I know you are, but what am I?
The U.S. is at it again with its outrageous “slanders of China’s governance” in the Xinjiang region, said the Global Times. The latest State Department human rights report claims, in “almost hysterical” language, that China is oppressing its Uighur Muslim population there through mass detention, forced disappearance, and even torture and rape. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo actually said that China was “in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations.” Such pious denunciations are especially rich coming from the only developed country where guns kill tens of thousands of people each year. If we wanted to sling epithets, China could describe America as “the biggest battlefield in an era of peace.” The U.S. also routinely supports corporate rights over human rights. Just look at its reaction to the apparently deadly flaw in Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft: Before finally grounding the plane, the U.S. secretary of transportation flew in one “in an attempt to trick the public into relaxing its vigilance.” Meanwhile, of course, America does nothing about the growing chasm between rich and poor or the spread of racial hatred. We used to think the West was superior, but now we see the U.S. as it is: “selfish, paranoid, and unpredictable.” Its criticism does not sting.