China Blasts Pence Over Comments On Hong Kong Protests

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks on the future of the US relationship with China at the
Wilson Center’s inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership lecture, in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

Beijing slammed US Vice President Mike Pence for his “arrogance and hypocrisy” on Friday after he voiced support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and accused the NBA of kowtowing to China.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing that the United States should “cease expressing irresponsible opinions”.

In a wide-ranging speech on US-China relations, Pence on Thursday also lashed Beijing over its trading behavior, assertive military posture and treatment of religious minorities.

Pence rebuked the NBA for “siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech” over a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey earlier this month that voiced support for demonstrations in Hong Kong.

China, a major basketball market, retaliated by ending sponsorships and cancelling broadcasts of two pre-season games held in the country.

Hua hit out at the US for losing “all trace of morality and trustworthiness” and urged the US to “cease actions that harm the relations and mutual trust between the two countries”.


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