“All lives matter,” tweets China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson
Amid protests and violence across the US, Chinese officials are trolling hard
China has been eagerly lapping up the chaos from the protests and unrest in the United States resulting from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, though they haven’t quite got the lingo down yet.
In response to a tweet from Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, calling for the US to eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying wrote this:
“All lives matter. We stand firmly with our African friends. We strongly oppose all forms of racial discrimination and inflammatory expressions of racism and hatred.”
While China obviously has its own issues with racial and ethnic discrimination, it’s also notable that Hua adopts the “All Lives Matter” slogan often used by those opposed to “Black Lives Matter” movement to dismiss the kind of systemic discrimination and oppression of African Americans that protesters are currently in the street demonstrating against.
It’s unclear if Hua has been watching too much Fox News.
Certainly, Chinese officials have their eye on the American landscape at the moment. Coming so soon after the unrest in Hong Kong, the George Floyd protests have been a propaganda gold mine for China resulting in much trolling from the likes of Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin.
“I highly suspect that Hong Kong rioters have infiltrated American states. Attacking police stations, smashing shops, blocking roads, breaking public facilities, these are all routine in their protests. Vicious HK rioters obviously are mastermind of violent protests across the US,” Hu mocks in one recent tweet.
Meanwhile, US politicians have been busy giving Chinese propagandists more ammunition.
Leading the pack is Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas who has called for the military to be called in to crack down on the protests, giving “no quarter” to those involved.
Cotton is one of the top China critics in Congress and has many times in the past year condemned police violence used against protesters in Hong Kong and worried about the People’s Liberation Army intervening in the demonstrations.
Of course, even with American politicians and police help, China’s propaganda can only be so effective.
Responding to one Weibo post featuring a screenshot of a tweet from Hua Chunying, a netizen changes “I can’t breathe” into “I can’t tweet.”