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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:31 PM
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NYT: Chinese Flock to U.S. Envoy, but Leaders Are Ruffled
Propaganda authorities, apparently worried that Mr. Locke makes Chinese leaders look out of touch, have imposed restrictions on media coverage of Mr. Locke, the former two-term governor of Washington State and commerce secretary, and the first Chinese-American ambassador here.

Ordinary Chinese continue to be fascinated by reports of Mr. Locke and his family waiting in line for an hour to catch a cable car while visiting the Great Wall or flying economy class. Coach plane travel, the ambassador has repeatedly explained, is United States government policy.

In no small part, Chinese are riveted and proud that one of their own has joined the ranks of the powerful in a nation they still regard with respect. Mr. Locke makes the most of this anyone-can-succeed-in-America narrative. His grandfather left Jilong village for the United States in the 1880s, washing dishes and mopping floors in exchange for English lessons, and brought his children and relatives over to America one by one. Mr. Locke says his father, who immigrated at age 12 or 13, worked every day of the year and taught him respect for family, education and hard work.

But Guangming Daily, an influential Communist Party newspaper, charged that Mr. Lockes appointment reveals the despicable intention of the United States to use a Chinese to control the Chinese and incite political chaos in China.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/12/world/asia/chinese-but-not-their-leaders-take-to-ambassador-gary-locke.html?_r=1
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 07:34 PM
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1. The paranoia of the party.
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:14 PM
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2. I'm proud of Locke
He seems to be setting a good example.
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:17 PM
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3. K&R
China has a loooong way to go to catch-up to the complex bribery reimbursement systems here in the U.S. Here, bribery remuneration is called a ''campaign contribution.'' And if all goes well, then maybe a seat on a major corporate board or two for the faithful government sycophants retiring from Congress and the WH.

- It has a long tradition and it's the only way to go.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMmOX4WQnK4&feature=feedu">Death Sentence for Top Chinese Executive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDQIcIiWJgE">Paying Bribes, China Scored Worst With Russia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China">Corruption in the People's Republic of China
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Lionessa Donating Member (842 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 08:41 PM
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4. Actually...
if you soften Guangming's sentence just a little, he's probably right. And for the sake of the Chinese people I hope that the softened version is right.

If the rhetorical heat is removed, isn't he just saying, "reveals the intention of the United States to impress the Chinese with a Chinese success story of the possibilities of western democracy."

And though I'm dire disgusted with what most western "democracies" are subjecting us all to these days, the concept is still a very good one. Ours is just corrupt at the moment and that corruption has festered into all nooks and crannies of life.
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