WASHINGTON, D.C. – Any violence used against “peaceful protesters” in Hong Kong would be a “mistake” for China and will trigger a “swift” response, a congressional foreign affairs panel has warned, insisting Beijing is responsible for the unrest.
“We urge China to avoid making such a mistake, which would be met with universal condemnation and swift consequences,” the lawmakers stated.
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.
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.
Responding to increasingly harsh statements, the Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday announced the United States should not “stick their noses in our affairs”, and insisted that Hong Kong is Chinese territory, not “American” or “British”.
With the US-initiated trade war already in motion, the Hong Kong protests show an increasingly widening rift between the West and China and it could prove fatal for most Western economies, should China decide to impose sanctions of its own. Now, with foreign involvement in China’s internal affairs, this possibility is even greater.