Daily Archives: June 7, 2021

Tiananmen Square Massacre

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, prayed for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre on the 32nd anniversary of their deaths. He also called for “justice” in his homily at a memorial Mass, reported by AsiaNews. 

“We refuse to be pessimistic,” Cardinal Zen said. “We will not be disappointed. In the remembrance of the dead – those killed 32 years ago, our prayer is also for the Lord to lead the rulers to walk on the path of justice and peace.”

On June 4, 1989, Chinese protestors were killed by the government after nearly two months of pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The Chinese government killed the protestors with tanks and gunfire. Although the regime claimed that 241 people died and 7,000 were wounded, a diplomatic cable from the British ambassador to China at the time said that at least 10,000 people were killed.

Authorities in Hong Kong for the second year in a row have curtailed planned events to commemorate the massacre, purportedly for pandemic-related reasons. In 2020, thousands defied police to take part in commemorations. Seven churches in Hong Kong had planned candlelight vigils to commemorate the massacre.

Chinese mainland authorities have seized greater power in Hong Kong, after the imposition of a national security law on the region in 2020. Cardinal Zen said that the massacre may “gradually go far from us, but it seems to reappear before our eyes.”

Read more at Cardinal Zen and U.S. Legislators Commemorate Tiananmen Square Massacre

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China Seizes Bhutan’s Territory

“Raise the bright five-star red flag high.” This was the rally cry that Communist Party official Wu Yingjie gave to Chinese citizens during a visit last year to a town China has recently built high in the Himalayas called Gyalaphug. But there is a big problem with Wu’s order and the very existence of Gyalaphug: “While the Chinese claim that the town lies in China, it is actually well inside the nation of Bhutan.”

Based on satellite imagery and Chinese media reports, Robert Barnett broke the story of China’s illegal construction of Gyalaphug in Foreign Policy last month. Barnett noted that Gyalaphug is one of three villages China has built in Bhutan’s Beyul region since 2015. It has also constructed “66 miles of new roads, a small hydro-power station, two Communist Party administrative centers, a communications base, a disaster relief warehouse, five military or police outposts, and what are believed to be a major signals tower, a satellite receiving station, a military base, and up to six security sites and outposts.”

These developments mean almost all of the Beyul and the entirety of the nearby Menchuma Valley is under Chinese control. These regions together make up 1 percent of Bhutan’s total territory. Were the nation to lose this land, it would be comparable to the United States losing Indiana.

And China seems prepared to make Bhutan’s loss permanent. Official government rhetoric calls the citizens China has installed in these locations “soldiers without uniforms.” It orders them to make “every village a fortress and every household a watch post.”

Read more at China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

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