posted on May, 9 2008 @ 09:28 AM
France was victimized and scapegoated for the recent increasing anti-China sentiments in the West. So please don't take it too personally.
France was the easiest obvious target for every Chinese protesters. There are several major reasons:
- Sarkozy was the first one of the Western leaders expressing the idea of boycotting China and the Olympics.
- Paris Torch Relay incredible violent and chaotic scenes, which made everyone feel that the French only half-heartedly tried to keep order. The
footages and pictures of a Tibetan even attacking an amputee increased the feelings, and the hanging of the Tibetan flags on the Paris city hall
almost undeniable proof.
- Paris mayor deliberately gave a honarary citizenship to the Dalai Lama during this sensitive period with the sole purpose to sabotage Sarkozy
efforts to soothen the tides between China and France. This increased the feelings that the Paris police indeed only did their job half-heartedly.
- Rumor goes around that LVMH (Louis Vitton), the major shareholder of Carrefour, donated to the Dalai Lama. Carrefour is an extremely succesful
foreign hypermarket chain in China and covered almost all major cities in China. So ordinary angry Chinese can protest against a tangible target, and
don't need to go to the French embassy (which was well protected by the Chinese forces during this period).
By the way in my opinion I believe there were some malevolent opportunistic business people who took this chance to take out one of their most
succesful competitor by spreading rumors about LV & Carrefour.
For the other countries? And not only France:
-America is being targetted indirectly through the anti-CNN protests. CNN made themselves a very easy target for the obvious biased reporting and a
racistic commentator. Wall Mart is also being targetted here, but they are much less succesful than Carrefour, so not many rallying points.
-Japan is during this sensitive period very silent and made it clear from the beginning no boycott. Japan even invited President Hu to visit them and
now President Hu is travelling around Japan to improve relations.
-Australian prime-minister Kevin Rudd made the incredibly great politican act by visitting China and giving a speech lecture at the Beijing university
in front of journalists and students right after the Lahso riots. Showing respect and being fair about the topic.
-UK's Brown greeted the Torch, but BBC is one of the main targets for their biased reporting. And you can not imagine how much BBC is being targetted
right now for their obvious biased and one-sided reporting, especially the BBC reporter staioned in Beijing. But there is no Tesco in China, or other
obvious British retail target for any protests to erupt.
-Germany is lucky that there was no torch relay there. And the German Metro is not as succesful as Carrefour, so also no retail target to express the
frutrations. However, almost all Chinese know by now that Merkel is boycotting the Olympics opening ceremony, using it as a political weapon. You
should check how much protests are going on in Germany against the biased German reporting and Merkel's politican blunder.
-Smaller countries: Obviously France and others are way bigger and more important in the world stage, so in China not much attention is spent for
these smaller countries. However Chinese Netizens and local Chinese communities are protesting in the same way. These are happening in The
Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and so on.
So how come all these Chinese in China AND all over the world would organize these anti-Western Media protests and inside China also an extra
Well, one thing is for sure, Chinese people is fortunately much more united and patriotic than we ever thought. These protests in China and in the
Western world were not centrally organized, it erupted quite spontaneously after seeing that there is an anti-China propaganda agenda by the Western
media. The Chinese Netizens all over the world came into "Chinese" defense in a stunning and determined way. For the first time in history the
Chinese Netizens showed the world and the Chinese government that they are a force to be recognized and who will jump into defense of Chinese
interests, especially when we see injustice, unfairness, biases, prejudices and even racism. These are driven by the so-called Chinese pride of our
5000 year culture and sense for justice and fairness.
And we can see that all these protests are giving the Chinese government the very mandate that the Western world critizes a "one-party country" of
missing. So the Chinese government of course closed one eye when these anti-West protests erupted all over China. And it was not like they could have
stopped that, they did keep it in order, protected the French embassy and requested the demonstrators to not use any kind of violence & chaos. The
only thing the government could have and also did is make publicity for Sarkozy's efforts of soothen the tiden between the nations, but those efforts
and results were destroyed by the Paris mayor within one day, the flaw of democracy. The other thing the government did is asking people to think
rationally and publish what the improvement/understanding agreement is between China and France (agreed in these weeks), the statement showed how
China and France should cooperate and understand each other. Another thing President Hu did, is having dinner with the Japanese prime-minister at a
FRENCH restaurant, to show the Chinese people that French is a friend and not bad.
I do want to emphasize that this "Chinese pride" does not mean we believe China is a paradise now. Hell no. We know very well we are living under a
imperfect sysetm with a lot of pressing issues to be resolved, like corruption and pollution. However we do believe the country in her whole is moving
into the right direction. After more than 150 years of suffering and humilation for the first time we can become strong and united again and hope of
bringing prosperity into every corner of our still under-developed developing China. This all started off when the great leader Deng Xiaoping opened
up China and set the course for a peaceful development of the Chinese people and culture. Peaceful is a keyword, we want peace with the world,
cooperation and mutual understanding. However, we will come into defense when we are being attacked, so we are prepared to fight with our hearts
against any kind of threat.
[edit on 9/5/08 by IchiNiSan]