(Beijing) Beijing on Saturday described American democracy as a “weapon of catastrophe”.
“Democracy has long been a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ used by the United States to intervene in other countries,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in an online statement, accusing Washington of “provoking” color “revolutions” abroad.
China, along with other countries such as Russia and Hungary, walked out of the virtual two-day summit, blatantly accusing the US president of inciting ideological divisions from the Cold War.
A spokesman for Chinese diplomacy assures that the summit was organized “to draw the lines of ideological prejudices, to instruct democracy, to arm … (and) to provoke division and conflict.”
China, for its part, is committed to “resisting and resolutely opposing all forms of pseudo-democracy.”
Prior to the summit, Beijing had accelerated its campaign by criticizing democracy, calling it corrupt and failing.
In a white paper released last week, the increasingly dictatorial communist regime under President Xi Jinping praised its own model of “integrated people’s democracy” in a bid to strengthen its legitimacy.
In the context of trade and technology rivalry, human rights and the Xinjiang and Taiwan issue, tensions between the world’s two major powers have worsened in recent years.
The U.S. Treasury on Friday approved two senior Chinese officials for human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region and added Chinese artificial intelligence agency Sensetime to the list for its face recognition technology targeting Uyghur minorities.
Taiwan, an island with its own government, but claimed by Beijing, was summoned to the summit, which was a clear provocation against its neighbors.
But Beijing won during the Joe Biden summit, and Nicaragua decided to sever its diplomatic alliance with Taiwan in order to recognize China.
Following this announcement, Taiwan has only 14 diplomatic allies. In response, the US State Department called on “all countries that respect democratic institutions” to “expand their involvement” with the island.