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1. The following are excerpts from a news report dated 9 August 2019 under the headline "US to China: Stop ‘dangerous’ media reports on diplomat in HK".|
Washington (AFP) – The United States on Friday demanded that Beijing-backed news outlets stop sharing “dangerous” reports after a newspaper revealed personal information about an American diplomat in Hong Kong who met with pro-democracy activists.
“Official Chinese media reports on our diplomat in Hong Kong have gone from irresponsible to dangerous. This must stop,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus posted on Twitter.
The Hong Kong-based, pro-Beijing Ta Kung Pao reported that the political unit chief of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong, Julie Eadeh, had met with members of the political party Demosisto — including prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong....
“Chinese authorities know full well, our accredited consular personnel are just doing their jobs, just like diplomats from every other country,” Ortagus said.
“Foreign diplomats in the United States, including Chinese ones, enjoy open access to all elements of American politics, civil society, academia, and business,” she added.
On Thursday, China demanded that US diplomats based in Hong Kong “stop interfering” in the city’s affairs.
In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged the US diplomatic office in Hong Kong to “immediately make a clean break with various anti-China rioters” and “stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs immediately.”
Ortagus responded at the time: “I don’t think that that’s a formal protest, that is what a thuggish regime would do. That is not how a responsible nation would behave.”
A State Department official told AFP representatives of the US government “meet regularly with a wide cross section of people across Hong Kong and Macau.”... (End excerpts)
2. There is a Chinese saying, "The bad guy is always the first to sue others in court." Instead of admitting its wrongdoing, the US accuses its victim instead. Perhaps, China can refer to past records of how other countries, rich or poor, big or small, standing firm in the face of US hegemony.
(a) For instance, back in January 2014:
NEW DELHI: The Indian government asked the United States Friday to withdraw a New Delhi embassy diplomat in a fresh escalation of a bitter diplomatic row...
The two countries have been at loggerheads over Indian consulate worker Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested and charged in New York for visa fraud and making false statements relating to the employment of her domestic servant.
She flew home on Friday after a deal in which she was granted full diplomatic immunity — something not offered to consular officials — which appeared to have resolved the feud.
But an Indian foreign ministry official said that New Delhi had requested that Washington withdraw a diplomat of a “similar rank” to Khobragade who had been involved in the case....
India reacted with outrage after 39-year-old Khobragade was arrested in front of her children's school and then allegedly subjected to a cavity search while in custody.
India has removed extra security barriers at the US embassy in New Delhi, demanded contract details for domestic staff employed by American diplomats and even stopped the mission importing duty-free alcohol.
On Wednesday, it ordered an embassy leisure centre popular with American expatriates in the capital to stop admitting non-diplomatic members, while scheduled visits by US officials to India have been cancelled.
(b) The "cheapskate" burger treat saga
In my previous post about a US diplomat found giving a burger treat to a dissident in an Asian country about 34 years ago, the diplomat later left for the US. It was unclear whether he was recalled or expelled.