- China criticized the "foreign forces" for trying to intervene in Hong Kong's issues.
- The United States denies China’s allegations.
- "Our diplomats meet with government officials and meet with opposition protesters. Not only in Hong Kong or China but basically in every place where there is a US embassy."
“Foreign forces intervene” has become the new direction of China’s official explanation for the endless struggle in Hong Kong. On August 8th, Hong Kong media reported that the “United States Consulate General in Hong Kong” political group director Julie Eadeh and “Hong Kong Zhongzhi” core personnel Huang Zhifeng and Luo Guancong and other people met in Hong Kong and discussed Hong Kong affairs.
In response to this meeting, China criticized the “foreign forces” for trying to intervene in Hong Kong’s issues, demanding that the US “immediately must clear the boundaries with various anti-China and chaotic elements and immediately stop intervening in Hong Kong affairs.”
The United States denies China’s allegations and says it is a routine foreign affairs meeting with Hong Kong public opinion and accuses Chinese official media of disclosing the personal and family information of the country’s diplomats as the act of a “thuggish regime.”
New arguments on “intervention by foreign forces”
After the news of the US and Hong Kong public relations meeting yesterday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Hong Kong Office immediately issued a notice criticizing the US and directly them not to contact Huang Zhifeng and Luo Guancong, two heads of the “Hong Kong independence organizations.” The announcement also stated that “China will safeguard national sovereignty and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability is unwavering and opposes any country, organization, and individual to interfere in Hong Kong affairs in any way.”
Many analysts said that in the face of the increasingly fierce anti-fugitive regulations campaign, China has recently begun to link the Hong Kong political resistance movement with “foreign power intervention.” For example, on August 2, former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa, who is also the vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, publicly criticized that the opposition to the revision of the Fugitive Offenders Regulation was related to external forces such as Taiwan and the United States.
He also called on Hong Kong people to “refuse to be used by others.” Tung Chee-Hwa’s speech was strongly criticized by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, saying that Taiwan has never intervened in Hong Kong politics. The Hong Kong government should “sincerely and honestly face the demands of Hong Kong people.”
On August 6, China’s Hong Kong and Macao offices held a press conference. Spokesperson Yang Guang criticized the “inappropriate speeches” between the United Kingdom and the United States on the Hong Kong issue and distortion of the facts. Yang Guang pointed out that US Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo have met with “opposition figures” such as Hong Kong media representative Li Zhiying as an example, criticizing foreign forces for their involvement in the Hong Kong issue. News sources claimed that the United States publicly guided the strategy in the Hong Kong protests and said that Yi Zhuli instigated the activities.
Hong Kong officials and pro-China media have recently begun to issue documentation of the “Western Face” of the protests as proof of foreign forces involvement. Although it was later confirmed that many of the Western figures present were actually foreign media or social media figures.
According to the news about the meeting between the US and Hong Kong, the US State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus responded saying the meeting was “the diplomacy that American diplomats do every day in the world. Our diplomats meet with government officials and meet with opposition protesters. Not only in Hong Kong or China but basically in every place where there is a US embassy.”