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China’s new D.C. ambassador: We’re just a misunderstood democracy

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China’s new ambassador in D.C. isn’t buying President Joe Biden’s warning to the United Nations General Assembly about rising authoritarianism.

On Wednesday, Qin Gang issued an implicit rebuke to Biden’s U.N. speech, telling a crowd of China wonks that the country’s seven decades of one-party rule is actually a misunderstood form of democracy.

Qin warned that “misjudgment” about the differences in the U.S. and Chinese political systems had harmed the bilateral relationship.

In his first in-person public address since arriving in the U.S. in July, Qin told representatives of the Carter Center and the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations that China boasts a “whole-process democracy” hinged to “whether the people are satisfied.” That rhetoric underscores the Chinese government’s shift in recent years from blanket denials of international criticism of its political system to an Orwellian style semantic redefinition of democracy and human rights.

Qin’s comments suggest an implicit response to elements of Biden’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday about a struggle between........

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