Engulfed in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that escalated in the last few months, China on Tuesday attacked the United States, alleging America’s hand behind the mass demonstrations.
On Sunday, hundreds of protestors had gathered near the Chinese government’s liaison office to protest against the alleged police brutality during the last protest.
According to reports, Hua Chunying, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry questioned the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent remarks that China should “do the right thing” in dealing with protests in Hong Kong.
She said, “I wonder does he (Mike) hopes that those violent protesters who are attacking the police with iron batons can go to the US and show how democratic the US is”.
“I am afraid he still believes he is the CIA chief. He thinks the violent behaviours in Hong Kong are reasonable because the US also contributed to that,” she added.
China has been accusing Western countries including the The United States and politicians of pumping the unrest in the financial hub of Hong Kong creating difficulties for China’s overall development.
This is the second time China has come out openly against the United States.
Early this month, China has slammed the US after violent protests that lead to the capturing of the parliament building.
Hua reiterated the government’s support to Hong Kong administration and the police in governing the special administrative region according to the rule of law.
Calling it a dangerous game, she slammed the US, without naming it and said, “I shall say those who play with fire will burn themselves at the end. There are many such lessons in history.”
Taking a tougher stance, as many as 45 of the 49 demonstrators detained by the police during the Sunday protests have been charged with rioting, assaulting police officer and possession of offensive weapons, a media report suggests.
The former British colony is witnessing violent clashes against the government’s plan to allow the extraditions of under-trial prisoners to China.
The extradition bill was proposed on April 3 and the protestors argue that its controversial amendments will leave anyone on Hong Kong soil vulnerable to being grabbed by the Chinese authorities for political reasons.
The controversial bill, however, was withdrawn last month.