Chinese media use race clashes to criticise US over Hong Kong Jun 01, 2020 0 470 12345 AFPBeijingChinese state media took aim at the 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 United States 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.Chinese media also circulated video clips suggesting Hong Kong police were “restrained” in comparison to actions seen in the US.“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 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.China has insisted that “foreign forces” are to blame for the turmoil in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters -- described by Beijing as rioters -- have marched in the millions since June last year and often clashed with the police.Beijing sparked outrage and concern earlier this month with a plan to impose a law on Hong Kong that it said was needed to protect national security and curb “terrorism”, but was condemned by pro-democracy activists and Western nations as another attempt to chip away at the city’s unique freedoms.Following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would strip Hong Kong of its special privileges, a commentary published Sunday in China Daily -- a mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party -- said US politicians dreamed of “victimising” China.“Better give up that dream and come back to reality,” it said.“Violence is spreading across the US... US politicians should do their jobs and help solve problems in the US, instead of trying to create new problems and troubles in other countries.”The back-and-forth over Hong Kong has exacerbated US-China tensions, which were already high over a number of issues -- including trade and the coronavirus pandemic, over which Trump has accused Beijing of a lack of transparency.As violence broke out in the US over the weekend, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also took aim at Washington.“I can’t breathe,” she said on Twitter, with a screenshot of a tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus that had criticised the Chinese government over its Hong Kong policy.Hua was quoting the words George Floyd was heard saying repeatedly before his death -- after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes -- which sparked the current unrest in the United States.Over the weekend, Chinese media also circulated video clips of the US violence, accompanied by the hashtag “How restrained are the Hong Kong police” on the Twitter-like platform Weibo. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES India, China bring in heavy equipment, weapons in eastern Ladakh Jun 01, 2020 0 482 Bangladesh lifts virus lockdown, logs record deaths on same day Jun 01, 2020 0 444 Indonesia’s Bali limits who can enter island to curb virus spread Jun 01, 2020 0 114 Sri Lanka tea plantation workers defy lockdown to mourn union chief AFP Colombo Tens of thousands of tea plantation workers defied Sri Lanka’s coronavirus lockdown and threats from authorities Sunday to attend the cremation of a popular trade union leader. Television footage showed .. Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm Agra A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday. One of the .. India expels Pakistan embassy officials for alleged spying AFP New Delhi Two officials at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were being expelled for “indulging in espionage activities”, India’s foreign ministry said late Sunday, with tensions already heightened .. One coronavirus case after Germany-China return programme flight DPA Tianjin One person that flew from Germany to the Chinese city of Tianjin as part of a return programme organized by the German Chamber of Commerce has tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the ..