China denounces US for measuring democracy with own yardstick

China denounces US for measuring democracy with own yardstick

China has denounced the United States for measuring democracy with its own yardstick, and deciding whether a country is democratic or not based on its own model.

The US held a two-day virtual ‘Summit for Democracy’ on Thursday and Friday with a declared aim of focusing on “renewing democracy in the United States and around the world.” Washington invited 100 countries but excluded China and Russia, accusing their governments of autocracy.

Beijing and Moscow lambasted the summit, branding it as a product of Washington’s Cold War mentality that will create new fissures in the international community. The summit was also criticized by mainstream media for seeking selfish gains instead of real democracy.

On Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin deplored the White House for measuring democracy with its own yardstick, stressing that Washington is a “destroyer” of democracy rather than being its “defender.”

“I’ve noticed there are media reports…

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