BEIJING - China's main official newspaper on Monday described US. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticisms of Beijing's stance on Syria "super arrogant" and argued that, after the Iraq war, the United States has no right to speak for Arab people.
The People's Daily, the top newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, gave China's first public answer to Clinton's comments on Friday, when she called the Chinese and Russian veto of a UN resolution on Syria "despicable."
China's response in the People's Daily was equally vehement.
"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?" said a commentary in the paper that cited the US invasion of Iraq.