An English-language commentary published by the state news agency Xinhua stated that the U.S. should focus on its own problems, pointing to the unrest that occurred at a white nationalist weekend rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally ended in violence after a car plowed into the counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19.
“Against the backdrop of the recent clash between white supremacists and their opponents, the U.S. accusations against China simply lay bare the double standard it employs. The violence highlighted the danger of racism, which is a serious problem in a still divided U.S. society,” the article stated.
“Despite its self-proclaimed role as the world’s human rights champion, the fact is the world’s sole superpower is far from becoming a respected role model in this regard,” it added.