Chinese state media has taken an expected swipe at former US president Donald Trump following four years of tempestuous outbursts that has brought Washington’s severed relationship with Beijing to an alarming low.
State news agency Xinhua led the way, with a blunt message to Trump and his political aides who have fuelled the alarming decline in Sino-US relations.
“Good riddance, Donald Trump!” a graphic over a Twitter image of the US Capitol, the location of the deadly riots that prompted Chinese state media to turn the knife two weeks ago with yet another orchestrated attack on Trump, read.
Linking out to a scathing editorial aimed at the outgoing administration from earlier this week, Xinhua took aim at former US state of secretary Mike Pompeo after a flurry of sanctions aimed at China was pushed through in his last days in office.
Appearing obsessed in recent weeks, his relentless attacks on Beijing over a series of matters such as the handling of the pandemic in its infancy and Xinjiang, led to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying labelling him “Mr Liar” and later a “doomsday clown”.
A scathing editorial from state mouthpiece the Global Times called him “a lunatic”.
“The final scene of a preposterous show performed by certain US politicians... shows that there is no limit on their ignorance and prejudice in containing China's development,” it said.
Following President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Global Times took the opportunity to take a swipe at Trump for his polar opposite approach to global politics.
“[Biden] used his inaugural speech to address domestic challenges in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s bellicose and at times borderline racist rhetoric against China during his farewell speech,” it said.
Trump once again referred to Covid-19 as the “China virus” – a move that has become synonymous with his addresses about the devastating pandemic that has killed an unprecedented 404,284 Americans.
Anticipation from the Communist Party of China grows as they eagerly await to see how Biden tackles foreign policy, particularly in regards to China.
While it is expected he will maintain a firm stance with Beijing, the tone set in state media in recent weeks suggests China believes there is room for negotiation.
“China and the United States are actually in a good position to help each other succeed and can cooperate in lots of domains, including, but not limited to, the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic, tackling global climate change, and coping with the threat of nuclear proliferation and confrontation,” Xinhua said.
“US policymakers in the future should not let this relationship be led astray by a small bunch of extreme forces.”
The Global Time was more forthright, warning Biden if he continues Trump’s aggressive approach, relations are “bound to suffer a larger crisis than it experienced in the past four years”.
“China’s focus has shifted to the Biden team which has a window to rectify the extreme policies of its previous administration,” it said.
China bans 28 Americans over ‘violations’
It came as no surprise Pompeo was among the 28 Trump administration personnel banned from entering China.
“These individuals and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China. They and companies and institutions associated with them are also restricted from doing business with China," a foreign ministry spokesperson said.
Stephen Bannon, who was pardoned by Trump on his final full day in office, was among the list.
“Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people,” Xinhua said, paraphrasing the spokesperson.
“They have planned, promoted and executed the crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-US relations.”
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