White House Demands China "Account For" Tiananmen Square Victims

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Just as the cyber-spat is off the headlines for a day... and no one from Treasury has discussed the need for the Renminbi to strengthen... The White House drops another well-timed China shot, calling on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained or missing in connection with the military assault on pro-democracy demonstrators at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 25 years ago. Diplomatically, this could be a little awkward as China forbids public acknowledgment of the anniversary in the state-run media and censors the Internet to wipe away both direct and indirect references to the crackdown.


As LA Times reports,

The tally of dead, injured, jailed, executed and missing from the army action has been contentious for 25 years. Chinese authorities initially said the death toll was 23 students and 300 soldiers, but other estimates have ranged into the thousands. The Tiananmen Mothers advocacy group has painstakingly identified 202 victims by name.


A 2005 study in the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs concluded that at least 3,000 deaths in Beijing was a likely tally based on available sources.


“The United States will always speak out in support of the basic freedoms the protestors at Tiananmen Square sought, including the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press, and the freedoms of association and assembly,” the White House statement said. “These freedoms -- which are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the Chinese Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- are values the United States champions around the world.”


China forbids public acknowledgment of the anniversary in the state-run media and censors the Internet to wipe away both direct and indirect references to the crackdown. Chinese leaders routinely reject criticism of the government’s human rights record by U.S. officials, calling any such reports hypocritical and offering their own counter-assessments of human rights shortcomings in the United States.


“The American people and government applaud China’s extraordinary social and economic progress over the past three decades and value good relations with the Chinese people and government,” the White House added Wednesday. “Even as we continue our cooperation on areas of common interest, the United States will continue to be clear about our differences, and urge the Chinese government to guarantee the universal rights and fundamental freedoms that are the birthright of all Chinese citizens.”

We await China's response... perhaps a Bergdahl reference?

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:28 | 4827710 NoDebt
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I think I speak for China when I say "Fuck you, Obama."  Or maybe I'm just speaking for myself.  Who knows.  It's about nap time anyway.  Another killer-diller day of huge gains in the market for no reason.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:30 | 4827723 NotApplicable
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How about Obama accounting for JFK's missing brain (and the whole "Magic Bullet" theory)?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:33 | 4827736 NotApplicable
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Or Building 7? I'd love to see someone account for that.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:35 | 4827745 McMolotov
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You know, I imagine the rest of the world is getting pretty fucking tired of hearing how America's shit don't stink.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:39 | 4827758 NoDebt
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I think you're right.  

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:42 | 4827772 john39
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China's foreign ministry- 'dude, this was like 25 years ago'...

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:47 | 4827779 Pool Shark
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Official Chinese Response: "Sure Mr. President; right after you account for all the civilians you murdered with drones, and those that were killed by the guns Eric Holder sold to Mexican drug cartels..."


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:46 | 4827785 outamyeffinway
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Maybe we should rethink the "legality" of the President being able to assassinate US citizens with drones......? Maybe?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:53 | 4827816 john39
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war monger in chief just deployed b52's to the UK...  for "temporary training":



Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:01 | 4827849 Ying-Yang
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China replies......

We will comply once you "Account for all the innocent women and children killed by Obama Drone attacks"

You half-and-half mongrel pud.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:56 | 4828034 chumbawamba
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I want all my tax payments accounted for, because I want a fucking refund.  This show is NOWHERE close to what was advertised.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:21 | 4828439 Troll Magnet
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You should ask for all your taxes back PLUS interest!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:37 | 4828476 BigJim
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I still haven't forgotten your epic anti-Chinaman rant.

I bought a stainless steel shower hose today. The ends screwed onto the shower head and outlet, but were smooth cylinders and had nothing to grab hold of to tighten. Consequently, it leaked.

It was, of course, made in China. I thought of you!

I've seen people here defend the Chinaman and his engineering; but in my experience, they (both the Chinaman and his loyal defenders) are clueless. I know they produce 13 Quadrillion engineers every year but I have never seen a people so lacking in engineering nous and basic common sense.

PS - before you decry me as a racist, I do like their food, their (traditional) medicine, their martial arts, and their women. So there.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:46 | 4828506 logicalman
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It's not about where it's made, it's about why.

Things are made down to a price, not to up to a quality.

Things are made to fail so you have to buy a new one.

Keep the treadmill going.

I always try to avoid cheap crap, because mostly, it's expensive in the long run.

Good tools last a lifetime.


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:41 | 4828323 IndyPat
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I think he prefers to be called an Oreo

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:05 | 4827867 McMolotov
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Ah, the B-52s. Kate Pierson's knockers were potent weapons during my teenage years.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:13 | 4827901 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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The obviousness of this response is what makes me wonder if the current leadership is seeking to weaken the nation on purpose.  


They cannot be this stupid.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:44 | 4827981 wee-weed up
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Obozo's White House will do or say anything...

To try to divert attention of the sheeple away from..

The Bergdahl, Benghazi, IRS, ObozoCare,...

And all the rest of the multitude of scandals this Admin is mired in.

Incompetence knows no bounds in this White House.

