The cooling relations between the United States and China have further deteriorated following an implied threat from spokesperson Hua Chunying speaking on behalf of the communist regime.
The statement comes following numerous politicians in the United States criticizing the Chinese government for their handling of both the Hong Kong pro-democracy uprising and Uighur Muslims.
“The US will be forced to pay the price for one’s wrong doings”
Here’s what the spokesperson said a series of statements published to Twitter this week:
“The bitter lessons of 9/11 [are not] far [off]. What happens in Xinjiang is NOT about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but combating terrorism & separatism. Double standards only boomerang [back] on the US itself.”
“The US messed up in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Now the US tries to mess up Hong Kong…and China. This is just an illusion and will never succeed…This is what a normal Chinese citizen will think about that.”
In a related clip, translated by Twitter user Jules Salomez, the spokesperson made the threat more clear:
“The 9/11 attacks on the US took place not too long ago. The US had better not forget about the pain after the wound has finally healed. If the US continues to hypocritically criticize China’s efforts to prevent terrorism and force one’s own will on the domestic affairs of China, than the United States will eventually be forced to pay the price for one’s wrong doings.”
China’s state-run CCTV encourages protesters to “redecorate” the “White House”
While the comments from the spokesperson were ominous, they were also intentionally left vague, leaving some room for generous interpretation. One might assume she was merely referring to karma forcing the United States to pay the price. That is until China’s propaganda machine began spinning its wheels.
China’s state-run news agency, CCTV, took the comments one step further, publishing a very alarming image to their social media accounts. The image reads: “America passes the Hong Kong Human Rights Act. Welcome to the White House – do some decoration.”
Image depicts protesters ransacking the Capitol (which they seem to have confused with the White House). The protesters are dressed in a similar fashion to Hong Kong democracy protesters, making the message impossible to ignore.
The implication is clear: that if the United States intends to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong, then China feels that, should attacks take place in the United States, that’s merely our just deserts.
It’s worth pointing out that CCTV actually used the wrong building for their artwork. Picture above is an artistic rendering of our Capitol building. Twitter user and Manchurian dissident Augustus Borealis weighed in on the confusion:
Fun fact: most Chinese can’t tell the White House and the US Capitol apart. They always call the US capitol the White House, due to the fact that both buildings are white in color. Also because he Chinese translation of the White House 白宫(lit. the White Palace) is very— Augustus Manchurius Borealis (@1984to1776) December 5, 2019
Earlier this month, US lawmakers passed two bills to censure the communist regime:
S. 2710: A bill to prohibit the commercial export of covered munitions items to the Hong Kong Police Force
S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
President Donald Trump has signed these bills into law.