Alternate World View

Yesterday was a strange day. Lots of people wearing red arm-bands on the streets and police vans and blacked out cars. Everyone very purposefully going about their business. The BBC channel had no sound, CNBC blacked out whenever the Tiananmen report came on and CNN had a time lag.

This morning there was the official response in the official English language paper (China Daily). I thought I’d share it just as an illustration of how these things are dealt with here:

China yesterday expressed deep dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks on the 20th anniversary of the events of June 4.

“As to the political turmoil and problems that happened in the late 1980s, the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have already made a clear conclusion,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular press conference in response to a question about a statement released by Clinton on Wednesday.

He said China had made great advances in economic and social development since the country began its reforms and opened up 30 years ago.

Facts had proven that the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics suited the national conditions of China, complied with the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people, and reflected the aspirations of all Chinese people, Qin said.

The remarks from the US disregarded the facts and made random accusations against the Chinese government, Qin said, adding that Clinton’s comments violated basic norms governing international relations and principles set forth in the three China-US joint communiques, and grossly interfered with China’s internal affairs.

“We urge the US to put aside its political prejudices and correct its wrong-doings so as to avoid interfering with and damaging Sino-US relations,” Qin said.

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