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Post time 2013-6-26 12:38:04 |Display all floors
I have been wondering this for a long time, why is it that in the newspapers, the Internet or even the tourism office people often write China before a name or a place.

I take this article as an example : http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/spo ... ontent_16659014.htm

Djokovic, Williams and China's Li win openers. Why not Serbia's Djokovic, US' Williams ? I often travel by train in China and the train station always state "welcome to China [name of the city]". I mean, I know I am in China, why the reminder ?

I often read things such as "China's Li Na", "China's Yao Ming", or, even funnier, during a G8 summit I read "China's Hu Jintao" (obviously this was a while back).

I find it very interesting because in my country, if anything, people would write things like "US president Barack Obama, China's president Xi Jinping, and Francois Hollande" because, obviously, we know who our president is.

Is it a way to show that the individual is not as important as the country (meaning country comes first) ? Is it just a tradition ?
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Post time 2013-6-26 14:22:58 |Display all floors
I guess it correctly. China owns everything.
We were educated that country's interests should be placed higher than anything else.

That would explain I think
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Post time 2013-6-26 16:30:29 |Display all floors
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I guess it correctly. China owns everything.
We were educated that country's interests should be ...

The thing is I can understand if they write "China's Taiwan" or "China's Diao Yu Dao" since, well, they need to show their stance, but why write "China's Xi Jinping" or (I've seen it before) "China's Beijing". Is there anyone claiming Beijing does not belong to China ?
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Post time 2013-6-26 22:32:18 |Display all floors
Is it a way to show that the individual is not as important as the country (meaning country comes first) ? Is it just a tradition ?

You are right in that assertion..........it reeks of ''these''people and every conjecture it attracts. The refuge of people that won't stand up to scrutiny as individuals.
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Post time 2013-6-28 09:03:05 |Display all floors
I think it's a bit insulting, especially to the people who have "China's" written or announced before their name.  As in the sporting events, I find this all too common.  There are so many players at Wimbledon, for instance, I've never heard of before, but if I find it necessary to know what country they are from, it's not that hard to use 'search' on the Internet.  When it comes to many sports, it is the athlete who is important.  Most are individual efforts.  For instance, when Nadal wins a tennis match, it is NOT Spain that wins, but Nadal.  I think this is simply a way to promote other interests than the athlete and his/her ability and success.  How many people today must be reminded that a successful star like Li Na must be called "China's LiNa"?  She's winning her matches on the court alone.

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Post time 2013-6-28 10:52:07 |Display all floors
I know why. Some famous Chinese athelets and celebrities gave up their Chinese nationality. They are now American, Sinaporean, Japanese...but they still known in Chinese name.

To write China's Xi Jinping, to tell you Xi has not changed nationality yet.

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Post time 2013-6-30 15:28:50 |Display all floors
Good observation

Maybe is a way to remark certain nationalism in each place, people or activity in China.
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