- - Friday, August 9, 2019 



China’s foreign ministry on Friday blasted State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. The day before, Ms. Ortagus called China a “thuggish regime.”

The State Department’s harsh words were in response to Chinese targeting of an American diplomat stationed in Hong Kong and her family. Relations between Beijing and Washington have markedly deteriorated in recent weeks over various issues, especially the escalating protests in that territory, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China.

“I don’t think that leaking an American diplomat’s private information, pictures, names of their children — I don’t think that’s a formal protest — that is what a thuggish regime would do,” Ms. Ortagus said at a press briefing Thursday. “That’s not how a responsible nation would behave.”

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