That confidence has carried over into China’s response to scrutiny of its human rights record.
Beijing’s power play in Hong Kong prompted an international backlash, with mostly Western governments saying the security law erodes the financial hub’s unique freedoms.
China’s response to the world was terse: “It’s none of your business,” a top official said this week.
China vowed to enact countermeasures after Britain offered a path to citizenship for millions of Hong Kongers and the US revoked the city’s special trade status.
It also used a newer tactic, countering the criticism by boasting the support of more than 50 countries at the UN Human Rights Council — most with dubious democratic records themselves — when 27 mostly Western nations slammed the move.
Last year, when 22 nations criticised China’s mass internment of Muslims in the Xinjiang region, Beijing responded with a list of 37 countries that supported its “anti-terrorism” strategy.
Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of Beijing’s office for Hong Kong affairs, summed up China’s increasing confidence when responding to the Western criticism of the city’s new security law.
“Gone are the days when the Chinese depended on the whims of others to survive,” Zhang said.