June 4, 2019 / 3:19 AM / 23 days ago

China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with U.S. statement on Tiananmen anniversary

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a joint news conference in The Hague, Netherlands June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s embassy in the United States expressed “strong dissatisfaction” on Tuesday towards the United States’ remarks on the 30th anniversary of the Chinese government’s bloody crackdown on student-led protests in Tiananmen Square.

A statement from the embassy said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on the anniversary were made “out of prejudice and arrogance” and grossly interfered with China’s internal affairs.

“China’s human rights are in the best period ever,” it said.

Pompeo called on Beijing on Monday to mark the June 4 anniversary by releasing all prisoners jailed for fighting human rights abuses in China.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Paul Tait

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