‘A joke’: China blasts US in open letter
China has slammed the US in an open letter that takes aim at America’s handling of the pandemic, gun control, race wars and “rotten” democracy.
China has thrown caution to the wind with a savage open letter that labels the United States “rotten” and shames the once-feared superpower for losing control of its democracy and its handling of Covid-19, guns and race relations.
An editorial published on Chinese state media mouthpiece the Global Times launches into US President Joe Biden’s administration in a way that China would not have dared before.
“Currently, the US democracy is losing its halo and being questioned, the fundamental reason of which is that it has lost the ability to solve domestic major issues,” the scathing editorial reads.
“In addition to its failure in tackling the ravaging pandemic, its social division, racial conflicts and the lost control of guns have reached the peak, with no signs of easing. Contrasted with a prosperous China, the US feels frustrated and annoyed.”
What has China so mad?
Well, among other things, Beijing has taken offence at being left out of a planned “democracy summit” hosted by Mr Biden. Russia was also left off the guest list but Taiwan received an invitation.
The virtual summit, held from December 9-10, will see 110 nations represented in a global push to fight corruption and denounce human rights violations.
At a press conference in Beijing following the State Department announcement, one senior Chinese official called the gathering “a joke”.
“Under the American democratic system, US politicians are the agents of interest groups, and don’t represent interests of majority voters nor national interest,” said Tian Peiyan, deputy director of the Chinese Government’s Policy Research Office.
“This is not real democracy. Chinese people don’t like and don’t want such a democracy,” he said.
The Global Times went a step further.
“Washington is in a hurry to organise a summit that excludes China and Russia to prove its position as the world’s No. 1 country and to feel the glory of being able to rally multitudes at its call,” the editorial continued.
“This summit will not make any contribution to the US competition with China and Russia, nor will it promote the rapid growth of ideology-based diplomacy on the global stage.
“That is because economic and social development as well as people’s wellbeing are some of the most prioritised national interests of most members of the international community.
“No other country will be deeply so obsessed with how ‘like-minded’ it is with other countries in terms of values and give up the actual interests of achieving economic development, let alone take risks in such an absurd way.”
The authors suggested China is more “down-to-earth”.
“US-style democracy will only show to the world its rotten part. China is a country with a down-to-earth manner. Let the US toast itself and see how long its rhetoric works to conceal the fake account of US democracy. Both people and history will be the harsh auditors.”
In a move that is certain to anger China further, the United States has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, citing human rights abuses.
“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
“The athletes on Team USA have our full support. We will be behind them 100 per cent as we cheer them on from home.”
For months, the US government has been trying to find the best way to position itself with regard to the Winter Games, hosted from February 4-20, by a country it accuses of perpetrating “genocide” against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, a province in northwest China.
Several human rights organisations have accused Beijing of having imprisoned at least one million Uighur people in Xinjiang in “re-education camps”.
The boycott was met with support on both sides of the political aisle in America but prompted a furious response from Chinese state media.
China Daily bureau chief Chen Weihua tweeted: “You’re not invited and not welcome, Mr Biden. Hope you will live long enough to see China boycotting Los Angeles Summer Games in 2028.”
– with AFP