China filed an official diplomatic complaint Thursday in response to the White House’s statement on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was “strongly dissatisfied” with the White House statement, according to Time magazine. The statement declared the United States as a supporter of “the basic freedoms the protesters at Tiananmen Square sought, including the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press, and the freedoms of association and assembly.”
The White House said it values “good relations with the Chinese people and government” but continues to “urge the Chinese government to guarantee the universal and fundamental rights.”
This formal complaint breaks "the usual Beijing tradition of keeping mum to the issue," according to Time.
“The U.S. statement on that incident shows a total disregard of fact,” Hong Lei said in the statement reported by Reuters on Thursday morning Beijing time. He claims the U.S. blamed the Chinese government for no reason, and "gravely interferes in China’s internal affairs.”