"I think the Chinese Communist propaganda apparatus is very grateful to have some burning cities in the United States right now, having had to suffer and feel deeply humiliated by the specter of Hong Kong being in a state of chaos", Orville Schell, director of the Asia Society's Center for U.S.
It urged the Chinese government to fulfill its commitments under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Sino-British Joint Declaration governing Hong Kong's status, and to "uphold the rights and freedoms guaranteed to all Chinese citizens under China's constitution, and to end the systematic persecution of millions of ethnic and religious minorities". Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, claimed that "no reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China" and announced a revocation of Hong Kong's special treatment under US law.
The contrast between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could not be more stark.
Given the global community has expressed concerns over Beijing's proposed national security legislation on Hong Kong, the trio of pan-democracy camp leaders joined an online press briefing organized by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) on Wednesday to voice their opinions. It carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,450 for those who insult the anthem - "March of the Volunteers" - in public or playing and singing it in a distorted or disrespectful way. "Why does the USA lionise the so-called Hong Kong independence and black violence elements as heroes and activists, while calling people who protest against racism "rioters"?"
The largely peaceful USA protests over the past 10 days were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis with a white policeman's knee on his neck.
Subsequently, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed in an op-ed article, published on 3 June in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post that his country was prepared to introduce changes to the immigration system to allow Hong Kong residents eased access to immigration and UK citizenship if China enforced its national security law for the city. They also observed a minute of silence for the Tiananmen victims, ending it with loud chants of "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time".
Wen said, "I'm not threatening anything". And the pictures, the stories were harrowing. "That's the way the Mafia behave, and the rest of the world shouldn't put up with it, because if we do, liberal democracies are going to be screwed". It won't be forgotten.
The United States today accused China of using the unrest triggered by the death of George Floyd in police custody to justify denying its own people basic human rights.
"But you know there's a major difference", she said. They are presently deployed in 15 states.