It’s not hard to imagine the United States’ reaction if Chinese diplomats met leaders of Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or Never Trump protesters.
On Aug 6, Hong Kong media reported two meetings between a US political counselor and separatist leaders. Julie Eadeh, who works at the US Consulate General in Hong Kong, was caught on camera meeting with opposition figures Martin Lee and Anson Chan.
Later that day, Eadeh also met Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the illegal “Occupy Central” movement in 2014.
But long before those reports, there was growing evidence of a deliberate US hand in the worsening of the situation in Hong Kong. US politicians have met with Lee and other Hong Kong opposition leaders, including Jimmy Lai.
Those meetings have only added fuel to the criminal deeds jeopardizing Hong Kong.
Jimmy Lai meets US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House, July 8, 2019.
China has repeatedly asked US to stop interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs but it seems the latter has no intention of withdrawing its “meddling hand”.
The protest’s messaging, and the groups associated with it, raise a number of questions about just how organic the movement is.
MintPress News, a US news website, has reported that some groups involved in recent rioting in Hong Kong received significant funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, which it described as “a CIA soft-power cutout that has played a critical role in innumerable US regime-change operations”.
Although it promotes itself as a “non-governmental organization”, the NED’s website says it “receives an annual appropriation from the US Congress through the Department of State, to help the US government”.
“NED’s NGO status allows it to work where there are no government to government relations and in other environments where it would be too complicated for the US government to work.”
NED & CIA
NED was founded in 1983, when the spotlight on the CIA was so intense that new methods — without a clear connection to the US state — had to be found to promote US interests in foreign political systems.
Presenting itself as an independent and private NGO,