China’s state-run Global Times poked fun at both sides of the political spectrum as they warned that the raid on former President Donald Trump’s residence could spark another January 6 Capitol Hill riot.
Amusingly, the Global Times, the Chinese Communist paper, took it as a given that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort home in Florida was raided as part of a Democratic political operation.
Chinese experts and netizens are also paying close attention to the case with analysts saying the U.S. democratic system might be more dysfunctional, and the chaos like the Capitol Hill incident in 2021 will likely repeat with the upcoming midterm elections as well as the next presidential election in 2024.
“The Democrats are facing a dim election prospect, as US President Joe Biden is failing to solve economic problems at home and struggling with a diplomatic issue abroad sparked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island of Taiwan,” the article asserted.
“The international community is watching in despair and confusion at US’ troubled policies,” it continued. “Many experts believe the Democrats will likely lose badly in the midterm elections this year and the 2024 presidential election despite the current investigation against Trump. Republicans, the experts continue, will revenge once they regain political power, and Biden’s son Hunter Biden could be the most likely target.”
“Lü Xiang, an expert on US studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that ‘this case is a bit surprise for the Democrats’ campaign. Previously, Democrats targeted Trump in mainly two cases – the investigation about the storming on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters in January 2021, and the investigation on Trump and his family members’ tax and loan issues conducted by New York State, but these two efforts have seen limited progress, said Lü,’” it read.
The Global Times quoted Lü, a “Beijing-based expert” who argued the “ruling party” in the United States “always weaponizes the ‘judicial and law-enforcement’ authorities to crack down on the opposition with everything they have.”
“Democrats, especially Biden, needs to be aware that they are not clean, and it’s a pretty sure bet the Republicans will take over the House after the midterm election, so Biden will have a difficult second half of his term, and he also needs to take the risk of revenge from the Republicans,” Lu said, displaying more confidence in the fighting spirit of GOP leaders than most Republican voters can muster these days.
The Global Times was in the international news recently after their former Editor Hu Xijin suggested that, should Nancy Pelosi choose to visit Taiwan in her recent Trip to Asia, the People’s Liberation Army should shoot her plane down.
“If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is invasion,” commented Xijin in a Twitter post, which has since been taken down. “The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down.”