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What could cause 59.5% of Chinese to view Osama Bin Laden as a heroic “Anti-American fighter” as reported recently by Phoenix TV in China?

This thought raced through my mind as I first read the report.

How could such an intense level of anger or hatred be directed at the USA by one of our largest trading partners – China?

Could it be true that behind many of those smiling Chinese faces that are traveling to, and doing business in the US market, is a hidden hatred or resentment toward America?

Deng Xiao Ping once told China to “Hide your strength, bide your time”.

What this not so cryptic message meant was that China should not disclose how far she had come, but to feign weakness and humility and then, when their adversary was lulled into a sense of security, they could spring forth.

Well, it may just be that China no longer feels it necessary to bide their time. One symptom of China’s new found confidence may be in the way she chooses to express herself in politics and to the media. Another may be in how the typical Chinese view the world and their place in it.

The Chinese Opinion about Bin Laden’s Death

Over the past week, the Chinese media has been inundated by discussions about the death of Osama Bin Laden and the US.

Much of what is being said, however, may come as a shock to most Americans.

For instance, in praising Osama Bin Laden for his actions, Zhang Zing, the director of the China Central Television’s National Security and Military Channel, said that Osama Bin Laden should be commended, for Bin Laden used, “His own power to fight the most powerful country in the world, America.”

At first blush, the statement could be seen as a knee jerk reaction to the death of the mastermind of 9/11, or maybe the quote was taken out of context. Upon further exploration, however, Mr Zhang had this to say as well:

“Whether Laden is dead for real or not, it’s not important anymore. He has already become a spirit, an anti-American system of thought.”

While I was shocked at the man’s words, it is easy to consider them as an anomaly, and not representative of the country as a whole.

How can it be possible to have such an anti-American undercurrent in a country that seems in a rush to purchase the latest gadget from Apple or watch the entire series of shows like Friends and Prison Break? A country that seems intent on inundating the US stock market with IPO’s.

Were his words an example of what the Chinese truly feel about America, or something else?

Initially, I thought Mr. Zhang’s feelings were only representative of a small percentage, a minority of the Chinese society. I credited it to a sub group of disenchanted people, much like we find in all corners of the world.

But is this really the case? Do the Chinese see us as a threat, a people to be feared and/or despised? Is this anti-American sentiment more prevalent than large corporations and/or regular Americans may wish to believe?

Understanding Chinese Hatred of the US

According to China’s Presidential heir in waiting, Xi Jinping, the Korean War was “great and just war for safeguarding peace and resisting aggression.”

Although this statement was later white washed by the press, it is telling in terms of how some party officials view their relationship with the USA and our history. So just what does this tell us about how the Chinese view America and what does it mean for US-Chinese relations?

In order to better understand Chinese anger and supposed fear mongering of the USA, one should analyze recent Chinese history.

In Chinese school systems they are taught about the century of humiliation that China had suffered. This period, which generally is considered to have started around the mid 19th century and ended with the formation of the PRC, is used both to educate the masses, but also a tool used by the Communist party to leverage anti-foreign sentiment, or so they say.

To the Chinese, those one hundred years represents the “bad” of the last Chinese dynasty, the horrors of opium addiction and the embarrassment that followed.

It is seen as a time when China suffered abuse at the hands of foreign invaders and what unchecked foreign presence could mean to China. The ruling Communist party leverages the use of this embarrassing legacy as they lay claim to be the force that once again unified a humiliated China, and ended foreign intervention and rule.

Although the USA had not been part of the opium wars, they did play a role in the Boxer Rebellion, which ended in the Boxer Protocol. This was considered one of the ‘unequal treaties” China was forced to sign during this period of Chinese humiliation.

As such, the presence of the US in China at that period makes them part of the black eye in China’s history.

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Post time 2011-5-12 23:55:48 |Display all floors
They are not enlightened enough to see that Osama is a US planted mole.

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Post time 2011-5-13 00:17:10 |Display all floors
no foreign direct investments, half of China will still be hungry.

no open door policy, no difference in wealth between China and North Korea

truth not very digestible.

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Post time 2011-5-13 00:26:22 |Display all floors

The U.S. is like the shepherd boy who shouted "wolf" once too often.

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Post time 2011-5-13 00:35:18 |Display all floors
I see here they operate censorship on posts as well...

But I'll just say this - those who were put to risk, and those who died in the 9/11 attacks were innocent civilians, regardless of their nationalities. And if that's not enough, Chinese civilians were put at risk during the attack, those who stupidly condoned the attack, do you condone the murder of Chinese civilians?

The Nanking Massacre was atrocious because 300,000 CIVILIANS were murdered, and 80,000 innocent women raped, if you applaud to the 9/11 attacks, you're no better than the Japanese during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Post time 2011-5-13 00:41:29 |Display all floors

Reply #4 sansukong's post

good, let the turtle heads and sausuk skunks put head in shell.

but the sausuk skunks dont even live in China and will be unaffected if half of China goes hungry.

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Post time 2011-5-13 03:40:47 |Display all floors

Reply #5 xesolor's post

Now, what do you believe?



"Osama Bin Laden Pronounced Dead…For the Ninth Time

James Corbett, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

What followed was a string of pronouncements from officials affirming what was already obvious: supposedly living in caves and bunkers in the mountainous pass between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Osama would have been deprived of the dialysis equipment that he required to live.

On January 18, 2002,
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced quite bluntly: “I think now, frankly, he is dead.”

On July 17, 2002,
the then-head of counterterrorism at the FBI, Dale Watson, told a conference of law enforcement officials that “I  personally think he [Bin Laden] is probably not with us anymore,” before carefully adding that “I have no evidence to support that.”

In October 2002,
Afghan President Hamid Karzai told CNN that “I would come to believe that [Bin Laden] probably is dead.”

In November 2005,
Senator Harry Reid revealed that he was told Osama may have died in the Pakistani earthquake of October that year.

In September 2006,
French intelligence leaked a report suggesting Osama had died in Pakistan.

On November 2, 2007,
former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto told Al-Jazeera’s David Frost that Omar Sheikh had killed Osama Bin Laden.

In March 2009,
former US foreign intelligence officer and professor of international relations at Boston University Angelo Codevilla stated: “All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama Bin Laden.”

In May 2009,
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari confirmed that his “counterparts in the American intelligence agencies” hadn’t heard anything from Bin Laden in seven years and confirmed “I don’t think he’s alive.”

Now in 2011,
President Obama has added himself to the mix of people in positions of authority who have pronounced Osama Bin Laden dead. Some might charge that none of the previous reports had any credibility,
but as it is now emerging that Osama’s body was buried at sea less than 12 hours after his death with no opportunity for any independent corroboration of his identity, the same question of credibility has to be leveled at this latest charge.

To this point, the only evidence we have been provided that Osama Bin Laden was killed yesterday are some images on tv of a burning compound and the word of the man currently occupying the oval office.

But given that an informed consensus has formed around the opinion that Bin Laden died long ago due to kidney failure, will the people of America hold their President to the highest standard in presenting evidence that the person killed was actually Osama Bin Laden, and that he actually died in the way described, or will this pronouncement go unquestioned like so many other deaths in the never ending war of terror?

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