China accused the United States today of inciting the massive democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, which rocked Beijing a decade ago, as part of a strategy to promote political chaos in China.
The statement, released by China's rubber-stamp parliament, came just five days before the anniversary of the June 4, 1989, military crackdown on the demonstrations that left hundreds dead. The parliament is headed by Li Peng, who declared martial law in Beijing during the protests, and who is still widely reviled in China for his role then.
The United States "played an inglorious role" in the 1989 protests by "directly masterminding schemes and giving money and goods to support those making the disturbance," the statement said. America also spread "horrifying rumors by using their media," it said.
The comments were the next logical step in an ongoing government campaign to harangue the West. The government has continued its unrelenting criticism of the United States for the May 7 bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, which it said was intended to destabilize China. It also has assailed American media coverage of the bombing, saying the reports are biased and prove that Western notions of freedom of the press and human rights are a sham.