A view of the US Capitol building in Washington. Photo: AFP/Samuel Corum

As the US and China sit down for bilateral talks this week, the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily has some harsh words for the good ol’ US of A.

In an English language editorial published Tuesday, the state-run paper said that gridlock in Washington is making China “great again”:

Trust and confidence in US leadership and governance has been damaged by its own broken political system. Despite strong opposition, for example, the new government riled much of the world by withdrawing from the nearly 200-nation Paris Climate Agreement. On the domestic front, the new government is getting nowhere in its battle to fix one of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world. And there is still no agreement on how to pay for Trump’s ambitious one-trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan to build or rebuild ports, roads, bridges, and airports, among other things.

Meanwhile, China is leading the world in infrastructure investment, and now boasts the world’s highest and longest bridges and a host of other engineering marvels. “In America, we don’t [even] have high-speed trains,” wrote a reader on the Facebook page of the People’s Daily in response to an article about how passengers onboard China’s high-speed trains can now order food from their smartphones. China is home to the world’s largest bullet-train network, and recently rolled out its newest high-speed train the Fuxing. As a different reader pointed out, China’s infrastructure and its stable economy are the envy of many Americans and the world.

Once the world’s model, the great American meltdown has turned the US into some bizarre soap opera, with characters trying to handle tragedy on a daily basis. “This farce is getting more and more exciting from the other side of the ocean,” said Xiakedao, the WeChat account of the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, in a recent commentary piece about Trump’s eldest son being dragged into the Trump-Russia soap opera.

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