Chinese media use race clashes to criticise US over Hong Kong

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese state media took aim at the United States (US) government over the weekend as many American cities were gripped by raging protests and clashes, comparing the unrest with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

Beijing has long been infuriated by criticism from Western capitals, especially Washington, over its handling of the pro-democracy protests that shook Hong Kong last year.

And as unrest erupted across the US over racial inequality and police brutality after the death during arrest of an unarmed black man, Chinese government spokespeople and official media launched broadsides against American authorities.

“US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once called the violent protests in Hong Kong ‘a beautiful sight to behold.’… US politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows,” Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid Global Times, wrote on Saturday.

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 added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. PHOTO: AP