China says democracy used as ‘weapon of mass destruction’ — Analysis
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has accused the US of using the idea of “democracy” as a “weapon of mass destruction” to impose its will upon the world, after Beijing was left uninvited from Washington’s ‘Summit for Democracy’.
Leaders and dignitaries from 100 countries and international organizations took part in the Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy on Thursday and Friday. Held virtually, the event saw US allies proclaim their support for civic society and equality, and commit to funding ‘pro-democracy’ NGOs at home and abroad.
China – the US’ principal geopolitical rival – was not invited, while other countries in Washington’s bad books, namely Russia and Hungary, were also snubbed.
On Saturday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry used the occasion to denigrate the summit and accuse America of concealing its efforts to keep it going. “global hegemony”The meaning behind this term “democracy.”
“Whether a country is democratic or not should be decided by its own people, not by a handful of finger-pointing outsiders,”The ministry issued a statement. “A country’s democratic system and its path to democracy should be chosen independently by its own people in light of their national reality.”
The US were criticized for trying to implement democracy in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya at gunpoint, as well as for using sanctions to threaten the US. “color revolutions”To coerce others states to accept its model of democracy.
“color revolution”This is the term for an attempt to take down a government, usually by well-funded civil rights groups and nongovernmental organizations. Overt or covertly, the US supported many foreign color revolutions including Slobodan Miloevic’s 2000 revolt that overthrew him as Serbian leader, the Rose Revolution in Georgia, 2003 and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004.
While China has criticized the US for engaging in such underhand tactics, Western media has celebrated Washington’s “template for winning other people’s elections.”
Beijing’s statement accused the US of using democracy as a “weapon of mass destruction.”
“We should firmly reject and oppose all forms of pseudo-democratic and anti-democratic practices and political manipulations under the cover of democracy,”This concludes the statement.