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1. The following are excerpts from Jonathan Landay's 09 August 2019 news report headlined "U.S. calls China 'thuggish regime' for singling out U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong".|
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department spokeswoman on Thursday called China a "thuggish regime" for disclosing the photographs and personal details of a U.S. diplomat who met with student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.
The denunciation was unusually sharp and came as tensions between Washington and Beijing surge over an expanding trade war and military rivalry in the western Pacific, among other disputes.
The Hong Kong office of China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday asked the United States to explain reports in Communist Party-controlled media that its diplomats are in contact with student leaders of protests that have convulsed Hong Kong for nine weeks.
Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao published a photograph of a U.S. diplomat, who it identified as Julie Eadeh of the consulate's political section, talking with student leaders in the lobby of a luxury hotel.
"I don't think that leaking an American diplomat's private information, pictures, names of their children, I don't think that is a formal protest, that is what a thuggish regime would do," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a briefing later on Thursday.
"That is not how a responsible nation would behave."
Ortagus did not name the diplomat, or elaborate further on what kinds of private information or children's details were disclosed....
China has accused foreign powers, particularly the United States, of fomenting the demonstrations in Hong Kong....
Ortagus said it was the job of U.S. diplomats and those from other countries to meet with different people, including opposition leaders.
"This is not only what American diplomats do. This is what other countries’ diplomats do," she said. (End excerpts)
2. The US State Department has definitely cracked the greatest joke of the century for denouncing China a "thuggish regime" after gettng caught in fomenting the demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Firstly, for instance, how will the US respond if diplomats from other countries including China are actively contacting with the American Indian Movement and the Republic of Lakotah? What will be the US response if foreign diplomats are actively in contact with American Latinos, urging them to protest daily for being racialized as mostly criminals and rapists?
Secondly, if anyone can get private information or details of children just by looking at a photograph of their mother, as claimed by State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, he must have superpowers or telepathic abilities.
3. The US has a long history of meddling in the domestic affairs of other countries. Just look at the tragic situation in Syria now, and you can see what "masterpiece" the US has created on this planet.
The student leaders should consider themselves lucky if they had been rewarded with a sumptuous feast in the luxury hotel. About 34 years ago, an Asian minister had also accused the US of meddling in the domestic affairs of his country. He called the US "cheapskate" after a US diplomat had been found giving a burger treat to an opposition leader who later fled to the US.
By the way, the woman in the photograph is alleged to be a subversion expert.