China slams U.S.'s double standard on democracy as Trump accused of 'attempted coup'
China on Friday criticized the United States for its double standard on democracy after former U.S. President Donald Trump was accused of orchestrating last year's Capitol riot in an "attempted coup" at a congressional hearing.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said an incident like the January 6 riot is called an "attempted coup" in the U.S., while it would be described as a "beautiful sight" or a "color revolution" if it took place in other countries.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi once called illegal demonstrations in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2019 "a beautiful sight to behold."
It has once again exposed how Washington uses double-standard democracy to manipulate politics, Zhao said at a regular press briefing.
Trump supporters stormed Congress on January 6, 2021, as lawmakers met to certify Joe Biden's election victory. The U.S. House committee investigating the attack held its first public hearing on Thursday evening.
"Jan 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt, as one writer put it shortly after Jan 6, to overthrow the government," Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, told the hearing. "The violence was no accident. It was Trump's last stand."
Trump's allies and supporters have charged the inquiry as a political "witch hunt" designed to tar the former president and the Republican Party.
(Cover: Trump supporters storm the Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. /CFP)