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Xie Feng: How can the United States portray itself as the world's spokesperson for democracy and human rights?

2021/07/26

On 26 July, during his talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng urged the U.S. side to address its own human rights issues first.

Xie Feng pointed out that historically, the United States engaged in genocide against Native Americans. Presently, the United States has lost 620,000 lives because of its halting response to COVID-19. Internationally, the frequent U.S. military action and the wars caused by the United States lying about the facts have brought undue catastrophe to the world. How can the United States portray itself as the world's spokesperson for democracy and human rights?

Xie Feng said that the U.S. side is in no position to lecture China on democracy and human rights. Without the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, an effective political system and a development path suited to China's circumstances, or if people on the street in China were all denied democracy, freedoms and human rights, how could it be possible for the Chinese people to ever generate such immense creativity and productivity? Without those, how could a super-sized country like China

with over a billion people ever achieve the twin miracles of rapid economic growth and sustained social stability? And how could it be possible for the Chinese nation to make the great transformation from standing up to growing rich, and to becoming strong within just a hundred years? Western surveys have shown that over 90 percent of Chinese are satisfied with the Government, which is quite remarkable for any country in the world.

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