China, Iran mock United States amid ongoing riots: 'I can't breathe'

01 Juin, 2020, 16:54 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • 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

Tensions between the US and China have escalated over the last few months as the two countries have traded insults and threats over the novel coronavirus pandemic and the future of Hong Kong.

"On the contrary, it will solidify the foundation of "one country, two systems".

A protester confronts police during a rally in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, against the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The decision has alarmed foreign governments and prompted the U.S.to threaten retaliation, including Friday's announcement that it would "begin the process" of eliminating the policy exemptions that allow America to treat Hong Kong differently than the mainland.

Over the weekend, Chinese media also circulated video clips of the USA violence, accompanied by the hashtag "How restrained are the Hong Kong police" on the Twitter-like platform Weibo.

Her "I can't breathe" attack touched a nerve as both Floyd and Eric Garner - both unarmed black men - uttered that expression moments before they died, while facing what many believe was excessive force by police. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

China hopes the United States will "safeguard and guarantee the legal rights of ethnic minorities", Zhao said at a daily briefing on Monday.

China on Monday termed US' move to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong "a violation of global law", saying such attempts will fail.

Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have taken to the streets in the territory to push back against the Chinese communist government's gradual moves to strip the global financial hub of freedoms and governmental autonomy that it has had for generations.

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Citing the clashes occurring in American cities, the Global Times article claimed that it is "as if the radical rioters in Hong Kong somehow snuck into the USA and created a mess".

Global Times has also posted video clips including one of a police vehicle ramming into protesters in NY under with a caption which said: "Peacekeepers or mass murderers?" Mr. Hu wrote. "It seems to be what Beijing should do according to the logic of Washington cheering for the rioters in Hong Kong".

"Trump's comments have eased investors' concern about the impact of potential sanctions on the Hong Kong economy".

On May 28, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest US coalition of labor unions, awarded its annual human rights award, the George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award, to Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), a Hong Kong-based coalition of pro-democracy groups.

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

Zhao rebuked O'Brien's claim as "groundless", urging USA politicians to mind their own business.

"The odds of outbreaks of riots in the US are much higher than they are in China", it claimed. "Let's wait and see which country will encounter more chaos".

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