China's Foreign Ministry Thursday denounced the remarks made by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi of supporting the "non-violent" protest in Hong Kong, slamming it as ignoring facts and confounding right with wrong.
Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said U.S. politicians like Pelosi publicly condoning violence in Hong Kong is emboldening rioters and illegal violence.
"It's 100-percent street violence and illegal actions in Hong Kong, that's common facts, crystal clear," Hua pointed out at Thursday's daily briefing after Pelosi called what happened in Hong Kong "non-violent protest."
Pelosi posted a photo on Wednesday of her meeting with a group of three Hong Kong people including masterminds behind Hong Kong riots Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee.
"My full support and admiration goes to those who have taken to the streets week after week in non-violent protest to fight for democracy and the rule of law in #HongKong," Pelosi tweeted.