Beijings annual chronicling of alleged human rights abuses in the US focuses on political system and treatment of minorities

The US election was full of lies and a farce that exposed the hypocritical nature of its democracy, one-party China has claimed in its annual inquiry into the human rights record of its geopolitical rival.

Each year the state council information office, the propaganda wing of Chinas cabinet, publishes a summary of alleged US human rights abuses as a means of hitting back against Washingtons criticism of Beijings own record.

This years report, which is almost entirely based on reports by news groups whose coverage of Chinese human rights violations Beijing routinely attacks or blocks, paints a wretched portrait of the US political system.

In 2016, money politics and power-for-money deals had controlled the presidential election, which was full of lies and farces, its introduction says. There were no guarantees of political rights, while the public responded with waves of boycott and protests, giving full exposure of the hypocritical nature of US democracy.

Chinas report lays a raft of accusations at the gates to the White House, accusing the US of posing as an international judge of human rights while simultaneously committing abuses at home and abroad.

Wielding the baton of human rights, [the US] pointed fingers and cast blame on the human rights situation in many countries while paying no attention to its own terrible human rights problems, it says.

The reports authors decry a widening income gap, deteriorating race relations, the repeated shooting of black Americans by white police and Americas worrisome treatment of children, women and the elderly.

With the gunshots lingering in peoples ears behind the Statue of Liberty, worsening racial discrimination and the election farce dominated by money politics, the self-proclaimed human rights defender has exposed its human rights myth with its own deeds, it says.

The inquiry hones in on what it describes as Americas spiralling crime rate, citing Donald Trumps inaccurate claim that crime is out of control, and rapidly getting worse in a section lamenting the continuous infringement of civil rights in the US.

Finally, Chinas report castigates US foreign policy, accusing Washington of continuing to trample on human rights in other countries, causing tremendous civilian casualties in places such as Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Allegations of internet snooping drew vast criticism from the international community.

Beijings inquiry claims it findings are built on concrete facts, nearly all of which have been extracted from stories published by international news organisations groups such as the BBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Guardian.

In spite of this, the Chinese report finds space to bemoan the poor quality of journalism being produced by such outlets.

During last years historic election the US media published a lot of biased reports and commentaries fully demonstrating their failure in staying objective or impartial, it claimed.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/us-election-was-a-farce-that-exposes-hypocritical-democracy-says-china

US election was a farce that exposes ‘hypocritical’ democracy, says China
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