>> It's been 29 years since Beijing sent tanks to crush a student led protest on Tiananmen Square. And the United States is urging China to come clean. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, put out a statement on Sunday, calling on Beijing to make a quote, full public accounting on those who died or went missing.
Beijing never released a death toll, but estimates for how many were killed in the crackdown range from hundreds to several thousand. Pompeo also quoted Liu Xiaobo, the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and dissident, who wrote, quote, the ghosts of June 4th have not yet been laid to rest.
The Tiananmen crackdown is a taboo subject in China. There was no mention of it in state media, and no sign of any protests or memorials at Tiananmen Square itself. But Pompeo's statement did spark a reaction. Chinese officials didn't mince words just hours later.>> Well, the only thing that I want to emphasize is that the US Secretary of State has absolutely no qualifications to demand the Chinese government do anything.
>> And the editor of a nationalist tabloid called Pompeo's statement a meaingless stunt. He said the communist party doesn't mention the Tiananmen incident because it wants to help Chinese society move on. His comments made in English on Twitter, which is blocked in China. Tens of thousands of people are expected to mark the Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong, the only place in China, where the public can gather to remember the tragedy.