BEIJING – Chinese state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black teen and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington’s criticisms of its government, portraying America as a land of inequality and brutal police.
A tartly worded editorial in China’s Global Times newspaper on Tuesday said that while an “invisible gap” still separates white and black Americans, countries should deal with their problems in their own way without criticizing others. “It’s ironic that the U.S., with its brutal manner of assimilating minorities, never ceases to accuse China and countries like it of violating the rights of minorities,” said the tabloid, published by the ruling Communist Party.
The Xinhua News Agency ran a similar commentary, tossing in references to enduring racism, National Security Agency spying and drone attacks abroad.
“Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others,” Xinhua said.