A drawing published on the website of the Lianhezaobao 联合早报，the biggest Chinese-language daily newspaper in Singapore, clearly shows the American vision with two criteria. The top picture shows Trump shouting “Democraty， 民主” in front of the ransacking in Hong Kong and on the bottom picture, the American president launches “Thugs，暴徒” in front of the ransacking in Minnesota. It is this same term of “thug” that the Beijing government uses to describe the Hong Kong “vandals”.
The cartoon made its way around the city-state’s social networks, especially when the wife of the Singaporean Prime Minister and chairman of the Temasek group posted the cartoon on her personal account.
Of course, the Chinese media did not miss the opportunity to take up this illustration and insisted on the usual American duplicity towards China.
No comment, Mr Trump!
2 June 2020