BEIJING – After weeks of escalating warnings claiming a covert United States role behind the Hong Kong protests, the tone in the Communist Party-sponsored media becomes obscure and shrewd, as releases a US diplomat in Hong Kong attack and release their personal information.
The pro-Beijing daily Ta Kung Pao released a photo on Thursday of opposition activists who met at a hotel with Julie Eadeh, head of the political department of the US Consulate in Hong Kong, along with details of Eadeh's career in the State Department and the name of her husband and teenage children.
The report, which was circulated by the Chinese state media, was released when Beijing redoubled its well-known strategy of triggering the nine-week protests as a US intelligence plot to trigger a "color revolution" destabilizing China. The week's revelations, which were the first time China claimed to have concrete evidence of covert US activity, sparked a furious reaction from the State Department in which China was accused of "sloppy" behavior.
According to Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute of SOAS University of London, after the first month of the protests ̵
"That's exactly what they call the United Front approach. We would call it division and rule, "Tsang said, referring to the wing of the Communist Party, which is responsible for political influence campaigns in China and abroad. "They want to isolate the demonstrators from the mass of people in Hong Kong and say, 'This is about foreign interference. "
There were few good options that To quickly repair straights in Hong Kong, the Communist Party urgently sought to consolidate its ties with its political allies in the city and "conquer the wavering center," Tsang said.
Chinese officials held a seminar this week in Beijing the border town of Shenzhen with "500 friends from Hong Kong," including celebrity businessmen and politicians.
Hundreds of protesters flocked to Hong Kong on Friday to hold another sit-in in Hong Kong's airport terminal, appealed the city's embattled leader, Carrie Lam, re-publicizing the economic toll of the riots neurs, doctors, teachers – and believed that a "violent minority" of demonstrators "has no interest in society".
Officials launched similar appeals in 2014 when pro-government media tried to isolate demonstrators from Hong Kong who were campaigning against civil disobedience called Occupy Central. According to Yuen Chan, a lecturer at the City University of London, social media reports for Beijing spread theories that protesters are receiving military training from the CIA.
But tactics may meet with more resistance this time, Chan said. The Occupy Movement of 2014, which sought broader electoral rights, was "a much more polarizing topic than this year, with so much consensus in Hong Kong society."
Since the beginning of June, the protests have attracted millions of people in the streets of the city, including first-time demonstrators, white-collar workers, pensioners and civil servants. What started out as an opposition to a delivery proposal has spread to anger over the outgrowing Hong Kong regime, the harsh police and the growing incursion of the Communist leadership in Beijing.
The Chinese government has maintained its support for Lam, dismissing the protest as the work of an extreme minority and exacerbating the rhetoric against Washington. A State Department spokeswoman in Beijing this month called on US officials such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to warn that "those who play with fire are self-consumed."
Twitter this week, a well-known Chinese diplomat and state media The reporter picked up the article by Ta Kung Pao to prove that the United States had finally been caught red-handed and caused unrest. According to state media, Chinese officials quickly filed a protest at the US Consulate.
Morgan Ortagus, US State Department spokesman, said China has not filed a complaint and described his behavior as irresponsible.
"I do not believe it is leaking The private information, images and names of the children of an American diplomat, I do not consider a formal protest; That's what a sloppy regime would do, "Ortagus told reporters late Thursday in Washington. American diplomats meet with official government officials; We meet with opposition protesters, not just in Hong Kong or China. This happens literally in every single country.
Joshua Wong, one of democracy activists who met with Eadeh, said on Facebook that he had met with the consulate to discuss a bill in the US Congress and seek an export ban on US-produced tear gas to the police in Hong Kong.
In a detailed report, Ta Kung Pao dissected Eadeh's experiences in conflict zones in the Middle East, claiming that she is familiar with "psychological warfare" and "infiltrating the local society in its so-called diplomatic work."
People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, this week published five editorials on Hong Kong in a row – a rare event that expressed Beijing's concern over the ongoing unrest.
However, demonstrators in Hong Kong show no sign of withdrawal when they pass on their message to international visitors for the second time.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the airport again on Friday – a symbol of Hong Kong's status as an efficient and stable business center. They distributed leaflets to arriving passengers and occupied the terminal to stay there for three days.
Shibani Mahtani in Hong Kong contributed to this report.