Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary, U.S. Criticism of China Rings Hollow

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard at Tiananmen Square before the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, May 21, 2020 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard at Tiananmen Square before the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, May 21, 2020 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China after police in Hong Kong barred an annual vigil in the city scheduled to mark the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. “If there is any doubt about Beijing’s intent,” he wrote on Twitter, “it is to deny Hong Kongers a voice and a choice, making them the same as mainlanders.” Hong Kong authorities cited public health concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic to justify banning the event, […]

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