Axios Reporter Laments China Not Overtaking US As ‘Better, Fairer’ Superpower


Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Axios’ primary China reporter, lamented that the Chinese Communist Party would not overtake the U.S. as a “better superpower” on Twitter.

The four-tweet threat rebuked the notion that “the Chinese government could perhaps become as good and wise as the people it governs.” A rejection of the establishment’s mindset to approaching the communist country, Allen-Ebrahimian adds, “I believe we are far, far past the point where anyone can hope that China will bring a better, fairer, and more just international system.”

Allen-Ebrahimian, who describes herself as “the China reporter at Axios,” reveals, however, that she hoped China would be a “better superpower than the U.S.”:

I want there to be a better superpower than the US has been. I want there to be a country that doesn’t act like the US too often has. But just because I want that, doesn’t mean I can fool myself into believing that China will be that better, kinder superpower.

She conflates the American government with the Chinese government, noting both aren’t “evil incarnate” before insisting again that she hoped China would be “better, fairer, [and] less violent” than the U.S.

The revelation comes just days after Axios published a story revealing a Chinese Communist Party-led intelligence campaign targeting U.S. lawmakers such as Eric Swalwell.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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