And Jimmy Carter's smile gets bigger every day!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:14 | 4828089 Savyindallas
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After 2 Bush's , Clinton and Obama, I really long for the days of Jimmy Carter. Other than Reagan,Kennedy and Eisenhower,  Carter is turning out to be the best President of my lifetime.   Looks like the elites are conspiring to give us either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush in 2016  - 2 fucking evil criminals.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:41 | 4827987 BlindMonkey
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It is .gov. Hubris and incoherence (meant incompetence but autocorrect stepped in. I like the change.) are a staple of the beast. As another example: The goal of a Mars mission by NASA is unobtainable based on a CBO report. I guess you can't do hard science at the same time you are telling the muzzies how awesome they are.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:05 | 4828063 pods
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Mars? Shit I would be happy if we could lob a guy/gal into LEO.  Or gasp, travel back to the moon 45 years after we first proved we could do so.  It would be nice to see them drive around in that moon car, play a little golf, jump, fall down, take some fantastic pictures and bring back moon rocks.  We could have another national orgasm and that would unleash that "pent up consumer demand."


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:45 | 4828336 IndyPat
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45 years after we first filmed it on Kubrick's soundstage.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:37 | 4828479 Nobody Important
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Hay. If we push the golf angle we might get Obama to go for it, and go himself!


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:49 | 4828514 logicalman
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Be a good time to cut NASA's budget.


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:16 | 4828575 thisisjustarand...
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Or all the soldiers that those "peaceful protestors" murdered and burned

CNN likes to forget that part of the story.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:47 | 4827783 sushi
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How about some straight up reporting on the numbers of civlians killed in Iraq?

How about a White House statement on the rise in birth defects in Irag due to the extensive use of DU munitions?

Maybe a few words from the teleprompter in chief on the number of wedding parties slaughtered around the world?

Just a whisper on the impacts of Agent Orange on our own troops, the civilians and the ecosystem?




Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:08 | 4828069 pods
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I don't think you are seeing "American Exceptionalism" like they want you to.


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:40 | 4828147 sushi
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"American Deceptionalism"


Fixed it for ya!



Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:50 | 4827803 Poundsand
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Fundraiser comment.  This is one of those press releases done in order to keep a promise for some serious cash.  Nothing more.  But it does speak volumes about the administration.

In another 25 years another administration will ask about those Nigerian girls with the hashtag - #Stillnotforgotten.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:46 | 4827781 COSMOS
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How about accounting for hundreds of thousands of Americans lost in the prison system of bogus drug charges.  We certainly have seen plenty of news stories of cops planting evidence etc.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:48 | 4827790 sushi
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Or why it is that the "land of the Free" has a higher incarceration rate than any other in the world, including China?


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:50 | 4827799 McMolotov
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US incarceration rate: 716 prisoners per 100,000 population
China incarceration rate: 121 prisoners per 100,000 population

We're #1! We're #1!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:39 | 4827759 Comte de Saint ...
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The official response from People’s Republic of China to the White House in regards to the events that took place in Tiananmen Square 25 years ago:

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:43 | 4827773 Headbanger
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WTF!!?  Why doesn't the US Gubmint account for all the victims of the Waco crackdown for that matter.

And how about our very own heavily armed BLM cracking down on an old rancher??


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:48 | 4827789 nope-1004
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"Tank Man" from Tiananmen is the only person I've been thinking about.


Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:27 | 4828120 max2205
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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:23 | 4827936 TahoeBilly2012
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The propaganda isn't for the rest of the world, it's for dumbshits here at home.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:08 | 4828072 Savyindallas
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Especially since we dump all our shit on the rest of the world.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:36 | 4827749 RafterManFMJ
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I'm starting to think, being serious here, that 0bam0 is, in fact, a crack head.

We cannot see any of his other records - but maybe we can see his dental records?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:43 | 4827769 Oracle 911
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Current administration is doing a great job in pissing of every non-Western gov in the world. The day of reckoning therefor is coming this year.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:50 | 4827798 john39
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I truly feel for the average american.  The U.S. has been set for a spectacular fall for international forces (a fifth column) that most americans can't even see.  i can almost hear old larry silverstein whispering 'pull it', as the criminal psycopaths prepare to implode what is left of this country to hide their crimes and secure their escape.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:45 | 4827776 McMolotov
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Obama being a crack head is the best case scenario. Scary shit if drugs can't explain the madness.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:43 | 4827995 BlindMonkey
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"We cannot see any of his other records - but maybe we can see his dental records?"

His dentist told him once he needed a crown. Apparently there was some misunderstanding.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:01 | 4828047 alexcojones
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Building 7. . . plus the other 6 that were nuked that day.

How about our Bushman in Blackface hold the Neocon war criminals accountable?

How about some accountability for Waco? Ruby Ridge? How about the half-million  and counting Iraqi dead?

The District of Criminals knows no shame, or limits to their hypocrisy and crimes of war.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:12 | 4828568 JJdog
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Freaking the Obama White House love to demand this and demand that, like does anyone even listen to them? How about blowing a kiss to Jay? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMDkO-QOji4

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:06 | 4828066 Savyindallas
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He should also explain why our intelligence agencies killed MLK and RFK. And did we ever account for the missing $2.3 trillion that Rumsfeld testified to the day before 911? I know all those records were destroyed during the 911 missile attack at the pentagon, but still, there there are other ways to recontruct these records and show what happened to the money.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:30 | 4827726 Relentless101
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This is just strange. They are digging way to deep to find someting to use. It's like breaking up with your girl and in the fight you start to bring up shit that happened years ago and aren't at all relevant to the current situation. America is again looking the fool.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:32 | 4827734 NotApplicable
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It's all about signal to noise ratios. Gotta fill the air with noise, otherwise shit might manage to get real eventually.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:33 | 4827737 Gringo Viejo
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Fucking children being led around by neocon babbysitters.
If I wasn't livin' it, I wouldn't believe it.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:39 | 4827761 Everybodys All ...
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It's not America ... it's Obama who is the fool.

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