An official for the Chinese government said yesterday that the presidential hopeful was “biased” on women’s issues in China, while the Global Times puts out a scathing op-ed rubbishing her campaign and suitability for the role.
While Xi Jinping delivered a speech on women’s rights in China as co-chair of the UN Women conference, Hillary Clinton sent out a rather provocative tweet criticizing the country’s record on the issue.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2015
While the tweet was well received by human rights activists and feminists from both countries, the Chinese government and state media were less than impressed.
According to AP, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said yesterday that China protects its people’s rights in accordance with the law. “Someone in another country is biased on the relevant issue,” Hong said in response to a question about Clinton’s tweet. “We hope that they will respect China’s judicial sovereignty.”
The Global Times was next to weigh in on the issue, publishing an op-ed which compared Clinton unfavorably with Donald Trump and claimed that her rhetoric was a means to deflect mounting criticism over the scandal involving her private email server.
“Despite her political acumen as former secretary of state and senator, she is using the language of Trump to cast herself in the role of a rabble-rouser,” it read. “It is a pity that even the former first lady has also thrown away her decency and reputation only to gain a leg up in the election.”
The Chinese, who apparently still don’t realize that China bashing is now merely a staple of election season in the US and nothing to take particularly seriously, are especially nervous about her becoming president.
Netizens have in the past voiced fears that Clinton would take a tougher stance against China if elected, in comparison to the relatively cautious and soft approach taken by the current Obama administration. Judging by the fierce backlash to a single tweet, perhaps the Chinese government are equally as fearful.