NY DAILY NEWS – A week of out-of-control protests in the U.S. has Chinese officials and media claiming there’s a double-standard when it comes to how human rights violations and law enforcement in the two nations are portrayed.
Video of the chaos following the broad daylight killing of unarmed Minnesota man George Floyd while in police custody have run rampant on Chinese media, according to Bloomberg media, which claims the footage is being used to call out American hypocrisy with regards to China’s handling of protesters seeking greater autonomy for Hong Kong.
Things got personal over the weekend when State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus attacked China Friday, while police clashed with protesters throughout the U.S. A spokeswoman for the People Republic of China returned serve.
That was also one of the last things said by Staten Island man Eric Garner, who died in a police choke hold in 2014.
“Why does the U.S. beautify the so-called Hong Kong independence and violent elements as heroes and fighters while it calls its own people protesting against racial discrimination ‘rioters’?” another ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, reportedly said during a press briefing in Beijing. “Why does the U.S. point fingers at the constrained law enforcement by Hong Kong police but turn a blind eye to what happens at home while using shooting and even the National Guard against the protesters?”
Chinese media aimed its criticism at U.S. officials on both sides of the aisle, including President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Global Times editor Hu Xijing joked that surely Chinese protesters are to blame masterminding “violent protests across the U.S.” that included attacks on police stations, shutting down streets and looting businesses.
The latest escalation of tensions between the U.S. and China comes amid heated trade negotiations between the two nations and the Trump administration’s claim that China is largely responsible for the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 Americans and devastated the economy.