June 06, 2019
Tiananmen Square anniversary sparks frank talk
Foreign minister Winston Peters says 30 years on he's still waiting to hear any explanation or expression of regret from China for the massacre of up to 10,000 people in Tiananmen Square.
Security is tight this week around the central Beijing square where on June 4, 1989 tanks and troops were sent to put down a peaceful protest calling for lifting of some of the restrictions placed on society by the Chinese Communist Party.
Mr Peters doesn't expect his criticism will have affect New Zealand's relationship with China.
"I have made it very clear more than once in my career with respect to China that we need to speak to each other honestly, we need to cooperate, but if things don't look like they should, neither should hold back from making our comment, and they have not held back from making comments about New Zealand. It is part of the international engagement of countries that respect each other thay you tell the people what you frankly think," he says.
Mr Peters is in Honiaroa leading a cross-party delegation to talk with the Solomon Islands government about issues of concern like security, economic development and climate change.
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