The US' days of deceiving and harming Hong Kong people are over: Global Times editorial
Published: Aug 06, 2021 12:10 PM
Hong Kong residents hold banners opposing the US and foreign meddling in China's internal affairs in front of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong on July 2, 2020.

Hong Kong residents hold banners opposing the US and foreign meddling in China's internal affairs in front of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong on July 2, 2020.

The White House released a statement on Thursday saying that US President Joe Biden, in the foreign policy interests of the US, signed a memorandum to defer the enforced departure for Hong Kong residents presently in the US with "compelling foreign policy reasons." The memorandum is filled with attacks against the national security law for Hong Kong. 

Soon after the statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted, "We are offering a safe haven in the United States to those who fear returning to Hong Kong." According to the statement, the US will defer the removal of certain Hong Kong residents for 18 months. But Blinken deliberately skirted around it that it was only temporary, and once again put forward his frequently used slogan, "We stand with the people of Hong Kong." Such remark has almost become a part of the routine when senior officials in Washington say anything about Hong Kong. No one takes it seriously. 

What kind of people, who are currently in the US, would fear returning to Hong Kong? The answer is obvious - anti-China rioters. Law-abiding, patriotic people who also love Hong Kong will only hope to leave the US, where the epidemic is raging and anti-Asian hate crimes are surging, as soon as possible. With the national security law for Hong Kong, the city has bid farewell to chaos, and every normal person would hope to return there early to live and work. 

Senior politicians in Washington always say they "stand with Hong Kong people." The subtext is they stand with anti-China rioters. Or, they want people in Hong Kong to stand with the US, confronting the government Washington does not like, playing the role of cannon fodder for US interests. In any case, unscrupulous US politicians have put the US on the opposite side of the interests of Hong Kong and Hong Kong people. 

The truth is, even if they repeatedly voice they "stand with" Hong Kong rioters, they are quite stingy and their support is quite limited. If they really want to protect these people, why not just issue them green cards and turn them into American citizens? Why not mobilize US allies, such as the UK, Canada and Australia to take in as many rioters as possible? The decision, deterring their departure for 18 months, is portrayed like it is a huge favor. The US is trying to achieve big using as little effort as it can. If Washington is so tightfisted even toward its lackeys, how could it possibly be generous to others? It is hoping others charge ahead for it by paying nothing more than lip service, but it does not even bother to come up with a new line other than "standing with" them.

It has been proven repeatedly that whomever US politicians claim to stand with will face bad luck, plunge into social unrest and suffer severe consequences. This is what has happened in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and so on. It is said that senior officials in Washington have publicly claimed they "stand with the Hong Kong people" at least 10 times in the past two years. Some even praised the chaotic scenes of riots in the city as "a beautiful sight to behold." It was under their temptation that Hong Kong, once one of the safest cities in the world, entered its darkest period. During that time, constant violent activities left more than 3,000 people injured. The number of bricks that mobs peeled off could fill 48 basketball courts. And if we put all the railings these rioters stripped down together, it would be 124 times taller than the International Finance Centre Tower 2, Hong Kong's landmark skyscraper.

Now that Hong Kong has finally made it back to normality, the US must drop its illusion of deceiving and harming the Hong Kong people again. According to Xinhua, since Biden took office, the new US administration has not changed a bit from the hegemonic behavior of its predecessor. It has launched at least 13 smear attacks against China on issues related to Hong Kong. The US has already become the biggest threat to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

The international community should shout out loud more that "we stand with the American people." The deteriorating human rights situation in the US is worrying. The wail of George Floyd's words, "I can't breathe," is still lingering. The "beautiful sight to behold" occurs constantly on US soil. After the Miami condo collapse, more than 100 lives were buried under ruins, yet no one was held accountable. Not to mention the endless unprecedented humanitarian disaster in the US that has continued for more than a year due to the COVID-19 epidemic, with more than 35 million cases and more than 600,000 deaths already. 

How can the US be so shameless to tell others what to do!