The state-run Global Times says the violence in the US capital is the result of society’s “severe division” and its “inability to control” the divide.
The attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump reflects a leadership failure, as well as the deep divide running through American society, Chinese state media editorials said Friday.
Hundreds of President Trump’s supporters besieged the Capitol on Wednesday in what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described as “an armed insurgency against America.”
The Global Times, a tabloid run by the People’s Daily, the newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, described the riots as a sign of “internal collapse” that could not be easily reversed.
“The unprecedented crowd in the Capitol, symbol of the American system, is the result of the severe division of American society and the inability of the country to control that division,” he said.
“Over time and the abuse of resources by generations of politicians, the American political system has deteriorated,” the newspaper said, adding that these politicians “deserve chaos, violence.”
He also criticized what he called “double weight” among American politicians who expressed support for pro-democracy protesters, who entered the territory’s Legislative Council in 2019.
“In Hong Kong the violent actions are described as a ‘beautiful spectacle’, in the United States the people involved in this chaos are called ‘crowds’,” he said.
Protesters in Hong Kong, amid mass rallies against an extradition bill with mainland China that evolved into calls for universal suffrage, broke through police barricades and vandalized the legislative chamber.
Hong Kong media pushed back on the comparison between the two events, saying protesters in Hong Kong were fighting for more freedom at the polls, while pro-Trump supporters mounted a “violent insurgency” to undermine free elections and fair trade of their country.
Hong Kong Free Press has said that comparing the unrest in the United States to the protests in Hong Kong amounted to “evil propaganda.” China has since imposed a sweeping national security law on the territory under which more than 50 pro-democracy politicians, activists and even academics were arrested this week.
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– Kate O’Keeffe (@Kate_OKeeffe) January 6, 2021
Meanwhile, the official China Daily newspaper said Trump’s “narrow nationalism” had taken its toll on the United States.
“If the Biden administration can learn any lessons from the ‘darkest day’ in US history, the pain the country has been going through these days could be seen as growing pain,” he said. he declares.
“The violence and chaos that have erupted in the United States over the past year shows what happens when the leaders of a country lose touch with reality,” he added.
Hua Chunying, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, said earlier that Beijing hoped the American people could “regain peace, stability and security” following the chaos on Capitol Hill.
As the violence unfolded, Global Times also published reports claiming Chinese netizens referred to the riot as “karma,” juxtaposing images of the events in Hong Kong Legco and the US capital.
The post quoted Chinese netizens as saying they saw “chaos in the United States as revenge.”
“This is the first political coup to occur in the Americas without the involvement of US embassies,” the Global Times said, citing an anonymous commentator.
On Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo, a photo of a pro-Trump supporter sitting in President Nancy Pelosi’s office has also gone viral.