Washington: China accused the US of using democracy as a “weapon of mass destruction” (WMD) to “stoke divisions and confrontation” as it slammed the Summit for Democracy organized by the Biden administration, which Beijing portrays as a new front being formed by America to isolate it to halt its rise.
The two-day summit attended by over 100 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, concluded recently with a call to evaluate progress in safeguarding fair elections, protecting human rights and fighting corruption.
While the US omitted China and Russia from the list of invitees, Beijing was furious over the invitation to the self-governing island Taiwan, which China said is a blatant violation of the ‘One China’ policy that considers Taipei as an integral part of the Chinese mainland.
The Chinese foreign ministry, which has been attacking the summit in the past few weeks, issued a lengthy statement accusing the US of stoking divisions in the name of democracy.
“Stoking division and confrontation in the name of democracy is to backpedal in history, and will bring nothing but turmoil and disaster to the world,” the statement said.
For a long time, the US has been imposing its political system and values on others, pushing for the so-called “democratic reforms”, abusing unilateral sanctions, and inciting “color revolutions”, which have caused ”disastrous consequences”, it said.
“Democracy has become a weapon of mass destruction used by the United States to interfere in other countries’ affairs,” the statement said, asserting that the US ‘Summit for Democracy’ has ”drawn the ideological line and turned democracy into a tool and a weapon”.
The US “sought to thwart democracy under the pretext of democracy, incite division and confrontation, and divert attention from its internal problems. It attempted to preserve its hegemony over the world, and undermine the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order underpinned by international law”, the statement said.
Pakistan, which was invited to take part in the summit along with India and the Maldives, skipped it, apparently after a late-night phone call from Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on December 4 where he criticized the meeting saying that what the US aims for is not democracy but hegemony.
Asserting that the US is ”not a beacon of democracy”, the foreign ministry statement sought to portray the one-party system headed by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) as People’s Democracy focusing on social and economic development.