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Tragic Anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests and Massacre, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, one Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, June 3, 2013   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the June 3, 2013 hearing, "Tragic Anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests and Massacre" before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Christopher H. Smith: "Today, this week, the world remembers the dream that was and is the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. [...] Twenty four years ago today, the world watched in awe and wonder as hundreds of thousands of mostly young people peacefully petitioned the Chinese Government to reform and to democratize. [...] The Chinese Government not only continues to inflict unspeakable pain and suffering on its own people, but the cover-up of the Tiananmen Square massacre is without precedent in modern history. [...] A few days ago, the U.S. Department of State asked the Chinese Government to 'end the harassment of those who participated in the protests and fully account for those killed, detained, or missing.' The response? The Chinese Foreign Ministry acrimoniously said that the U.S. should 'stop interfering in Chinese internal affairs so as not to sabotage U.S./China relations.' [...] President Obama, as we know, is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday and Saturday to discuss security and economic issues. A robust discussion of human rights abuses in China must be on the agenda and not in a superfluous or superficial way. It is time to get serious about China's flagrant abuse. The Chinese Government's appalling record should make us question even the topic that is at hand: Can a government that crushes the rights and freedoms of its own people be trusted on trade and on security issues?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Wei Jingsheng, Chai Ling, Yang Jianli, David Aikman, Sophie Richardson, and Steve Stockman.

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2013
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