Chinese State Media Says U.S. Protests Show 'Shame and Disgrace' of Politicians and 'Chaotic Values'

Chinese state media appeared to mock the U.S. government while arguing that protests spreading across the country show the "shame and disgrace" of lawmakers as well as "chaotic values."

The Global Times, an English-language newspaper published by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, shared an editorial titled "'Beautiful sight' extends from H.K. to U.S." on Sunday. The article compared the demonstrations in Hong Kong to those taking place across the U.S., suggesting American leaders were hypocritical to criticize Beijing's efforts to crack down on protests in the special administrative region.

"The U.S. has long been a country with severe racial discrimination where its various powers are creating inequalities...Any single spark can start a prairie fire," the editorial said.

Drawing a parallel to the large demonstrations in Hong Kong by pro-democracy advocates, which have been backed by the U.S. government, the article suggested that the American leaders hadn't expected mass protests at home as well.

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People protesting the death of George Floyd hold up placards in a street near the White House on May 31 in Washington, D.C. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

"But the U.S. government and Congress as well as the U.K. simply lent a helping hand to violent demonstrations [in Hong Kong] which had nothing to do with their initial objectives and praised them as a 'beautiful sight to behold.' Obviously, they didn't expect such a beautiful sight to expand so fast that it could be seen now from their own windows," the article said.

"What follows, as the U.S. used to direct such plays, should be that China and countries whose internal affairs the U.S. has interfered in, release statements and support the 'revolt of the American people,' call on the U.S. government to engage in serious dialogue and negotiations with the protesters, and urge the U.S. government to exercise restraint in trying to restore order," it continued.

"The protests in the U.S. are like a mirror that reflects the shame and disgrace of U.S. politicians as well as the deep-rooted political dysfunction and chaotic values in the U.S."

Newsweek has reached out to the State Department and the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. for comment.

Protests have spread to cities across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, a black man, after he was detained by police in Minneapolis last Monday. A video of the incident went viral online, showing white police officer Derek Chauvin pinning his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd repeatedly yells "I can not breathe," as onlookers raise concerns and urge the officer to stop.

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Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 27 ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty

Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident were later fired by the Minneapolis Police Department. Chauvin has also been charged with murder, while many lawmakers and activists calling for charges to be filed against the other officers involved as well.

China's criticism of the U.S. comes after the Trump administration has condemned China for putting forward a new national security law for Hong Kong, which would significantly curb the relative freedoms and liberties the special administrative region's citizens have enjoyed under the "one country, two systems" policy. Hong Kong, a former British colony, was transferred back to Beijing's control under a 1997 agreement that aimed to protect the region's freedoms and preserve its autonomy.

In response to China's new national security law, the Trump administration canceled Hong Kong's special trade status, and is expected to implement a series of new sanctions on some Chinese officials. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that "no reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground."