China Threatens to Retaliate Against US Over Hong Kong

Andrew Cummings
June 1, 2020

Trump ordered his administration to begin the process of eliminating special US treatment for Hong Kong to punish China, ranging from extradition treatment to export controls.

Chinese media outlets and authorities slammed back at the USA over its announced intention to scrap the privileged status of Hong Kong over a national security law scheduled for approval by Beijing. The newspaper also took aim at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, mocking a statement she made almost a year ago that pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong were "a handsome sight to behold" at the time.

"But the USA government and Congress as well as the United Kingdom simply lent a helping hand to violent demonstrations [in Hong Kong] which had nothing to do with their initial objectives and praised them as a 'beautiful sight to behold.' Obviously, they didn't expect such a lovely sight to expand so fast that it could be seen now from their own windows", the article said. A USA consulate spokesman said the move was part of the US' global reinvestment program.

Police officers try to disperse people during a protest downtown Lansing Michigan
Camera Icon Police officers try to disperse people during a protest downtown Lansing Michigan. Credit Matthew Dae Smith AP

The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

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

After days of chaotic scenes in the USA, on Sunday China's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying posted "I can't breathe" - Floyd's last words - to Twitter, with a screenshot of her American counterpart criticising China's crackdown on Hong Kong.

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.

Zhao said the United States "has once again revealed its true face of unilateralism and power politics", adding, "The global community has disagreed with the USA selfishness, avoidance of responsibility and act to undermine anti-epidemic cooperation". 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 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 USA companies operating in Hong Kong.

"I can't breathe", she said on Twitter, with a screenshot of a tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus that had criticised China's policy in Hong Kong.

On Friday, Donald Trump ordered his administration to halt Hong Kong's preferential trade treatment under USA law in retaliation for China's decision to apply a national security law to the semi-autonomous territory. "Washington must have failed to anticipate that retribution could come that fast".

"China and the United States will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation". "How could politicians in Washington possibly define the disturbances in other countries as "beautiful sights" publicly? Let's wait and see which country will encounter more chaos".

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