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The following article was translated from a blog that appeared on popular Chinese portal site ifeng.com and represents the opinions of its author, Que Lin, a self-described “media professional”. As the title suggests, Que explores the reasons for Putin’s immense popularity in China and why Obama’s rhetoric is increasingly breeding mistrust amongst the Chinese people.
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Although Russian Prime Minister Putin is not very popular in the United States, Britain or other Western countries, he holds a lot of popularity in China, as many Chinese people like this Russian leader. In conversation with some supporters, they express admiration towards Putin. Clear evidence for this is found in the rise of WeChat messages, with WeChat messages like “Men, Salute Stalin” being reposted with increasing frequency.

A survey on Tencent’s “Today’s Topic” column shows that Putin’s support rate from Chinese people has remained above 90% between 2008 and 2014. The column also quoted an observer on the matter as they said that it was not onlygrippingly masculine looks that gained him support from the Chinese public, but that the Chinese media reports also commended him on being a well-rounded individual, from Judo Master to Fighter Pilot. Chinese netizens have nicknamed the Russian leader “Putin the Great”.  

In fact, the Chinese people are deeply interested in Putin’s reasoning, as is apparent in two main points. Firstly, they are intrigued because Putin dares to oppose the Western countries that stand allied with America in order to safeguard the fundamental interests of Russia. For example, Putin ensured that Russia welcomed former NSA employee Edward Snowden with open arms, thus taking on the roles of the democratic and powerful entity generally played by the United States.It seems clear that Chinese people are easily impressed by the Russian leader.

Secondly, since the Opium War, China has experienced many years of internal chaos, civil war, national weakness, and has suffered under aggression, enslavement, plundering and containment by other nations. The Chinese people have suffered catastrophes and humiliation, without a long-term release or vent. The Chinese people strongly hope that positive external relations and the emergence of a strong character can give release to this suffering and humiliation of the Chinese people.Putin as a character meets this vision of the Chinese.

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Lack of trust in Obama
Of course some people also think that the emergence of this situation is very convenient and gives Putin too perfect of an image, and that this is why Putin’s approval rate is so high. But this is only part of the reason. Another reason is domestic public opinion on American President Obama’s “Return to Asia” conspiracy theory, and the large number of news reports about his support for Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. For example, in May this year, Obama supported the Philippines against China, and declared that all of Japan’s activities were preparation for war with China.

These moves make it hard for Chinese people to trust in and feel positively about Obama. From China’s perspective, Obama is further removed from the Chinese people than his predecessor George W. Bush. Although George W. Bush kept to “Cowboy Style” politics, his word could always be trusted. To put it bluntly, Obama as a politician is a chameleon; firstly he spread propaganda about China’s G2 policy, trying to overvalue and then devalue China; but China was not fooled by his trick. Now, he has set up the “return to Asia” policy, attempting to create a balanced Asia-Pacific once again.  

At present, the United States’ support of Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines is creating trouble for China, and is making things very difficult for the Chinese. For example, the way that Obama has been trying to solve territorial issues has been causing the same problems. The United States, as well as some Japanese stakeholders, maintain defensive military relations. Even though Obama has appealed to Chinese and these countries to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner, what he actually did is support the status quo – that which is beneficial for both America and its allies. An attempt for China to protect its own geopolitical rights quickly leads to debate about values and human rights.

As a matter of fact, Obama represents American politicians, in whose DNA there is an impulse of the “Manifest Destiny”. On one hand, they want to push the American values and model onto other countries and territories, but on the other hand they want to maintain their status as the world’s superpower. For their own national interests, the United States has waged many wars, lectured disobedient countries and has pushed the “to follow the United States is to flourish, to oppose the United States means death” line as their main approach to foreign policy.

Right now, the United States has joined hands with allies in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia to contain China, and hinder its rise. At the same time, everyone in Europe opposes Russia. Under these circumstances, how could China and Russia not become allied? Although throughout history, China and Russia have had their differences, this is exactly that: history; and the reality is that America is China’s opponent. So, Chinese people will naturally side with Putin, and give him emotional support. In contrast, Chinese people do not have many positive feelings towards Obama.

In fact, the Chinese are not stupid. Who to like, who not to like, is naturally clear. Chinese people prefer Putin to Barack Obama’s hypocrisy, arrogance and pride. The two nations can coexist peacefully, develop together, but Obama choses not to do so. He even told The Economist last week that the United States must be tough on China. Why must he be tough on the Chinese? Does he not know that China holds a lot of American debt? Does he not know that Sino-American relations will become increasingly co-dependent? Does he not know that Sino-American relations are no longer in the past? This is really worth thinking about.

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coralbay Post time: 2014-8-28 17:57
"Secondly, since the Opium War, China has experienced many years of internal chaos, civil war, natio ...

Yours is the most selective of all. But you've been successfully indoctrinated so you can't help
but ignore that the west backed the KMT up until the day it was finally defeated by the CPC.
The west wanted to occupy and subjugate all of China but never succeeded.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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seneca Post time: 2014-8-28 19:42
There is only one reason: Chinese commentators have been conditioned to respond this way by their  ...

""We know that Chinese have no personal mind of their own.""

Speak for yourself and your redneck friends.
Successfully indoctrinated people like you have no thoughts of their own.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Any U.S. politician is nothing more than a talking head for the few rich who own the U.S.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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