Hillary Clinton lashed out at Chinese president Xi Jinping on Twitter on Saturday, calling him “shameless” for holding a meeting on women’s rights at the UN while simultaneously prosecuting women’s rights activists at home. The meeting was set to mark the 20 years since the UN Conference on Women in Beijing, where Clinton gave her iconic “women’s rights are human rights” speech. Condemning Jinping’s hypocrisy, Clinton also voiced her support for the #FreeThe20 campaign, which aims to free 20 female political prisoners across the world, including Chinese activist lawyer Wang Yu. The Chinese hit back with a stern editorial in the state-run newspaper Global Times, comparing Hillary Clinton – unfavorably – to Donald Trump: “It seems that Hillary, eager to keep a competitive edge in the game, has also resorted to these ignominious shenanigans” they wrote, continuing “The US presidential election has resulted in an increasing number of ill consequences when democracy spins out of control. Policies, guidelines and public interests will have to make room for political chicanery that can incite the voters, by whose support the candidates can succeed to the throne. China-bashing has become an effective way for them to win more votes.”
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