Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, listens to a question during a town hall event at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on March 14.
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March 15, 2016 8:31 AM EDT

China’s state-owned Global Times newspaper criticized the rise of Donald Trump as an example of U.S. hypocrisy and institutional decline in an editorial published Monday, describing the scene that “shockingly” played out at Trump’s rally in Chicago on Friday.

“His remarks are abusively racist and extremist, which has left an impression on the U.S. public that he is intentionally overthrowing political correctness,” the paper wrote, describing the Republican frontrunner as “big-mouthed, anti-traditional, abusively forthright.”

Trump cancelled the Chicago rally, citing security concerns as fights broke out between supporters and protesters. Other presidential candidates blamed Trump and said he set a tone of violence at his rallies.

China has been a target of Trump’s insults throughout the campaign, and he often mentions the country during speeches about how he would negotiate better trade deals and bring back American jobs, which he has blamed China for stealing.

“The rise of a racist in the U.S. political arena worries the whole world. Usually, the tempo of the evolution of U.S. politics can be predicted, while Trump’s ascent indicates all possibilities and unpredictability,” the editorial said. It argued that the United States faces a potential “institutional failure” of democracy and said this democratic process will be “scary but not dangerous” because some have predicted Trump won’t win the election.

“The U.S. had better watch itself for not being a source of destructive forces against world peace, more than pointing fingers at other countries for their so-called nationalism and tyranny,” the editorial said.

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