmen crackdown

Pompeo meets survivors of Tiananmen crackdown

Jun 04, 2020

Washington DC (USA), June 4: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met former leaders of China's pro-democracy movement who survived the crackdown in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.
The US State Department on Wednesday announced that Pompeo had met Wang Dan and three other former student leaders who sought asylum in the United States after the 1989 incident. Pompeo also tweeted a photo of the meeting.
Thursday marks the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Incident. On June 4, 1989, the Chinese military fired at pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, causing a large number of casualties.
Wang said in a statement that he and his former colleagues expressed their hopes about democracy for China in the meeting with Pompeo. Wang says this is the first time in 31 years that a US secretary of state has officially met Tiananmen survivors and expressed his or her views on the incident and China's democratization.
The State Department said in a statement released on Wednesday that the United States mourns the victims of the Tiananmen protests. It also said the total number of missing or dead protesters is still unknown, and called on China to give a detailed account.
The Chinese government maintains that it took the right steps to deal with the incident.
Antagonism between the US and China has deepened since the US hammered out countermeasures against China's moves to tighten its control of Hong Kong. China has reacted sharply against the US stance.
Source: NHK World