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26 Mar, 2021 11:09

Democracy has seen 500,000 US Covid deaths: China hits back as Biden says Xi Jinping ‘doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body’

Democracy has seen 500,000 US Covid deaths: China hits back as Biden says Xi Jinping ‘doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body’

The Chinese foreign ministry has issued a stern rebuke of US President Joe Biden’s criticism of Beijing’s supposed lack of democratic values, claiming a label of democracy is not as important as looking after a country’s people.

Speaking on Friday, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying addressed comments made by the US president in his first solo press conference on Thursday, in which Biden claimed Chinese leader Xi Jinping “doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body.” 

Hua said that the issues of democracy and centralization were not important as long as the state can “bring political stability, social progress, and improve people’s livelihood.” The spokeswoman stated that Beijing “pursues a people-centered philosophy” which is in stark contrast “to the US electoral politics centered on partisan political interests.”

Turning to the US’ internal challenges, the spokeswoman highlighted flaws in American democracy, claiming that it was not working in the best interest of its people despite its perceived wealth and power.

No matter how much a country boasts of its democratic values, it sat by and watched more than 500,000 people die from the epidemic without doing anything, and more than 40,000 people killed by gun violence each year without doing anything.

Speaking on Thursday, President Biden admitted the challenge that China poses to US hegemony and made a number of comments about the Chinese leader. “He doesn’t have a democratic – with a small ‘d’ – bone in his body, but he’s a smart, smart guy,” Biden said about Xi Jinping. 

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The president also stated that he would ensure the US isn’t overtaken by China as the world’s number one power. “They have an overall goal to become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world and the most powerful country in the world. That’s not going to happen on my watch.”

China’s relations with the US have shown few signs of improving since the Biden Administration came to office. In recent weeks, the US and its allies have blasted Beijing for alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. Beijing denies any wrongdoing.

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