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07 June, 2018, 14:41 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • China and US in war of words over Tiananmen crackdown death toll

"I sincerely believe that if the Beijing authorities can face up to the June 4 incident and recognize the state's violence at its essence, the unfortunate history of June 4 will be the foundation of China's liberalization and democratization". Hong Kong residents commemorate victims of the Chinese government's brutal military crackdown almost three decades ago on protesters in 1989 Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Mr Pompeo quoted the dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate who died of cancer while in custody past year, as saying: "The ghosts of June 4th have not yet been laid to rest".

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Sunday called on mainland China to promote democratic political reform and guarantee human rights, while urging Beijing to release Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) and ensure his safe return to Taiwan. The event Beijing euphemistically nicknamed "the June Fourth Incident" was sparked by the sudden death of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) general secretary Hu Yaobang, a reformer who was forced to step down two years earlier by Deng Xiaoping.

Open discussion of the crackdown is forbidden in China.

Hundreds if not thousands of unarmed protesters and onlookers were killed late on June 3 and the early hours of June 4, 1989, after China's communist leaders ordered the military to retake Tiananmen Square from the student-led demonstrators.

"We join other members of the worldwide community and urge the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing", added Pompeo.

In response to Pompeo's comments, China had lodged "stern representations" with the United States, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday [4 June 2018].

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Rumors are the post-Navi GPU will be the first post-GCN architecture as well, though what that will entail is impossible to say. The good news is that 2020 Next Gen 7nm+ is most likely a high end part and that AMD may actually make a gaming GPU out of it.

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.

On Monday, the massacre's 29th anniversary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement calling for the Chinese regime to be accountable.

On the 29th anniversary of the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, we remember the tragic loss of innocent lives.

Beijing must similarly embrace democratic reform and the protection of human rights, which are universal values in worldwide society, as China moves forward, the council said.

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

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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