California officials have rolled out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping, clearing homeless encampments off San Francisco’s sidewalks and lining the streets with Chinese flags and barricades.
San Francisco is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this week, where CEOs and world leaders will meet to discuss important issues. President Joe Biden and Xi are scheduled to have their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year during the summit.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) were already facing backlash for miraculously cleaning up the city’s homeless problem ahead of Xi’s visit, and the criticism has now doubled as videos of the streets lined with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) flags have gone viral.
“Oh look, San Francisco turned into China for President Xi’s arrival,” the Post Millennial’s Katie Daviscourt wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, sharing a video of Chinese flags lining San Francisco streets while Xi’s motorcade drives through the city.
Daviscourt went on to argue that this incident is San Francisco “finally” showing its “true colors.”
Political commentator Ian Miles Cheong also responded to the video, sarcastically pointing out how much better San Francisco looks now.
“San Francisco looks so much better with Chinese flags. Not a single American flag or homeless person in sight,” he wrote.
“China would never fly American flags down their streets so why the hell are we flying CCP flags in San Francisco?!” political commentator Rogan O’Handley pointed out.
The Chinese flags weren’t the only new addition to San Francisco that made the city resemble communist China, as other videos going viral on social media show brand new barricades placed throughout the city streets as part of an effort to prevent the homeless encampments from reemerging after being cleaned up and to protect the safety of visiting world leaders.
Meanwhile, protesters gathered to oppose Xi’s visit to the U.S., carrying signs decrying the CCP’s “inhumane” and “unjust” treatment of the Chinese people. The demonstrators, including hundreds of Chinese Americans, could be heard chanting, “Take down the CCP!”