2. 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Uprising
What's going on
This week marked the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tianamen Square protests in Beijing led by students calling for democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. On June 4, 1989 China used force to quell these protests, killing both demonstrators and bystanders. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesda
y, "We salute the heroes of the Chinese people who bravely stood up thirty years ago in Tiananmen Square to demand their rights. Their exemplary courage has served as an inspiration to future generations calling for freedom and democracy around the world." A Chinese Embassy spokesperson criticized Secretary Pompeo's comments while the Chinese government continues to censor media surrounding the Tianamen anniversary.