US shutdown exposes 'chaotic political system'

Xinhua commentary questions ‘viability and legitimacy’ of western democracy in broadside aimed at Trump administration

I: Donald Trump is accused of backtracking on predecessor Barack Obama’s policies. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The shutdown of the US government exposes “chronic flaws” in the country’s political system, China’s official news agency said on Sunday.

Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday in Washington after members of Congress failed to agree on a stopgap funding bill.

“What’s so ironic is that it came on the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency on Saturday, a slap in the face for the leadership in Washington,” the Xinhua news agency’s Liu Chang said in a commentary piece.

The article said that the Trump administration had “backtracked” on policies supported by his predecessor, Barack Obama, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and US participation in the Paris climate agreement.

In contrast, in October 2017, China’s president, Xi Jinping, was anointed for a second term as Communist party chief, strengthening his grip on power in the one-party state.

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