The governments of China and Iran have mocked the United States as a series of violent riots and protests break out around the country following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.
After getting criticized by the Trump administration for Beijing’s crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong this week, an official with the Chinese Communist Party government ripped U.S. leaders over their responses to the Floyd protests.
Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, ridiculed a tweet from Morgan Ortagus, a spokeswoman for the State Department, who was critical of China’s implementation of restrictive new measures in Hong Kong.
“This is a pivotal moment for the world. It will go down in history,” Ortagus wrote earlier last week. “Freedom loving people around the world must stand with the rule of law and hold to account the Chinese Communist Party, which has flagrantly broken its promises to the people of Hong Kong.”
Hua responded with, “I can’t breathe.”
"I can't breathe." pic.twitter.com/UXHgXMT0lk
— Hua Chunying 华春莹 (@SpokespersonCHN) May 30, 2020
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That tweet was just the latest in an apparent strategy of China accusing the U.S. government of hypocrisy as it faced criticism for the way it countered pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong. Most recently, President Trump has announced that he would block Hong Kong’s trading privileges after China’s ceremonial parliament voted to bypass the semi-autonomous territory in enacting national security legislation.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Sharif also piled on.