China accused Western nations on Monday of putting the global economic recovery at risk by "ignoring their responsibility", in an editorial published two days after an unprecedented US credit rating downgrade.
The criticism in the People's Daily -- the mouthpiece of China's Communist Party -- was the latest in a series of harshly worded articles in state media about the US and European debt crises.
"If developed countries including the US and European Union don't take responsibility, it will impair the stable development of the global economy severely," the newspaper said. "Only if Western nations stop ignoring their responsibility and use a sharp blade of determination and courage to cut through the ropes binding their policies and strengthen coordination with developing countries will the global economy have hope of a stable recovery."
The article appeared under the name Zhong Sheng, which means "voice of China", and is often tagged to editorials in the People's Daily.
China, the largest holder of US debt with about $3.2 trillion in dollar reserves at the end of June, has not yet given an official government response to Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the United States.
The ratings agency docked the United States from a top-flight AAA to an AA+ rating late Friday, largely because of the failure of bitterly divided US leaders to reach a consensus on containing the country's spiralling debt.
However, the harsh criticisms in Chinese media are a significant indicator of the government's strength of feeling about the US debt crisis.
Earlier on Monday, China's official Xinhua news agency urged Washington's Democrats and Republicans to stop blaming each other over the downgrade and find solutions.
"Disappointingly, instead of reflecting on themselves and sitting down to fix problems in a cooperated way, the Democrats and Republicans... are questioning the creditability of the downgrade ruling and blaming each other for the ever-first shame of slipping out top-credit rating club," Xinhua said. "It is time for the policy-makers in Washington to settle down, to show some sense of responsibility and fix their fiscal problems."