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China, Russia ‘delighted’ by US Capitol riots

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America’s global rivals were not slow in issuing triumphant condemnations of the Washington riots, but behind the scenes it seems many are fearful of further strain on the international order.

America's global rivals were not slow in issuing triumphant condemnations of the Washington riots, but behind the scenes it seems many are fearful of further strain on the international order.

Russia and China both claimed that the scenes in the US Capitol pointed to weakness in western democracy.

In China, media and commentators compared the storming of the Capitol building to the pro-democracy Hong Kong riots, which figures such as US Congress leader Nancy Pelosi backed in principle.

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However, the South China Morning Post has reported law enforcement officials have been ordered by Beijing to tighten their grip in the midst of "chaos" – though the COVID-19 pandemic was more directly blamed than any US instability.

At its annual meeting recently, the Communist Party's law enforcement body warned that China was facing increased global risks.

"As changes to the world structure accelerate, China's rule is in sharp contrast with the turmoil in the West," a statement from the Central Political and Legal Work Conference said.

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"(But) the world has entered a period of turbulent change. Political and legal work is facing new risks and challenges."

China recently arrested 53 opposition activists and politicians in Hong Kong in one of Beijing's most severe crackdowns since the one-country two-systems rule ended last year.

Senior Russian politicians have also condemned the riots, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova claiming the US electoral system was "archaic".

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US President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

"It does not meet modern democratic standards, creating opportunities for numerous violations, and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle," she said.

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CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd, who served on Barack Obama's National Security Council, said now was a dangerous time for the US.

"Malign actors not associated with the recent violence may take advantage of this perceived window of opportunity to hit us in other areas," she said.

"Certainly Russia, which has long used influence operations to sow division and amplify conspiracy theories in the United States, will attempt to exploit this period for its own purposes.

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"After Wednesday's insurrection, we may be given the backseat in global democratisation efforts going forward — at least until we repair some of the damage here at home.

"This will delight adversaries like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who have long fought to undermine US credibility, and it will horrify people around the world who have relied on the United States to protect democracy in their own countries."

- Reported with CNN.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/us-washington-riots-how-us-enemies-china-russia-reacted/5cab05d9-feee-46bf-969b-3474b590108b

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