China: US can now 'enjoy' protests after criticizing China's handling of Hong Kong situation
China's state media is harnessing the current wave of protests across America to call out the US government for 'hypocrisy' after it criticized China's handling of Hong Kong protests last year.
Beijing has been upset at the US for criticizing how it handled months of protests in Hong Kong — including the White House openly supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.
Over the weekend, Chinese officials and its state-run media made the most of the current US protests, according to The Straits Times.
The protests were triggered by the death of George Floyd, a 45-year-old black man who died after a white officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
On Saturday, Hu Xijin the editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-affiliated newspaper Global Times, published an article claiming the protests that swept through Hong Kong had spread to the US.
"US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once called the violent protests in Hong Kong 'a beautiful sight to behold,' he wrote. "Now, the 'beautiful sight' is extending from Hong Kong to over a dozen US states."
"US politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows," he added.
Xinhua, a Chinese state-run agency, described the protests as "Pelosi's beautiful landscape," according to the South China Morning Post.
Hu compared the two movements, saying both groups broke the law and caused destruction. Yet the US condoned those in Hong Kong, and saw the protests in the US as unacceptable, according to The Guardian.
It was "as if the radical rioters in Hong Kong somehow snuck into the US and created a mess like they did last year," he wrote.
That same day, the People's Daily shared videos on Weibo of CNN journalist Omar Jimenez being arrested during a live broadcast of a protest. The Chinese newspaper compared the footage with a clip showing Hong Kong police leaving a protest last year, with a hashtag reading: "How restrained are the Hong Kong police."
The state-run paper did not provide details, however, about complaints by Hong Kong journalists of police violence during protests in 2019.
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