China trolls US over its handling of mass protests

Officials and state media note hypocrisy of US authorities who criticise Beijing's response to protests in Hong Kong

Protesters clash with police outside the White House in Washington, DC, on May 31, 2020. PHOTO: AFP
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

"I can't breathe", tweeted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying last Saturday in a rebuttal to her US counterpart Morgan Ortagus' criticism of impending national security laws in Hong Kong.

The snarky tweet was a reference to the last words of Mr George Floyd - an African-American who died last Monday in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck for over eight minutes.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2020, with the headline China trolls US over its handling of mass protests. Subscribe