China Accused the US of Violent Pro-Democracy Protests In Hong Kong
The Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the United States of influencing the increasingly violent pro-democracy protests which have rocked Hong Kong for two months.
“As you all know, they’re somehow the work of the US,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying stated at a press conference in Beijing.
Hua added that China would “never allow any foreign forces” to intrude within the semi-autonomous city, and warned that “those who play (with) fire will only get themselves burned.”
The comments are one of the vital direct accusations Beijing has to this point made of US interference in Hong Kong politics and comply with months of speculation inside China that Western forces have had a hand within the movement.
Protesters have been seen waving American flags at among the demonstrations.
Chinese state media has run a number of editorials blaming the US for the chaos. The state-run tabloid Global Times alleged Monday that there had been “unprecedented levels of contact” between Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders and Western governments.
“It’s an open secret in Hong Kong that the forces protesting the extradition bill have been sponsored by the US,” the paper mentioned.
North Korea has also leveled such claims on the US. In an editorial on Friday, state-run media Rodong Sinmun claimed the protests had been the “end result of a plot hatched by the US and other Western nations.”
However, neither country has offered any proof for its allegations. At the press conference, Hua only made reference to public meetings between well-known Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders and US politicians.