Chinese FM urges US face up to domestic racial issues, batters 'double standard' on HK riots

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/6/1 17:43:40

A firecracker thrown by protesters explodes under police one block from the White House on Saturday local time in Washington DC during a demonstration against police brutality in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old African-American man who died on May 25 evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Clashes broke out and major cities imposed curfews as the US began another night of unrest Sunday with demonstrators ignoring warnings from President Donald Trump that his government would stop violent protests "cold." Photo: AFP

US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien's allegation that foreign powers take advantage of US race relations and protests over George Floyd's death, and his allusion that China is taking pleasure in the chaos in the US is groundless and US practices of glorifying "Hong Kong secessionists" as heroes and calling US protesters as rioters exposed its double standard, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.  

China does not interfere with other countries' internal affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a routine press conference on Monday, noting that people around the world were witnessing what was going on in the US, and he suggested the US politicians mind their own business.

"China opposes violent lawless actions in any forms, and we hope that the US side could face up to the US domestic racial discrimination issues," Zhao urged.

Zhao also pointed that the causes of the protesting scene in Hong Kong and in the US are totally different.

The Hong Kong secessionist and violent actions were actions that severely undermined the national security, where internal and foreign enemy forces were carrying out actions to separate the country, subvert the state and organize terrorist activities, Zhao said.

Many people may want to ask the same question: Why the US side glorifies Hong Kong radical rioters and secessionists as "heroes" and call those US people who protest against racial discrimination as "rioters"? Why the US side criticizes Hong Kong police's civilized and restrained law enforcement while threatens to fire gun shots to the domestic protesters and even deploy US National Guard to suppress them?, Zhao said. 

US practices are typical double standard, Zhao said, and problems behind this are worthy of deep reflection and vigilance. 

Global Times


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