China has once again publicly decided the U.S. is behind everything that’s wrong with the world, according to a slew of anti-American articles in a state-sponsored newspaper.
The People’s Daily published three articles Sunday blaming the U.S. for everything from the crises in the Middle East to conflicts in Eastern Europe to rising tensions in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
The articles called the U.S. the “source of turmoil in the world.”
“The United States seeks to create chaos in the world, cast shadows over order and stability in other regions, and threaten the peace and development of relevant countries,” said the editor’s note.
The articles accused the U.S. of pursuing conflict to feed its military industrial complex, brainwashing other powers with American ideologies, and containing and interfering in the affairs of other countries to preserve its reported fleeting hegemony.
Stirring up trouble in the world “is to a large degree a reflection of the twisted mentality of an empire moving downhill,” wrote contributing author Li Wen, a researcher affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
The articles did not mention China’s central role in the increasingly tense South China Sea and East China Sea disputes, its noticeable involvement in the escalating North Korean nuclear crisis, or its recent contributions to the situation in Syria.
Just in August, a Chinese propaganda video made the rounds, showing tragic images from war-torn countries, while pinning the tragedies on the U.S. “Behind all of these things, we can see the deep shadow of the star spangled banner,” said the video. The video also suggested that the U.S. seeks to destroy China’s peace, stability, and happiness.
Recognizing the importance of U.S.-China relations, both President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have called for efforts to improve bilateral ties between the U.S. and China, but tensions between the two powers continue to run deep.