China’s Embassy situated in Paris has criticised the French and European reaction to the Anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The Embassy called the reaction hypocritical. Furthermore, the Chinese Embassy asked France to show China a little empathy and kindness after it experienced its own violent demonstrations with the Yellow Vest protests.
The China embassy stated on its official website that they express their deep dissatisfaction and profound contempt for the hypocrisy of the European statement on Hong Kong. They further commented on the darkness of the intentions of some vis-à-vis China.
The former British colony of Hong Kong has been rocked by months of anti-government protests. On being asked about their thoughts on the Chinese government using real bullets against demonstrators, France's Foreign Ministry referred to a statement from the European Union. That statement called on the authorities to show restraint, a proportionate response to the protests and to focus on a political dialogue to defuse tensions. French officials have sought to keep official reaction under the radar in recent weeks to avoid worsening situations with China before President Emmanuel Macron embarks on a four-day visit there.
The blunt statement made by the embassy sought to outline efforts by the authorities to resolve the crisis and described October 1 protests during which live rounds were used as an attempt to destabilise the central government. The embassy also stated that the European Union has publicly glorified the protester’s abuses and has flouted the Hong Kong police's self-defence measures to defend their lives against their aggressors.
It said France should show solidarity, given its police force had also experienced violent protests and been under constant criticism and insults from a 'malicious fringe' of people. "In these circumstances, we showed empathy for France. We would like it to show today the same spirit towards us," the embassy said in its statement.
(with inputs from agencies)