Chinese State Media Says Trump Admin Has an 'Abnormal Worship of Its Own Power' After Hong Kong Decision

Chinese state media lashed out at President Donald Trump on Wednesday, following the administration's Tuesday decision to sanction Chinese officials and end Hong Kong's special status with the U.S.

An editorial in The Global Times, an English-language tabloid published by the Chinese Communist Party, was titled: "Malicious Washington cannot kill Hong Kong." The article described the U.S. as "extremely selfish" and argued that the Trump administration has an "abnormal worship of its own power."

"Washington is extremely selfish. It has promoted 'America First,' cut international aid, and has been calculating with allies in terms of trade policies and cost-sharing of U.S. military bases. How can the U.S. be willing to give 'special privileges' to any country or region?" the editorial said. It went on to specifically call out Trump's leadership.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a business meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017 FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty

"The current U.S. administration has an abnormal worship of its own power. It is also impulsive and aggressive. The Hong Kong question is a mirror of the U.S.' extreme arrogance," The Global Times wrote. The newspaper noted that China's "firm resolve is unshakeable," suggesting the U.S. was hurting its own interests through the Trump administration's actions.

"No matter what card the U.S. will play next, China will fight it to the end," the editorial said.

Announcing the administration's decision regarding Hong Kong, Trump said on Tuesday that the city "will now be treated the same as mainland China." The president said it would no longer enjoy "special" privileges. "No special economic treatment, and no export of sensitive technologies," Trump said.

The decision from Washington came after Beijing moved forward with a highly controversial national security law for Hong Kong, which rights groups and activists have warned has essentially ended the "one country, two systems" approach mainland China was meant to keep in place until 2047. When the British government officially handed its former colony Hong Kong back to mainland China in 1997, Beijing agreed to allow the city to maintain its relative freedoms and a degree of autonomy.

But activists and rights groups have warned that the new national security law has already drastically undermined the region's freedoms. Many in the city have begun scrubbing their social media accounts of any posts that could be deemed controversial, or shut down their accounts altogether. The move from mainland China came after months of massive protests in Hong Kong, in which residents called for stronger democracy or even independence.

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Riot police officers arrest a pro-democracy protester during a march in the central district of Hong Kong on June 9 in Hong Kong, China Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty

When reached for comment by Newsweek, the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. emailed a statement from China's Foreign Ministry. The statement said Trump's decision "seriously violates international law and the basic norms underpinning international relations. It constitutes gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs."

"Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No foreign country has the right to interfere. China is firmly resolved to uphold its sovereignty and security, safeguard the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, and oppose external meddling in Hong Kong affairs," the statement said. "The U.S. attempt to obstruct the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong will never succeed. In order to safeguard its legitimate interests, China will make [the] necessary response and sanction the relevant individuals and entities of the U.S."