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China says US' proposed 'international order' aimed at hurting other

By ZHANG YUNBI | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-07-26 13:49

Chinese and US flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, on April 14, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Washington's so-called "rules-based international order" is designed to benefit itself at the expense of others, hold other countries back and introduce "the law of the jungle", Vice-Foreign Minister Xie Feng told visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday.

The "rules-based international order" is proposed by the US and a few other Western countries to make their own rules as global rules and contain other countries with such rules, Xie said.

Washington has abandoned the universally-recognized international law and order, and damaged the international system it helped build, Xie added.

While the US attempts to replace the existing international system with a so-called "rules-based international order", it wants to go back on its words, to change the rules to frustrate others and benefit itself, and to introduce "the law of the jungle" where might is right and the big bullies the small, Xie said.

At the Monday talks, Xie also debunked the US' labelling itself as the world's role model in democracy and human rights.

Xie urged the US side to address its own human rights issues first, as the US engaged in genocide against Native Americans in the past, and currently the US has lost 620,000 lives because of its inadequate response to COVID-19.

He slammed the frequent US military action and the wars caused by the US lies, which "have brought grave catastrophe to the world".

Washington is in no position to lecture China on democracy and human rights, Xie said.

The Chinese people could have not been able to generate such immense creativity and productivity if it were not for the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, the effective political system, the development path suited to China's circumstances as well as the democracy, freedoms and human rights the public have enjoyed, he said.

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