The plea comes as China is cracking down on anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, restricting religious practice in Tibet, and jailing hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups in northwest China’s Xinjiang region.
Protests in Hong Kong have been fast, fluid and flexible as protesters use social media to stay ahead of police. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam have struggled to respond.
Senator Josh Hawley made the remark as more than 100,000 protesters gathered in downtown Hong Kong, urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to sanction officials and police over human rights violations in the Chinese city.
Numerous Western companies and organizations have run afoul of Chinese nationalism, often whipped up by state media, under the rule of President Xi Jinping. Recent examples include Apple Computers, game-maker Blizzard, and the National Basketball Association.
Beijing has been effective at silencing critics as it carries out human rights abuses and stifles dissent in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. The NBA was the latest victim. Chinese broadcasters have been ordered to cancel rebroadcasts of Houston Rockets’ games after a team official tweeted support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
An official for the Houston Rockets basketball team posted, and quickly deleted, a tweet that read, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” In response, China’s basketball association said it was suspending its relationship with the Rockets, and Chinese broadcasters said they would no longer air the team’s games. NBA broadcasts attract a huge audience in China.
Hong Kong police have been accused of demonizing pro-democracy protesters by calling them various names, including a mob, cockroaches and yellow objects.
African swine flu has hit China's pig herds quite hard, causing prices for the country's most popular meat to shoot up.
Chinese patriots' professed love for China comes with a lot of fanatical, violent hatred toward other countries and regions.
U.S. senators warn the Trump administration that Hong Kong's special treatment under U.S. law. could enable China to skirt export controls to acquire sensitive technologies.
Activists say “too little, too late” after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdraws extradition bill
Cartoonist Rebel Pepper depicts how Beijing has opted to use force, instead of negotiation, when dealing with opposition within China.
Rebel Pepper comments on Chinese students studying overseas who continue to support Beijing’s policies.