Chinese media bristle over U.S. moves over HK

Protests have broken out in multiple US cities over racial inequality and police brutality which Chinese state media have compared with the unrest in Hong Kong

The protests are an opportunity for China to allege double-standards and counter criticism from foreign governments and the Western media over its handling of the Hong Kong protests, its treatment of Muslim minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang and other human rights issues.

Chinese diplomats and state media have seized on the violent unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd to accuse the USA of hypocrisy and compare American protesters with pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

On Chinese mico-blogging platform Sina Weibo, video clips showing Minneapolis police shooting paint rounds at residents on their porch for violating a curfew went viral in the mainland after being posted by top state media outlets including the People's Daily newspaper and the Global Times.

Protestors are pictured clashing with police in Philadelphia.

"US House [of Representatives] Speaker Nancy Pelosi once called the violent protests in Hong Kong "a attractive sight to behold"..." USA politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows, ' Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid Global Times wrote on Saturday. "Negotiate with them, just like you urged Beijing to talk to Hong Kong rioters".

China has insisted that "foreign forces" are to blame for the turmoil in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters - described by Beijing as rioters - have marched in the millions since June previous year and often clashed with the police.

In a sign of diplomatic maneuvering, the U.S. government said it would put one of its prime properties in Hong Kong up for sale - a luxury residential complex worth up to HK$5 billion (US$645.09 million). The worldwide community disagreed with "the selfish behavior of the US", Lijian said.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid Global Times, tweeted a question (pictured) to Hong Kong protestors, asking them if they would demonstrate in the United States under its response to the Floyd demonstrators.

'Better give up that dream and come back to reality, ' it said.

Iran has also goaded the United States over the violence and reminded Washington of the statements it released during civil unrest in the Islamic Republic in 2018.

"US politicians should do their jobs and help solve problems in the USA, instead of trying to create new problems and troubles in other countries".

After condemning China for over a year for purportedly oppressing the human rights of Hong Kong residents, the U.S. itself has been accused of engaging in heavy-handed tactics in response to the demonstrations taking place in its own cities.

As violence broke out in the USA over the weekend, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunyingalso took aim at Washington.

'I can't breathe, ' she said on Twitter, with a screenshot of a tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus that had criticised the Chinese government over its Hong Kong policy. "US politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows", said the Global Times column published Saturday, as protests over police killings of African Americans spread to several American cities. Chinese propaganda outlets played up scenes from the US of violence, burning buildings, harsh police responses and protesters decrying government as part of a broader narrative that western democracies are regularly plagued by chaos and unrest that would never be permitted in the mainland.

Trump will meet on Monday with Attorney General William Barr at the White House, before convening a teleconference with governors, law enforcement and national security officials, the White House said late Sunday.



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