The State Department rejects Blinken’s statement

The State Department on Wednesday strongly rejected a statement by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the 1989 political unrest in Beijing, saying Washington’s action seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs.

“This is a deliberate attack on the Chinese system and a stain on China’s image. China is deeply dissatisfied and firmly opposes it,” ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

Mao said the Chinese government had reached a clear conclusion about the political turbulence that occurred in the late 1980s.

The American side should act on the American leader’s commitments to respect the Chinese system and not try to change the Chinese system, she said. She urged Washington to stop inciting ideological confrontations and interfering in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights.

The spokeswoman said the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics fits China’s reality, reflects the will of the Chinese people, adapts to the call of the times and enjoys the sincere support of all Chinese people and wide recognition from the international community.

“We will unwaveringly follow this path and promote the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through Chinese modernization. No one and no force can stop the Chinese people from moving forward,” she said.

Mao added that China urges the US to immediately correct its mistakes and truly respect China’s sovereignty and development path.

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