At the regular press briefing on January 25, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying immediately condemned Soros without mentioning his name. Hua claimed that Soros had called “white black” and confused “right and wrong,” but she didn’t specify exactly what Soros got wrong in his speech.
Hua said: “In today’s world, it is very easy to tell who is opening the door and paving roads and who is closing the door and building walls ... We hope that the relevant people on the U.S. side can set right their attitude, broaden their horizon, and view China’s development in an objective, reasonable, and correct way,” she added.
In contrast to Hua’s rebuke, Mike Forsythe, a New York Times reporter who had lived in China for years, thought Soros’ address was “the only thing” people need to read from the WEF. Forsythe said on his Twitter account: “Soros lays out the threat to free societies posed by China under Xi. Elites have so much money tied to China that you rarely get this level of honesty.”