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China warns of the ‘ghost of McCarthyism’ over latest US attacks

HONG KONG has urged the US to end its smear campaign against China over its “legitimate right” to safeguard national security and bring stability to the region after last year’s violent protests.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government responded to the latest inflammatory remarks made by US President Donald Trump over the introduction of new legislation.

“Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China and any suggestion that China does not have the right to protect its own territory from separatists, terror and anarchy does not stand up to scrutiny and smacks of hypocrisy and double standards,” a spokesman said.

“To allege that the improved legal system and enforcement mechanisms targeting an extremely small minority of criminals to be introduced by the national security law is undermining Hong Kong people’s freedoms is simply fallacious,” he added.

An editorial in the China Daily newspaper on Sunday warned of a US return to the anti-communist McCarthysim of the 1950s with a relentless campaign to demonise China.

The new draft national security law is aimed at restoring security after months of violence last year that saw a spike in anti-China rhetoric and the targeting of businesses and individuals in the territory that were deemed pro-Beijing.

Despite being portrayed by the Western media and the multibillion-dollar human rights business as pro-democracy campaigners, the reality was different. 

Leaders of the protests included far-right separatists bankrolled by the US regime-change organisation the National Endowment for Democracy.

Armed with bombs and other weapons, including crossbows, they terrorised the streets of Hong Kong, at one stage trying to burn down the building of its largest trade union confederation.

Earlier this year they were believed to have been behind a bomb attack on a hospital a day after masked anti-China protesters torched the site of a quarantine centre treating suspected Covid-19 victims.

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