The Gloves Are Off: U.S. Calls Chinese Government a ‘Thuggish Regime’ After Chinese Paper Published Personal Info on American Diplomat who Met with Student Activists; China Denounced Remarks as U.S. ‘Gangster Logic’

  • The U.S. and China exchanged insults Thursday after disagreeing on the ongoing situation in Hong Kong where protesters have protested for weeks on end against the proposed extradition bill and currently are holding a three-day protest at an airport.
  • China “asked the U.S. to explain reports its diplomats were in contact with Hong Kong protest leaders” on Thursday.
  • After a Chinese newspaper, Ta Kung Pao, a pro-Beijing publication, published the personal information of American diplomat Julie Eadeh for speaking with student leaders at a hotel, the State Department fired back and called the Chinese government a “thuggish regime.”
  • At a news briefing, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said: “I don’t think that leaking an American diplomat’s private information, pictures, names of their children – I don’t think that is a formal protest, that is what a thuggish regime would do.”
  • The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong responded: “The spokesperson at the commissioner’s office denounced the claim as a blatant slander against China, which has confounded right with wrong and again exposed U.S. gangster logic and hegemonic thinking. China deplores and firmly opposes the remarks.”
  • China has repeatedly accused the U.S. of meddling in the Hong Kong protests and previously told the U.S. and other countries to stay out of the fray.
  • Activists are stepping up pressure against the extradition bill and fighting to retain its autonomy with new protests to “raise international awareness.”
  • The demonstrators are also waving banners in different languages to denounce Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the police.
  • The activists have also “left pamphlets stacked in piles that warned visitors of the heavy use of tear gas by police.”
  • During protests on Monday, law enforcement said they used 800 canisters of tear gas, “and journalists and protesters say many suffered skin irritation and internal injuries as a result.”

Reference Links

  • BBC: Hong Kong: US calls China a ‘thuggish regime’ amid fresh protests READ
  • Fox: US, China spar over Hong Kong after ‘thuggish regime’ remarks as activists launch latest airport protest READ
  • Reuters: U.S. calls China ‘thuggish regime’ for singling out U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong READ
  • The Guardian: US calls China ‘thuggish regime’ for targeting American diplomat who met Hong Kong protesters READ

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