Chinese State Media Tells Donald Trump to Not 'Hide Behind' Secret Service Amid George Floyd Protests

Chinese state media has mocked President Donald Trump over the ongoing George Floyd protests, with one newspaper editor telling the commander-in-chief not to "hide behind" law enforcement.

As demonstrations against police brutality have spread to cities across the U.S. in the wake of Floyd's death, Chinese propaganda outlets have called instances of rioting "retribution" for American support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters.

The state mouthpieces have also called on U.S. politicians to solve problems in America before "trying to create new problems" in other countries.

"Mr. President, don't hide behind the Secret Service," Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin tweeted on Saturday. "Negotiate with them, just like you urged Beijing to talk to Hong Kong rioters."

Xijin later peddled an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that "Hong Kong rioters" had infiltrated the U.S. and were the "mastermind of violent protests" impacting cities across the country.

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In a Global Times editorial published on Sunday, the state-operated newspaper compared Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations with the ongoing protests over Floyd's death in police custody.

"The ongoing chaos in the US will not lead to due reflection, but will bring the practices of verbal assault and buck-passing to a new height," the editorial read. "No matter what happens, the US will always believe its political system is the best."

In a separate op-ed published on Monday morning, the Global Times said the sight of rioting in the U.S. felt like "retribution" for American support of Hong Kong protests last year.

"The US incited Hong Kong's rioters, but now it is facing the same troubles," the article said. "Chinese netizens' feelings are direct reaction to the US' mistaken polices toward China."

The People's Daily newspaper, a Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, also took to social media to weigh in on the Floyd protests over the weekend.

"Violence is spreading across the US because of the death of black man George Floyd, which shows how deeply the US society is divided," the propaganda outlet wrote on Facebook.

"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."

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment, and will update this article with any response.

Tensions between the U.S. and China have escalated over the last few months as the two countries have traded insults and threats over the novel coronavirus pandemic and the future of Hong Kong.

At a press conference last week, Trump said the Chinese National People's Congress vote to impose new security laws on Hong Kong was a "plain violation" of a 1984 accord with the United Kingdom.

As Trump revealed that his administration would cut off trade privileges with Hong Kong over the crackdown, Trump said: "China has replaced its promised formula of one country two systems with one country one system."

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, the president also said the world was suffering as a result of Beijing's "malfeasance" and initial "cover up" of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the administration's plans, Chinese and Hong Kong officials involved in "eroding Hong Kong's autonomy" could face U.S. sanctions.

"The baton of sanctions that the United States is brandishing will not scare Hong Kong and will not bring China down," the People's Daily wrote in response to the threat.