China bashes U.S. over racism, inequality, pandemic response


China took the U.S. to task Wednesday over racism, financial inequality and the federal government’s response to the coronavirus in an annual report that seeks to counter U.S. accusations of human rights abuses by China’s ruling Communist Party. The 28-page report issued by China’s Cabinet said the U.S. in 2020 “saw its own epidemic situation go out of control, accompanied by political disorder, inter-ethnic conflicts, and social division.” The document released by the State Council Information Office also highlighted the Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the Capitol as well as gun violence and health disparities. “What happened on Capitol Hill revealed the shortcomings of U.S. democracy,” Chang Jian, the director of the Human Rights Institute of Nankai University in Tianjin, China, said at a government news conference. “And that is the two political parties would sometimes do everything they can to advance their own interests. … They would incite division and violence among the people. So can U.S. society continue to prosper under its current democratic system? I would put a question mark on it.”

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