Archive for December 22nd, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hermit: How China lends a Helping Hand

Hermit the (angry) Taoist Dragonfly

Hermit the (angry patriotic) Taoist Dragonfly

Hello Children,

here is another patriotic piece which warms my heart.

We Chinese are just too good and honest, too honest to other people. China was bulied by other countries all the time, but we never bully other people for our own dignity but are still criticized by the values of others. *Sigh* We are just too good and honest.

The international financial crisis has a big impact on our country, too. I’m wishing my own country well first of all! I hope that China will be safe!  And when we have solved our problems, we will help other people, our African brothers for example. –

But as far as Europe, Western countries are concerned, we can’t help you. WHY? Because in the eyes of some Western media, the global crisis comes only from China.

Almost everybody knows that the global financial crisis stems from America. America – really a great country. They don’t get their act together, but produce the more bullshit, all they do is looking out for scapegoats, to accuse other people, shrink from their responsibilities. They fight like mad, wow! Is that so-called DEMOCRACY?

A big French financial newspaper spitefully and vilifyingly says that China’s thirty years of opening up is one of the factors that created the global financial crisis, and also, that the reason that America is heavily in debt is because China had accumulated huge amounts of foreign reserves, and the real-estate crisis also comes from China’s opening-up policy and from unbalanced reserves. –


Look at this piece of sensationalism:

Only Western countries are allowed to export arms, right? China must not do that. Gangster logic!

When they can sell arms to Taiwan, we can sell arms to Iran and Zimbabwe. That’s only fair!

Give us some rice porridge, media! Try another trick!

China can’t help Western countries, China can only care for itself, and maybe for Asia, Africa and other friends.

European Union, the West… (…) Solve your problems by yourselves! Keep on sensationalizing…

See what happens, children? See what happens?! China would have saved you, if you had been decent people and if you had read China Daily in the Kindergarten! Now, you only have yourselves and your nannies to blame!

You are finished. Got to fly now.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Good Ganbu’s 90th Birthday

Helmut Schmidt, German chancellor from 1974 to 1982, and co-editor of Germany’s big weekly Die Zeit for most of the time since, turns  90 this week. He’s an icon in Germany, for being an ostensibly uncaring know-it-all, for his hard work, for regaining an unexpected amount of trust abroad for his country after its only recent Nazi past, for living a more modest life style than Chairman Mao and for driving a smaller car than Leonid Brezhnev, for being living history, for being cool.

On the phone, saving the world

On the phone, saving the world

And for speaking his mind – for traipsing through political correctness chinaware like a reverend hooligan. Democracy in Turkey? Is that our business? (Literally: Is that my beer? Is that your beer?)

About Tibet, too. In May this year, in Die Zeit of course, both the Chinese leadership and the Dalai Lama got their report cards from the old man:

From the Atlantic Times’ translation of the Zeit article:

The Chinese leadership’s response to the protests [in Tibet] was not particularly wise. On the spur of the moment, it seems to have overreacted in Tibet. Certainly, it was wrong to portray the Dalai Lama as a separatist and the mastermind of the disturbances.

And the Dalai Lama must know that

China’s enormous population and migratory pressures will, over the longer term, inevitably lead to continued inflows of many Han Chinese into the uninhabited expanses of Tibet (and Sinkiang).

He has usually saved his more unfriendly comments for people at home:

If you have visions, go and see a doctor.

Parents have handed their educational duties over to 25 television channels and the video industry.

As for those foreign ministers and heads of governments or states, most of them are amateurs when it comes to policies on Europe.

Maybe only one prominent German dared to reciprocate – Hanns-Joachim Friedrichs, a German television anchorman, in 1995:

That’s an odd duck. I’m sure I’ve interviewed him some 20 times. That was always curt and cool. Once in a while, he took the liberty of making a joke, and sneered about the country and people  with this crocodile grin, but nothing special. No quarrel and no cordiality. Only this schoolmastery: you need to put this question differently, this annoying fault-finding – he has never got rid of that.

The good ganbu will be 90 years old tomorrow. Happy Birthday.

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