U.S. Doesn’t ‘Have the Guts’ to Face Down China, State Media Says As Beijing Congratulates Biden

U.S. Doesn’t ‘Have the Guts’ to Face Down China, State Media Says As Beijing Congratulates Biden

Chinese state media has once again hit out at the U.S. and its Western allies after Beijing’s latest clampdown on pro-democratic opposition in Hong Kong, suggesting that Washington, D.C. is unwilling to take on China over the territory.

Global Times—a state-run nationalistic newspaper that airs the more belligerent sentiments from within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)—published an inflammatory editorial Thursday claiming that Western pressure on Beijing over its human rights abuses “won’t succeed,” and suggesting the West does not “have the guts” to face down Beijing.

The editorial was published a day before the CCP finally congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory, following a week of near-silence from Beijing on the race—which is still being disputed by President Donald Trump.

China is waiting to see what Biden’s foreign policy looks like. The former vice president has vowed to stand up to China’s human rights abuses, military expansionism and malign trade practices.