Two of China’s main state-run newspapers heaped scorn on the U.S. presidential elections on Saturday, saying the endless stream of scandals surrounding both main candidates showed the United States had no right to lecture others on democracy.
While Beijing has largely avoided commenting on the elections, not wanting to be seen to interfere in the internal affairs of another country, the government-run media has been given more leeway.
China frequently takes umbrage at foreign criticism of its one-party political system, particularly from the United States, and says no country has the right to try and force China to change a system it says best suits China’s situation.
In a commentary, the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily termed the U.S. election “chaos”, pointing to tax-related issues for “big mouth” Republican candidate Donald Trump and the dispute over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and worries over her health.
Both candidates appear more set on personal attacks than discussing the issues, as can be see from their first presidential debate, the newspaper said.
“All this weirdness not only clearly shows the predicament of the U.S. political establishment, it also points straight at the corrupt practices of the U.S. political system,” it added in the commentary, published under the pen name “Zhong Sheng”, meaning “Voice of China”, often used to give views on foreign policy.
“For a long time, the United States has boasted about how its extremely lively election is a sign of the superiority of its system, and has even used this to wilfully criticize the vast majority of developing countries,” it said.
“This extreme self-belief and arrogance by the ‘preacher of democracy’ should be reined in.”
The People’s Daily’s sister paper, the strongly nationalistic and widely read tabloid the Global Times, said in an editorial in its Chinese and English-language editions the scandals showed there was no superiority in Western democracy.
“Western countries have a legal system in place to secure social stability in the face of such chaos, but many developing countries which hastily learn from them only incur social instability,” it said.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
Chinese state media delivers scathing criticism at ‘chaos’ US elections
By Asian Correspondent Staff | 8th October 2016 | @ascorrespondent
Trump and Clinton shake hands during the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Credit AP
CHINA’S state-owned newspapers have aimed a sneering commentary at the ongoing U.S. presidential elections, calling it “chaos” and saying the “weirdness” of the elections also showed how the U.S. has no right to lecture other countries on democracy.
According to Reuters, the ruling Communist Party’s newspaper, People’s Daily, pointed towards the scandals surrounding both candidates in the election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Clinton has been embroiled in disputes over her use of private emails, while yesterday, Trump became the center of media attention as a leaked tape in which he made lewd comments about women was aired.
People’s Daily published a commentary calling Trump a “big mouth”. It also criticized both Trump and Clinton for focusing more on launching personal attacks against each other rather than discussing the issues America faces.
It was quoted saying: “All this weirdness not only clearly shows the predicament of the U.S. political establishment, it also points straight at the corrupt practices of the U.S. political system.
“For a long time, the United States has boasted about how its extremely lively election is a sign of the superiority of its system, and has even used this to wilfully criticize the vast majority of developing countries.”
The scathing commentary went on to call for the U.S.’s “extreme self-belief and arrogance” to be subdued. However, it held back on its criticism of Trump, who has persistently held the belief that China is to blame for much of America’s job and international trade woes.
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The Global Times, a sister newspaper to People’s Daily, also published a commentary heaped with criticism, saying the scandals proved that Western democracy is not superior to other country’s political systems.
China has always bristled at foreign judgement of its one-party system, and particularly detests it when it comes from the U.S. However, this election appears to have given the state media plenty of ammunition – in March, the Global Times called it “an unprecedented joke”.
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