US House Foreign Affairs panel threatens ‘swift consequences’ if China uses violence in Hong Kong
The ranking members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) – issued the warning in a statement on Wednesday, drawing parallels with 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square that ended in bloodshed, also known as the ‘June Fourth Incident’.
“We urge China to avoid making such a mistake, which would be met with universal condemnation and swift consequences,” the lawmakers said.Also on rt.com ‘Can’t imagine why’: Trump has no idea why anyone would relate Hong Kong protests to US meddling
The statement also made the case that “No foreign powers are fomenting this dissent,” arguing Beijing’s policies are the “root” of the problem, and dismissed last week’s meeting between Hong Kong’s protest leaders and US consulate official Julie Eadeh, who was “simply doing [her] job.”
While it is not clear what Eadeh and the protest figures discussed during the visit, the coordination with an American diplomat – reminiscent of previous US-backed “color revolutions” around the world – has raised questions about Washington’s role in Hong Kong’s unrest.Also on rt.com ‘World is watching’: US reaction points to Hong Kong as a ‘color revolution’
US President Donald Trump warned in a tweet on Tuesday that Beijing was amassing forces along the border with Hong Kong, citing US intelligence, however the troop’s movements were reported a day prior by the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s own media outlet, which characterized them as part of a military exercise.Also on rt.com For the anti-China lobby Hong Kong unrest is a godsend
Responding to increasingly harsh statements, the Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday said the United States should not “stick their noses in our affairs,” and insisted that Hong Kong is a Chinese territory, not “American” or “English.”
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