PUBLISHED: 18:00, Wed, Nov 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:04, Wed, Nov 4, 2020
Users of Weibo, a social media platform in China - similar to Twitter - reacted to election day in the US with scorn after President Trump tried to claim victory before millions of votes had been tallied. The Republican claimed victory in several key states on Wednesday morning and even preemptively declared his party as winners of the election.
Mr Trump has also threatened lawsuits to prevent further votes from being counted.
The hashtag #USelection had been viewed 3.4 billion times on Weibo by mid-morning on Wednesday.
One user wrote: “Whether he wins or loses, his final mission is to destroy the appearance of American democracy.”
Another wrote: “Let Trump be re-elected and take the US downhill."
Other observers in China, such as Ming Jinwei, deputy foreign editor of the state-run Xinhua News Agency, also said the US appeared to be a nation “without hope.”
Chinese state media showed pictures of boarded-up shops ahead of feared election-related violence.
Hu Xijin editor of tabloid Global Times, which is often a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, tweeted: “This kind of unrest is usually (a) complication of elections in poor countries, but people