Cindy Yu Cindy Yu

Beijing revels in Washington’s chaos

Pro-democracy protestors inside the Hong Kong legislative chamber in July 2019 (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP via Getty Images)

The events on Capitol Hill were always going to be met with schadenfreude — perhaps even glee — amongst autocracies in one-party states. They suddenly had the best ammunition they could have hoped for. From Turkey and Zimbabwe to Russia and Iran, state media and spokespeople latched on, turning the language often thrown at them back at America — calling for ‘restraint’ and ‘dignity’.

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