Tuesday 6 December 2016

Chinese newspaper compares Clinton to 'big mouth' Trump

Rachel Alexander in New York

Published 29/09/2015 | 02:30

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A Chinese newspaper is comparing Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump for her tweet saying that it was "shameless" for China's president to preside over a UN conference on gender equality.

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Rights activists had criticised China's co-hosting of Sunday's 'UN Women' conference because of its detentions of women, including five who spent 37 days in detention this year over their plans to advocate against sexual harassment on public transportation.

Ms Clinton tweeted on Sunday: "Xi hosted a meeting on women's rights at the UN while persecuting feminists? Shameless."

'The Global Times', which often publishes nationalist editorials, said Clinton's words - which it did not mention - were "vulgar, extremely lacking in manners" and called to mind "big mouth" Trump.

The Communist Party-run paper suggested that Clinton was "alarmed and jealous" at Trump's continuing excellent showing in polls, so had resorted to using his style of language. The editorial was carried on the websites of some other state media, including the China Youth Daily and China National Radio.

Trump has accused China of stealing US jobs and called for the cancelling of a state dinner for Xi after a drop in China's stock markets and a devaluation of its currency led to a tumble of US stocks. Sunday's conference was a follow-up to a 1995 UN conference on gender equality in Beijing, which Clinton addressed as first lady. She said then: "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights."

Xi echoed her words on Sunday, calling on the conference to push states to make gender equality commitments: "Women's rights and interests are basic human rights. They must be protected by laws and regulations."

He did not mention any of the women activists, but announced a $10m donation to UN Women, and said China will help developing countries produce 100 "health projects", finance 100 programmes to send poor girls to school, train 30,000 women from developing countries in China, and provide training opportunities for 100,000 women in other developing countries.

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