Chinese state media targeted the U.S. government over the weekend, as raging protests and clashes hit many American cities and the unrest was compared to the democracy-friendly movement in Hong Kong.
Beijing has long been angry with criticism from western capitals, particularly Washington, for treating the protests against democracy that shook Hong Kong last year.
And when unrest over racial inequality and police brutality broke out in the United States after death while arresting an unarmed black man, Chinese government spokesmen and official media launched broadsides against American authorities.
Chinese media also distributed video clips indicating that the Hong Kong police were "cautious" compared to the actions observed in the United States.
"The House of Representatives spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi once described the violent protests in Hong Kong as" a beautiful sight. "US politicians can now enjoy the sight from their own windows," said Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the nationalist tabloid Global Times, wrote Saturday.
It was "as if the radical rioters in Hong Kong had somehow sneaked into the US and caused a mess like they did last year," he added.
China has insisted that "foreign forces" are responsible for the turmoil in Hong Kong, where democracy-friendly demonstrators – dubbed Beijing's rioters – have been marching millions since June last year and often clashed with the police.
Beijing sparked outrage and concern earlier this month when it planned to impose Hong Kong a law necessary to protect national security and contain "terrorism". However, it has been condemned by pro-democracy activists and western nations as another attempt to log out of the city's unique freedoms.
Following President Donald Trump's announcement to deprive Hong Kong of his special privileges, a comment published on Sunday in China Daily – a mouthpiece by the ruling Communist Party – said US politicians had dreamed of "bullying" China.
"Better give up this dream and return to reality," it said.
"Violence is spreading in the US … US politicians should do their job and help solve problems in the US instead of trying to create new problems and problems in other countries."
"Lack of transparency"
The back and forth over Hong Kong has exacerbated US-China tensions, which have already been high on a number of issues, including trade and the coronavirus pandemic that Trump has accused Beijing of lacking in transparency.
When violence broke out in the US over the weekend, the spokeswoman for the Chinese State Department, Hua Chunying, also targeted Washington.
"I can't breathe," she said on Twitter with a screenshot of a tweet from US Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus who had criticized the Chinese government for its policies in Hong Kong.
Hua quoted the words George Floyd repeated repeatedly before his death – after a policeman kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes – which triggered the current unrest in the United States.
During the weekend, Chinese media also distributed video clips of the US violence, accompanied by the hashtag "How reserved the police are in Hong Kong" on the Twitter-like platform Weibo.
A clip released by People & # 39; s Daily on Sunday compared the recent arrest of CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, who reported on the riots in the US city of Minneapolis last Friday, to scenes in which the police were involved The city had apparently withdrawn from Hong Kong from media personnel last year.
The attached heading reads, "Reporters have used their professional identities to hinder law enforcement."
Hong Kong police have been accused by human rights groups of excessive violence in protests against democracy last year.
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