US election: a gift for Chinese propaganda

No matter who triumphs on Tuesday, the US election has been a big win for China’s national propaganda machine, which has gleefully catalogued the seemingly endless parade of skeletons marching out of America’s political closet. For decades Beijing has disparaged US democracy, calling into question the most basic building blocks of the state, from competitive elections to freedom of the press. “The innumerable scandals, rumours, conspiracy theories and obscenities make it impossible for a person to look away,” the official Xinhua news service wrote in a commentary last week, likening the 2016 election to a train wreck.

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