Russia and China: US Must Stop Promoting Protests in Our Countries

Both countries see deep US involvement in recent protests

Russia and China have issued statements over the past several days calling on the US government to stop promoting protests in their respective countries, saying that America needs to stay out of other nations’ internal affairs.

While the State Department urges US citizens to avoid the “unauthorized” protests in Russia and China, they are also seen as a major facilitator for the protests in the first place. US-imposed regime change by protest is a time-honored strategy, and one both nations see at play.

Chinese officials, in particular, see the growing number of US flags appearing at Hong Kong protests as a sign of US involvement in the protests themselves. The US doesn’t comment on this, of course, but rather faults the Chinese government for not giving in to the protesters’ demands.

The same is true in Moscow, where protests aren’t as frequent, but even the suggestion of a Russian government crackdown leads to a quick US retort condemning them for “excessive force.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.