China: US democracy weapon of mass destruction
In response to the so-called "Summit for Democracy," Beijing says the US is drawing "lines of ideological prejudice" and vows to resist and oppose all kinds of pseudo-democracies.
China described Saturday US democracy as a "weapon of mass destruction," following the US-organised "Summit for Democracy."
Along with Russia and Hungary, China was not invited to the two-day virtual summit and responded by accusing US President Joe Biden of stoking Cold War-era ideological divides.
"'Democracy' has long become a weapon of mass destruction used by the US to interfere in other countries," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in an online statement, which also accused the US of having "instigated color revolutions" overseas.
The ministry said the summit was organized by the US to "draw lines of ideological prejudice, instrumentalize and weaponize democracy and incite division and confrontation."
Beijing vowed to "resolutely resist and oppose all kinds of pseudo-democracies."
US President Joe Biden angered China by inviting Taiwan to participate in the virtual "Summit for Democracy," which concluded its work on Friday.
Tune in as I deliver closing remarks at the virtual Summit for Democracy.— President Biden (@POTUS) December 10, 2021
For his part, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez considered the Washington summit "a sterile and hypocritical attempt to impose pre-established recipes which reveals anti-democratic behavior."
China and Russia's ambassadors to the US, Qin Gang and Anatoly Antonov, firmly rejected Biden's summit in a joint article published by the National Interest, while Pakistan has decided not to attend.
Iraqi official source confirmed to Al Mayadeen that the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi refused to participate in the "Summit for Democracy" in the presence of “Israel”.
Tensions between China and the US, the world's two largest economies, have spiraled in recent years over issues including trade and technological competition, Xinjiang region, and Taiwan.
Chinese media trolled the "Summit for Democracy", comparing the US to Voldemort and China to Harry Potter.
On Friday, the US Treasury sanctioned two high-level Chinese officials for alleged "human rights abuses" in the Xinjiang region and blacklisted the Chinese AI firm SenseTime.