China Blasts US 'Human Rights Violations Double Standard': 'Robber Acting Like a Cop'

The Chinese Communist Party said mass shootings, poverty rates and foreign wars are all evidence of U.S. "double standards" on human rights violations, with Beijing's largest publication accusing American lawmakers of "concocting lies" about China's Xinjiang Uyghur population.

The People's Daily, the CCP's official publication, published a Monday piece which accused U.S. politicians of "fabricating lies and pushing rumors" to mislead the American public about Chinese human rights violations. The state-controlled outlet said the U.S. government is utilizing the "twisted logic of a robber acting like a cop" as Washington lawmakers try to hide COVID-19 deaths and millions of civilian casualties caused by the U.S. military abroad. Last week, China's United Nations envoy penned a note which urged member countries not to attend this week's planned event on China's repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang.

The People's Daily piece said the U.S. military has "laid to waste" to countless countries and populations across the globe while American lawmakers have ignored domestic mass shootings and skyrocketing income inequality. In an apparent appeal to ordinary Americans, the outlet said it agrees with middle- and lower-class people who say the U.S. is only a "paradise for the rich."

"Over the past few months, U.S. politicians have concocted various lies on human rights issues in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, peddling their talking points with the help of official organizations, media outlets, and so-called non-governmental organizations," the outlet wrote Monday, just days before Britain, Australia and the U.S. are set to lead U.N. discussion about alleged Uyghur human rights violations.

The Chinese government outlet wrote Monday that the U.S. is the "primary international actor that undervalues human life." The piece said the Trump administration's January "Uyghur genocide" designation was "a blatant example of the double standards" craftily invoked by hypocritical Washington lawmakers.

"The U.S. has made every effort to cover up its own terrible human rights record. Due to its leaders' ineffective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country is expected to soon surpass the 600,000 mark," the piece continued. The online article featured an image of a homeless man sitting on a snow-covered sidewalk in Chicago asking for money.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement in January which made the United States the first nation to officially declare the Chinese government's treatment of the Uyghur population as "genocide." The Trump administration official stated at the time, "After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the PRC, under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang."

Beijing immediately denied and condemned the U.S. designation by Pompeo. Biden administration Secretary of State Antony Blinken later said he agreed with his predecessor's "genocide" designation during a January Senate confirmation.

"When it comes to China and the US, the 'doer vs. talker' divide has a deep-seated origin concerning sharing vaccines. While China regards vaccines as a public good, the US sees them as exclusive assets, highly coveted commodities," the official People's Daily's account tweeted Monday morning.

The People's Daily is the largest newspaper group in China and is the official outlet for the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, published in numerous countries and languages worldwide. Tucked between tweets about basketball, the outlet on Sunday tweeted a global Guardian poll that found that "44% of 50,000 respondents in 53 countries are concerned the U.S. threatens democracy in their countries...inequality and Big Tech firms found to be the biggest threat to democracy."

A global poll finds that #US is seen as more of a threat to democracy as 44% of 50,000 respondents in 53 countries are concerned that US threatens democracy in their countries, The Guardian reports, adding inequality&big tech firms are found to be biggest threat to democracy.

— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) May 10, 2021

Reuters reported Thursday that China's permanent mission to the U.N. penned a note that asked other countries to ignore this week's Uyghur human rights discussion. The Chinese government envoy claimed that this issue has been hijacked by U.S. lawmakers who use "human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in China's internal affairs like Xinjiang, to create division and turbulence and disrupt China's development."

Newsweek reached out to Chinese diplomatic offices in Washington and New York for additional remarks.

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On Monday China criticized the U.S. for a "human rights violations double standard." In the above photo from August 18, 2011, President Xi Jinping and Vice President Joe Biden are seen in Beijing. LINTAO ZHANG / Staff/Getty Images