China trolls United States ‘double standards’ amid George Floyd protests

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday that the protests in various American cities "once again reflect the racial discrimination in the USA, the serious problems of police violent enforcement and the urgency of solving these problems".

And their propagandists had a convenient counterpoint to China's move to impose a national security law on Hong Kong, effectively bringing about an end to the "one country, two systems" framework that was supposed to continue until 2047.

China's recent focus on extending its national security laws to Hong Kong has sharpened the inherent contradictions in the Anglo-Chinese compact and triggered large-scale protests against Beijing's effort to tighten its grip over the city.

China also said ongoing unrest in the USA highlighted its severe problems of racism and police violence - and exposed Washington's double standards in supporting Hong Kong's protesters.

"I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy that gives Hong Kong different and special treatment", Trump said. Korea's other exports items such as cosmetics and agricultural and marine products are also expected to be hit because of tougher customs clearance in China than Hong Kong.

The US decision to quit the Geneva-based agency comes amid growing tension between the United States and China over the coronavirus outbreak.

Pedestrians stop at a booth set up by a pro-China group on Friday to gather signatures in support of a new security law in Hong Kong.

Frederick Chu Ian-kit, head of ETFs at China Asset Management (Hong Kong), told SCMP that the rule change is "a good move". "Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous to warrant the special treatment that we have afforded the territory since the handover", Trump said Friday.

Since the start of Hong Kong's mass protests last June, Hong Kong police have arrested over 8,000 people.

He did say the administration would punish Chinese officials involved in the Hong Kong crackdown - something that Congress had already directed the administration to do - and that seems likely to be the next step.

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"In Hong Kong, you never know what will happen tomorrow", Chan said.

Jeremy Hunt, David Miliband, Jack Straw, William Hague, Malcolm Rifkind, David Owen and Margaret Beckett all expressed their concern at what they name China's "flagrant breach" of Sino-British agreements by imposing robust nationwide security legal guidelines on Hong Kong.

"Markets may draw hollow consolation that the U.S.is treading carefully", said Mizuho Bank in a report.

Hong Kong's freedom is assured by a 1997 contract under which it was returned to China from the UK.

Beijing's resolve to move forward appears to have been hardened by the months of anti-government protests past year and a determination to prevent them from coming back this summer.

He added that the lack of clear condemnation of China for moving to dismantle Hong Kong's democracy is a sign of "naivete" on the part of the government.

As China and some European countries revive economic activity, stock markets have been regaining much of this year's losses despite rising numbers of virus cases in the United States, Brazil and some other countries.

There have been many instances in which Hong Kong protesters and journalists were victims of police violence.

"The reinvestment program reinforces the US Government's presence in Hong Kong by ensuring its facilities are able to perform to the highest long-term standards".

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