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China tunes into the US presidential debate, did Chinese social media backfire? [Copy link] 中文

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It didn’t take long for last night’s debate to feature China. The Republic candidate Donald Trump mentioned China nine times and the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton three times. Quotable quotes from Trump includes “they (China) are using our country as a piggy bank”, and he blames China for stealing jobs from U.S. and cyber hacking U.S.

As China appeared front and center in the rhetoric, China’s online community followed the debate closely, posting commentary all over social media. According to Sina Weibo’s data, there were 73,070 media mentions of the US presidential election in 24 hours.

The commentary didn’t differ too greatly from that present on American social media. Two groups support each candidate, while many hold the idea that one is as unfavorable as the other.

Adopting an attitude of onlookers, Chinese web users did not respond to Trump’s China-bashing remarks with outrage. The focus of discussion mainly rests on the “manners” of two candidates.

Back in August, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found that Trump’s unfavorability of 63 percent and Clinton’s 56 percent made them both the most unpopular candidates in over 30 years of polling. One user echoed the voice of many Americans when he said, “Who is crappier? Or, the showdown for who is least welcome.” In fact, three out of the top six comments on CCTV’s Weibo post about the debate used almost identical rhetoric: Who is the least popular?


An ongoing poll on Weibo shows a slight edge of Clinton at 51.5 percent.



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Post time 2016-9-28 19:03:29 |Display all floors
Who cares the Chinese cannot vote it's Americans only

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Asking the Chinese about democracy is like asking about the taste of caviar.

They would not know.

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blink22 Post time: 2016-9-28 19:19
Asking the Chinese about democracy is like asking about the taste of caviar.

They would not know.

Yet the Chinese feel free to comment on things they don't understand or have nothing to do with them

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dusty1 Post time: 2016-9-30 03:19
Yet the Chinese feel free to comment on things they don't understand or have nothing to do with th ...

To comment is very normal

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blink22 Post time: 2016-10-4 14:28
To comment is very normal

No it's not its ignorance

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