In a recent interview, lawyer and China expert Gordon Chang criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) narrative of the unrest in the United States following the death of African American George Floyd, saying that it was all part of a “malicious disinformation campaign.”
“Basically what they are accusing the United States of being is racist, and they do that in so many different forms, and also, they are deliberately twisting the facts,” Chang said Sunday during Fox News‘s “America’s News HQ.”
According to Fox, the analyst’s comments came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directed criticism at the CCP, calling its efforts to misinform amid Floyd’s murder “obscene propaganda.”
As Fox News reported, the CCP has delighted in the unrest in the United States and has criticized the Trump administration for supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and harshly condemning the CCP’s human rights record.
Through Twitter, some users who were encouraged by the CCP have criticized the leadership of the Trump administration amid the riots while claiming the protests in Hong Kong and the acts of pro-democracy protesters were “violent.”
China’s People’s Daily in particular accused the U.S. government of using a double standard for the way it has handled its own domestic problem while condemning the actions of the authorities in Hong Kong.
Chang said, “This is just what Beijing is doing. It’s a malicious disinformation campaign. And, we saw this at the beginning of February in connection with the coronavirus as well. So, it doesn’t really matter what the subject is … Beijing is going to go after us hard with the disinformation campaign.”
Chang recently tweeted that Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, which is half administered by the CCP, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was criticized after she said the Hong Kong protests “were a beautiful sight.”
“Now they can witness it by their home windows,” he wrote. I want to ask Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Pompeo: Should Beijing support protests in the US, like you glorified rioters in Hong Kong?,” said Chang, who emphasized that the CCP had obviously misrepresented the event.
“This obviousness is new,” he added. “It really speaks of, I think, total arrogance because they believe that whatever they say, people will believe—even when it’s obviously untrue,” Chang added.
Unlike the Hong Kong protesters, whose rights call for the defense of freedom and democracy, which is being increasingly affected by the political power of Beijing, in the United States violent far-left groups like antifa have been attacking innocent civilians amid the unrest and looting, spreading chaos in the country.
According to a statement issued at the end of May by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, “Federal law enforcement actions will be aimed at arresting and charging violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protests and are involved in violations of federal law.”