A Chinese report on human rights in the United States has accused it of corruption, hypocrisy and brutality.
The annual report said: “In 2016, money politics and power-for-money deals controlled the presidential election, which was full of lies and farces.
“There were no guarantees of political rights.”
The US regularly accuses China of ignoring human rights – its own annual report on human rights in almost 200 countries was released last week.
According to the US report, Chinese civil society groups suffered “repression and coercion” and accused Beijing of curtailing freedoms in Hong Kong and Macau.
As well as sharp criticisms of American democracy, the Chinese report – which drew heavily on US media coverage – also highlighted cases of police violence and racism.
The report accused the US of “wielding <<the baton of human rights>>” while “paying no attention to its own terrible human rights problems”.
It added: “With the gunshots lingering in people’s ears behind the Statue of Liberty, worsening racial discrimination and the election farce dominated by money politics, the self-proclaimed human rights defender has exposed its human rights ‘myth’ with its own deeds.”
China strictly curtails freedom of speech and is frequently criticized for arbitrary detentions, official brutality, widespread corruption, a lack of transparency, a pliant judiciary and little in the way of democracy.
The country is also extremely sensitive to criticism and has cracked down on domestic critics.