McConnell: Communist Party's methods a 'tragedy' for Chinese people

McConnell: Communist Party's methods a 'tragedy' for Chinese people
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE (R-Ky.) said China's communist policies are a "tragedy" for Chinese citizens and an "indicator of the threat" to its international neighbors.

McConnell released a statement Tuesday acknowledging the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the "many millions of lives lost under Chinese communist rule." 

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“The Chinese Communist Party’s methods are not just a tragedy for more than a billion Chinese, who deserve to be treated with more respect and granted more freedoms by their rulers in Beijing," McConnell said in the statement. "They are also a telling indicator of the threat the PRC poses to its neighbors." 

The Senate majority leader also recognized the pro-democracy protesters that have taken to the streets of Hong Kong since June and denounced China's reaction to the protests.

"I especially condemn the continued use of violence against democratic activists in Hong Kong," he said. "It is darkly fitting that on the 70th anniversary of the PRC, its agents would be reduced to using force against protesters in Hong Kong who seek to preserve basic personal freedoms."

McConnell's statement comes after a protester was critically shot when police in Hong Kong fired a live round at protesters for the first time after months of demonstrations

It also comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE tweeted congratulatory remarks toward China and its President Xi Jinping. 

Other Republican lawmakers recognized the anniversary solemnly, including Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: 'No sector worse hurt than energy' during pandemic | Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups  Press: The big no-show at the RNC MORE (R-Wyo.) who said the anniversary was "not a day for celebration."