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US calls on China to account for Tiananmen on anniversary

Visitors gather on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 2014, on the 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protestsThe United States on Wednesday called on China to account for those killed, detained, or missing in the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989, as Washington marked the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy revolt. “Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square,” the statement from the White House said. It comes as tensions simmer between the two countries on issues ranging from alleged hacking by the Chinese military into private US firms to displeasure in Washington with what it calls Beijing’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea.

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