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Post time 2007-5-9 09:20:35 |Display all floors
many Westerners believe in the "China threat" theory because of their rooted prejudice and misunderstanding of China and its people.The way foreign countries deal with Chinese people is part of this bias,
the whole article you can read on the web site
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/08/content_868049.htm
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Post time 2007-5-9 09:24:53 |Display all floors

the story :

Is China unfairly looked on by Western eyes?
By Li Qian  (chinadaily.com.cn)


The Chinese ambassador to Belgium wants young Chinese people to promote the nation's peaceful role in the world.

Madame Zhang Qiyue said this during a meeting with Chinese overseas students in Brussels to celebrate Chinese Youth Day on May 4.

Zhang, a former spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said China is facing new attacks of unfair charges after the "China threat" theory of the country's alleged military build-up. She gave an example that some western countries accuse China of being irresponsible in tackling global warming. And when China reduced carbon production and exports to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the country was still criticized as creating chaos on the world energy market.

In her interview with China Youth Daily, Zhang said that in the eyes of some westerners, "China never does the right thing", adding that the international opinion was unfavorable to China's development. One reason for this, she explained, is the western politicians' deliberate smear of China in an attempt to restrain the emerging power and maintain the existing world order.

She explained many Westerners believe in the "China threat" theory because of their rooted prejudice and misunderstanding of China and its people.

The way foreign countries deal with Chinese people is part of this bias, continued the ambassador. Travelers from China are required to undergo particular checks at airports in Belgium and many other European countries. She complained that Belgians, though they are well-educated, have many misunderstandings towards China.

These perceptions include when the horrific killings took place at Virginia Tech over two weeks ago, some media in the United States immediately thought the killer maybe of Chinese origin; and when Belgian authorities were concerned about stolen research and development secrets, local media claimed it was the work of a "Chinese students spy web" which was later proved groundless.

In the face of surging economic growth, Zhang says the Chinese government has been doing much strengthening its "soft power", by establishing overseas Confucius Institutes, promoting the ancient culture and advocating a harmonious society. And so she believes it's up to every Chinese living outside the country to provide a better knowledge of China among foreigners.

"Everyone of them is a spokesperson." Zhang said.

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Post time 2007-5-9 09:36:47 |Display all floors

Time for Western Spokesman?

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Post time 2007-5-9 10:50:02 |Display all floors
I suppose this is not unexpected is it?
Envy and fear are typical reactions.

And the media and governments need conflict and tension to sell papers and votes.
Ignore them!

The article is correct, the people of China should reach out to their counterparts in the West.
I believe that with time and increased exposure to the Chinese, the people of the West will come to see friends and allies.

It is important not to be distracted by the naysayers and conspiracy theorists and to stay the course.
Zhang says, "strengthening its "soft power", by establishing overseas Confucius Institutes, promoting the ancient culture and advocating a harmonious society"
I agree this is the right approach.

I would like to add to that list, contemporary culture as well.
The private and public sectors could do more to support, develop and market the arts. (movies, music, TV, internet, computer games, animation, fashion etc)

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Post time 2007-5-9 10:56:37 |Display all floors
so that's what this forum for .
to let foreigners know a true China , not just from their 21 inches "color" TVset since China has 9,600,000 square kilometers and 1.3 billion people .

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Post time 2007-5-9 11:15:23 |Display all floors
Nobody likes it when a country increases its military budget by two digits each year. International wars all started with that kind of figure.
Plus they are playing with numbers, as usual... And about the complex needs of China... China needs oil and other resources, a lot of.. The CCP needs to stay in power, one way or another... Tell me about culture...
KISS
(Keep It Simple, Stupid)

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