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China media weigh in on US protests

China media weigh in on US protests
Chinese state media has weighed in on the protests in the US, comparing them to last year's violent anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong that Beijing accuses the US and other foreign forces as encouraging.
In an editorial Sunday, the ruling Communist Party newspaper Global Times said Chinese experts had noted that US politicians might "think twice" before commenting again on issues in Hong Kong, knowing that "their words might backfire on them one day."
A protester confronts police during a rally in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, against the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
That followed a commentary on state broadcaster CCTV Saturday that described the violence between police and protesters in the US as "cup of bitter wine distilled by the US politicians themselves."
Racism, the commentary said, is the "darkest shadow on American history and the scar that will not heal."
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday that the protests in various American cities "once again reflect the racial discrimination in the US, the serious problems of police violent enforcement and the urgency of solving these problems."
China hopes the US will "safeguard and guarantee the legal rights of ethnic minorities," Zhao said at a daily briefing on Monday.
A protester is confronted by riot police during a massive demonstration outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong (AAP)
The protests are an opportunity for China to allege double-standards and counter criticism from foreign governments and the Western media over its handling of the Hong Kong protests, its treatment of Muslim minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang and other human rights issues.