October 1 is the anniversary of the Communist Party’s take over of China — and Republicans are sending mixed messages about how that day should be remembered.
As the Chinese government and leader Xi Jinping celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and Communist Party rule with a military parade, many are looking back at this day with disdain.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) released a statement with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) noting that today was “not a day for celebration” and took time to remember the victims of the Communist Party.
The 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China is not a day for celebration, but rather an opportunity to remember the victims of the Chinese Communist Party. The U.S. stands with these victims, including those in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and beyond. https://t.co/8ugYNfcbbM
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) October 1, 2019
“Since its founding, the People’s Republic of China has deprived its citizens of their fundamental human rights and human dignity. From the tens of millions who starved to death during Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward, to the students who stared down tanks in Tiananmen Square, to the millions of Uighurs who have languished in concentration camps, and now to the courageous people of Hong Kong, the CCP’s appalling record of repression is clear. […]
On the anniversary of the PRC, the U.S. stands with the foremost victims of the Chinese Communist Party: Chinese citizens themselves. It is for their future, as well as that of their fellow victims in Xinjiang, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and beyond, that we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that the Chinese Communist Party is left on the ash heap of history.”
While Republican leaders like Cheney were bashing China and the Communist Party, President Donald Trump wished China and President Xi well.
Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
This statement did not go over well with many, including Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), who mocked the president’s tweet.
I will pass. https://t.co/AfZxeyrzmE
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) October 1, 2019
President Trump has been working closely with President Xi to secure a trade deal, which has so-far been a series of rocky negotiations and tariffs.
Although the Chinese government is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Communist take over, thousands have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the party — which has already been met with violence.