No, the headline doesn’t refer to the US.
Instead, I’m suggesting the continued obnoxious behavior of the Chinese government toward, well, the entire world, has gone too far.
The latest volley: China, which takes offense at almost everything yet yields on nothing, complained that recent remarks made by a CNN newscaster were offensive. And when the network tried to apologize, China said “no dice.”
Enough already. I was in Shanghai last week, as protesters around the globe raised their collective voices against the tyranny of top Chinese officials. Insofar as I could tell, most of the activists were up in arms over China’s lack of democracy and other basic freedoms. Yet the spin — some call it propaganda — in the English language Shanghai Daily consistently referred to the protesters as “Tibetan terrorists,” thereby conveniently if not inaccurately lumping the longstanding critics of China’s social policies in with the relatively smaller groups calling for independent rule in Tibet.
And the paper didn’t miss an opportunity to (try to) stick the knife in the West. When Australian’s top government official announced opposition to a boycott of the Olympics, the above-the-fold headline the next day read, “Australian PM Backs Games, Harmony.” That’s the kind of non-sequiter I’d expect in The Onion, not in one of the two English language newspapers in the world’s most populous nation. But there it was, in big type, hold the irony.
China’s thin skin is more in line with school playground follies than forward-looking actions of the world’s next superpower. Having witnessed firsthand the pollution, poverty, legal and political morasses and yes, lack of basic freedoms (blogs, for example, are banned), I would think China has more to worry about than what a random network journalist has to say.