Biden keeps low profile as demonstrators targeted in China

Fox News has reported that demonstrations are breaking out across China in response to that nation’s extreme COVID measures.

Yet rather than siding with the protesters and condemning the Chinese government, President Joe Biden’s administration is keeping its distance. 

Administration official says Chinese demonstrators are “speaking for themselves”

John Kirby serves as the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, and he was asked during a press briefing on Monday what Biden’s reaction was to reports that demonstrators are chanting “freedom” and calling for Chinese dictator Xi Jinping’s resignation.

Instead of echoing those calls, Kirby responded by saying, “The President’s not going to speak for protestors around the world. They’re speaking for themselves.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller reported that the White House did not respond to its questions regarding whether Biden will speak out in favor of those protesting China’s communist regime.

However, a National Security Council spokesperson did tell the publication, “We’ve said that Zero COVID is not a policy we [are] pursuing here.”

“And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy,” the spokesperson continued.

“We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world. This includes in the PRC,” the spokesperson concluded.

BBC journalist reportedly detained and beaten for covering protests

Meanwhile, Fox News reported that the BBC released a statement this past weekend that said one of its reporters was physically attacked by Chinese police for covering demonstrations in China’s largest city.

“The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai. “He was held for several hours before being released,” the network said.

“During his arrest, he was beaten and kicked by the police. This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist,” the BBC added.