[The rancorous election and Mr. Trump’s victory have stirred up plenty of gloomy commentary from critics on the left and the right in the
as well as around the world.] United States
By Chris Buckley
President-elect Donald J. Trump in
have argued that the
A flow of articles in Communist Party publications in recent weeks has argued that the United States’ tumultuous past year showed it to be dysfunctional and dissolute, and blighted by corruption, social and political polarization, reckless debt and an enfeebled news media.
“Can an American Dream sick with the American Disease last for long?” read a headline in the latest issue of Red Flag Papers, a party journal that has enjoyed renewed prominence in recent years.
’s political problems have long been the
instigator of its other problems,” said the accompanying essay, by a researcher
from the America of Social Sciences, one of the government’s
main think tanks. Chinese Academy
“The clear and unequivocal slide in the public’s belief in the ‘American dream’ directly reflects their lack of optimism in the country’s future and their own prospects,” wrote the researcher, Liu Weidong. “The American political system that once was their greatest pride has constantly proven powerless to restrain the despicable conduct of incompetent politicians.”
Some of the comments appeared before Mr. Trump irked the Chinese government by having a phone call with
’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, and then throwing
into doubt his adherence to the longstanding One China policy. Taiwan
The Chinese government says that policy, which keeps
diplomatically isolated, is a bedrock of
relations with Taiwan . Washington
A spokesman for the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office reinforced that warning on Wednesday.
“If this basis suffers from meddling and destruction, then the healthy and stable development of Sino-American relations is out of the question, and the peace and stability of the
Strait will suffer
a serious impact,” the spokesman, An Fengshan, told a news conference in . The strait is the body of water between Beijing and mainland Taiwan . China
Dim views of
’s prospects are, of course, not only found
in America . China
The rancorous election and Mr. Trump’s victory have stirred up plenty of gloomy commentary from critics on the left and the right in the
as well as around the world. United States
And even before Mr. Trump’s victory, the Chinese state news media used the election to argue that the
was a political mess that showed why one-party
rule was right for United States . China
But these postelection jeremiads suggest that researchers and ideologues who shape and reflect official Chinese views of the United States put little store in Mr. Trump’s vow to “make America great again.”
, there has for years been debate between
researchers who see the China as in decline and those who believe that the
country’s strength and capacity for renewal remain formidable. United States
The first view is more prevalent now, especially as President Xi Jinping, who took power in 2012, has focused intensely on what he sees as the threat from Western liberal values.
“Mainstream Chinese views of the United States have shifted from admiration to doubt, especially after the financial crisis, and now increasingly to rejection of its values,” Shi Yinhong, the director of the Center for American Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, said in an interview.
“Among elite scholars, fewer and fewer voice awe of the
,” Mr. Shi said. “Trump’s victory, like
‘Brexit,’ is seen as an opportunity for the official media to teach the public
they have no reason to envy the West.” United States
People’s Daily, the chief newspaper of the Communist Party, has for the past three Sundays devoted one of its broadsheet pages to dissecting
’s maladies. America
“Currently, America is facing major domestic reforms that require someone who is farsighted and shrewd,” said an article in the first part of the series, which was published in late November along with three other articles on the same theme.
“Is Trump the man for this? People have different views,” said the writer, Ye Zicheng, a professor at
. “Many Americans worry whether their leader
is up to the task. If not, doesn’t that mean that Peking University ’s domestic political decline will worsen?” America
The second part of the series excoriated the American news media, including The New York Times, for failing to anticipate and explain Mr. Trump’s rise, especially among blue-collar voters.
“It’s difficult for such a media to reflect the realities of
,” read one commentary in that issue. “How
much it can contribute to the development of American democracy is also
The latest in the series argued that Mr. Trump’s policies would take the
’ already dangerous budget deficit to even
more perilous heights. United States
“It will be hard to avoid a snowballing increase in debt levels,” one of the articles said. “Without doubt, the American government’s debt situation is unsustainable.”
There is some irony in all this — not least, in a heavily censored party-run paper that faithfully echoes official views scolding the American news media for failing to take on the powerful.
And while Chinese politicians like to criticize the
, they also often send their children there
to study. Mr. Xi’s own daughter, for example, attended Harvard. United States
How long and intensely the criticism persists will depend on Mr. Trump’s policies after he takes office, said Qiao Mu, a liberal commentator and researcher at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
“They always have two faces. One is talking up the friendship between
and the China , but there is also the criticism and
suspicion of United States and its political system,” Mr. Qiao said. “When
a leader is preparing to visit, there’ll always be upbeat reports.” America
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