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 McConnellLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Biden not ruling out Senate voting to impeach Trump: 'It will depend on what their constituency says' Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate 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 TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment 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 Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Cheney calls for Turkish leader's bodyguards to be banned from re-entering US Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE (R-Wyo.) who said the anniversary was "not a day for celebration."