A Chinese government official claimed Tuesday that high death tolls from COVID-19 and fentanyl overdoses were the price Americans had to pay for freedom in a bizarre social media rant — which ignored that America’s deadliest drug is largely imported from the Communist power.

A day after the White House insisted China should let its people “peacefully” protest President Xi Jinping’s strict “zero-COVID” policies, the Beijing government’s official spokesperson took aim at the US — insisting Americans were the ones who “deserve” better.

“The price of ‘freedom’ in the US: 1 million Covid deaths + 40,000 gun deaths per year + 107,622 Fentanyl deaths in 2021 alone,” tweeted Hua Chunying, who is also China’s foreign ministry spokesperson.

“The American people deserve something far better than that,” Hua added. “What we want is to protect our people’s lives and ensure them a better life.”

According to a 2020 Drug Enforcement Administration report, China remains one of the top suppliers of fentanyl smuggled into the US via Mexico and international mail routes.

Chunying appeared to incorrectly reference the total number of drug overdose deaths in the US in 2021 as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — 71,000 of which were linked to fentanyl.

Some on Twitter were quick to lash out at her remarks, arguing that US deaths caused by both COVID and fentanyl could be blamed on China.

“In America … freedom means not being welded into your apartment by our government, to be trapped and killed when a fire breaks out; as were your people in Xinjiang,” Army veteran Barry Jacobsen tweeted.

Protesters hold a 'free China' sign
The Chinese government’s official spokesperson took aim at the US, insisting it is Americans that “deserve” better — even as protest crackdowns continued across the communist country.
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“Ironic that you list American Covid and Fentanyl deaths, both of which can be traced to YOUR country.”

Seattle-based journalist Bryan Suits added: “Thanks for the Covid. You make the Fentanyl. Free people get to make their own choices.”

President Biden faced criticism last week after he initially refused to confirm is he had pressed Xi on fentanyl exports and the origins of COVID-19 when they held face-to-face talks in Indonesia at the G20 summit.

A White House official later insisted to The Post that Biden. 80, did raise the dual scourges with his Chinese counterpart.

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President Biden is said to have pressed President Xi on fentanyl exports and the origins of COVID-19 when they met in Indonesia earlier this month.
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Hua’s Twitter rant came as police flooded the streets of major cities on Tuesday to crack down on the biggest wave of civil disobedience in more than three decades.

The uprisings against China’s strict anti-virus measures spread to several cities over the weekend.

Protests erupted on the mainland Friday after 10 people were killed in an apartment fire in the northwestern city of Urumqi.

Authorities denied that the victims had been blocked by locked doors or other anti-virus controls, but the incident quickly became a target of public frustration over quarantine measures.





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