The timing of Mr Miliband's announcement condemning a possible pay rise for MPs' has raised a few eyebrows.
The Global Times newspaper's criticism of the UK is stinging given that David Cameron has spent two days courting China's leaders.
David Cameron's visit to China has not been easy to arrange with the pressure for the trip coming from the British.
President Obama and David Cameron appear to have been caught taking a "selfie" with the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
A photo of the trio shows them leaning in to get into the shot.
Ms Thorning-Schmidt is married to the son of former Labour leader, Lord Kinnock.
An inspiring day - one that challenges all leaders to live up to the spirit of Nelson Mandela.
The choir are leading the crowd in singing "Siyabonga Mandela" which means "Thank you Mandela"
David Cameron said leaders worldwide could learn a lesson from Nelson Mandela that "there is never a wrong time to do the right thing".
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
– David Cameron
I think the classic lesson is that there is never a wrong time to do the right thing and that his generosity, his forgiveness, I think, was so important in bringing people together and there are so many parts of the world, in fact all parts of the world, where we need that sort of attitude.
But there will be a lot of leaders upstairs who will be watching this and I hope that that's the lesson we take away.
I'm in South Africa, where driving rain isn't dampening the enthusiasm of thousands gathering to celebrate Madiba's life at the FNB stadium.
Earlier Downing Street declined to say whether David Cameron is ready to accept the expected above-inflation pay hike for MPs.
The PM's official spokesman told a regular Westminster media briefing:
I don't believe Ipsa have made a formal proposal yet. Any proposal that they make will be reviewed in mid-2015.
The Prime Minister's long-standing position is that the cost of politics should go down, not up. He doesn't think that MPs' pay should go up while public sector pay is being restrained.
It is understood Prime Minister David Cameron is set to fly out to South Africa early next week to take part in a formal memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Details of how tributes will be paid to the former South African president in the House of Commons on Monday are expected later today.
David Cameron wrote Nelson Mandela "will inspire generations to come" as he signed a book of condolence at South Africa House in London.
The Prime Minister wrote: "Your cause of fighting for freedom and against discrimination, your struggle for justice, your triumph against adversity - these things will inspire generations to come.
"And through all of this, your generosity, compassion and profound sense of forgiveness have given us all lessons to learn and live by."
He ended his message with the quote, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God".
Prime Minister David Cameron said his abiding memory of Nelson Mandela was "his complete forgiveness, his total lack of malice" towards those who had imprisoned him.
Mr Cameron said the former South African president had "a wonderful sense of humour and a wonderful generous sense":