Every year, the United States releases its so-called statement [regarding the Tiananmen Square protests], repeatedly brings accusations against the Chinese government and interferes in the internal affairs of China. Filling six football pitches, many held flickering candles, sang songs and chanted for democracy and an "end to one-party dictatorship" in China.
Western media reported at the time that the death toll from the resulting massacre ranged from 100 to 3,000, but according to a secret United Kingdom diplomatic cable released in 2017, up to 10,000 protesters may have been killed.
Wang Dan, a well-known leader of the Chinese democracy movement who was a student leader during the 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests, launches a new think tank named Dialogue China, in Washington D.C. on June 4, 2018.
He cited Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who wrote in his 2010 Nobel Peace Prize speech, delivered in absentia: "The ghosts of June 4th have not yet been laid to rest". From the night of June 3, 1989 until early morning, Chinese soldiers carried out a clearance operation on and near Beijing's Tiananmen Square, a crackdown on what the Chinese Government wrote off as a "counter-revolutionary riot".
Pompeo, speaking ahead of the 29-year anniversary of the day Chinese troops and tanks quashed the pro-democracy student-led demonstrations, called for Beijing to make a full accounting for those killed, detained or who went missing in the crackdown.
"We join other members of the worldwide community and urge the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing", added Pompeo.
"China long ago reached a clear conclusion about the events of that era, but the US every year issues statements of "gratuitous criticism" and interferes in its internal affairs".
Open discussion of the crackdown is forbidden in China.
In response, Ms Hua, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, yesterday said it had lodged an official diplomatic protest with the U.S. on the matter.
"The U.S. Secretary of State has absolutely no qualifications to demand the Chinese government do anything", she added.
However, Hu Zizzing, editor of the nationalist tabloid Global Times, called the statement Pompeo "meaningless stunt" that "represents the will of the Western world to intervene in the political process of China".
In Taiwan, the democratic and self-ruled island China claims as its own, former president Ma Ying-jeou said in a statement it was important to face up to history to help heal the families' wounds.
The semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong is the only place on Chinese soil where the anniversary is openly marked with a famous vigil in Victoria Park on June 4 each year.