'Mr President, don't go hide': China goads United States over George Floyd protests

01 Juin, 2020, 18:23 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • China has asked its state-owned firms to halt purchases of soybeans and pork from the United States. — Reuters pic

Chinese officials and state media needled the Trump administration over race-related protests and looting that have engulfed US cities in recent days, after weathering criticism and threats from Washington over Beijing's own moves to quell unrest in Hong Kong.

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.

"Hong Kong's rioters and police should carefully watch how the "democratic US" deals with the chaos in Minnesota", the newspaper wrote.

"US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once called the violent protests in Hong Kong 'a attractive sight to behold.'..." A U.S. consulate spokesman said the move was part of the US' global reinvestment program.

The demonstrations and, in many cases, violent rioting, began last week in Minneapolis, where Mr. Floyd, a black man, died after being handcuffed and pinned down by a white police officer.

Criticizing the United States for interfering in China's internal affairs, "Behavior that undermines the benefits of the Chinese side will be exposed to a decisive counterattack", Zhao told reporters.

"Look at how many poor, ethnic minorities have died of the novel coronavirus", it said.

Seven former United Kingdom foreign secretaries have urged Boris Johnson to form a global alliance to coordinate the response to the China-Hong Kong crisis.

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It was condemned by pro-democracy activists and Western nations as another attempt to chip away at the semi-autonomous city's freedoms.

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".

"A quick question for Pelosi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Should the Chinese government and National People's Congress issue a statement to support the protests by African-Americans and the grassroots of US society?"

Trump gave no time frame for the action, suggesting he may be trying to buy time before deciding whether to implement the most drastic measures, which have drawn strong resistance from US companies operating in Hong Kong.

He said the United States would also impose sanctions on individuals seen as responsible for "smothering - absolutely smothering - Hong Kong's freedom" but he did not name any of the potential sanctions targets.

The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Monday slammed the United States for smearing "one country, two systems" and Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, and stressed that the US threat or sanction will not intimidate the Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots. "Washington must have failed to anticipate that retribution could come that fast".

Chinese President Xi Jinping (facing camera) and his USA counterpart Donald Trump are pictured before a photo session at a Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018.

"The odds of outbreaks of riots in the US are much higher than they are in China", it claimed.

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