China says Trump’s tweets are from alternate universe

Beijing, Aug 31: A leading Chinese newspaper on Friday made a scathing attack on US President Donald Trump for his repeated accusations against China on Twitter adding that his messages are from an alternative universe.

Official newspaper China Daily said: There are few things more disconcerting than a tweet by the US President as they initially seem to accord to reality but then quickly turn into messages from some alternative universe. It said in an editorial.

The article argued that although Donald Trump’s allegations of China hacking former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails have been refuted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, that will not deter the US president from smearing China’s image as he desperately needs a scapegoat in the run-up to the midterm elections, so he can divert public attention from the troubles the White House has become mired in.

The Daily cited as example tweets from Trump this week where he accused Beijing of hacking Clinton’s emails without providing any evidence, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Daily also expressed displeasure with another tweet where Trump blamed the Chinese communist regime for the lack of progress in the rapprochement with North Korea, and underlined that China, against whom he is launching a trade war, is an easy candidate for that role, since it has long been demonised by US politicians.

The article further notes that Trump dumps his ire indiscriminately on his Twitter account and that to be fair, it is not just China that Trump is maligning. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice have also had their integrity impugned.

Since his supporters have shown a willingness to suspend disbelief, we can no doubt look forward to more such tales, the China Daily concluded.

China-US relations have become strained due to the trade war between the two largest global economies together with issues such as Beijing’s progress in the disputed South China Sea and human rights issues.

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