White House urged China to account for those killed, detained, or missing in connection with Tiananmen crackdown
Police filled Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Wednesday, the 25th anniversary of the deadly crackdown of student-led demonstrations there.
Watchful Chinese security forces, both uniformed and plain-clothed, checked identifications of passersby and kept journalists from reporting in the square.
China has never given a full account of the June 3-4, 1989 incident, when soldiers killed hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed protesters.
Beijing allows no public discussion on the massacre and has gone to impressive lengths to erase the nation's collective memory of the incident.
The White House on Wednesday urged China to account for those killed, detained, or missing in connection with the crackdown.
The statement said the United States "will always speak out in support of the basic freedoms the protesters at Tiananmen Square sought."
Washington has also demanded Beijing free the dozens of government critics detained or placed under house arrest ahead of the anniversary.
A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry defended the detentions Tuesday, saying China was only punishing "law breakers" and not "dissidents."
Poll: Ukrainians Want Freedom from Outside Intervention
A new poll shows that the vast majority of Ukrainians feel that no outside country has a right to be involved in decisions about their country's future.
The U.S.-based Gallup poll said its April survey of 1,400 Ukrainians outside of the Crimean peninsula annexed the month before by Russia showed 78 percent opposed to outside interference.
The independent poll was funded by the U.S. government's Broadcasting Board of Governors, which operates Voice of America.
The survey depicted a wide divergence of opinion in Ukraine, largely defined by geography, as well as Ukrainian and Russian ethnicity.
The poll showed broader support for the 28-nation European Union and the United States in western Ukraine, with diminishing identity with the West in the eastern reaches of the country, where pro-Russian separatists have engaged in armed clashes with Kyiv's security forces.
More than 84 percent of those polled in western Ukraine said the country should join the EU, but only 19 percent in eastern Ukraine want EU membership. Across Ukraine, a majority of ethnic Ukrainians support EU membership, but only one in five ethnic Russians do, and a plurality of Ukrainians oppose membership in the NATO alliance.