China Labels Hillary's Comment "Totally Unacceptable," U.S. Is Super-Arrogant
February 28, 2012 • 8:45AM

China responded to Hillary Clinton's denunciation of its and Russia's position on Syria, where she labeled both countries "despicable." "This is totally unacceptable for us," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily briefing. "China has always determined its stance on the Syrian issue proceeding from the peace and stability of Syria and the Middle East, and from protecting the long-term, fundamental interests of the Syrian and Arab peoples."

The People's Daily underscored the Chinese position in a commentary published under the pen name "Zhong Sheng," meaning "Voice of China," which is often used to give the paper's view on foreign policy issues.

"The United States' motive in parading as a 'protector' of the Arab peoples is not difficult to imagine. The problem is, what moral basis does it have for this patronizing and egotistical super-arrogance and self-confidence?," the paper said according to a Reuters report.

"Even now, violence continues unabated in Iraq, and ordinary people enjoy no security. This alone is enough for us to draw a huge question mark over the sincerity and efficacy of U.S. policy," it said.

"While U.S. foreign policy claims the moral high ground by trumpeting 'democracy' and 'freedom', Washington is also constantly flinging epithets at Russia and China," it said.