Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-run Global Times, complained about Americans “arrogantly” challenging him on the Internet and railed against the “overconfidence of some U.S. elites” in an editorial on Thursday.
Hu’s goat was gotten by those arrogant Americans – and a few unnamed “Chinese public intellectuals” who follow them – because they argued that, messy as the 2020 election might be, it is preferable to living in a brutal one-party communist tyranny that sends dissidents to prison and troublesome minorities to concentration camps.
Since he lives in a system where state newspaper editors are essentially government officials, Hu is not accustomed to strenuous disagreement. He responded by falling back to one of the Communist Party’s favorite talking points, arguing authoritarianism is a charming quirk of Chinese culture, and Westerners are insensitive chauvinists for thinking their notions of human rights are universal:
What is really laughable are some shallow