State Dept Soft-Pedals Tiananmen Massacre In Annual Statement

  • President Joe Biden’s State Department issued a neutered version of its annual Tiananmen Square massacre remembrance message over the weekend ahead of meetings with top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in Beijing.
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement Saturday marking the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, lauding the strength of the protesters who were slaughtered and promising to continue fighting for human rights in China and elsewhere. In 2022, however, the administration issued a lengthier, more forceful statement that bashed the CCP for current human rights abuses.
  • This year’s statement makes no mention of Hong Kong, Xinjiang or Tibet and instead makes a single vague reference to fighting for human rights in China.
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