Why is the US government so slow to punish China for the killing of over 300 people in Tiananmen Square
This week, a court in the capital Beijing heard a case of a Chinese citizen accused of “spreading hatred” over social media in the aftermath of the Tiananman Square massacre.
The case was brought by a man from the western province of Henan, who was arrested by Beijing authorities on the day of the killings, but is not being tried in the mainland.
He was arrested under an anti-terrorism law that allows authorities to hold people without charge until their trial.
It’s been a difficult year for Chinese citizens in the US, where a number of people have been charged with murder in connection with the Tianans death.
Last year, a Chinese man from Guangdong province was charged with murdering two American tourists and a local resident in the resort town of Hot Springs.
The US Justice Department announced last week that it would not seek to extradite the man to China.
The death of the two Americans was the latest in a series of violent events in the western Chinese city of Tiananmin, including the mass shooting in which at least 100 people were killed.US officials have said that the investigation into the mass killing of the American tourists is still ongoing, and no arrests have been made.
China has not yet said whether it will accept an apology from the US or will not recognise the verdict, which it deems invalid.
Last month, the Chinese government ordered the US to pay nearly $8 billion in compensation for the deaths of more than 400 people in the Tianianmen Square massacre and the ensuing unrest.
Last week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China’s citizens were “heartbroken” over the decision, which the US president called “a mistake”.