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In an annual statement, the U.S. State Department marked the 30th anniversary of China’s June 4, 1989, Tiananmen crackdown with one of its most harsh criticisms to date, delivering a scathing assessment of the massacre and praising the “heroic protest movement” — a message that stood in stark contrast with Japan’s own remarks addressing the bloody attack.

“We honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in the statement released Monday.

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