Wang Wenbin, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, just let the world know who is now in charge:
NOW – China: “The era in which the US acted arbitrarily in the world under the pretext of democracy and human rights is over.”
“The atrocity of killing civilians by US troops, in Afghanistan is unacceptable. It is even more outrageous that the US exonerates the perpetrators with impunity on various grounds. While the US talked about ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights,’ at the ‘Summit for Democracy,’ the innocent Afghan people who were gunned down by the US military were forgotten and the killers remain beyond justice.
This is the harsh reality brought to the world by the American style ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’. We condemn the brutal military intervention by the US in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria in the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights”.
We call on the international community to investigate the US military’s war crimes of killing innocent civilians around the world and hold it accountable.
Justice may be delayed, but it will not be denied. The era in which the US acted arbitrarily in the world under the pretext of so-called ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ is over.
The day will come eventually when the US military who killed innocent civilians in other countries will be brought to justice.”
I see a lot of people on social media completely missing the point here and accusing China of hypocrisy over their many and well-documented human rights violations, namely with the Uighurs.
People, you’re missing the point. China now feels that it is at a point relative to the US where it can do what it wants, while dictating how everyone else behaves.
This is China telling America: You are no longer in charge of the world. We are in charge of the world now.
They are telling us that we no longer get to act with impunity all over the world. China will now hold us accountable as it sees fit.
China feels that they are essentially on level-ground with America now. They are not scared of us. They no longer feel the need to bite their tongues and defer to America.
China is asserting itself as the new global hegemon and letting America’s government know that it is no longer in charge.
I’m not saying this is a good thing for the world. But it is happening right now, and there’s little we can do about it.