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China should face up to, learn from 'June 4' incident: MAC

The Chinese authorities should face the historical facts of the Tiananmen Square incident and continue to pursue political and human rights reforms, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a statement.

Marking the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen protests, the MAC urged Beijing to learn a lesson from the incident. The council also urged Beijing to promote democracy, which would help establish a better relationship between the two sides of the Strait.

The MAC also said that Beijing ought to demonstrate determination, wisdom, and tolerance by facing the historical facts of the "June 4" incident.

The council mentioned that President Ma Ying-jeou called on the mainland, when delivering his inaugural speech on May 20, to narrow the gap between the Strait by allowing its people (i.e. PRC citizens) to have a greater say in politics and by improving its human rights record.

"The mainland should face the historical incident with sincerity, and learn a human rights lesson from it and also press for political reforms," said the MAC.

"Re-evaluation of the 'Tiananmen Incident' would be considered a critical index in the measuring of political and institutional reforms in the mainland," said the MAC.

Meanwhile, Chairman Su Tseng-chang of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party said the "June 4" incident was a major historical event, because it marked a major setback in freedom and democracy.

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