China Is Fed Up With Capitol Hill and the Debt Ceiling Drama
The political drama taking place in Washington, D.C., is leaving viewers around the world displeased with the usual programming. Congress is once again involved in a self-inflicted fiscal crisis, and a typical last-minute cliffhanger looks more likely with each passing day. While this way of conducting business is nothing new for Congress, it’s certainly taking a toll on the audience.
At the beginning of October, the U.S. government went into partial shutdown mode for the 18th time in the past four decades. Adding to the political debacle, Congress needs to raise the national debt ceiling for the 80th time since 1960. These two issues are likely to be solved soon — at least in the short-term — but China is using this opportunity to voice its concern.
“As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world,” writes Liu Chang of Xinhua, China’s official news agency.