Amnesty International has sent a team of observers to Ferguson, Missouri, after police came in for stringent criticism for their response to the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown.
The human rights organisation has found some unlikely supporters for this stance.
The state-run news agency Xinhua published a comment piece entitled "Ferguson riot reveals US racial divide, human rights flaw".
The author, Li Li, concluded: "Each country has its own national conditions that might lead to different social problems. Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others."