Wednesday 22 February 2023

Fact-Checking Chinese Official’s Failed Twitter Takedown Of U.S.

 China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman mocked the United States Tuesday in a Twitter thread, but she didn’t exactly bring the receipts.

In the thread, Hua Chunying accused the U.S. of “waging a crazy and hysteric public opinion war on China,” and then listed claims she believes show China is superior to the U.S. But the list may have included some whoppers. Judge for yourself:

“China never engages in slaughter, predation or racial genocide of its ethnic minorities and never allows ‘I can’t breathe’ to happen,” Hua wrote.

Millions of Muslim Uyghurs, who the Council on Foreign Relations noted last September are imprisoned or subjected to forced labor and sterilization, would likely disagree if they could.

“China never allows 1% of its population to own the wealth as much as +90% of the population combined,” Hua charged.

A study by economists from Cornell and Peking universities found China has greater income inequality than the U.S. “China’s rich-poor divide is all the more stark given repeated pledges by its leaders to make reducing income inequality a core goal,” reported Grid.

“China never allows its people to die from massive shooting, let alone letting kids be shot on campus,” Hua claimed.

Hua is on solid ground here. In China, the government has all the guns – and the citizens are defenseless.

“China does not allow the drug problem to haunt the nation and kill 100,000+ per year,” Hua wrote.

America is well aware of our drug problem, and thousands of people die each year from fentanyl China sells to Mexican cartels, who then smuggle it across the border, as a 2021 report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission found. Boasting that you don’t have a drug problem while you fuel ours takes a special kind of gall.

“China never invades other countries or seeks colonial expansion,” Hua posited. “China never meddles in other countries’ domestic affairs or looks for and props up proxies in foreign countries.”

Hong Kong disagrees. Taiwan hopes Hua is right.

“China never builds its foreign policy on ‘cheating, lying and stealing’ as it takes them as shame instead of pride,” she claimed.

China’s systematic theft of U.S. intellectual property is “on a scale so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history,” FBI Director Christopher Wray stated in July 2020. “If you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.”

“China never seeks to dominate the world or deny anyone the right to development. Instead it seeks common development and prosperity. China never seeks to cripple or take out an opponent by all means to win,” Hua claimed.

No, China just built artificial islands in the South China Sea to claim new territorial waters and regularly threatens the sovereignty of Taiwan.

“China never fires missiles at wandering balloons, instead it invests in building better railways to make people safe and sound,” she wrote.

Of course, the “wandering balloon” Hua was likely referring to was the Chinese surveillance balloon that drifted across the United States collecting information until the U.S. military shot it down off the Carolina coast.

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