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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the 31st anniversary of Tiananmen Square:

“Thirty-one years ago, thousands of Chinese students and workers were killed for demanding democracy, transparency, and basic human rights. The protests were peaceful and the participants were innocent. But the Chinese Communist Party is ruthless, with no respect for the inalienable human rights of life and liberty. The result was the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

“The Massacre was no accident. It was caused by China’s fear of freedom and democracy. Today, as China has risen on the world stage, that fear has gone global. The crackdown in Hong Kong, the concentration camps in Western China, and the unwarranted aggression towards democratic India and Taiwan are just the latest signs.

“Today, it is as important to remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre as it was to acknowledge it in 1989. It keeps the memories of the victims alive, their aims in focus, and their sacrifices meaningful. But it also serves as a crucial warning to the free world about China’s ambitions in the modern world. Beijing is a threat to freedom on every continent; its ambition will only become more brazen if it is not checked. The United States must be resolute and unified in its opposition to Chinese human rights abuses. The world must join us.”