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The U.S. State Department denounced the Chinese Communist government this week as a “thuggish regime” after a pro-Beijing newspaper published personal information about an American diplomat who met with Hong Kong student leaders, including the names of the diplomat’s children.
The UK Telegraph summarized the situation on Friday, taking pains to avoid naming the American diplomat:
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The diplomat was targeted for meeting with pro-democracy student leaders, including Joshua Wong, in the lobby of one of the city’s hotels, as the financial hub enters its tenth week of increasingly violent protests against Beijing’s rule.
Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao published a photograph of the meeting, identifying the diplomat as a member of the consulate’s political section, and running it under the headline “Foreign Forces Intervene.”
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The report has been used to bolster Beijing’s building narrative which has blamed Hong Kong’s ongoing unrest on “black hands” of the US, rather than what protesters have called a last stand to safeguard their freedoms and rights.
In a statement, China’s foreign ministry said it had lodged “stern representations” with the consulate over the meeting, demanding that Washington “immediately make a clean break from anti-China forces who stir up trouble in Hong Kong.”
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When State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus was asked about the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement, she replied:
I don’t think that leaking an American diplomat’s private information, pictures, names of their children – I don’t think that that’s a formal protest. That is what a thuggish regime would do. That’s not how a responsible nation would behave. Releasing any of that personal information of an American diplomat is completely unacceptable. That’s not a protest. That’s what a thuggish regime...
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