China says US, allies account for 10 percent of world’s population

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – March 26, 2021
BEIJING (China): Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Hua Chunying said, Thursday, that the United States (US) and its allies combined only account for 10 percent of the world’s population, US values do not equate international value and US-style democracy is not universal democracy, the US has selectively applied international rules as it sees fit, pulling out of many international organisations and treaties.

According to a press release, she was addressing a regular press conference in the capital city.

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying continued, “The label of undermining US and Western values cannot be pinned on China. The world is a diverse place with all kinds of civilisations. The US and its allies combined only account for 10 percent of the world’s population.”

She added, “There are also so many developing countries in the world. And even US allies don’t always see eye to eye. US values do not equate international value and US-style democracy is not universal democracy.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying informed, “If the US really respects and protects human rights, takes pride in its own values and is the most democratic, how can it be so indifferent to people’s right to life and do nothing while over 500,000 people lost their lives within a year.”

She elaborated, “The fact is, it is the US and Western countries themselves that are undermining their own values. The Chinese people only want to manage their own business well. We have no interest in or time to meddle in other country’s affairs.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying reminded, “Listening to one another and showing respect are vital in interpersonal relations, and the same goes with state-to-state relations. The US has rich imagination of its democratic values, yet the reality is dis-illusionary.”

She urged, “It is hoped that the US side will develop a correct understanding of itself and others, abandon the zero-sum game and the cold war mentality, earnestly learn to get along with other countries on the basis of equality and respect, and truly take on the responsibility of a major country for world peace and development.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying asserted, “The label of undermining the rules of the international system cannot be pinned on China. There is only one system in the world, that is the international system with the United Nations (UN) at its core. There is only one set of rules, that is basic norms governing international relations based on the purposes of the UN charter.”

She reminded, “In recent years, the US has selectively applied international rules as it sees fit, pulling out of many international organisations and treaties. It used a test tube of washing powder and a staged video as evidence to stage wars against the two sovereign states of Iraq and Syria, causing numerous civilian casualties and the destruction of countless families.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying stressed, “Now it even wantonly wields the big stick of sanctions to impose unilateral, illegal sanctions on other sovereign states. No one is more suitable than the US for the label of breaking rules of the international system.”


She reiterated, “The label of militarisation in the South China Sea cannot be pinned on China. China is not the first to carry out construction activities and deploy necessary facilities on islands and reefs in the South China Sea. Nor is it the one that has conducted the most of such activities. The US can by no means deprive China of the right to self-preservation and self-defence for its own territory by putting a label of militarisation on China.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying recalled, “The US has fought no war for only 16 of its nearly 250 years of history, and it runs over 500 overseas military bases all over the world. As the country with the highest military expense for years in a roll, its military spending accounts for 40 percent of the world total.”

She reported, “The South China Sea is more than 8,300 miles away from the continental US. Despite the distance, the US side has built military bases around the South China Sea, where offensive weapons and equipment are deployed. It has also repeatedly sent aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the South China Sea and deployed military aircraft and warships there on regular basis. It even conducted activities in the South China Sea for more than a hundred times by impersonating civil aircraft of other countries. No one is more suitable than the US for the label of militarisation and jeopardising freedom of navigation.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying stated, “The US accusation that China places the interests of government over human rights is distortion of concepts. China puts people’s interests at the centre. We believe that people and life always come first, and safeguard the human rights of the people. In comparison, some US politicians puts partisan political interests at the centre, and do not care about the lives of ordinary people.”

She questioned, “The US claims to value individual’s human rights and freedom. If so, when the US launched ‘unprovoked wars’ against sovereign countries, leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths and family separation and displacement for numerous people, did it ever care about the human rights and freedoms of the people of those countries?”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying asked, “When the US, the most developed, richest and medically advanced country, let politics override science, leading to losses of over 500,000 lives, tens of millions uncovered by medical insurance, and 1/6 Americans and 1/4 children facing the threat of hunger, did it ever care about the human rights and freedom of the American people?”

She inquired, “When the US condoned the spread of speeches of racial discrimination, let police brutality go unchecked against people of colour, and watched George Floyd unable to breathe; when Asian Americans were attacked or even killed before their eyes, did it ever care about the human rights and freedom of these people suffering from systemic racism and hate crimes?”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying questioned, “When the US let proliferation of firearms drag on without being attended to, and when more than 41,500 people die of gunshots every year, did it ever care about the human rights and freedoms of those victims?”


She educated, “Human rights are not empty slogans, still less tools to exert pressure on other countries. Rather, they should be embodied in concrete actions. The people are what human rights are all about. The people’s interests are where the human rights cause starts and ends. China adheres to the people-centred philosophy of human rights, and makes increasing people’s sense of gains, happiness and security as the fundamental pursuit of human rights as well as the ultimate goal of national governance.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying highlighted, “We hit the poverty reduction target set in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development 10 years ahead of schedule. We have put in place the world’s largest social security system, covering nearly 1.4 billion people. This has not only raised people’s incomes and living standards, but also ensured that everyone has access to housing, education and medical insurance. In the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic, China spared no effort to defend the value and dignity of human life, took the lead in bringing the epidemic under control, and launched the largest global emergency humanitarian operation in the history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).”

She said, “When the UN Human Rights Council (UN-HRC) reviewed the report on the US, over 110 countries criticised the human rights’ situation in the US. Dozens of special rapporteurs of the council criticised the issue of poverty and discrimination against minority groups in the US on different occasions.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Chunying concluded, “We hope that the US side and its Western allies will abandon hypocrisy, arrogance and double standards, face up to their own human rights’ issues, and take concrete actions to improve and protect human rights. In the spirit of equality and mutual respect, China is ready to conduct dialogue and exchanges with other countries on human rights’ issues for mutual learning and common progress.”


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